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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, August 23, 2018 at 05:30 PM · 11 rsvps
    BDO in San Diego, CA

    Meet the HBA & 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.


    BDO, 3570 Carmel Mountain Rd., San Diego, CA 92130 

    5:30 - 7:30 PM    Networking, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments

    Special instructions: Free guest parking onsite.

    Registration information
    Event is open to: HBA members, SDEE members and prospective members
    Online registration deadline: 20 August 2018
    Onsite (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. 

  • 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!

    Jonathan Lim

    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


    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,


    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. Members - stop by the SDEE table, make a name-tag, then exchange your business card with Biosurplus 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!

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 05:30 PM
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    October 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.

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 05:30 PM
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    November 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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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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