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Young Women In Bio Presents:

The Future of Life Sciences & Tech

February 28, 2018



On February 28, 2018, Young Women In Bio held its first event in a series focused on “The Future of Life Sciences and Technology” to engage young girls in discussions and activities on how life sciences and technology are working together to solve health and other life sciences-related problems.  

About seventy students from high schools across the New York and New Jersey regions participated in this event.  The event was hosted by Rockefeller University in New York City.  Opening remarks were given by Jeanne Gabarino, Director of Science Outreach at Rockefeller University, and Lily Wound, National Chair of Young Women In Bio.

The event kicked-off with a Vision Panel Discussion with C-suite leaders in both life sciences and technology.  The panel discussed their vision for the convergence of life sciences and technology and how their companies and organizations are playing a role in these rapidly-evolving fields. The lively and inciteful panel discussion was moderated by Nisha Agarwal, CEO of Solvuu.  The panel included:

Piraye Beim, Founder and CEO, Celmatix,

Marta Bralic, Vice President, Business Development, Flatiron Health,

Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Tech Ventures, and

Maria Luisa Pineda, Co-Founder and CEO, Envisagenics.

The students then transitioned to a Careers-Focused, Speed-Networking Lunch with panelists from Flatiron Health, Solvuu, Celmatix and New Media Ventures who had life sciences and/or tech-related careers.  The students had a chance to rotate during lunch to different tables to learn more about the specific jobs in life sciences and technology held by the panelists, what they liked about their jobs and what their educational pathways were.  The students were able to engage in small-group discussions with individual panelists and ask them specific career and education-related questions.  The panelists included:

Ashish Agarwal, Chief Technology Officer, Solvuu

Nisha Agarwal, CEO, Solvuu

George Allakhverdyan. Software Engineer, Flatiron Health

Dr. Shrujal Baxi, Medical Oncologist, Flatiron Health

Wendy Diller, Senior Writer/ Director, New Media Ventures

Sandy Griffith, Principal Methodologist, Flatiron Health

Raj Sasidharan, Director of Genomics, Solvuu

Christina Segro, General Counsel, Celmatix

Frankie Shen, Customer Training, Flatiron Health

The day ended with the Flatiron Health: Life Sciences Hackathon, a unique and fun hands-on activity led by Alda Pontes and Andrew Ingraham from Flatiron Health.  The students were divided into small groups, with each group led by a Flatiron Health representative.  Each group had 30 minutes to brainstorm and sketch out an app that addressed a key health or life sciences issue.  Each group then had the opportunity to demo their original designs to the larger group and field questions from the group about their app.  One of the amazing ideas one of the student groups had was an app called. “Teacher Tracker” that would allow students to find a teacher, whether to turn in an assignment, ask a question or find help in the event of an emergency.  A different student group came up with a “Health Alert” app that would be required to be built into every residence and provide digital data coming from the CDC.  Another student group came up with an app called “Vitae” that would give the user diet options and meal plans based on their lifestyle, medical conditions and food preferences.

Jeanne Gabarino, Director of Science Outreach at Rockefeller University, and Leslie Gailloud, Chair of the Metro-NY Chapter of Young Women In Bio, gave closing remarks.

The event was a tremendous success and the girls seemed genuinely interested in the impact that the future of life sciences and technology may have on their lives and the possible educational and career opportunities they have in the convergence of these two fields.

Young Women In Bio will continue its series on “The Future of Life Sciences and Technology” in other cities later this year.

About Young Women In Bio (YWIB):  Young Women In Bio (YWIB) gives girls the inspiration and support they need to become tomorrow’s leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a nonprofit with 13 chapters across the U.S. and Canada, we partner with leading companies, universities, hospitals and organizations to develop engaging, educational and motivational programs. We aspire to be the “go to” organization for girls looking to shape and change the world through STEM, providing them with the tools and resources they need to build successful careers.