WILMINGTON, DEL.—Womble Bond Dickinson proudly served as the reception sponsor of the 2018 Inspiring Women in STEM Conference held on May 30 at AstraZeneca in Wilmington, Del. The Conference was hosted by the Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio), a non-profit organization with a mission to catalyze growth of Delaware’s bioscience industry.  Womble Bond Dickinson became a member of Delaware Bio this past year with the aim to learn more about the exciting life science industry advancements taking place in Delaware.

Womble Bond Dickinson partners Dana Severance and Kristen Cramer from the Wilmington office served on the planning committee for this year’s Conference, spearheading WBD’s sponsorship and assembling the dynamic speaker line-up, which included Women of Womble (WOW) Chair, Cathy Hinger.

At the conference, Hinger moderated a panel discussion on “Making the Most of a Women’s Network.” She was joined by AstraZeneca’s Senior Director of Talent, Development & Performance Liz Moran, Air Liquide’s Senior Research Expert & Global Technology Director Tracey Jacksier, and Boeing Company’s Systems Engineer Joan Chinnery, all of whom play key leadership roles in their company’s women and diversity initiatives. The panel provided insights on challenges to advancement of women in STEM and guidance on how a successful women’s initiative may help overcome historical challenges women in STEM have faced with advancement to leadership.

Kristen Healey Cramer represents domestic and international clients as lead counsel in patent infringement actions in federal district and appellate courts and in inter partes review proceedings before the PTAB. She also serves as local trial counsel in Delaware and New Jersey. She has litigated patent matters involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, consumer products and electronics, computer networks, power, and business methods, among other technologies.

Cathy Hinger is a veteran trial lawyer who defends companies that face complex disputes with other businesses and the United States or state governments.  Her practice includes representing companies in disputes involving real estate development projects, commercial lending, commercial leasing, corporate governance disputes, commercial contracts, business fraud, and employment claims.  She also counsels clients under investigation by regulatory authorities or law enforcement agencies and defends clients charged with white collar crimes.  Hinger serves on the firm’s Professionalism Committee and leads the firm’s women’s leadership program, Women of Womble (WOW).

Dana Severance represents clients in patent litigation relating to pharmaceutical and biotech matters, with a focus on ANDA litigation for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, Dana has experience managing cases involving large scale document and e-discovery collection and review.