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  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 15 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    October 2015 Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at SDEE October Happy Hour hosted by New English Brewing Company.

    Everyone is welcome (and yes, registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

  • News From SDEE Members

    Allele Biotechnology Announces Plans for Stem Cell Bank

    October 06, 2015 11:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allele Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Allele”), a leader in the development of specialized cells for regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical drug discovery, today announced plans to form a commercial business for the banking of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) by private individuals. Allele is pleased to have Drs. Mahendra Rao and Joseph Paulauskis as the first members of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for iPSC banking and cGMP production. Dr. Rao is a world-renowned scientist in the fields of stem cells and medicine, having served as the VP of Regenerative Medicine at Invitrogen, founding Director of the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine, Chair of the Biological Response Modifiers Committee (BRMAC, now CTAGT) of the FDA, and he is currently Chief Strategy Officer at Q Therapeutics. Dr. Paulauskis is the Chief Operating Officer of Paradigm Dx as well as the Vice-President of Research and Biobanking for the International Genomics Consortium, and has previously held senior positions in pharmacogenomics at Pfizer. Allele plans to make additional appointments to the SAB as individuals with world-class experience and expertise are identified.  “We are happy to have the guidance from world leading experts in stem cells, biobanking, and cell therapy fields such as Drs. Rao and Paulauskis”, said Jiwu Wang Ph.D., President and CEO of Allele. “We believe that setting the bar high will be ultimately beneficial to future customers, fellow researchers, industry partners, and regulatory agencies alike."   View the complete press release here.
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    Explora BioLabs to Celebrate Opening of Sorrento Valley Facility

    Join friends and colleagues for snacks and drinks as we celebrate the grand opening of our new research facility, vivarium and headquarters. This state-of-the-art vivarium is our fourth in San Diego, and will serve the expanding needs of our preclinical research clients. Tours of the laboratory and vivarium will be offered during the event, or please contact us anytime for a private showing. Date and Time: Friday September 25, from 4-6pm Address: 11175 Flintkote Ave, San Diego 92121.
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  • Meet SDEE Community


    I recently talked with Susan Baxter, Ph.D., Executive Director of CSUPERB, to find out how the CSU I-Corps program is impacting the local biotech community. “The CSU I-Corps program had 34 teams state-wide in the first year,” said Dr. Baxter. “We work with student-based teams in the fall and the faculty-led teams in the spring.” Each team has three members and works for three months to evolve a business model. “The student teams are made up of scientists and engineers, and are required to have a business student,” said Dr. Baxter. “The faculty teams include a faculty member, a post-doc or graduate student, or even an undergrad.” Key to connecting the academic teams to industry is the participation of mentors. Each team requires an industry mentor to inform on how commercialization of their idea might proceed. “Mentors meet with the team every other week or so, advising on the business model, feasibility, and commercialization,” Dr. Baxter said. “The industry mentor helps the teams develop hypotheses around a business model, corrects their thinking, and identifies blind spots. The teams conduct 30-40 interviews with customers, experts, and key opinion leaders about the feasibility of their commercialization idea. Mentors play a large role in helping teams make connections and find people to talk to.” Another way mentors can participate is to serve on evaluation panels. “In the end the teams present their current business model canvas and talk about the learning that got them there. The evaluation panel is looking to see how much they learned, if they understand what they learned, and if they have a biotech idea that sounds feasible,” said Dr. Baxter. “The evaluation panel gives them an honest appraisal of their chances to commercialize their idea, next steps, and milestones to mature their idea. It culminates in a ‘go, no-go’ decision. If they get a ‘go,’ the panel might recommend they pursue additional funding from NSF or consider partnering options. If they get a ‘no,’ the panel may make recommendations to go back to the lab and perform additional proof-of-concept work before they are ready to go out and talk to the market.”
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    Open House for the Association for Women in Science

    Come enjoy free food and a drink--find out more about the local chapter of the Association for Women in Science.  Networking and a silent auction will also be featured. When:  Wednesday, October 28th 5:30pm to 8:00pm Where: Qualcomm (Building S)            5535 Morehouse Drive            San Diego CA 92121 Register here
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