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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, August 16, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 49 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    August Happy Hour Sponsored by Wagenknecht IP Law Group

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley. This month's Happy Hour is sponsored by member company, Wagenknecht IP Law Group. Members, stop by the SDEE table, make a name tag and exchange your business card with Wagenknecht for a free drink ticket and a free food ticket. **You must be a member to receive food and drink tickets. This month's food truck is Street Chef California.  Not a member? Visit the SDEE table to learn about our member benefits. Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.
    Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 05:30 PM
    BDO in San Diego, CA

    HBA San Diego Presents a Special Networking Event

    Meet the HBA and San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) Come celebrate summer with San Diego’s entrepreneurial community. Join HBA San Diego and SDEE to learn about all the exciting programs being planned to connect with other local leaders through networking, education and professional support. The goal of HBA San Diego’s Entrepreneur Affinity group, in partnership with SDEE, is to develop educational programming specific to the needs of the entrepreneurial community and leverage existing HBA programming and best practices for diversity and gender parity advocacy for local companies. Thank you to the San Diego office of BDO for their sponsorship of this event. Location BDO, 3570 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92130  Agenda5:30 - 7:30 PM    Networking, hors d'oeuvres and refreshmentsSpecial instructions: Free guest parking onsite.Please note that SDEE members will have to register for this event as nonmembers.Registration informationEvent is open to: HBA members, SDEE members and prospective membersOnline registration deadline: 23 August 2018Onsite (walk-in) registration: Is Allowed     *To register onsite, please arrive a few minutes early and be prepared to use a smartphone or other mobile device to register.    Register here
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 05:00 PM · $25.00 USD

    Partnering with Big Pharma

    Partnering without Pitfalls: Building Successful Collaborations between Entrepreneurs and Pharma Co-hosted by   Event Sponsors:   Join us for an interactive panel discussion with pharmaceutical leaders who will examine what they look for in a partner, how to navigate the partnering process, keys for success, and lessons learned   Attendance is FREE for members - RSVP here! Featuring Panelists David Weitz, Head of Takeda California and Global Research Externalization   Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Limited is focused on discovering transformative medicines for patients in the therapeutic areas of Oncology, Gastrointestinal and CNS.  It has research centers in Tokyo, Boston and San Diego.  David heads the San Diego research center and serves as a member Takeda’s global research senior leadership team.   As the leader in San Diego, David works to maintain the center’s agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to drug discovery research.  David has over 25 years of experience in research, business, legal, and intellectual property, as well as his proven track record of alliance formation, to increase Takeda’s agility in securing external partnerships and collaborations as a key source of innovation.  He received a B.S. in chemistry from M.I.T., a M.S. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from University of California, Berkeley.   Jeff Calcagno, Senior Director New Ventures, JNJ Innovation Jeff Calcagno, MD, is Senior Director, New Ventures, for Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI).  Jeff leads the New Ventures team at Johnson & Johnson’s California Innovation Center, which he helped to establish.  Jeff and his New Ventures team play a central role in sourcing and facilitating strategic breakthrough life sciences innovations across Western North America, Australia, and New Zealand.  Jeff also worked for 18 months making and managing venture investments for Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, the venture investing arm of Johnson & Johnson.Jeff began his business career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.  He later served as a healthcare research analyst at JP Morgan Hambrecht & Quist.  As an entrepreneur, he ran corporate development and operations for WIDCOMM, a technology company acquired by Broadcom, and served as CFO & CBO for Vela Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed drug development company. From 2006 to 2010 he was a Principal & Kauffman Fellow at Scale Venture Partners, a venture fund with over $1B under management. Jeff graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Biology from Harvard College and earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar.  He completed his medical-psychiatric internship and psychiatry residency at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and served as program chief resident.  Afterwards, he was awarded and completed a clinical neuropharmacology fellowship focusing on the care of treatment-refractory patients. He speaks multiple languages. Melissa Fitzgerald, Head Strategic Research Partnerships, Pfizer Program 5:00 – 6:00pm         Networking Reception & Exhibition, appetizers & refreshments provided.  6:00 – 6:20pm         Introduction to SDEE, Launchbio and 30 second pitches 6:20 – 8:00pm         Panel Presentation and Discussion   SDEE Members can apply to give a 30 second pitch Exhibit tables are available to SDEE Small Business, Corporate, and Consultant members! Members: Contact Danielle Hayes, dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org   Cost: Free for SDEE and BioLabs members. SDEE Members please RSVP here $25 for non-members, please use the form below to purchase tickets.
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 3 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    September Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley. This month's Happy Hour is sponsored by SDEE member company, Biosurplus and Cardinal Regulatory Health. Members - stop by the SDEE table, make a name-tag, then exchange your business card with the sponsors for one free drink ticket and one free food ticket.  Everyone is welcome to attend, the registration is free, and SDEE members get 10% drinks discount!  Not an SDEE member? Stop by the SDEE table to learn more about the benefits of joining. Ask around, our members will fill you in too!

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    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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    The Art of Effective Negotiation

    By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting Is it the offeror or the recipient that holds the power in a negotiation? Whether you are negotiating a founders’ agreement or an investor term sheet, moving beyond a power struggle to balancing concerns may be more beneficial for both parties. That’s what we learned from David Johnson, JD, JSM, Lecturer at Stanford Law School, who led the workshop “The Art of Effective Negotiation” co-hosted by San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) and JLABS San Diego on July 12, 2018, for a crowd of nearly 100 people.
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    ALT Announces Platinum Sponsorship of SDEE

    American Laboratory Trading Announces Sponsorship of San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange  Two-year agreement helps support San Diego life science entrepreneur and academic community with premium refurbished lab equipment and surplus strategy services SAN DIEGO, CA, July 17, 2018 -- American Laboratory Trading (ALT), announced today that it has become a platinum sponsor of San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) for the next two years. Through this new partnership, SDEE members will receive exclusive discounts and offers, plus tailored and local surplus strategy services
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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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