The life science sector has undergone a major evolutionary jump in the past decade with gene editing, stem cell research, data analytics, and more. However, one statistic still lags behind – the amount of women representation in the field. While this number is growing, there is still a lot that needs to be done; and South Carolina is leading the fight. The life science sector in South Carolina has an overwhelming influence of women leadership.
At SCBIO, women comprise 33% of the Board and 50% of the staff, in addition to the Board Chairman being the CEO of a woman-owned pharmaceutical company. The representation does not stop at the top, as the network of women leaders permeates through the industry. SCBIO will kick off this initiative to catalyze a year-round network of Women in South Carolina’s life science industry to celebrate, convene, and cultivate Women in STEM/Life Sciences.
At SCBIO we believe inspiring the next generation is the best way to ensure continued success and growth. SCBIO will host Jumpstart Her Life SCiences Career: Young Women Excelling in STEM. The morning programming will consist of various panels on academic opportunities and career exploration. The event will conclude with student-industry networking and the announcement of the 2020 SCBIO Young Woman in Life Sciences scholarship recipient.
The current program agenda:
8:50-9:00 High School Women Join via Zoom
9:00-9:10: Begin Program: Welcome from SCBIO Staff
9:10 – 9:30: PANEL: "My Next Steps: Furthering My Education in the Life Sciences"
Featuring Academic Institutions: USC, Clemson, Furman, Florence-Darlington Tech
9:30-10:00: PANEL: "Careers in the Life Sciences: Women Emerging Leaders”
Featuring Companies: Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Vikor Scientific, Rhythmlink, Charles River Labs and PhRMA
10:00-10:30: BREAKOUT SESSIONS: Opportunity for high school women to meet panelists
10:30-10:45 Final Remarks – PhRMA, SCBIO
SCBIO Women in STEM Scholarship awarded
SCBIO is a statewide, not-for-profit, public/private life sciences industry association and economic development organization formed to actively promote, build, support, expand, and convene South Carolina's life sciences industry. The SCBIO Young Women in Life Sciences Scholarship is an opportunity for juniors or seniors in high school who have aspirations to be involved in the science field in their future studies and career. SCBIO would like to honor one young female who is attending the Young Women in Life SCiences Conference with a $500 Scholarship Award. The recipient of this scholarship must utilize the award for college-level classes or science initiatives.
PANEL: My Next Steps: Furthering My Education in the Life Sciences
- Clemson – College of Science - Dr. Alison Starr-Moss, Sr. Lecturer & Academic Advisor, Genetics & Biochemistry Department
- Columbia College – Dr. Marlee Marsh, Chair of the Biology Program
- Florence Darlington Tech. – Tressa Gardner, VP
- USC – Biomedical Engineering Program: Silke Henrich, Ph.D., Lab Director/Instructor
- Furman Office for Entrepreneurship and Innovation - TBD
PANEL: Careers in the Life Sciences: “Women Emerging Leaders”
Featured speaker: PhRMA (advocacy/government) – TBD
- Nephron Pharmaceuticals – Aubrey Cain, R&D Microbiology Supervisor
- Rhythmlink – Sabrina Hasty, Ph.D., Manager of Product Development
- Charles River Lab - Joynette Pringle – Sr. Manager, Celsis Technical Services
- Vikor Scientific - Mary Katherine DiFilippo, Accessioning Manager