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What A Conference!

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 27, 2019
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Members and Friends,

The 4th Annual Women Building Bio conference was a fantastic gathering of leaders, innovators and motivators who exceeded all expectations for this fantastic event! It truly was a celebration, spotlighting the women building our industry and offering an incredible forum for collaboration, networking and community building.

The day started with a challenge by Sunita Dodani of Eastern Virginia Medical School, challenging us to think bigger, broader and unconventionally when seeking new collaborations. Julie Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H., the Chief Patient Officer of Merck & Co. continued the conversation by encouraging us to strengthen our industry and improving patient care by promoting diversity. The day continued with outstanding speakers and panels on health diagnosis; collaborations in the fight against metastatic breast cancer; innovations in neonatal healthcare; the STEM workforce; an engaging networking roundtable and personal views of the challenges and opportunities in building bioscience companies. The day concluded with a charge from Carilion Clinic CEO Nancy Howell Agee to positively affect the lives of patients, and an address on cultivating innovation by Michelle McMurry-Heath, Worldwide Vice President, Regulatory and Clinical Affairs at Johnson & Johnson, and Vice President, External Innovation, Regulatory Science, and Executive Director of Scientific Partnerships for JLABS@Washington, DC.

As you can see, the conference was action-packed! Check out a few pictures and highlights from our conference here. A hearty “Thank You” to all of our sponsors, and a special thanks to our partners at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax for providing a wonderful venue for this most important event. We look forward to your continued support for this event in the future and for everything our industry is doing to support and elevate women in R&D, commercialization and leadership in our life sciences community.

Up Next - We look forward to seeing you at these events:

  • October 10: Virginia Bioscience Commercialization Luncheon in Richmond, feat. Former U.S. Navy Seal Dan Hathorn, Army Business Development Manager - Medical for Atlantic Diving Supply

  • January 12: Private Virginia Reception at the JP Morgan Healthcare Week in San Francisco

Our Virginia Reception on the eve of JP Morgan Healthcare week at the Velvet Room in the Clift Hotel is a rare opportunity to engage with Virginia industry leaders, emerging fast-growth companies and members of the investment community. This is a singularly unique opportunity for you to meet with scores of investors and potential collaborators, all in one place. Attendance is limited (and hotel rooms even more so!), so please be sure to mark your calendars, make your hotel reservations and start planning those private meetings!

Thank you for making Women Building Bio 2019 a success, and I look forward to seeing each of you at future events, and around our great community.

Kindest regards,


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