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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, April 06, 2017 at 05:00 PM · 40 rsvps
    Green Acre Campus Pointe in San Diego, CA

    Get To Know Your Neighbors 2017

    Event Sponsor:


    Osman Kibar to be Keynote Speaker at this year's event.  Join us for a networking event to help find collaborators, vendors, customers, advisers and investors, jobs, employees and meet your fellow entrepreneurs in your own neighborhood. Attendance is free!

    Attendance is FREE - RSVP below!


    Osman Kibar

    Featuring Keynote Speaker

    Osman Kibar, PhD

    Founder and CEO,  Samumed, LLC


     Osman Kibar is an entrepreneur and an inventor, with numerous successful start-ups under his belt. He is Founder and CEO of Samumed, a leader in medical research and development for tissue-level regeneration. Prior to Samumed, he was the Scientific Founder of Genoptix (an oncology diagnostics company), which went public in 2007 and was later acquired by Novartis in 2011. Dr. Kibar was also a Co-Founder of E-Tenna, whose assets relating to wireless antennas were acquired by Titan and assets relating to thermal management of microprocessors by Intel. He was a Vice President at Pequot Capital's venture capital and private equity team. Dr. Kibar received his M.S. and Ph.D., specializing in Biophotonics and Optoelectronics, from University of California, San Diego, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College.




    5:00 – 6:00pm         Networking Reception & Exhibition, appetizers & refreshments

                                      provided. Beer & Wine available for purchase

    6:00 – 6:15pm         Introduction to SDEE

    6:15 – 7:00pm         Keynote Speaker: Osman Kibar, PhD

    7:00 – 8:00pm         Continued Networking and Exhibition

    Exhibit tables are available to SDEE member companies! Contact: Danielle Hayes, dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org


    Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 05:00 PM · 7 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    April Happy Hour

    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.

    Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 05:30 PM · $30.00 USD
    Hera Hub in San Diego, CA

    WORKSHOP: How to Create a Green Energy Company: A Guide for Entrepreneurs

    SDEE presents a hands-on workshop

    Co-sponsored by the San Diego Green Chamber of Commerce



    Opportunity in the New Energy Economy. Ted Torre-Bueno, President of Empowered Energy Solutions, is a popular guest lecturer at local colleges on green building, sustainability, and energy efficiency.

    Funding Your New Technology Idea: Grants, Kickstarter, and Intensive Networking—Lessons I Have Learned. Carol Curchoe, Ph.D., is Founder of 32ATPs, LLC, a biologically-based battery storage company.

    Combining Opportunity with Action: How to Envision and Build a Sustainable Future. Lane Sharman, Chair and Co-Founder of the San Diego Energy District, designs and develops leading-edge energy systems for utilities, commercial properties and homes. He consults widely on sustainability.

    Moderator. Scott Thacher, Ph.D., CEO of Orphagen Pharmaceuticals


    5:30 – 5:45 pm            Introductions

    5:45  – 7:15                 Speaker Presentations with Brief Questions

    7:15 – 7:30                  Break & Networking

    7:25 – 8:30                  Extended Speaker Q&A

    Breakout into Rotating Small Groups with Individual Speakers

    Light refreshments will be provided! For more information, call Scott at (858) 481-6191


    Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 05:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    May Happy Hour

    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

    Nucleus Biologics Announces Highest Levels of FBS Testing in Industry

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    Fibromyalgia Therapeutics: Why has progress has been slow?

