WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2009) — A sold-out crowd of 100 top business executives and leaders in the bio-science industry gathered on April 23 for “Women Pioneers in Florida Business,” a dynamic and educational luncheon hosted by the Gunster law firm.

The event featured Palm Beach County’s top female bioscience leaders – Dr. Claudia Hillinger of Max Planck Florida Institute; Barbara Noble of Scripps Florida; Dr. Rina Dukor of BioTools; and Dr. Amy Dobbelaere, a senior patent agent and molecular biologist from the law firm Novak Druce + Quigg. The speakers shared their insights and experiences about being female leaders on the forefront of the growing bioscience cluster in Florida.

“The response to this event was overwhelming,” said Meenu Sasser, shareholder at Gunster who helped spearhead the event. “There’s a serious interest from the community to learn about the science institutions now in our backyard. It’s encouraging to see that world-renowned entities like Max Planck and Scripps are led locally by women. Gunster is a firm that takes great pride in being a community connecter, and encourages recognition for the accomplishments of women and promotes women as leaders.”

Guests included students from Palm Beach Lakes High School’s pre-law magnet program, as well as Courtney Brogan, the first lady of Florida Atlantic University; Jenni Garrison, innovation program manager for Governor Charlie Crist’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development; Dr. Jennifer Busby, Scripps scientist; and Gunster attorneys including Michael Mitrione, Lisa Schneider, Nicole Atkinson, Rebecca Cavendish, Lew Crippen and Gaida Zirkelbach.

For more information about Gunster, visit For more information about Max Planck Florida Institute, visit For more information about Scripps Florida, visit and for more information about BioTools, visit
About Gunster

Established in 1925, Gunster is a full-service Florida law firm with eight offices around the state, providing counsel to leading businesses and individuals. Our statewide presence and culture reflect the firm’s status as Florida’s lawyers for business. Gunster services clients from its offices in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Palm Beach, Stuart, Tallahassee, Vero Beach and its headquarters in West Palm Beach, with 140 attorneys and 200 committed support staff.


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