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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

ALT logo Alexandria

Struthers Family
Trust

Morrison Foerster

SDEE GOLD SPONSORS

BioMed Realty

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



  • Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 27 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    August 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, Wagenknecht IP Law Group PC.  Members - stop by the SDEE table first, make a name tag, and trade your business card with Wagenknecht for one free drink ticket and one free food ticket. Enjoy a slice of pizza from Angry Pete's Pizza. **You must be a member to receive the free tickets.  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.
    Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Morrison & Forester LLP in San Diego, CA

    Entrepreneur Boot Camp

    Entrepreneur Boot Camp Sponsored by: Whether you are considering a start-up or want to grow your existing company, SDEE’s Boot Camp provides a complete tool kit for successfully achieving the next critical step. Monthly educational sessions feature a panel of experts who will focus on a selection of core topics. These meetings are paired with monthly mentoring sessions to provide small groups with the perfect opportunity for peer-to-peer discussions to explore the topics and their specific application. This program is also an excellent opportunity to expand your network with colleagues that have successfully faced the issues that you will or are now working through. Educational Sessions: 6 core sessions 1 optional session 2 - 3 speakers/session Mentoring Sessions: A key strength of the SDEE community is peer-to-peer mentoring. Peer groups of no more than 6 members will be established based on geography and/or entrepreneur area of focus. Small group sizes help with team cohesion and ensure adequate focus on the unique situation of each member. The monthly mentoring sessions will be scheduled separately from the education sessions and will be led by an experienced facilitator to provide advice and additional resources. Session Dates & Topics: Thursday, September 12, 2019: Optional introductory overview for participants making their debut as an entrepreneur. Participants will prepare a 3 slide pitch deck to shareTuesday, October 1, 2019: Getting Started (business basics, entity formation, common pitfalls) Tuesday, November 12, 2019: Operations/building a team/selecting outsourcing & vendor partnersDecember 2019: No sessionTuesday, January 7, 2020: Budgeting, fundraising, and client acquisitionTuesday, February 11, 2020: IP and LicensingTuesday, March 10, 2020: Exit strategyTuesday, April 7, 2020: Pitches Education Sessions: Morrison & Forester LLP         12531 High Bluff Drive              San Diego, CA 92130 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Registration & Networking (food will be provided)6:00 – 7:00 PM: Program/Q & A7:00 – 7:30 PM: Networking Mentoring Sessions: Time and location will be determined by the group, but should be scheduled within about two weeks following each education session. Cost for entire series only $70 - Open to SDEE members only. Get your SDEE Membership here: https://www.sdentrepreneurs.org/join_sdee Apply for the boot camp by August 30 as enrollment is limited to 30.
    Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    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. 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.
    Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    TBD

    Founders Tales

    Coming soon in the Fall of 2019 Come and hear local San Diego Biotech leaders speak about their experiences with starting companies, building teams, raising money, and developing their businesses

  • Meet SDEE Community

    Tips from the SDEE Angel Investor Panel

    By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting Have a great team and access to mentors that can help pivot from failure. That was one piece of advice from the SDEE Angel Investor Panel held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Green Acre Campus Pointe and sponsored by ALT, Morrison Foerster, and Alexandria. The panel included Sam Ellis, member of Tech Coast Angels and Life Science Angels, Jay Goth, Managing Partner of Forentis Fund, and Randy Berholtz, Sr. Fund Advisor and Fund Counsel with Mesa Verde and a Member of the Investment Committee, and was moderated by Jim Krenn, Partner from Morrison & Foerster LLP.
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    Opportunities for Entrepreneurs: Collaborating with Disease Foundations

    Discussion with Richard (Rick) Winneker, PhD, Life Sciences Executive and Consultant Formerly Senior Vice President, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)   By Marilyn Ferrari, Cesira, Inc.   I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rick Winneker about collaborating with disease foundations. Rick has held several pivotal roles in his career, most recently as SVP for Research at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). While at LLS, he built and led a research group focused on improving the standard of care and accelerating cures for patients with blood cancers. He expanded and strengthened LLS’ research staff and portfolio adding more therapy related strategic partnerships and further engaged the academic and biopharma community. Rick is currently using his pharmaceutical R&D and non-profit venture philanthropy experience as an independent consultant based in the Philadelphia area. Here are some highlights and advice for entrepreneurs from our discussion:
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  • News From SDEE Members

    Neuropore achieves $5 million (USD) milestone from UCB collaboration

    Neuropore announced advancement of UCB0599 to next phase.  UCB0599 is an orally bioavailable, brain barrier penetrant small molecule that prevents the oligomerization of alpha-synuclein. Alpha-synuclein oligomerization and aggregation is implicated in Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative diseases. By inhibiting misfolding and oligomerization of alpha-synuclein, it is believed that the progression of Parkinson’s disease can be slowed or halted. UCB0599 belongs to a series of molecules discovered by Neuropore, which were licensed to UCB in 2014 (Press Release)
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    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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SDEE PLATINUM SPONSORS

ALT San Diego Alexandria

Struthers Family
Trust

Morrison Foerster

SDEE GOLD SPONSORS

BioMed Realty

Ted Jacobs
Executive Managing Director
Global Life Sciences Practices Group

SDEE SILVER SPONSORS

Takeda San Diego Union Bank JP Morgan logo

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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