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Welcome to San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange! 

The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by local entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and pre-entrepreneurs interested in Life Sciences, Biotech, Pharma, Medical Devices, Tech and Alternative Energy. SDEE was founded to provide a voice and resources for early stage startups, to encourage new entrepreneurs, and sponsor networking and educational services to help develop skills necessary to bring new businesses and funding to the San Diego area. 

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SDEE PLATINUM SPONSOR

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SDEE GOLD SPONSORS

Alexandria

Ted Jacobs
Executive Managing Director
Global Life Sciences Practices Group

SDEE SILVER SPONSORS

Takeda San Diego

SDEE BRONZE SPONSORS

Duane Morris MaxCyte Wagenknecht Law Group Barney and Barney



  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 05:00 PM · 31 rsvps
    Green Acre Campus Pointe in San Diego, CA

    Angel Investor Panel

    Join us for an interactive panel discussion to learn what entrepreneurs need to know about raising money from angel investors. The panel will discuss investment strategies, what angels look for when investing, common deal structures, key terms and the San Diego angel ecosystem.   Event Sponsors: Featured Speakers Randy Berholtz  Senior Advisor, Mesa Verde Ventures; Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel, Innovus Pharmaceuticals Sam Ellis Investor, Life Science Angels, Tech Coast Angels; Vice President, Thomson Instrument Company; Executive Vice President, January Therapeutics Jay Goth Founder, Redtail Capital; Co-Founder, Murrieta Genomics; Managing Partner, Forentis Fund   Moderator – Jim Krenn, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP Program 5:00 – 6:00 pm         Networking Reception & Exhibition, appetizers and refreshments provided 6:00 – 6:15 pm         Introduction to SDEE, 30 second pitches 6:15 – 7:15 pm         Angel Investor Panel, Q & A 7:15 – 8:00 pm         Continued Networking and Exhibition   Cost: Free for SDEE members - RSVP below Non-members $25     Non-members purchase tickets here Exhibit tables are available to SDEE member companies! Deadline to request a table June 4th Members can apply to give a 30 second pitch, Deadline to request June 14th Members: Contact Danielle Hayes, dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.org   Randy Berholtz is a Sr. Fund Advisor and Fund Counsel with Mesa Verde and a Member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Berholtz has over 24 years of experience as a venture capital, securities, private and public financing, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, intellectual property litigation and regulatory lawyer in the life sciences including over 14 years as the general counsel to three public life science companies in San Diego (Nanogen, Inc., Apricus Biosciences, Inc., and Innovus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) and to one group of US and Chinese life science companies in San Diego and Hangzhou, China (the ACON Group). He has also served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel to IngleWood Ventures, L.P. and has held roles as a general partner, venture partner, advisor and consultant to a number of life science venture capital firms. He was also a member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angels (BioMedTRak Group) and the Life Science Angels. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Strategic Drug Solutions, Inc., the first spin-out company from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California and has been on the board of directors of four other life science companies. He is a past Adjunct Professor at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences at the Claremont Colleges and a past Lecturer at the Rady School of Business at the University of California, San Diego. Randy has his BA from Cornell University in political economy, his M.Litt from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, his J.D. from the Yale Law School and is expected to receive his MBA (2016) from the University of San Diego.   Sam Ellis is an entrepreneur, business leader, investor, biochemist and molecular biologist who has worked in the biotechnology industry for over 20 years. He is a member of Tech Coast Angels and Life Science Angels, and serves on multiple privately held company boards. Sam serves on January Therapeutics board, and has led a successful seed round fundraising. He has successfully grown multiple businesses including Thomson Instrument Company and is listed as inventor on more than 43+ patents.   In his career Sam has successfully closed more than 100 deals in biotechnology-focused partnerships with large pharma, small pharma, academic, and government entities while at Thomson.  Sam is a regular speaker at PEP Talk & PEGS, speaking publicly at multiple conferences. As an Angel Investor/Entrepreneur Sam has the ability to help companies grow/prepare to the next level.   Jay Goth is the Managing Partner of Forentis Fund, a biotech venture capital firm focused on precision medicine. He is a veteran entrepreneur, with experience in the hospitality, energy, finance and technology verticals. As a founding executive of Commonwealth Energy, Jay helped the company go from start-up to almost $500 million in revenues in five years, becoming the largest unregulated supplier of electricity and natural gas in the country when the company went public on the AMEX. He serves as Executive Director of InSoCal CONNECT, a nonprofit that has structured mentorship and training programs for entrepreneurs, was a Senior Consultant with TriTech SBDC, one of seven technology designated Small Business Development Centers operating under the SBA, and served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of California Riverside. Jay also serves on the board of directors for Credence Code Technologies, Inc., a company focused on blockchain development and implementation. He also serves on the board of Burble, a company that delivers the power of story through minimally defined immersive environments. Jay is on the board of directors for InSoCal CONNECT and Reach Out, nonprofits dedicated to improving lives in the Inland Empire.
    Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    June Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley. Not a member yet? Just ask SDEE about the benefits of joining and/or ask members at the event about the benefits they've received from joining. Our members are happy to spread the word!  Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    BDO in San Diego, CA

