Women Building Bio 2023

Building Better


Virginia Bio’s Women Building Bio Conference celebrates the contribution of women to the life sciences in the Commonwealth and beyond. The 8th annual conference theme, Building Better, will prompt us to explore how life sciences contribute to building a better future and highlight the increasingly significant role of women in it.

September 28, 2023 

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Manassas, Virginia


If you are interested in event sponsorship, please contact Frank Wilton.

8:30 AM 9:00 AM Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM 9:15 AM Welcome John Newby, CEO, Virginia Bio
Melissa Perry, Dean College of Public Health, GMU
9:15 AM 10:00 AM Building Better Growth Erin Burcham, President, Verge Alliance (RBTC, RAMP, and VIC)
Susan Mitchell, CEO, Athari BioSciences
Celeste Amadei, Product Manager, PAK BioSolutions, Inc.
Elizabeth Pyle, Life Science Business Mentor, Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program
10:00 AM 10:45 AM Building Better Talent Katie Beach, Owner, Katie Beach Consulting, LLC
Teri Sellars, Vice President Human Resources, ATCC
Nene Spivy, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation

Maggie Reed, Vice President, Gilbane

10:45 AM 11:05 AM <Break>
11:05 AM 11:15 AM Student Spotlights
11:15 AM 12:15 PM Building Better Self Jennie Blumenthal, CEO, Corporate Rehab
12:15 PM 1:15 PM Lunch and Networking
1:15 PM 1:30 PM Student Spotlights
1:30 PM 2:15 PM Building Better Advancements Brandon Frost, Manager in  Emerging Technology & Innovation, Altria
Milos Manic, Professor, VCU School of Engineering

Sanat Mohanty, CEO, Pienomial

2:15 PM 2:35 PM <Break>
2:35 PM 3:20 PM Keynote Kaveeta Vasisht,
Associate Commissioner, Office of Women’s Health, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration
3:20 PM 3:30 PM Conclusions on the Day and Moving Ahead

Thank you to our sponsors!