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YWIB-Southern California Series: Discover Biomanufacturing

November 3, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Debra Hammill, Moderator

This is a career exploration workshop for students in the middle and high school grades or early college to discover careers related to therapeutic drug manufacturing in the Life Science industry of Southern California. There will be a series of four workshops.

Introductory Event
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Discover Biologics
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Discover In-Vitro Diagnostics
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Discover Cell and Gene Therapy
Wednesday, April 6, 2022


Disclaimer :  This event may be recorded. We encourage you to join with video, but if you are uncomfortable, please be sure to turn off your webcam.

Please read the Young Women In Bio (YWIB) permission form located here.
Please read WIB’s Code of Conduct here.



3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Overview of Therapeutic Drug Manufacturing
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Informational Interviews for Career Exploration
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

February, March & April:

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Introduction of Panelists/Guest Speaker
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Round 1 of Informational Interviews
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Round 2 of Informational Interviews
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Round 3 of Informational Interviews
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks


YWIB Age Group

Ages 12 – Early College


Speaker Bios – November

Debra HammillDebra Hammill, Moderator
Co-vice Chair, YWIB-Southern California Discovery Workshop series

Jolene LauJolene Lau, Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Jolene provides scientific and competitive intelligence to drug discovery teams at Ferring, supporting colleagues across multiple therapeutic areas. She earned BS and PhD degrees in chemistry, has conducted research in nanotechnology and chemical biology, and previously worked as an analyst at a pharma intelligence database company. In her free time, she cooks, crafts, gardens, and plays strategy board games.

Alexa TrallaAlexa Tralla, Illumina

Alexa has worked for 10 years in the life science sector. For eight years she worked in the life science consulting space including four years in Ireland where she opened an office and worked on various business development and project management initiatives with the likes of Pfizer, GSK, JnJ, Novartis, and others. Alexa joined Illumina two years ago and has been working in Inside Sales including the strategic account LabCorp. Prior to Illumina, Alexa recently got a new role as the Program Manager, Commercialization Excellence where she is working on commercial initiatives through all stages of product launch. She has a passion for incorporating both Voice of Customer and Voice of Field into her projects.

Alex has lived in San Diego for the past three years, having been born in Colorado and lived in such diverse locations as LA, San Francisco, Denver, and Ireland. Alexa obtained her bachelor’s degree in global business from the University of Southern California, and in her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and participating in outdoor activities such as golf, skiing, and scuba diving. Alexa loves to travel, she enjoys art and museums, and she’s a self-proclaimed “foodie”.

Alexa serves on the executive teams for both the [email protected] Network (WIN) and Illumina iCares. Outside of Illumina, she is Vice Chair Emeritus for Women In Bio Southern California.

Jennifer OverkliftJennifer Overklift, Student at University of California Santa Cruz

Jennifer was born and raised in San Diego and recently moved to Santa Cruz to pursue a degree in Environmental Science at the University of California Santa Cruz. She plans to obtain a career as a field scientist or a scientific journalist. Some of her hobbies include reading, hiking, and swimming.


Pricing Information

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members/Guests: Free

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November 3, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


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