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Women In Bio @ BIO2018

Women In Bio will be featured at BIO 2018 June 4-7, 2018 in Boston, MA. Be sure to stop by Booth #2501 to check us out!

Also connect with us during BIO on Twitter: @WomenInBio and on Facebook: @WomenInBio.


Jump to: Plenary Event | Meetups | Board Diversity Panel
BPI Panel | Executive Breakfast | Sponsors


Plenary Event

Our 2018 Plenary Event “Lift While You Climb,” will take place Monday, June 4, and encompasses an inviting and fun environment for networking as it brings together people from all corners of the life sciences industry, and spawns new career and business opportunities. Register now to join us for this inspirational event!

Moderated by Simone Fishburn, VP and Executive Editor at BioCentury Inc., both Penny Heaton, CEO at Bill and Melinda Gates Research Institute, and Nora Volkow, Director at National Institute of Drug Abuse at NIH, will lead discussions highlighting their experiences as inspirational female senior life sciences leaders who support and encourage others while advancing their own careers. This interactive evening will include opportunities for audience participation, informal discussion and time for Q&A!

This will also be a great opportunity for both male and female life science industry professionals to engage in career and business networking. 

Women In Bio Annual Plenary Event: “Lift While You Climb”
Westin Waterfront Hotel
Monday, June 4, 2018, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Register to join us at this event!

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Join our two networking meetups that are open to all BIO attendees at Meetup Area Booth #2001, BIO International Convention:

Connect with us on Twitter! @WomenInBio

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Board Diversity Panel

The business case for diversity at the board is quickly becoming case closed. Having a diverse board allows smart businesses to make better choices because of the increased diversity of thought and they better mirror customer and client bases. Numerous reports confirm that companies with women on the board outperform their all-male board peers. In addition, companies with a higher percentage of women on the board have fewer instances of bribery, fraud and corruption and return on equity. What then, can companies do to diversify their board? During this panel, representatives from industry will discuss their successful diversity initiatives and programs that have helped expand their boardrooms.

Board Diversity in Practice: How Great Companies Encourage Gender Diversity at the Top
BIO International Convention, Room 259A, Level 2
Tuesday June 5, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Moderator: Dimitra Georganopoulou, Board Member and Past President of Women In Bio, Director of Commercialization at Northwestern’s INVO
  • Panelists:
    • Renee Connolly, Head of Communications and Corporate Responsibility EMD Millipore
    • Rick Winningham, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Theravance
    • Ryan H. Mudawar, Director, Academic and Workforce Programs, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
    • Morgen Alden, Director of Key Opinion Leader (KOL) Strategy and Management, LifeSci Advisors                        

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BioProcess Theater Panel

Women In Bio (WIB) presents a panel of Boardroom Ready program graduates for a discussion on career ambitions and the path to a corporate board of directors seat at the BioProcess Theater.

Lift While You Climb
BIO International Convention, BioProcess Zone (Booth #375)
Thursday June 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Moderator: Kristi Sarno, Director, Strategic Analysis, Latham Biopharm Group, National President Emeritus of Women in Bio (WIB)
  • Panelists:
    • Marianne DeBacker, Vice President, JNJ 
    • Terri Matkovits, COO, ContraVir
    • Jane Wasman, President/General Counsel, Acorda
    • Sofija Ovic, CEO, ProPhase
    • Rebecca Frey, COO, Cardurion Pharmaceuticals
    • Dominique Cote, VP and Head of Market Excellence, UCB

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Executive Women In Bio (EWIB) BIO Executive Breakfast

During this exclusive invite-only event, celebrate with fellow senior biopharmaceutical industry leaders to enjoy networking, breakfast, and a panel discussion on “Balancing the Board for 21st Century Governance.” For more information, contact

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WIB at BIO 2018 Sponsors

Interested in supporting Women In Bio at BIO 2018? Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here OR email us at

 Marie Curie
 Cytovance Biologics
 Rosalind Franklin

 Elizabeth Blackwell

 Rachel Carson 




Women In Bio Presents

Women's History Month 2018:

Lift While You Climb


Please join us for our March 2018 events celebrating Women's History Month

WIB-Metro New York and BioCT Present a Joint Networking Women's History Month Event, March 1, 2018

WIB-Texas Women's History Month Launch Event and Celebration of International Women's Day, March 8, 2018 (also International Women's Day!)

WIB-Seattle Women's History Month Event: Be Your Own Advocate and Build Allies For Career Success, March 13, 2018

WIB-Greater Montreal Women's History Month Event: Building a Strong Personal Brand to Boost Your Career, March 16, 2018

WIB-Philadelphia Metro Presents “Women in Biomedical Research and Academic Medicine: Fixing the Leaky Pipeline,” a WHM Event, March 21, 2018

WIB-RTP Presents a Women's History Month Event “Create Your Vision: A Workshop with Career Coach Deborah J. Oronzio,” March 21, 2018

WIB-San Francisco WHM Event: Leveraging Digital Tools To Advance Your Career and Job Search, March 21, 2018

WIB-Chicago WHM Event "Diversity & Inclusion in Health and Life Sciences: Where are we today?", March 22, 2018

WIB-Pittsburgh Presents a WHM Event “Take a Seat at the Table: Empowering Women and Promoting Inclusion in Boardrooms,” March 22, 2018

WIB-Capital Region Hosts Women’s History Month: “Lift While You Climb” Event, March 26, 2018

WIB-Southern California Presents Woman Founder Spotlight and WHM Event “Town Hall Meeting: Take Your Career to the Next Level,” March 28, 2018

WIB-Greater Boston and Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS Present 4th Annual WHM Event: “The Lobster Pot," March 29, 2018 


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