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EVENT REVIEW: Where New Medicines Actually Come From: The Surprise Inside Story

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

On March 6, 2018, Dr. Donald Kirsch spoke about drug discovery and presented his book, The drug hunters: the improbable quest to discover new medicines, at an event organized by SDEE and LaunchBio. The event took place at BioLabs in Campus Point and was sponsored by the law firm Procopio, the City of San Diego, and BioLabs.

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Second Annual Boehringer Ingelheim San Diego Innovation Prize

On February 27, 2018 Boehringer Ingelheim hosted the second annual Boehringer Ingelheim San Diego innovation prize at BioLabs San Diego in Campus Point.

Nine local startup companies participated and presented their work. The coveted price was free lab space for a year at BioLabs. Upon checking in, the attendees were given “cash” to invest in these companies. They were then encouraged to review the posters, talk with the presenters, and invest their millions while networking and snacking on delicious food and wine.

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iTALK: Crafting your Personal Pitch

By Jared C. Hooks, PhD, Science Communicator

SDEE and LaunchBio welcomed Kelly C. Huang to give a primer on networking and pitch-crafting for entrepreneurs on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Genesis at Campus Point. Kelly is a corporate learning facilitator at HBS Publishing and teaches classes in leadership at the UCSD extension facility. She broadly covered three main areas of focus for establishing a network as a new entrepreneur: your pitch, personal branding, and strategic networking. I’ll give you the quick and dirty for each, but it benefits everyone from the budding startup socialite to the introverted innovator to take some time to brush up on networking skills and identify areas of improvement for yourself.

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Entrepreneur Boot Camp Review

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

On January 30th, 2018, the Southern California chapter of Women in Bio (WIB) partnered with Johnson & Johnson Innovation and JLAB San Diego to organize a very interesting entrepreneur boot camp. The event was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and JLAB San Diego and was held at their beautiful facility in the Torrey Pines area.

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SDEE Investor Day with Illumina Ventures

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

In January 2018, SDEE fielded submissions from SDEE member companies who were interested in presenting to Illumina Ventures. Illumina Ventures is an independently managed venture firm focused on early-stage companies. On Investor Day, all companies who submitted applications were invited to a networking session, followed by breakfast in the Chronicle Room at The Alexandria in Torrey Pines, generously provided by event sponsor Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Associate Noel Jee from Illumina Ventures presented and took questions before the one-on-one meetings. Here’s what we learned from Noel about Illumina Ventures.

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SDEE Launches New Advocacy Committee

By Jared C. Hooks, PhD, Science Communicator

New for 2018, SDEE launched a new committee focused on advocacy for our members. Lifted heavily from our charter, the goals of this committee are to stay informed, educate, and advocate for both ourselves and SDEE on:

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February 2018 Member News

Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. February Member News features:

  • Abreos Bio
  • FP Complete
  • Cisbio
  • Beacon Discovery
  • Wagenknecht IP Law Group
  • ThinkingNode
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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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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 are 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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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. 



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