    Fibromyalgia is a common medical condition characterized by chronic widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance affecting two to three percent of the total population. It is five to ten times more common in women than men, increases with age and can also be worsened by many factors, including physical trauma and emotional stress. In this post, I share a few thoughts on why advances in the field have been slow and what developments may be coming soon. Fibromyalgia involves central amplification of peripheral sensory signals, so that otherwise normal sensations are perceived as painful. Most patients afflicted with fibromyalgia also experience excessive tenderness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, problems concentrating, and functional impairment. A major obstacle to diagnosis is the absence of specific laboratory or imaging tests for fibromyalgia, although lab testing can be used to rule out other conditions associated with fatigue. Since the symptoms of fibromyalgia are shared with other conditions, patients should also be evaluated for mood disorders and sleep impairment. In the decades prior to the introduction of the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) classification criteria in 1990, there was considerable skepticism about fibromyalgia as a legitimate medical condition. The 1990 ACR criteria ushered in an era of increased recognition of fibromyalgia and provided a standardized diagnostic approach. This was a boon for academic rheumatologists and even more so for researchers looking to test the efficacy of drugs. Despite widespread dissemination of the diagnostic criteria, skepticism abounded. For example, the very year ACR published the criteria for fibromyalgia, the British Journal of Rheumatology and the Canadian Family Physician journal published papers questioning the existence of fibromyalgia. However, the ACR criteria provided a major boost to research, resulting in the 2006 FDA approval of pregabalin (Lyrica®); the 2008 approval of duloxetine (Cymbalta®); and the 2009 approval of milnacipran (Savella®), which remain the only FDA-approved medicines for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Although the ACR classification system was a major advance, it proved problematic in a number of ways. First, it required assessment of tenderness on pressure (tender) points in at least 11 of 18 specified sites and the presence of widespread pain for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Second, tender point assessment failed to address the symptoms that bothered patients. And finally, digital palpation of 18 tender points was hard for most non-rheumatologists to perform. It became apparent that primary care physicians had neither the time nor the training to perform extensive tender point assessment. Therefore, in 2010, the ACR simplified its criteria, eliminating tender point assessment, and changed the definition of fibromyalgia to an illness characterized by self-reported multiple painful regions and core symptoms such as such as fatigue, sleep disturbances and impaired cognition. In 2011, the ACR provided a self-report version for survey and clinical research purposes, thus spurring further testing of treatments for fibromyalgia. In December 2016, ACR released a further revision to the 2010/2011 criteria to reduce misclassification of regional pain disorders and improve diagnostic clarity. The 2016 modifications provide physician-based criteria for patient diagnosis and self-report criteria for research studies. Although there are no definitive treatments for fibromyalgia, evidence indicates that lifestyle changes including relaxation, patient education, counseling, and exercise all improve symptoms and should therefore be an active part of any management program. In recent years, several promising drug treatments have failed in clinical trials, although companies such as Astellas, Daiichi Sankyo, Zynerba and SWITCHBIOTECH are pursuing new treatments for fibromyalgia. As awareness is raised and research studies continue, the contributing causes of fibromyalgia will be better understood and allow for the development of superior treatments. Najib Babul, PharmD, MBA
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  • Meet SDEE Community

    Community Resources for Entrepreneurs

    By Sylvia Norman, Sandhill Crane Diagnostics  An attendee at a recent networking event asked the startup panel whether it was possible to bootstrap a Life Sciences company. I thought “you bet it is and you’re in one of the best cities to do it.” And that’s how the idea to generate an SDEE listing of startup resources was born. Many of our SDEE members founded their companies using the wealth of entrepreneur resources available here in San Diego. We’ve drawn on their experiences to generate our initial lists. The following is a summary of what we've identified so far. Lab Space -  Startups need proof-of-concept data to obtain funding via investors, grants or partners, so finding wet lab space is an early priority. Luckily, San Diego has a variety of affordable wet lab incubator spaces to choose from including JLABS, Bio Tech & Beyond, Home Labs (Lab Fellows), BioLabs San Diego, Biotech Incubator of San Diego, La Jolla Cove Research Center and San Diego Science Center (Pacific Beach). Advantages to being part of an incubator are savings on capital equipment, shipping/receiving, facilities management and interacting directly with other Life Science entrepreneurs. Not looking to join an incubator? Less formal shared lab space options are available through companies with extra space available. SDEE posts these opportunities on our social media sites as we learn about them. Accelerators - Need help with planning or growing your business? Check out local accelerators like Hera LABS, CONNECT Springboard and San Diego SCORE which offer business development mentoring at low or no cost to entrepreneurs. Join our SDEE events and workshops for expert advice on topics to help grow your company. Equipment & Supplies - Equipment and supplies can take a big chunk out of your budget. Even if working in an incubator with shared equipment, you will likely need additional research equipment and lab supplies. ALT (American Laboratory Trading), Lab Trader and BioSurplus are local vendors who sell used or refurbished equipment at discounted prices. Sustainable Surplus and BioPioneer are great resources for lab supplies. For group discounts on lab purchases and business services, check out California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). Looking for free equipment and supplies? Follow our SDEE social media and eblasts for announcements. Discounted Services – Need custom lab support? Lab Fellows and Managed Lab Services can help fill those requirements. Our SDEE business directory and consultants directory have an array of resources for low cost custom services tailored to startup needs. Don't forget about local Life Science core facilities when looking for affordable specialty lab services.  That’s the start of our findings. We’ll be updating our lists as we learn about additional San Diego resources. Do you have a favorite? We’d love to hear about it. Contact Sylvia Norman at snorman@sdentrepreneurs.org with your tips.
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    Happy New Year from SDEE!

    Wishing you a happy and successful 2017! Thank you to our members, sponsors and volunteers for helping us provide educational & networking entrepreneur events to the San Diego community. Check out the highlights from 2016 in our newsletter http://www.sdentrepreneurs.org/newsletters. Have an idea for an event or workshop you would like next year? We'd love to hear about it. Just contact Danielle Hayes at dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org.    
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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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