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March Chapter Meeting At Novartis

East Bay AWIS  is pleased to present Thursday, March 28, 2013

Roopa Ramamoorthi, PhD, PMP

Associate Director, Partnering & Scientific Affairs,  BIOVentures for Global Health

WIPO Re:Search – Sharing Innovation in theFight Against Neglected Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases, tuberculosis and malaria affect more than 1.4 billion people.  This health statistic in turn affects mortality and the ability to earn a livelihood and function effectively in school. Often affected people live in abject poverty and sometimes in conflict zones. And some so called tropical diseases are now being seen here in the United States.

WIPO Re:Search is an initiative launched over a year ago to share innovation in the fight against neglected diseases. It consists of a consortium led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in partnership with BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH), several leading pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions and research organizations world-wide to share innovation in the fight against neglected diseases.

BIOVentures for Global Health (BVGH) is focused on the 19 neglected tropical diseases on WHO’s list as well as malaria and tuberculosis. As the Partnership hub administrator, BVGH works with members to identify collaboration opportunities of mutual interest and facilitates communication between members to explore and establish collaborations.

Dr. Ramamoorthi will speak about the initiative and share examples of collaboration agreements developed between members since the launch of the initiative.


Dr. Ramamoorthi joined BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH) in November 2011 as Manager, Scientific Affairs, with an extensive background in drug development, bacteriology, biotechnology, and engineering. Prior to joining BVGH, Dr. Ramamoorthi was a senior research analyst with the consulting firm Strategic Perspectives. Before that, Dr. Ramamoorthi worked with Bayer Corporation for more than five years, during which she served as a scientist and senior scientist, developing purification processes for antibodies and other complex proteins and bringing in platform technologies.

Dr. Ramamoorthi received her Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Washington and at MIT. She is a registered patent agent and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. A native of India, where she received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, Dr. Ramamoorthi brings a developing world perspective to her professional endeavors.

Thursday March 28, 2013

Light Dinner and Networking at 6:30 pm

Presentation at 7:00 pm

Fee: $5 for members, $10 for non-members – Register at


Location: Novartis, 5400 Hollis St, Building X-310 Emeryville, CA

Parking is in front of the Building



January Chapter Meeting at Novartis

The East Bay Association for Women in Science Launches the New Year with Our January Networking Event!

In this venue, career professionals will review and practice networking strategies.  In a relaxed setting, networking games will allow you to meet new people and offering you the opportunity to:

  • Meet scientists as well as professionals interested in an affiliated career if you are currently seeking employment
  • Enhance your contacts if you are established in your present position
  • Work on your 30 second elevator pitch
  • Polish presentation skills before the interview
  • Gather invaluable feedback about yourself in a friendly, fun, and informal environment

Our featured presenter is Mara Jeffress, PhD,  of Fulfillment Life Coaching. ( )  She is offering a free month of coaching   – valued at  $240  –  in our raffle for participants who  sign up and attend the meeting!

Thursday, January 24, 2012

Light Dinner & Networking at 6:30 pm,  Structured Program at 7:00 pm

Register at

Fee: $5  members, $10 non-members

Registering w/ Eventbrite will say free; however, fee will be collected at the door

Location: Novartis, 5400 Hollis St, Building X-310 Emeryville, CA

Parking is in front of the Building

East Bay AWIS welcomes all Scientists and Science Enthusiasts:

Men and Women, Members and Community at large

NC AWIS – HBA Winter Workshop

NC AWIS and HBA co-host the Winter Workshop this February

Title:  The Hows and Whys of Networking for Women in Science

Speaker:   Audra Bohannon, Principle for Global Novations

Save the Date:  Saturday February 9th, 2012  8:00am to 2:00 pm

Place:   Genentech Commercial Training Center, 651 Gateway Blvd,  South San Francisco

See flier for details at

Or just register at

February Networking Social at Pyramid

February  Networking  Social at Pyramid Breweries

Join East Bay AWIS affiliates to relax after a day’s work!

Looking for a job or career advice?  Come and network with other people working in science from industry and academia as we return to Berkeley’s   Pyramid Breweries   for our bimonthly gathering.

When: Tuesday, February12th, 2013, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Pyramid Alehouse,  901 Gilman Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

COST: FREE (Cash Bar)

Happy hour prices and bar bites from 6-6:30 pm



Please join us at Berkeley’s popular brewery, PYRAMID, for an informal gathering of AWIS members and friends!

Everyone is welcome, including non-scientists and men. If you are not an AWIS member yet, please join us!

Bring a friend and meet new ones!

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and classmates who may be interested




Calling All Members – Meet National AWIS Early December

National AWIS representatives will be in town early December for the Am Geophysical Union Conference in SF.  They are putting on 2 events with AGU, a Work-Life workshop and a social Reception.  All northern CA chapter members are invited and it is FREE for AWIS members.  Information is below and on the link at the AWIS site.  Please share these opportunities with your chapter members!

Work-Life Effectiveness for Individuals in STEM
Monday, December 03, 2012 (1:30 PM – 5:30 PM)
AGU Fall Conference – San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 4th Street, Salons 12-13
San Francisco
Donna J. Dean, Ph.D, Past President, Association for Women in Science
Cynthia L. Simpson, M.Ed, Director, Programs/External Relations, Association for Women in Science

Reception at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting
Monday, December 03, 2012 (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
175 4th Street
San Francisco