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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, January 18, 2018 at 08:00 AM
    The Alexandria in San Diego, CA

    Investor Day with Illumina Ventures

    Apply for SDEE’s Investor Day with Illumina Ventures The deadline to apply has been extended to Thursday, January 4, 2018 Pitch Your Healthcare Startup and Network with Other CEOs/Founders Submissions due by January 2, 2018 Event Sponsor:   Wouter Meuleman, Ph.D. Director, Venture Investments Noel Jee, Ph.D., Investment Associate Illumina Ventures invests in early-stage companies that are pioneering new applications of genomics and enabling precision medicine – including life science tools, clinical diagnostics, and therapeutic platforms. Our limited partners include Illumina, the world's leading genomics solutions provider, as well as global corporate, institutional, sovereign, and individual investors. Our team members have spent decades at the forefront of genomics innovation and share a passion for improving human health. To be considered for this event, please submit a single page executive summary, or non-confidential slide deck (less than 25 slides) by January 4, 2018 via email to: dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org   You will be notified by January 12 if your company has been selected for a 1:1 meeting. ALL APPLICANTS are invited and encouraged to attend the networking breakfast and introduction & discussion with Illumina Ventures. The event is only open to SDEE members. (Join here: http://www.sdentrepreneurs.org/join_sdee)   Agenda:   8:00am – 8:30am:  Breakfast 8:30am – 9:30pm:  Introduction to Illumina Ventures and discussion 9:30am – 12:30pm:  1:1 Meetings   Wouter Meuleman is Director at Illumina Ventures, and was previously Illumina, Inc. where he worked in a variety of leadership roles throughout the organization, including R&D, Product Development, and Corporate Development. A physical chemist by training, he began his career in life sciences as first employee at Oxford University spin-out Oxamer, a company founded in 2003 by Lasker award winner Prof. Sir Edwin Southern, where he led the development a benchtop DNA microarray fabrication platform. Following the company’s incorporation into Oxford Gene Technology in 2005, he continued working alongside Prof. Southern leading R&D programs in areas such as single cell gene expression analysis and novel applications for DNA microarrays. He obtained his undergraduate and Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Ghent, Belgium; a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, U.K; and an MBA from the University of Cambridge, U.K.   Noel Jee is an Investment Associate at Illumina Ventures. Prior to joining the fund, Noel worked at L.E.K. Consulting as a management consultant specializing in the life sciences. He has consulted on strategy engagements for companies in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, and diagnostics industries. Before joining L.E.K. Consulting, Noel helped to co-found and bootstrap the San Francisco-based medical device and digital health startup Knox Medical Diagnostics, where he led the initial business development. He obtained dual BS degrees from the University of Maryland College Park, and his PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from the University of California San Francisco.
    Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 05:00 PM · 45 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    January Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour at 5:00pm held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley. Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount. This month's Happy Hour is hosted by American Laboratory Trading (ALT) and Scale Matrix. Members - drop off your business card for one free drink ticket and one free food ticket. Not a member? Just ask Danielle for details.
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 05:30 PM
    Genesis at Campus Point in San Diego, CA

    iTALK: Crafting Your Personal Pitch for 2018

    iTALK: CRAFTING YOUR PERSONAL PITCH FOR 2018Thursday, January 25th5:30pm - 7:00pmGenesis at Campus Point4242 Campus Point CourtSan Diego, CA Life science entrepreneurs, save the date! Whether you're networking in a room of investors, potential partners or community leaders it is important to convey your "personal brand” quickly and succinctly. Capturing and holding your listener's attention from the start is critical.  Let’s kick off the new year with some fresh skills that will help us make valuable connections in 2018!  Kelly Huang, Corporate Learning Facilitator at HBS Publishing and UCSD Extension Faculty member, will open the event with some expert advice from 5:30 - 6:00PMfollowed by wine, a pitch practice and connecting with fellow life science entrepreneurs. ***Space is limited***ATTEND EVENT FOR FREE Wine varietals to be announced next month...stay tuned! Kelly C. Huang Corporate Learning Facilitator at HBS Publishing, Leadership Training, UCSD Extension Faculty Kelly C. Huang brings over 20+ years of executive, teaching and management consulting experience to her current role as a Corporate Learning Facilitator at Harvard Business Publishing (HBP). Kelly taught virtual leadership training classes that leveraged the management insight, thought leadership, and expertise of HBS faculty and HBR authors. Kelly started her career in sales and marketing IBM and Monsanto. Since 2009, she has also designed and delivered marketing and entrepreneurship curriculum for UCSD Extension and CONNECT.  More recently she has worked closely with high-technology and biotechnology start-ups in San Diego and Silicon Valley to devise partnerships and product launch strategies.Kelly holds an MBA from Harvard Business School & a BA in Computer Engineering from Brown University. She is active in the local start-up and angel investor communities and speaks Mandarin fluently. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellychuang/
    Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    February Happy Hour

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

  • News From SDEE Members

    Neuropore Therapies receives 2nd grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research!

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research awarded Neuropore Therapies a second grant on its TLR2 antagonist Program for Parkinson's disease.  READ MORE:  https://www.businesswire.com/news
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    Michael Swit announces re-launching of his FDA regulatory law practice.

    The Law Offices of Michael A. Swit, devoted to Solving FDA Legal Challenges for the Life of a Life Sciences Company.  Please visit our website at www.fdacounsel.com.  Happy Holidays!
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    SDEE’s First Investor Day with Wu Capital USA

    By Randy Schreckhise and Amy Duncan  To kick off the new SDEE Investor Day program, we arranged for SDEE member companies to meet with Hannah Chang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Wu Capital Investment in October 2017. All SDEE member companies who submitted applications were invited to meet with Hannah to learn more about the fund.
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    SDEE Introduces New “Investor Day” Program

    By Randy Schreckhise and Amy Duncan  As a benefit to SDEE member companies, SDEE started a new program called Investor Day. SDEE Investor Days are a way for SDEE members who are looking for funding to gain exposure to top tier venture capital (VC) firms. SDEE members benefit through introductions to VCs that might otherwise be challenging to obtain without connections to fund principals, partners or associates.
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Takeda San Diego


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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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