Monthly Archives: May 2017

Be a mentor!

Biotech Partners (BP), founded in 1993, is an award winning non-profit organization that provides a year long rigorous hands-on academic and job training for populations typically under-represented in the sciences, especially students of color, young women and those from low-income households. Over the past 23 years, BP has placed over 1,200 students from Berkeley High School and Oakland Technical High School into viable summer internships with Bayer Healthcare, Microbiology Quality Assurance, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Libby Labs, Kaiser Hospital of Oakland, Joint BioEnergy Institute to name a few. In 2015, we expanded our Biotech Academy to two additional sites- Antioch High School and South San Francisco High School and this year we joined San Marin High School. We increased our cohort of “Lab Assistants” from 66 to over 100 for 2017 Summer Internship placement.

Our Biotech Academy provides a rigorous year-long approved course of study in the sciences which students master lab skills such as aseptic technique, precise pipetting, gel electrophoresis, PCR, serial dilutions, reagent and agar preparation and accurate data record keeping. Additionally, throughout the academic year, our students receive professional soft skills training in effective communication, time management, workplace etiquette and team work.

Among the possible opportunities to partner with us, BP is currently seeking mentors for our 2017 Summer Internship program. We are looking for local organizations to get involved in a key element of training the future biotech workforce. For more information, please direct inquiries to Carissa Poehnert, Interim Director of Programs, cpoehnert@biotechpartners.org or visit their website: www.biotechpartners.org.

2017 NCC – AWIS Annual Awards Banquet

It was a lovely event on the Bay — inspirational and filled with fun. Thanks to everyone who attended, and a round of applause for this year’s awardees…

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Tuesday, May 2nd
6:00pm-9:30pm
Dominic’s at Oyster Point

360 Oyster Point Blvd
South San Francisco, CA

The AWIS Northern California Chapters invite you to the 23rd Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet. Join us for a lovely dinner on the Bay to celebrate the accomplishments of three outstanding women scientists and meet other local professionals!

Ceremony Agenda

6:00-7:00 pm     Check-in, Wine & Appetizers

7:00-9:30 pm     Buffet Dinner & Awards

Celebrating Inspirational Women

The awards recognize exemplary women scientists in the community that have combined their professional activities with the passion of helping other women in science. Here are our outstanding 2017 award recipients:

Olga_150x189 SHERRIE WILKINS AWARD – Olga Potopova, Ph.D. 

Olga is a life sciences executive with extensive scientific and management expertise in oncology, diagnostics, and laboratory medicine. Olga heads Cureline Group, a global translational CRO, located in the San Francisco Bay area, providing services for the biopharmaceutical and medical community working on development of precision medicine.

Fan_Yang_150x189 ELLEN WEAVER AWARD – Fan Yang, Ph.D.

Fan Yang is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Bioengineering, and Director of Stanford Stem Cells and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory. Fan’s mentoring is exemplary in terms of the impact on women and minorities, with 80% of her current and former PhD trainees are women and 30% are first generation college students.

Laura_Smoliar_150x189JUDITH POOL AWARD – Laura Smoliar, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Smoliar is co-founder of the Berkeley Catalyst Fund, a new investment fund closely tied to UC Berkeley and its College of Chemistry. Laura has participated in peer mentoring groups, and has been invited to give presentations at AWIS, the American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, and LinkedIn. She gives career advice about how to find, negotiate, and close on job offers.