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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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  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 05:00 PM · $35.00 USD · 165 rsvps
    Crinetics Pharmaceuticals in San Diego, CA

    December 11th Year End Social

    Please join your fellow SDEE members for our annual Year-end Social! It will be a great evening of networking, fantastic food, craft beer and wine,  and good conversations! We will continue our tradition of the 6th Annual Opportunity Drawing!  Tickets for the drawing will be available at the door - cash, credit card, and debit cards are accepted. Tickets start at 5 for $5. You must purchase tickets to participate. Ticket drop closes at 7:15pm and the drawing will be held at 7:30pm. You must be present to win, no exceptions. Donors whose gift has a value of $100 or more will receive a special website & email mention as well as a shout out at the party.  If you would like to embrace the holiday spirit and to donate a drawing item, please contact Danielle Hayes dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org   Special Gifts: $100 Amazon Gift Card from TriNet Brandy De La Maziere X.O. $130 from Duane Morris LLP Gift Basket $100 from Bristol Farms Apple 128G iPad $350 from Syngene $100 Gift Card to Farmer & The Seahorse from Alexandria Real Estate Equities The Glenlivet 15 Years of Age Single Malt Scotch Whiskey $100 from Phenovista Snowboard $350 from EmulateBio Amazon Spots x 2 $130 from Axiom Real-Time Metrics Visa Gift Card $75 & Starbucks Gift Card $25 from Intertec $100 Amazon Gift Card from Asha Pharma, LLC Elements Monster Head Phones $239 from On-Sight Safety Optics Wine Gift Set $100 from Martin Eglitis, Blazing Star Pharma Nespresso Vertuo Machine $199 from Wagenknecht IP Law Group Holiday Gift Basket $100 from Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting Happy Hour for 10 $100 from Belly Up Tavern Hera Hub One Month Membership $400 from Hera Hub San Diego $200 Ruth's Chris Gift Card from Dawayne Trobaugh and more! This exclusive event is free for our members, sponsors and speakers, but you do need to RSVP below to reserve your space. Your guests are welcome to attend for $35, purchase guest tickets here.  Non-members will be charged at the door.  This year we are having our annual membership drive now through December 11th. New members and renewals will receive a 10% discount. Join now or renew here! Benefits of becoming a member include: Discounted supplies and equipment from SDEE sponsors 30% - 50% discount on all workshops 10% discount at New English Brewing Co. during monthly happy hour Free events including our annual Get To Know Your Neighbors, Founders Tales, and the Year-end Social Other special deals & discounts depending on membership level   7
    Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 08:00 AM
    Green Acre Campus Pointe in San Diego, CA

    Investor Day with Vida Ventures

    Apply for SDEE’s Investor Day with Vida Ventures   Pitch Your Healthcare Startup and Network with Other CEOs/Founders Submissions due by December 4th, 2018 Event Sponsor:                      Arjun Goyal, M.D., Co-founder and Managing Director, Vida Ventures   Vida Ventures is a next-generation life sciences investment firm founded in 2017 by a group of scientists, physicians, entrepreneurs and investors passionate about building and funding breakthroughs in biomedicine. Together they form an independent, bold investment group bound together by a simple word – life. Its mission is to bring science to life and advance transformative biomedical innovations that have the potential to make a meaningful difference for patients. Vida has a bicoastal presence and currently manages approximately $295 million. To be considered for this event, please submit a single page executive summary, or non-confidential slide deck (less than 25 slides) by December 4th, 2018 via email to: dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org   You will be notified by December 11 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 Vida Ventures. The event is only open to SDEE Small Business and Corporate members. (Join here: http://www.sdentrepreneurs.org/join_sdee)   Agenda:   8:00am – 8:30am:  Breakfast 8:30am – 9:30pm:  Introduction to Vida Ventures and discussion 9:30am – 12:00pm:  1:1 Meetings   Arjun Goyal, M.D., M.Phil, M.B.A Arjun Goyal is a Co‐Founder and Managing Director of Vida Ventures. From 2014 through 2017, Arjun was an investment professional at 5AM Ventures, a life science focused venture firm. Arjun was a Board Observer at Aprea AB, Spyryx, Pear Therapeutics, Portal Instruments, Entrada, and Homology Medicines (NASDAQ: FIXX). At 5AM Ventures, Arjun was part of the founding team of Homology Medicines, a genetic medicines company and he also served as Acting VP of Business Development at Pear Therapeutics. Prior to joining 5AM Ventures, Arjun was Co‐Founder and CEO, Foresight Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company developing hormonal treatments for infectious diseases. Arjun received his B.S. in Medical Science, Diploma in French and his M.D. degree from the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford. He completed his postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine at the University of Sydney. He received his M.Phil. in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge on a Commonwealth Scholarship and his MBA from Harvard Business School. Arjun has received several awards for his work including the American Australian Association Education Fellowship, Robert Kaplan Life Science Fellowship, Oxford Clarendon Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship and Reg Waite Award for Young Australians. He is a co‐inventor on one patent and has served on the editorial board of an international scientific journal. Arjun is a Board Observer at Pionyr Immunotherapeutics and serves on the Committee for the American Australian Association Education Fellowship and LifeTech Advisory Board of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, and was on the 2016 NCI Review Committee for SBIR grants.