    Lunch and Learn with Wagenknecht IP Law Group

    Protecting & Enforcing Trademarks Complimentary Lunch & Learn June 26, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm   Location: BDO, 3570 Carmel Mountain Rd., #400, San Diego, CA 92130  What You Will Learn: When to use TM and when to use ® Creative approaches for expanding trademark rights beyond brand names & logos What to do if someone registers your trademark before you How to expand a trademark registration internationally Different approaches for policing your trademark Steps to stop trademark infringement Inexpensive strategies for enforcing trademarks on Amazon & eBay Who Should Attend: Entrepreneurs interested in building and protecting their brands in the U.S. & abroad Corporate & General Counsels looking to develop a more in-depth understanding of U.S. & foreign trademark practice Advertising & marketing professionals that generate advertising copy & advise clients about the selection & proper use of trademarks About our Speakers:              Ray Wagenknecht is a patent attorney with strong ties to San Diego's research and development community with 15 years of experience protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights.  Ray's practice includes comprehensive patent and trademark representation, including patent and trademark prosecution, due diligence, freedom to operate (FTO) analysis, and trademark opposition proceedings. Ray received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of San Diego School of Law (USD), and his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).              Antony Novom is a patent attorney with more than 18 years of experience counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property protection, prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a wide range of technologies, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, clean tech, biofuels, and electronic hardware. Antony received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from California Western School of Law, San Diego, and his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  Wagenknecht IP Law Group is a full-service intellectual property boutique law firm representing corporations, universities, and nonprofit institutions. The Firm has consistently been recognized as a "Top Patent Firm" by Intellectual Property Today Magazine and was awarded "Best for Medical Device Patent & Trademark Protection" from Acquisition International.   This is a free event!  RSVP to: “Andy” Kotner   Andy@WagenIPLaw.com Please indicate food preference for Box Lunch – Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian  
    Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    July Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley. Not a member yet? Just ask SDEE about the benefits of joining and/or ask members at the event about the benefits they've received from joining. Our members are happy to spread the word!  Everyone is welcome (registration is free!), SDEE members get 10% drinks discount.

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    May 2019 Member News

    Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. This month's Member News features: Mark Fortner, Aspen Biosciences Claire Weston, Reveal Biosciences Stephane Richard, CureMatch Grant Goad, WestSouth Ray Wagenknecht, Wagenknecht IP Law Group Sarah Glofcheskie, Axiom Real-Time Metrics Francisco Lio, Neuropore Michelleanne Bradley, Metis Consulting Marilyn Bruno, Aequor
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    From Startup to NASDAQ – The Story of San Diego-based Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

    By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc. Of the six San Diego life science initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2018, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals (CRNX) raised the most money at $117 million1. Started by four scientists in 2008 and now developing novel therapeutics for rare endocrine diseases, co-founder Scott Struthers was invited by Devang Thakkar and TiE South Coast to present how Crinetics went from garage to NASDAQ. Scott also co-founded San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) so were happy to join him at JLABS San Diego for an update on his story.
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  • News From SDEE Members

    Neuropore introduces a 2nd drug into the clinic. Has an eye for Parkinson's disease and ALS.

