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Women Building Success in Biosciences

MichBio's inaugural half-day event – featuring accomplished women from a variety of bioscience backgrounds – will foster conversations and create connections.

When: June 9, 2015
1:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Kensington Court
610 Hilton Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan  48108
United States
Presenter: MichBio
Contact: Katie Trevathan

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Women Building Success in Biosciences

A signature MichBio event 


This inaugural half-day event – featuring accomplished women from a variety of bioscience backgrounds – will foster conversations and create connections. Our speakers will share personal and work-related successes that will inspire all levels of professionals to refine their own career paths. The goal is to engender meaningful interactions, spark friendships, business relationships, and career opportunities. Who should attend? Participants at all points in their career – from students to senior-level – with a background or interest in the biosciences industry.


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1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Positioning Yourself in Today’s Marketplace


Amy Cell

Consultant, Amy Cell Talent, LLC
Former Senior Vice President, Talent Enhancement, Michigan Economic Development Corporation 


Rachele Downs (moderator)

Vice President, Entrepreneurial Strategies


Katy Fink
VP Human Resources
MedSurg and Neurotechnology Group
Stryker Corporation

Stephanie Morley, DVM
Business Development Associate Director
Fast Forward Medical Innovation
University of Michigan

2:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: My Life as a Woman Entrepreneur 


Jan Garfinkle
Founder and Managing Director
Arboretum Ventures


Jean Kantrowitz, MPH
ViaDerm, LLC


Anna Langerveld, PhD (moderator)
President and CEO
GeneMarkers LLC


Laura McCormick, PhD
Co-Founder and VP Technology
Brio Device, LLC

Julia Owens, PhD
Founder and CEO

3:15 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Lessons in Leadership 


Sarah Eckersley, PhD

Global R&D Director
Dow Pharma & Food Solutions


Christine Haakenson, PhD (moderator)
Chief Operating Officer
Rubicon Genomics


Kimberly Jones, PhD

Director of Product Development, ProQuest Dialog



Corrine Kupstas

Global Head Operations Strategy

Perrigo Company


Margot LaPointe, PhD

Vice President for Research

Henry Ford Hospital

4:45 p.m.

Keynote Address:


Luann Pendy, PhD (U-M ’82)
Senior Vice President, Global Quality
Medtronic, Inc.

5:30 p.m. Reception



Luann Pendy, PhD

Medtronic, Inc.


Luann Pendy, PhD is the senior vice president of global quality. In this role, Pendy oversees all global quality operations for the company. Pendy is a member of Medtronic’s executive management team and serves as the executive sponsor for the Medtronic Women’s Network Minnesota Hub. She joined Medtronic in 2008 as the vice president of corporate quality. 

Prior to Medtronic, Pendy served as corporate vice president of global quality and regulatory affairs at Hospira, Inc. In that role, she led worldwide quality and regulatory affairs for the design and manufacturing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Previously, Pendy spent 17 years at Abbott Laboratories, where she held several leadership roles in technical product development and quality for the diagnostics, devices and pharmaceutical business divisions. 

Pendy received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Immunology from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.


Pendy will also participate in MichBio's CEO Leaders' Club breakfast on June 10.



 MichBio members  Nonmembers
Industry $69  $99
Academics $49  $69
Students $19  $29


All students, staff, and faculty affiliated with these academic institutions (with a valid email address) are current MichBio members: 

  • Kettering University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Michigan
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Wayne State University

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Online registration will close at midnight on June 8; onsite registration will be available on June 9.





Sponsorship opportunities for this inaugural event are available. Download a sponsorship prospectus here.

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