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SDEE has a number of truly fantastic events that range from our monthly happy hours to expert-led workshops and networking events.

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 05:30 PM · $30.00 USD · 4 rsvps
    Hera Hub

    WORKSHOP: Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding

    Obtaining funds through grants, disease foundations and other sources of non-dilutive funding is a great way to establish and build early stage companies.  In this workshop, you will learn from experienced entrepreneurs how to best obtain and manage non-dilutive funding in the form of grants and contracts. We will cover topics such as:

    •    What is the most efficient way to find the right opportunities?
    •    What makes a proposal great?
    •    What do I need to apply?
    •    How should I present my technology to reviewers?
    •    How can the funding be used?
    •    What will I need to track and report?
    •    Do I need to hire someone to help with the process?

    Tamara Mayer Schwent. Director of Operations, Sirenas, LLC
    R. Scott Struthers, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals
    Jiwu Wang, Ph.D., President & CEO, Allele Biotechnology


    5:30pm – 6:00pm           Networking

    6:00pm -  7:30pm           Presentations and Q & A

    7:30pm – 8:30pm           Breakout Sessions with individual speakers / networking

    $30 SDEE & HeraHub Members

    $50 Non-members

  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    TriNet Group, Inc. in San Diego, CA

    Wednesday Office Hours with SDEE Consultants

    As a service to our members and the San Diego Biotech community, SDEE consultants will provide an opportunity to meet for private, pro bono professional advice on Wednesday afternoons. Appointment Required.

    Request appointment from Danielle Hayes

    Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
    Appointment Duration: 30 minutes

    Wednesday, October 25th

    Al Peterson                                                                                                                                                                          Coaching in the area of project management and new product development.

    Bernie Greenspan
    Coaching in the area of patent portfolio management.

    Harri Jarvelainen
    Coaching in the area of management and strategy of discovery / preclinical / toxicology programs for emerging biotech.


    Andrea Davis                                                                                                                                                                        Coaching in the area of patent information, including patentability, freedom-to-operate, and patent landscapes.


  • Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at 08:00 AM
    The Alexandria in San Diego, CA

    Investor Day with 5 AM Ventures

    Apply for SDEE’s Investor Day with 5AM Ventures

    Pitch Your Healthcare Startup and Network with Other CEOs/Founders

    Submissions due by October 20th

    Event Sponsor:



    David Allison, PhD, Principal

    Mira Chaurushiya, PhD, Senior Associate

    5AM Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on building next-generation life science companies capable of delivering outstanding returns to our investors. We support companies that are working to solve important healthcare needs via cutting-edge breakthroughs in medicine and science. Our portfolio companies spearhead novel approaches to diagnose, prevent and treat a wide range of medical conditions.

    5AM’s investment professionals possess strong scientific, medical, operational, legal and finance expertise. Our complementary backgrounds provide us with a unique edge to find and shape life science portfolio companies. Our team employs a time-tested, hands-on approach to company building and, in addition to being an early investor, 5AM is often directly involved in setting company strategy, management recruiting, business development and fundraising. We contribute as board members and frequently take on short-term operating roles.

    To be considered for this event, please submit a one page executive summary, or a non-confidential slide deck (less than 25 slides) via email to:

    Participation in this event is subject to selection*, and only open to SDEE members. (Join here:

    8:00am – 8:30am:  Introduction to 5 AM Ventures
    8:30am – 9:30pm:  Breakfast
    9:30am – 12:30pm:  1:1 Meetings


    David AllisonDavid Allison, Ph.D. joined 5AM Ventures as a Principal in 2016. He was previously a Principal at Versant Ventures, where he focused on biotechnology and other healthcare investments, and was involved with companies such as Aprea, BioTie Therapies (acquired by Acorda), Crinetics, Holaira and NeuWave Medical (acquired by Johnson and Johnson). Prior to Versant, Dr. Allison was a Principal at Split Rock Ventures where he was involved with companies such as Ardian (acquired by Medtronic), Histogenics (Nasdaq: HSGX), RF Surgical (acquired by Medtronic), Transcend (acquired by Alcon) and Twelve (acquired by Medtronic). Prior to Split Rock Ventures he was a Sr. Associate at PTV Sciences. David also spent time with SurModics in its diagnostics and drug discovery business unit and as a NSF Research Fellow at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Heart Valve Laboratory. Dr. Allison received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University with a focus in Cell Biology and Extracellular Matrix in Cardiovascular Disease. He received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Iowa. Dr. Allison is based in the San Francisco, CA office.


    Mira ChaurushiyaMira Chaurushiya, Ph.D. is a Senior Associate at 5AM Ventures. Dr. Chaurushiya joined in 2015 from Genentech where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physiological Chemistry studying mouse models of cancer and stem cells. Prior to Genentech, she completed her Ph.D. work at the Salk Institute, where she studied Herpes Simplex Virus infections and epigenetics. Her work has been published in Science and PNAS, among others. Dr. Chaurushiya currently serves as an Observer on the Boards of Chrono Therapeutics, Precision Nanosystems, Purigen Biosystems, Biodesy, Cleave Biosciences, GenePeeks and Pear Therapeutics. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Society of Kauffman Fellows and serves on the Board of Biotech Connection Bay Area, a non-profit that focuses on career development for academic scientists. Dr. Chaurushiya received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, San Diego in conjunction with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where she was awarded the Martin Kamen Thesis Prize in Biochemistry. She received her B.A. in Biology from Carleton College. Dr. Chaurushiya is based in the San Francisco, CA office.

    * You will be notified by October 31st if your company is selected to participate.

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 05:30 PM · 10 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    November Happy Hour - Last one in 2017!

    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.

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