  • News From SDEE Members

    Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Regulatory Affairs Director

    Collidion, Inc. and it’s subsidiaries,  Plex Pharmaceuticals & Avenlogics, Inc has an immediate full-time position open for Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Regulatory Affairs Director. Position: Full-time Location: Flexible To apply, visit www.collidion.com/careers   Founded in 2015, Collidion, Inc. is a private healthcare company with two subsidiaries, Avenlogics, Inc. and Plex Pharmaceuticals. Collidion strives to improve the future of global healthcare through the acquisition, licensing, development, and commercialization of drugs and medical devices for various markets.  Collidion invests industry expertise and capital to develop these technologies into recognizable solutions for patients and medical professionals. Collidion values innovation, scientific rigor, collaboration and a passion for change.   Avenlogics, Inc., Collidion’s subsidiary, is focused on the development and commercialization of several anti-infective based products.  The Company’s pipeline of antimicrobial products addresses a growing need for alternative therapies to effectively treat infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens. Collidion’s solutions include several antimicrobial platforms with potential applications in human and animal medicines, wound care, surface disinfection, and improved safety for the food supply chain. The company is located alongside with Collidion, Inc in Petaluma, CA.   Plex Pharmaceuticals is a scientifically-driven company with a vision to improve the lives of patients with complex diseases and conditions. The company is focused on the treatment of diseases generally caused by protein misfolding: ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and cataracts.  The company was founded in 2009.  Plex has a rich pipeline of drug discovery programs and a dedicated scientific team. Plex’s drug discovery lab and operations are located in San Diego, California.   PHARMACEUTICAL AND MEDICAL DEVICE REGULATORY AFFAIRS DIRECTOR   Regulatory representation and leadership to cross-functional product development teams, development of regulatory strategies and support for clinical and non-clinical development programs and marketing applications.  Responsible for project timelines and management of 510K, PMA, IND, NDA and global regulatory submissions.  Lead regulatory activities including planning and reviewing of CMC, clinical and nonclinical sections of regulatory submissions.  Plan, direct and prepare regulatory submissions (IND, NDA, IDE, 510(k), PMA) to ensure compliance with FDA and international regulations and guidelines.  Develop and maintain SOPs with an emphasis on drug and device regulations.  Perform research regarding regulatory strategic recommendations, and new and revised governmental regulations.  Conduct successful negotiations and interactions with domestic and foreign regulatory agencies on assigned projects.  Provide regulatory guidance with regard to preparation, review and approval of labeling and promotional materials.  Prepare and assist with applicable regulatory audits.  Statistical techniques.      EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:     Minimum of B.S. in life sciences, engineering, or equivalent required.  Advanced degree preferred.      EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:    Minimum 5-7 years of experience in regulatory affairs for pharmaceutical and medical device biopharmaceutical companies.  Veterinary product experience highly desirable.  Experience with successful FDA and international agency negotiations and audits.  Experience in developing and submitting successful 510(k), PMA, IND/NDA submissions with a thorough understanding of the drug and device development processes, FDA regulations and ICH guidelines.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.      OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:    Detail oriented with well-developed organizational and analytical skills.  Experience with submitting documents in CTD and eCTD format.  Suited to working in a fast-paced, small company environment.     
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    Fully equipped 1000-1500 Sq. Ft. laboratory space available for sub-lease in Sorrento Mesa area

    Plex Pharmaceuticals is interested in sub-leasing 1000-1500 Sq. Ft. of laboratory space on a month-to-month or long-term basis. The sub-lessee will have access to common laboratory equipment, chemical fume hood, tissue culture and other general lab instruments. Lab bench with 3-5 knee holes, dedicated office space, wi-fi, shared conference room, common kitchen and reception area. Interested parties please contact Sridhar Prasad at 858-733-0858 or email: sprasad@plexpharma.com
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  • Meet SDEE Community

    Get to Know SDEE Consultants - Aspen Biosciences

    An Interview with Mark Fortner on Drug Discovery Resource Network Recently we sat down with Mark Fortner, CTO of Aspen Biosciences, a local software and services company to learn more about Pharm2Market (a new service they’re launching to help connect founders, investors, and vendors), and Pipeline (an application for drug discovery portfolio and project management). Mark is a member of the SDEE Consultants Group and joined SDEE in 2016.
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    Funding your Life Science Company with Grants – SDEE Workshop Summary

    By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting Apply for as many grants as you can and just keep submitting. That was the key take-home message from an SDEE workshop titled “Establish and Build Your Company Using Grants and Non-dilutive Funding.” Because grants and non-dilutive funding sources are a great way to establish and build early stage companies, SDEE asked experienced entrepreneurs and scientists in the San Diego community how to best obtain this type of funding. The panel of funding experts that led workshop included Patrick McDonough, PhD., Chief Research Officer of Vala Sciences, Christina Niemeyer, PhD, from i2 Grant Associates, and Travis Stiles, PhD, CEO & Co-Founder of Novoron Bioscience. Here is a summary of what was presented and discussed at the workshop.
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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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