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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, June 21, 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 June 7, 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 June 7, 2018 via email to: dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org   You will be notified by June 14 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 Vida Ventures and discussion 9:30am – 12:30pm:  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.
    Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 32 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    June 21st Happy Hour Sponsored by Medical Minds and Certara

    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 companies Medical Minds and Certara. SDEE members - stop by the SDEE table first, make a name tag, then exchange your business card with the sponsors for one free drink ticket and one free food ticket. You must be a member to receive the food and drink tickets. Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount. Not a member yet? Ask for details and member perks at the SDEE table.
    Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    JLABS in San Diego, CA

    SDEE Workshop: The Art of Effective Negotiation

    SDEE at JLABS: The Art of Effective Negotiation     David Johnson, JD, JSM Lecturer, Stanford Law School and Stanford d. School   Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm   Location: JLABS San Diego 3210 Merryfield Row San Diego, CA   Sponsored By:                Agenda: 5:00 PM | Registration & Networking Reception*6:00 PM | Presentation & Case Study 8:00 PM | Q&A 8:30 PM | Program Close *Hors d'oeuvres provided    SDEE members          $25 Non-members            $45 JLABS members        free (sponsored by JLABS)   This workshop will give you skills to apply directly to improve outcomes of all types of negotiations. Whether you are negotiating a founders’ agreement, an investor term sheet, corporate partnership, or a new hire, you will come away with useful techniques and insights. Negotiation is part of everyday life, though most people have not had access to the knowledge and training in this important skill. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of successful negotiation and have the opportunity to practice using an engaging case study. Join us for an informative and interactive workshop with David Johnson. David is an experienced negotiator and has lectured annually at the Stanford Law School since 2006.  He also a lecturer at the d.school where he teaches  Negotiation by Design. David has had a full-time law practice since 1996. In addition to negotiation, he has expertise in corporate governance, strategy, IP, litigation, employment, and compliance. David also has substantive experience in several other areas including biotech, design and innovation, software, strategic analysis and decision-making. He served as Deputy General Counsel for Xenogen and Caliper Life Sciences, and held executive roles at other companies.  In Silicon Valley, he has litigated scores of patent, copyright, trade secret, antitrust, and business cases, and worked on corporate transactional and governance matters.  He currently serves on the California State Bar Executive Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and its subcommittee on Education and Inclusivity. David is a regular speaker at conferences, seminars and panels on various subjects in law, science and technology, as well as negotiation.    Register for this event here.
    Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 11 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    July 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.

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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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    Women Breaking the Boundaries of Science

    Women Breaking the Boundaries of Science is a BVS La Jolla Biotech Community event to discuss issues and celebrate successes of women in the science industry. This event will include a keynote address by Pamela Gardner (President and CEO of Biotech Vendor Services), a panel discussion moderated by Holly Smithson (CEO, Athena), vendor exhibits, networking, food & cocktails. Date: June 28, 2018  Time: 4:30-8:30pm Venue: San Diego Marriott La Jolla To attend, please register at: http://www.bvsweb.com/php/register.php?ShNbr=3499For more information, please contact Pam Gardner at 858-349-8375 | pam.gardner@bvsconnection.com  
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    Pro Back Office Adds Two New Partners

    Pro Back Office Adds Two New Partners Greg Leiser and Francesca San Diego are Promoted to Partner    May 24, 2018 — Pro Back Office is pleased to announce the addition of two new partners of the firm, Greg Leiser and Francesca San Diego. “We are beyond excited to bring Fran and Greg onto our management team. They are talented CFO’s whose leadership will bring immense value to our company,” says Jennifer Barnes, Co-Founder of Pro Back Office. Fran, Vice President of Finance and Greg, Vice President of Service Delivery will provide additional leadership to the fast growing company. Greg Leiser has more than twenty years of experience as a CFO in both public and privately held companies.  He has facilitated or had a role in going-public transactions, secondary offerings and private placements. Greg has performed in a lead role for nine business sale transactions including: advising on deal structures, managing the diligence process, and closing a $5 million financing round.  In 2016 he was named one of San Diego Business Journal’s CFOs of the Year. As a consulting CFO with Pro Back Office for over four years, Greg will continue his impact by supporting Pro Back Office’s client growth and processes.Francesca San Diego has almost thirty years of experience in finance and business management in a wide range of organizations, including three start-up ventures. Fran’s areas of expertise include financial oversight, strategic planning and business development. Her experience includes key financial positions at Sony and The Wherehouse, serving as CFO of an Internet start-up and CFO and COO of a global entertainment business where she had full P&L responsibility. In 2017 she was named one of San Diego Business Journal’s CFOs of the Year. As a consulting CFO with Pro Back Office for over three years, Fran will be taking on a larger role on the internal team, streamlining where appropriate and ensuring continued financial success. Pro Back Office, founded in 2012 by Mike Ford and Jennifer Barnes, provides highly skilled operational accounting, finance and strategic consulting talent, on an hourly, fractional, on-site or remote and ongoing or project basis. The firm currently services over 300 clients and has over 90 employees. Pro Back Office operates throughout the Pacific Southwest and in a broad range of industries, from start-ups to publicly traded companies as well as not for profits. The Pro Back Office team leverages decades of industry experience with an innovative, highly successful and personalized approach. “Every company is unique,” Jennifer shares “We take the time to understand their needs and find a solution that works for them; whether that is filling a gap in their accounting or HR department, helping them with a strategic project or becoming their entire finance, accounting and HR team.” For more information, visit www.ProBackOffice.com.
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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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