BIPOC in Bioscience

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Join us for an empowering evening of connection, collaboration, and celebration at the BIPOC in Bioscience Networking Event. This event is dedicated to bringing together Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the Bioscience industry to build meaningful networks and foster community support.

Highlights of the Evening

  • Panel Discussion: Engage with a panel of successful BIPOC professionals who will discuss career advancement, overcoming challenges, and the importance of representation in the workplace. See below for bios.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded professionals through networking opportunities and create new connections.
  • Resource Fair: Explore resources and opportunities from organizations committed to supporting BIPOC professionals in STEM.
  • Refreshments: Enjoy a selection of appetizers and beverages while mingling with fellow attendees in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Whether you’re looking to advance your career, find a mentor, or simply expand your professional network, this event offers a unique opportunity to connect with others who share your experiences and aspirations. Come prepared to share your story, exchange ideas, and be inspired by the collective strength of our vibrant BIPOC community.

Who Should Attend

  • BIPOC professionals in the Bioscience industry at all career stages
  • Allies and advocates dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Bioscience employers seeking to support and engage with BIPOC talent

We look forward to seeing you there and building a stronger, more inclusive Bioscience community together.

Panelists Bios

Jenn Klotz (moderator)
Jenn Klotz is a dynamic accomplished leader focused on building relationships and forging connections to get work done together. She is the Senior Community Relations and Communications Lead for Genentech where she has worked for over 15 years in Oregon. During her time there Jenn has been a leader in creating and implementing strategies that impact the workforce, the community and Genentech’s patients through the lens of equity.

Jenn is the Executive Sponsor for a team focused on fostering belonging and transforming society for people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community and those living with disabilities. As a leader Jenn has specifically focused on mentoring women of color early in their career to provide representation that often was not available to her. Jenn is a native of Portland and was the winner of the 2019 Washington County Athena Women’s Leadership award.

Shandee Dixon
Shandee is an Associate Scientist at the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) at OHSU and the Research Thread Director for the Wy’east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway at OHSU’s Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. Since 2021 she has been part of the Center for Internship, Mentoring and Research (CIMR) team at Portland State University as Co-Investigator of BUILD EXITO and URISE undergraduate research programs, faculty lead for summer research experiences, and coordinator for student research placements.

Shandee earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Michigan and completed postdoctoral work at UCLA, UC Irvine, and as an OHSU Diversity and Inclusion in Research Fellow. As a first-generation college student, she is passionate about advocating for underrepresented groups in STEM.

Smriti Agrawal

Dr. Smriti Agrawal is a scientist turned entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in developing next-generation medical technology solutions that elevate patient care and outcomes. At 22, while pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, she co-founded Lazarus 3D, a startup revolutionizing surgical care through preoperative, patient-specific surgical rehearsals. At Lazarus 3D, she has led product development from concept to commercialization, spearheaded global product rollouts to create new markets, and raised over $11M in venture and non-dilutive funding, driving revenue, growth, and expansion. She has been featured on CBS News, USPAACC, Shark Pitch, TiE Women Global, CNN, and others. In her academic career, Dr. Agrawal specialized in life sciences and clinical research. Her work, utilizing CRISPR gene editing and AAV-mediated gene therapy, led to the identification and treatment of rare forms of neurodegeneration. Throughout her career, her passion for leveraging technology as a tool to improve patient lives has been her driving force. Beyond her professional achievements, Dr. Agrawal is a dedicated mentor to startups and a vocal advocate for young entrepreneurs, minority founders, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Jarius Jackson

Jarius, is a recent college graduate who was searching for bioscience jobs in Oregon and found his way to Genentech. Jarius works at the Hillsboro Innovative Therapies facility in manufacturing and strongly values the significance of diversity and inclusion and its positive effects on teams and organizations. Jarius believes that the greater the diversity in cultures and experiences, the more well-rounded, content, and efficient individuals become.

From early on in his education he noticed a lack of representation in the Bio industry and this motivated him to inspire and empower those who might find the journey to such positions intimidating or seemingly impossible. For individuals that are in industry that may feel away from home, he hopes to create opportunities to connect with others and to foster an environment where everyone feels supported to do their best work.





August 8
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Oregon Bio Events


Genentech (Lloyd Center)
825 NE Multnomah St. #1300
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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General Admission
$ 10.00