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The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by local entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and pre-entrepreneurs interested in Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma, Medical Devices, Tech and Alternative Energy. SDEE was founded to provide a voice and resources for early stage startups, to encourage new entrepreneurs, and sponsor networking and educational services to help develop skills necessary to bring new businesses and funding to the San Diego area. 

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  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 05:30 PM · $30.00 USD · 4 rsvps
    Hera Hub

    WORKSHOP: Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding

    Obtaining funds through grants, disease foundations and other sources of non-dilutive funding is a great way to establish and build early stage companies.  In this workshop, you will learn from experienced entrepreneurs how to best obtain and manage non-dilutive funding in the form of grants and contracts. We will cover topics such as: •    What is the most efficient way to find the right opportunities?•    What makes a proposal great?•    What do I need to apply?•    How should I present my technology to reviewers?•    How can the funding be used?•    What will I need to track and report?•    Do I need to hire someone to help with the process?SpeakersTamara Mayer Schwent. Director of Operations, Sirenas, LLCR. Scott Struthers, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Crinetics PharmaceuticalsJiwu Wang, Ph.D., President & CEO, Allele Biotechnology                                                   Agenda: 5:30pm – 6:00pm           Networking 6:00pm -  7:30pm           Presentations and Q & A 7:30pm – 8:30pm           Breakout Sessions with individual speakers / networking $30 SDEE & HeraHub Members $50 Non-members
    Wednesday, November 01, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    TriNet Group, Inc. in San Diego, CA

    Wednesday Office Hours with SDEE Consultants

    As a service to our members and the San Diego Biotech community, SDEE consultants will provide an opportunity to meet for private, pro bono professional advice on Wednesday afternoons. Appointment Required. Request appointment from Danielle Hayes dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pmAppointment Duration: 30 minutes Wednesday, October 25th Al Peterson                                                                                                                                                                          Coaching in the area of project management and new product development. Bernie Greenspan Coaching in the area of patent portfolio management. Harri Jarvelainen Coaching in the area of management and strategy of discovery / preclinical / toxicology programs for emerging biotech.   Andrea Davis                                                                                                                                                                        Coaching in the area of patent information, including patentability, freedom-to-operate, and patent landscapes.  
    Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 08:00 AM
    The Alexandria in San Diego, CA

    Investor Day with 5 AM Ventures

    Apply for SDEE’s Investor Day with 5AM Ventures Pitch Your Healthcare Startup and Network with Other CEOs/Founders Submissions due by October 20th Event Sponsor:   David Allison, PhD, Principal Mira Chaurushiya, PhD, Senior Associate 5AM Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on building next-generation life science companies capable of delivering outstanding returns to our investors. We support companies that are working to solve important healthcare needs via cutting-edge breakthroughs in medicine and science. Our portfolio companies spearhead novel approaches to diagnose, prevent and treat a wide range of medical conditions. 5AM’s investment professionals possess strong scientific, medical, operational, legal and finance expertise. Our complementary backgrounds provide us with a unique edge to find and shape life science portfolio companies. Our team employs a time-tested, hands-on approach to company building and, in addition to being an early investor, 5AM is often directly involved in setting company strategy, management recruiting, business development and fundraising. We contribute as board members and frequently take on short-term operating roles. To be considered for this event, please submit a one page executive summary, or a non-confidential slide deck (less than 25 slides) via email to: dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org Participation in this event is subject to selection*, and only open to SDEE members. (Join here: http://www.sdentrepreneurs.org/join_sdee) Agenda:   8:00am – 8:30am:  Introduction to 5 AM Ventures 8:30am – 9:30pm:  Breakfast 9:30am – 12:30pm:  1:1 Meetings   David Allison, Ph.D. joined 5AM Ventures as a Principal in 2016. He was previously a Principal at Versant Ventures, where he focused on biotechnology and other healthcare investments, and was involved with companies such as Aprea, BioTie Therapies (acquired by Acorda), Crinetics, Holaira and NeuWave Medical (acquired by Johnson and Johnson). Prior to Versant, Dr. Allison was a Principal at Split Rock Ventures where he was involved with companies such as Ardian (acquired by Medtronic), Histogenics (Nasdaq: HSGX), RF Surgical (acquired by Medtronic), Transcend (acquired by Alcon) and Twelve (acquired by Medtronic). Prior to Split Rock Ventures he was a Sr. Associate at PTV Sciences. David also spent time with SurModics in its diagnostics and drug discovery business unit and as a NSF Research Fellow at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Heart Valve Laboratory. Dr. Allison received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University with a focus in Cell Biology and Extracellular Matrix in Cardiovascular Disease. He received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Iowa. Dr. Allison is based in the San Francisco, CA office.   Mira Chaurushiya, Ph.D. is a Senior Associate at 5AM Ventures. Dr. Chaurushiya joined in 2015 from Genentech where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiological Chemistry studying mouse models of cancer and stem cells. Prior to Genentech, she completed her Ph.D. work at the Salk Institute, where she studied Herpes Simplex Virus infections and epigenetics. Her work has been published in Science and PNAS, among others. Dr. Chaurushiya currently serves as an Observer on the Boards of Chrono Therapeutics, Precision Nanosystems, Purigen Biosystems, Biodesy, Cleave Biosciences, GenePeeks and Pear Therapeutics. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Society of Kauffman Fellows and serves on the Board of Biotech Connection Bay Area, a non-profit that focuses on career development for academic scientists. Dr. Chaurushiya received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, San Diego in conjunction with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where she was awarded the Martin Kamen Thesis Prize in Biochemistry. She received her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College. Dr. Chaurushiya is based in the San Francisco, CA office. * You will be notified by October 31st if your company is selected to participate.
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 10 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    November Happy Hour - Last one in 2017!

