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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.

  • 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  

    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



  • 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:


    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:


    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.

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