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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.   http://www.wipo.int/research/en/

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. http://www.bvgh.org/Biopharmaceutical-Solutions/WIPO-ReSearch/Partnership-Hub.aspx.

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



Corning/Axygen Life Sciences Facility Tour

Corning Life Sciences is pleased to invite the AWIS community for a tour of its

Axygen Manufacturing Site

Wednesday August 8th,  6:00pm – 8:00pm

33210 Central Avenue
Union City, CA 94587

All are welcome to come and see this state of the art manufacturing facility right in the heart of the Bay Area. During the tour you will see:
  •  Our NEW Application and Automation Lab where we support new product development, definitions development and   support our quality efforts.
  •    Axygen’s injection molding machine capacity on the manufacturing floor.
  •    How we innovate product design and minimize down time in the tool room.
  •   Our quality department where we will demonstrate our ISO compliance and how we deal with complaints and issues.
  •   Axygen’s customer service team which supports our many dealers around the world.
  •   Light dinner will be included
Deadline for RSVP is August 6th
Please Register at http://ebawisaxygentour.eventbrite.com/
Note Union City location for this event

Deborah Solomon, District ManagerNorthern Ca, San Francisco Bay Area Corning Incorporated  Life Sciences

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May Chapter Meeting at Novartis

Understanding and Controlling RNA-protein Complexes Involved in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1

Professor Anne Baranger, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Chemistry,
Faculty Assistant for Teaching and Learning, &
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6:30-8:30 pm

Myotonic dystrophy is the most prevalent form of muscular dystrophy and its two forms (DM1 and DM2) affect approximately 1 in 8000 people. These diseases cannot be cured, and there are no treatment options that delay disease progression. Both diseases are caused by large expansions of repeated sequences of DNA, which is transcribed into long repeated sequences of RNA. These RNAs are toxic, as a number of cellular proteins associate with them and as a result, these proteins are not available to perform their normal functions. Chief among these proteins is muscleblind-like protein (MBNL).  In healthy cells, MBNL controls the correct expression of proteins that are important for a number of processes including relaxing muscles after contraction and insulin regulation. We have investigated the binding specificity, thermodynamics, and kinetics of the MBNL1 protein for toxic repeat RNA sequences and normal RNA target sites. We have also identified small molecules that will associate with the toxic repeat RNA and release MBNL.                                                                                

Anne Baranger received a B.S. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. She joined the Wesleyan University chemistry faculty in 1996, the University of Illinois chemistry faculty in 2006, and the University of California, Berkeley chemistry faculty in 2011. At the University of Illinois, she was Associate Head of the Department, Director of Graduate Studies, and was a Chancellor’s Fellow in the I-STEM Education Initiative. At UC Berkeley, she is Director of Undergraduate Chemistry and a Faculty Assistant for Teaching and Learning.

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6:30-8:30 pm

Light supper* and networking 6:30pm – 7:00pm

NOTE: Registering w/ Eventbrite will say FREE, however fee will be collected at the door

$5 / members, $10 / non-members

Register at:  http://ebawismaychapter2012.eventbrite.com

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

Park in front of building – Directions here

Non Scientists and Men Welcome

October Career Development Series Workshop

Career Development Series
Beginning October 1, 2011

Balancing Your Life and Work

Mara Jeffress, Ph.D.

Career and Professional Development Coach and “Career Talk” Columnist for AWIS National Magazine

Mara Jeffress is a professional consultant and past ebAWIS President. She has taught time management and professional development workshops for the past 20 years and is in the process of launching a professional coaching business. Mara is passionate about helping others to reach their potential and find work that they truly love.

• Do you feel overwhelmed by too much responsibility?
• Do you have a hard time saying “No?”
• Do you feel that work is taking over your life?

Attend the AWIS Work-Life-Balance workshop to bring balance back to your life.

You will come away with the ability to define for yourself what work-life satisfaction is and is not.
You will be able to identify 7 keys to achieving and maintaining work-life satisfaction.
You will be able to develop an action plan that can be implemented immediately and/or in the future.

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10:00am- 12:00 noon
Light breakfast and networking
NOTE: When registering w/ Eventbrite, it will say FREE, however the fee will be collected at the door.
Fee: $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
Location: Bio-Rad, 225 Linus Pauling, Suite D, Hercules, CA 94547
Parking is in front of the Building
***Click Here for DIRECTIONS***
ebAWIS is a nonprofit organization and the fee covers cost of food