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The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), a division of Georgia Bio (GaBio), is devoted to promoting networking between emerging and established professionals within the Georgia Life Sciences Community. ELN’s programs are designed to facilitate the growth and development of Georgia based biotechnology academic institutions, industries and service providers. A goal of ELN is to retain and cultivate locally educated talent, as well as to welcome and integrate new members to the Georgia Biotechnology Community. In pursuit of these goals, ELN provides opportunities for developing industry contacts, mentoring, and career enhancement through a variety of programs.

The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) offers young professionals and graduate students who are interested in life sciences the opportunity to:

  • Connect with each other, as well as with established professionals
  • Engage in learning opportunities that provide exposure to both leading scientists and business experts
  • Emerge into the leaders of tomorrow
As part of Georgia Bio, ELN provides exciting and informative programs and networking opportunities that bring together a wide range of students and professionals. Programs include:
  • Industry Tours
  • Small group dinners with experts
  • Georgia Bioscience & Health IT Career Fair & Career in Life Sciences Events
  • Educational seminars
  • Social networking events

ELN was created to serve all life sciences professionals – current and future – who seek to develop professional networks and contacts in Georgia. Many of these people are new to Georgia, or new to the field, and ELN facilitates connecting people with similar interests and goals.

Sign Up Today!

Become a member of ELN today and begin building lasting relationships with your peers and Georgia’s life sciences professionals. Remember: Joining ELN is easy, and it doesn’t cost a thing. Just submit a request online here or email [email protected] with your first and last name, affiliation and email address. We’ll add you to our contact list and notify you of future ELN events and activities.

ELN Programming

Industry Tours
The ELN Industry tours offer a chance for ELN members to learn about Georiga biotechnology companies. The ELN Industry Tours program provides an opportunity for members to gain a greater understanding of Georgia based life science and biotech companies. Participating in a tour is a great way to explore various career opportunities, both on the research side and the business side of the life sciences industry. Tours are typically 1-2 hours and consist of a company presentation and facility visit. Tours are offered approximately every other month.

Small Group Dinner Series

The ELN Small Group Dinner Series is bi-monthly series where we invite a Life Science Industry professional to dinner. As our invited guest they explain his/her career path, trends in the industry, and best practices for career searches. The dinner series is a great chance to network with industry professionals in a small setting.

Careers Development Programming

The Georgia Bio Emerging Leaders Network and the Atlanta BEST Program have organized a series of networking and panel events focused on raising awareness of career paths that exist in life sciences for individuals with advanced degrees. This program will bring together experts across a wide range of disciplines and functional areas within the life science industry. Panelists will detail their roles and provide a rich context for the audience to gain a clear understanding of the skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in their particular functions.

Georgia Bioscience & Health IT Career Fair

The Georgia Bioscience & Health IT Career Fair is designed to match advanced degree job seekers with top employers in the biotech, pharmaceutical, R&D, medical device, and health IT industries. Attendees include Masters students, recent and soon-to-be PhD students, Postdoctoral students, as well as experienced individuals looking to take the next steps in their careers. The fair is held in April.

If you would like more information about the ELN and its programs, please contact us here.

ELN Leadership 2018



  • JoAnna Pendergrass, JPen Communications


Industry Tours Co-Managers

  • Sha'kayla Nunez, Morehouse School of Medicine 
  • Vishakh Walia, Georgia State University
  • Michelle Dookwah, University of Georgia (Athens Region)

First Contact Co-Managers

  • Julia Pendexter, Mercer University
  • Aneseh Adeshirlarijaney, Georgia State University

Small Group Dinner Series Co-Managers

  • Mary Schneider, Georgia State University
  • Beatrice Wan, C.R. Bard Medical Division

Career Development Programming Manager

  • Madeline Cook, Canadian Consulate General

Career Fair Co-Manager

  • Peter Borden, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jacques Nunez, Halyard


Newsletter Editor: OPEN POSITION

Emory Campus Liaison
Darian Williams, Emory University

Georgia Tech Campus Liaison
Jada Selma, Georgia Tech

University of Georgia Campus Liaison
Ben Boward, University of Georgia

Georgia State Campus Liaison
Josh Renfroe, Georgia State University 

Kennesaw State Campus Liaison
Miranda Arnold, Kennesaw State University

Morehouse School of Medicine Campus Liaison
Dr. DeQuan Smith, Morehouse School of Medicine

Augusta University Liaison
Candace Poole, Augusta University

Mercer University Liaison
Julia Pendexter, Mercer University

Georgia Bio Liaison
Maria Thacker Goethe

ELN Advisors

  • Tim Denning Ph.D., Georgia State University
  • Brian Giles, Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP
  • Drew Kohlhorst, IHRC, Inc.
  • Stephen MacDonald, Georgia Bio
  • Kevin Murane, Ph.D., Mercer University
  • Grace Powers, Bard Medical