    Neuropore Therapies announced that it has initiated a Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy volunteers with NPT520-34. This Phase 1 study is designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of NPT520-34. NPT520-34 is an orally bioavailable, blood-brain barrier penetrating small molecule. Its mode of action is attenuation of neuroinflammation and reduction of neurotoxic misfolded proteins in the central nervous system, key features of neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease (PD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Full press release: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190508005227/en/Neuropore-Initiates-Phase-1-Clinical-Trial-Healthy  
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    Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Regulatory Affairs Director

    Collidion, Inc. and it’s subsidiaries,  Plex Pharmaceuticals & Avenlogics, Inc has an immediate full-time position open for Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Regulatory Affairs Director. Position: Full-time Location: Flexible To apply, visit www.collidion.com/careers   Founded in 2015, Collidion, Inc. is a private healthcare company with two subsidiaries, Avenlogics, Inc. and Plex Pharmaceuticals. Collidion strives to improve the future of global healthcare through the acquisition, licensing, development, and commercialization of drugs and medical devices for various markets.  Collidion invests industry expertise and capital to develop these technologies into recognizable solutions for patients and medical professionals. Collidion values innovation, scientific rigor, collaboration and a passion for change.   Avenlogics, Inc., Collidion’s subsidiary, is focused on the development and commercialization of several anti-infective based products.  The Company’s pipeline of antimicrobial products addresses a growing need for alternative therapies to effectively treat infections caused by antimicrobial resistant pathogens. Collidion’s solutions include several antimicrobial platforms with potential applications in human and animal medicines, wound care, surface disinfection, and improved safety for the food supply chain. The company is located alongside with Collidion, Inc in Petaluma, CA.   Plex Pharmaceuticals is a scientifically-driven company with a vision to improve the lives of patients with complex diseases and conditions. The company is focused on the treatment of diseases generally caused by protein misfolding: ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and cataracts.  The company was founded in 2009.  Plex has a rich pipeline of drug discovery programs and a dedicated scientific team. Plex’s drug discovery lab and operations are located in San Diego, California.   PHARMACEUTICAL AND MEDICAL DEVICE REGULATORY AFFAIRS DIRECTOR   Regulatory representation and leadership to cross-functional product development teams, development of regulatory strategies and support for clinical and non-clinical development programs and marketing applications.  Responsible for project timelines and management of 510K, PMA, IND, NDA and global regulatory submissions.  Lead regulatory activities including planning and reviewing of CMC, clinical and nonclinical sections of regulatory submissions.  Plan, direct and prepare regulatory submissions (IND, NDA, IDE, 510(k), PMA) to ensure compliance with FDA and international regulations and guidelines.  Develop and maintain SOPs with an emphasis on drug and device regulations.  Perform research regarding regulatory strategic recommendations, and new and revised governmental regulations.  Conduct successful negotiations and interactions with domestic and foreign regulatory agencies on assigned projects.  Provide regulatory guidance with regard to preparation, review and approval of labeling and promotional materials.  Prepare and assist with applicable regulatory audits.  Statistical techniques.      EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:     Minimum of B.S. in life sciences, engineering, or equivalent required.  Advanced degree preferred.      EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:    Minimum 5-7 years of experience in regulatory affairs for pharmaceutical and medical device biopharmaceutical companies.  Veterinary product experience highly desirable.  Experience with successful FDA and international agency negotiations and audits.  Experience in developing and submitting successful 510(k), PMA, IND/NDA submissions with a thorough understanding of the drug and device development processes, FDA regulations and ICH guidelines.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.      OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:    Detail oriented with well-developed organizational and analytical skills.  Experience with submitting documents in CTD and eCTD format.  Suited to working in a fast-paced, small company environment.     
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SDEE PLATINUM SPONSORS

ALT San Diego

SDEE GOLD SPONSORS

Alexandria

Ted Jacobs
Executive Managing Director
Global Life Sciences Practices Group

SDEE SILVER SPONSORS

Takeda San Diego

SDEE BRONZE SPONSORS

Duane Morris MaxCyte Wagenknecht Barney and Barney Longfellow

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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