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour hosted by New English Brewing Company. Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

  • News From SDEE Members

    Looking for Lab Clean Room 2,000-3,000 square foot

    An international bio-tech company is looking urgently for lab space (plus office space of 2,000-3,000 square foot) to buy or lease. They would prefer a setting where the clean room space is already built, but will consider any location where the building is properly zoned and has the utilities to support tenant improvement. As a member of SDEE I would highly appreciate any help from the community. Please reach out to me at contact@interculturalservices.com if you have any information on potentially available lab space.
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    UCSD Extension Course - The Business of Biotech

    Explore your career options. Bioscience is exciting and important but is it the right career path for you long term? Participate in this on-campus, highly interactive course to answer this question. Key aspects of biotech are covered:  Disruptive innovation – Understand the accepted theory and how to enhance success FDA regulation – Pathways and times to approval for drugs, devices and biologics Spinouts & licensing – Creating intellectual property and obtaining rights to fields of use Financing – Cover the basics plus negotiating investment, valuation, dilution, options Biotech business models -- Learn the 8 biotech business models and risk/reward of each Business development – Analyze/value the acquisition of a license or a corporate entity Class format: Structured but informal with focus on the students in workshop fashion. Most classes start with a discussion of the materials followed by a group exercise and conclude with a team presentation of a Harvard Business School biotech case. Projects measure and enhance your entrepreneurial abilities, interpersonal team skills, written communications and oral presentation abilities. Upon completion of this course, you will have in-depth knowledge of the biotech industry, be able to speak the language and evaluate opportunities outside your current scope of work. "I must say, I will be sad when your class ends. It has made me realize, well actually reaffirmed, that I want to be involved in the business aspect of biotech – it’s so interesting." - prior student Course runs January 9 - March 13, 2018. More details on the website: https://extension.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/the-business-of-biotech
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    September 2017 Member News

    Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. September Member News features Montana Molecular, Cure Match, Allele Biotechnology, MaxCyte, and Managed Lab Services.
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Takeda San Diego


Barney and Barney TriNet


Knobe Martens Duane Morris MaxCyte

SDEE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by local San Diego entrepreneurs
in order to provide a voice for the early stage start-up, to support new entrepreneurs and their companies,
and to sponsor networking and educational events
to help develop the skills necessary to bring funding, business, and jobs to the San Diego area.

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