OBW CONNECT Live: Emily Leproust, CEO and Co-Founder Twist Bioscience

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We. Have. Emerged. The Pacific Northwest’s women-in-STEM workforce has survived the great ‘she-cession’ with resilience and connection and an eye toward innovation. With 29,890 jobs held by women and 14,430 jobs employing minorities (as of 2020) in Oregon’s bio workforce, local ‘she-roes’ have real-world experiences of leadership, personal growth, work/life balance and allyship to share. At Oregon Bio Women’s 2022 CONNECT (live and in person) “Lessons Learned of Connection & Resilience” summer event, participants will meet and welcome Emily Leproust, CEO and Co-Founder of Twist Bioscience, the newest company to expand to Oregon. Emily and her colleagues are creating the “Factory of the Future” south of Portland, growing beyond Twist Bio’s 2013 founding and 2018 IPO.

The event will also feature smart networking opportunities and interactive discussions with a panel of local women leaders who will discuss their career pathology, career management strategies, building trust while protecting boundaries, as well as the drive for diversity, and how it matters to you.  You’ll also get a special first look at the launch of Oregon Bio Women’s unique mentorship efforts.

Attend. Network. Balance. Discover. Emerge. Learn where your springboard is. Drink wine and taste Northwest cuisine. We hope to see you there.


Scheduled Program:

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. –  Reception and networking.  Arrive and settle in with a beverage and hors d’oeuvres.  Enjoy relaxed networking time while taking in the expansive rooftop views from our venue – Ironlight in downtown Lake Oswego.

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. –  Panel discussion: Lessons learned to inform your career pathology – an exploration of the dynamics and challenges of interpersonal communications, negotiations, building trust or experiencing vulnerability with a team as it relates to our professional careers.

Moderator: Mandy Gettler, Senior Innovation Asset Administrator, Innovation Partnership Services at the University of Oregon


Alicia Moody, Senior Human Resources Manager, Materials and Structural Analysis, Global Leader, African Heritage BRG, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Soundharya Nagasubramanian, Director, R&D, Product Information Security, Hillrom
Smriti Zaneveld, Ph.D., President and Founder, Lazarus 3D

6:30 – 6:40 p.m: The OBW Mentorship Initiative – introduced by Laura Erker, Director of Strategic Partnerships, OHSU School of Medicine

6:40 – 7:15 p.m. – Guided networking breakout sessions.  OBW team members lead themed breakout sessions where we connect while sharing perspectives.  Sessions include:

Career development – Facilitator: Laura Erker, Director of Strategic Partnerships, OHSU School of Medicine
DEI in biotech – Facilitator: Melissa Mudd, Alliance Manager, Oregon Clinical and Translational Institute, OHSU
Lessons learned from overcoming adversity – Facilitator: Linda Hansen, Director of Technology Transfer for Providence Health & Services
Personal Development – Facilitator: Cymry Reardon, Intake Compliance Captain, Genentech

7:15 – 8:00 p.m. – Keynote speaker: Emily Leproust, CEO & Co-Founder, Twist Bioscience

As an early pioneer in the high-throughput synthesis and sequencing of DNA, Dr. Leproust is disrupting markets to enable the exponential growth of DNA-based applications including chemicals/materials, diagnostics, therapeutics, food and digital data storage. In 2020, BIO presented her with the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership. Foreign Policy named her one of their 100 Leading Global Thinkers and Fast Company named her one of the Most Creative People in Business.

Prior to Twist Bioscience, she held escalating positions at Agilent Technologies where she architected the successful SureSelect product line that lowered the cost of sequencing and elucidated mechanisms responsible for dozens of Mendelian diseases. She also developed the Oligo Library Synthesis technology, where she initiated and led product and business development activities for the team. Dr. Leproust designed and developed multiple commercial synthesis platforms to streamline microarray manufacturing and fabrication. She serves on the Board of Directors of CM Life Sciences and is a co-founder of Petri, an accelerator for start-ups at the forefront of engineering and biology. Dr. Leproust has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers – many on applications of synthetic DNA, and is the author of numerous patents. She earned her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Houston and her M.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry from the Lyon School of Industrial Chemistry. Named by Newsweek as one of America’s “Fifty visionaries, innovators and pioneers who are transforming the world through technology.”

Oregon Bio Women’s mission is to cultivate diversity in present and future leadership in Oregon’s growing biotechnology and life science sector. The events are open to all (membership in Oregon Bio is not required) and have been successfully providing dynamic content, attracting national speakers and supporting diversity in our local community of those looking to advance their careers and personal development. We conduct annual OBW CONNECT events in partnership with companies, women’s special interest groups and leadership organizations.

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$35.00 Early Bird discount rate for Oregon Bio members or students – offer expires June 22, 11:30 p.m.
$55.00 Regular rate Oregon Bio members
$70.00 Regular rate non-Oregon Bio members

For group tickets or volunteer opportunities please contact Julie Black.

Must be 18 years or older to attend.  Students please provide valid ID.


July 7, 2022
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$35.00 – $70.00
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525 3rd St.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034 United States
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