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SDEE Introduces New “Investor Day” Program

By Randy Schreckhise and Amy Duncan 

As a benefit to SDEE member companies, SDEE started a new program called Investor Day. SDEE Investor Days are a way for SDEE members who looking for funding to gain exposure to top tier venture capital (VC) firms. SDEE members benefit through introductions to VCs that might otherwise be challenging to obtain without connections to fund principals, partners or associates.

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SDEE’s First Investor Day with Wu Capital USA

By Randy Schreckhise and Amy Duncan 

To kick off the new SDEE Investor Day program, we arranged for SDEE member companies to meet with Hannah Chang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Wu Capital Investment in October 2017. All SDEE member companies who submitted applications were invited to meet with Hannah to learn more about the fund.

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December 2017 Member News

Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. September Member News features MaxCyte, Pro Back Office LLC, and Wagenknecht IP Law Group.

MaxCyte, Inc.

MaxCyte was featured in the Genetic Engineering News Supplement: Applications of Novel CRISPR Tools. Read the article at: https://www.genengnews.com/gen-articles/supplement-applications-of-novel-crispr-tools/6220

Pro Back Office LLC

In 2017 Pro Back Office LLC was named one of the "Best Places to Work" by both the San Diego Business Journal and San Diego Union Tribune, and named #892 on the Inc 5000 and #40 on San Diego Business Journal's list of San Diego's fastest growing private companies. Jennifer Barnes, CEO & President, also won Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist Award, SDBJ Most Admired CEO Award, SDBJ Outstanding Achievement Award, SDBJ Women of Influence Award, and Women of the Year Awards - Medium Company Category.  

Wagenknecht IP Law Group

Wagenknecht IP Law Group, a San Diego based intellectual property law firm, welcomes patent attorney Gayani Weerasinghe to its growing intellectual property law practice. Ms. Weerasinghe’s life science and legal background brings additional expertise to Wagenknecht’s patent counseling, trademark counseling, and due diligence legal services for San Diego’s life science, medical device, and investment community. 


SDEE: Message From the President

By Taylor Moyer

The one word that sums up 2017 at SDEE is involvement. As we’ve developed new programs and signed up new members, we’ve expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect, learn, and grow. With this growth, I wanted to take some time to reflect on SDEE’s founding and how it serves to benefit members and the San Diego entrepreneurial community. 

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Event Review: Building your company with non-dilutive funding - the funding process from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (4 of 4)

August 26, 2017 SDEE Workshop:  Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding 

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

Welcome to the final part of the series, Building your company with non-dilutive funding. This part summarizes the talk of Tamara Mayer Schwent, Director of Operations, Sirenas, LLC at the SDEE event on October 26, 2017.

Tamara described the funding process from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Event Review: Building your company with non-dilutive funding - SBIR grants (3 of 4)

August 26, 2017 SDEE Workshop:  Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding 

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

Continuing with the series, Building your company with non-dilutive funding. This part summarizes the talk of R. Scott Struthers, PhD, Founder & CEO, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals at the SDEE event on October 26, 2017.

Scott focused on small business innovation research (SBIR) grants, described the scoring system, and gave advice on how improve the odds of success, what to avoid, and what to do to be on the reviewer’s good side.

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Event Review: Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding - Introduction (2 of 4)

August 26, 2017 SDEE Workshop:  Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding 

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

Welcome to the first part of the series, Building your company with non-dilutive funding. It summarizes the talk of Jiwu Wang, PhD, President & CEO, Allele Biotechnology, at the SDEE event on October 26, 2017.

Jiwu described the differences and similarities between different government funds.

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Event Review: Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding - Introduction (1 of 4)

August 26, 2017 SDEE Workshop:  Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding 

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) held a workshop on non-dilutive funding and grant writing at the Hera Hub in San Diego. SDEE members and non-members had the opportunity to network before the event and snack on food and beverages. 

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Interview with CM Barbara Bry About Renewable Energy Opportunities for San Diego Entrepreneurs - A New City Initiative

A conversation with San Diego City Council Member Barbara Bry on the benefits of Community Choice Energy (CCE)

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc. SDEE Communications Chair

Introduction

Imagine 18 years from now in 2035, when you plug in your laptop, it will no longer be drawing electricity from fossil fuels. Instead, renewable, pollution-free energy from the wind, sun, or ocean will supply the power. And that’s not just a vision. It’s a commitment. In December 2015, the San Diego City Council approved the Climate Action Plan (CAP) and the goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2035. 

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UCSD Extension Course - The Business of Biotech

Explore your career options. Bioscience is exciting and important but is it the right career path for you long term? Participate in this on-campus, highly interactive course to answer this question.

Key aspects of biotech are covered: 

  • Disruptive innovation – Understand the accepted theory and how to enhance success
  • FDA regulation – Pathways and times to approval for drugs, devices and biologics
  • Spinouts & licensing – Creating intellectual property and obtaining rights to fields of use
  • Financing – Cover the basics plus negotiating investment, valuation, dilution, options
  • Biotech business models -- Learn the 8 biotech business models and risk/reward of each
  • Business development – Analyze/value the acquisition of a license or a corporate entity

Class format: Structured but informal with focus on the students in workshop fashion. Most classes start with a discussion of the materials followed by a group exercise and conclude with a team presentation of a Harvard Business School biotech case. Projects measure and enhance your entrepreneurial abilities, interpersonal team skills, written communications and oral presentation abilities.

Upon completion of this course, you will have in-depth knowledge of the biotech industry, be able to speak the language and evaluate opportunities outside your current scope of work.

"I must say, I will be sad when your class ends. It has made me realize, well actually reaffirmed, that I want to be involved in the business aspect of biotech – it’s so interesting." - prior student

Course runs January 9 - March 13, 2018. More details on the website: https://extension.ucsd.edu/courses-and-programs/the-business-of-biotech



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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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