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Women Building Bio 2019

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 25, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

We are thrilled to share news of the emerging agenda for the 4th Annual Women Building Bio regional conference on Thursday September 19 at Inova Center for Personalized Health. 

National leaders who call our region home will join with women leading bioscience commercialization and R&D from across Virginia, DC and Maryland to create this extraordinary event. 

Our three keynote presenters will be: 

Julie Gerberding, EVP Communications, Global Policy, and Population Health & Chief Patient Officer at Merck, Washington, DC. who last year was honored as the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association 2018 Woman of the Year.  Dr. Gerberding also has led BIO’s efforts to create and establish founding principles and operationalized its national Workplace Development, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative.

Nancy Agee, CEO Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, currently Chair of the American Hospital Association and co-founder of the highly successful Virginia Tech Carilion public private partnership, including the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and an increasingly large number of spinouts. 

Michelle McMurry-Heath, Worldwide Vice President for Regulatory, Preclinical, and Clinical Affairs and Global Head of Evidence Generation - Johnson & Johnson, and Vice President, External Innovation, Regulatory Science, and Executive Director Scientific Partnerships, JLABS@Washington DC at Johnson & Johnson - a leader of JLABS@Washington DC at Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus at the former Walter Reed Army Hospital site.


We will have panels of women from across Virginia and the region who are leading bioscience commercialization and research.  They will highlight their breakthrough technologies, products and services, highlight collaborative opportunities, and offer insights from their professional and personal journeys. 

Finally, a favorite part of the program is TIES structured networking.  In the beautiful atrium area of the conference center we’ll reserve a dozen tables (rounds of 10), and each table will be anchored by a host -  a woman who is doing great things in the field in the region whom audience members would like to meet.  We’ll schedule two half-hour periods back to back in which 9 attendees can select and sit at one of the tables of their choice and meet and talk with the host in a small group setting.  Hosts come from a very wide range of roles and expertise, insights and potential contacts  - regulatory specialist, investor, Community College Dean, military science program officer, NIH and NSF program officers, university tech transfer, patient engagement specialist, etc.  Great connections are always made.

The goal of the day is to identify and showcase women building the industry across the region and nation and create a setting where they and the attendees can create new relationships and seed collaborations, and year over year build an ever-bigger community of connection and support to build better individuals, firms and industry, to better help patients and the people we serve.

If you’ve not seen it, look at the impressive community of women and men who have presented in our first three years of Women Building Bio conferences.  This year’s group will make it even stronger – come meet them in person on September 19!  

Register now, and contact Cassandra Isley to help support this unique and important event by exhibiting or sponsorships.


Jeff Gallagher

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