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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.

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  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 04:00 PM

    Larger Than Life Science - Get On Board

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019 at 05:00 PM


  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    Green Acre Campus Pointe in San Diego, CA

    Founders Tales

    Come and hear local San Diego Biotech leaders speak about their experiences with starting companies, building teams, raising money, and developing their businesses.

    Sponsored by:

    MOFO-logo.png    Struthers Family Trust


    Featured Speakers

    jeff-stanford.jpgJeff Stafford CEO & Co-founder Jecure Therapeutics

    Jeff was most recently co-founder and CEO of Jecure Therapeutics, a company targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome and which was acquired by Genentech in 2018.  Prior to Jecure, Jeff was co-founder and CSO of Quanticel Pharmaceuticals, a drug discovery company based on a single cell genomics platform to target cancer stem cells.  Celgene acquired Quanticel in 2015.  Jeff has held senior management positions in both large pharma and small biotech, and his discovery teams are responsible for several compounds advanced into clinical trials, including the FDA-approved drugs, VotrientTM (pazopanib) and NesinaTM (alogliptin).  Jeff received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. for Cornell University.  He completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Berkeley.


    kevin.jpgKevin Lustig CEO & Co-founder,, Kalypsys, and Bio, Tech and Beyond

    Kevin is a scientist-entrepreneur with 35 years of research experience in academia, biotech and pharma. He co-founded the life science incubator Bio, Tech and Beyond in 2013, the award-winning R&D marketplace in 2007 and the biotech company Kalypsys in 2001. Prior to Kalypsys, he directed lead discovery at Tularik, a biotech company purchased by Amgen for $2 billion. He carried out postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School after receiving a PhD degree from USCF. Kevin has a M.S. degree from the University of Missouri and an A.B. degree magna cum laude from Cornell University. His research discoveries have been published in Science, Nature, PNAS and other leading scientific journals and he has eight technology patents. He has twice been named one of the Life Science Industry’s 100 Most Inspiring People by PharmaVoice Magazine. In 2013, he was named "San Diego's Most Admired CEO" by the San Diego Business Journal. In 2018, was recognized as the 9th fastest growing US company by Inc. magazine and as the 12th best entrepreneurial company in America by Entrepreneur magazine. was also recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Work by Inc. magazine in 2018 and 2019.



    Claire Weston CEO & Founder, Reveal Biosciences

    Dr. Claire Weston is the Founder & CEO of Reveal Biosciences, a computational pathology company applying artificial intelligence to generate quantitative pathology data for preclinical research, clinical trials and patient diagnostics.  Reveal was founded in 2012 and grew organically, funded by revenue, until the company raised Series A in January 2019 from a syndicate lead by Intel Capital.  Reveal is collaborating with a team of leading US pathologists to expand their ImageDx pipeline of disease specific pathology decision support tools to increase accuracy, reproducibility and scale and lower the cost of healthcare. 

    Claire was awarded a PhD in from Cambridge University in the UK and has lead teams and projects focused on cancer biomarkers in both large pharma and start-up environments.  She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in leading journals including Science, and is a respected member of multiple professional organizations including the Digital Pathology Association.



    Todd Harris CEO, Tyra Biosciences

    Todd Harris, Ph.D. is the Chief Executive Officer at Tyra Biosciences, a company focused on targeting new mechanisms of resistance in oncology. Previously, he was the founder of Sienna Labs, Inc. (now Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. SNNA) and served as a member of its board of directors since 2010, as its Chief Executive Officer from July 2010 until January 2016, and its Head of Corporate Development from January 2016 to November 2018. Previously, from 2008 to 2013, Dr. Harris was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in the Health Care Practice Division. Between 2006 and 2008, Dr. Harris held a graduate fellowship with the National Institute of Health. Dr. Harris received a B.S. in Engineering from Brigham Young University, an M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


    5:00 – 6:00 pm – Networking, Reception, and Exhibition
    6:00 – 6:10 pm – Introduction & 30 Second Pitch
    6:10 – 7:30 pm – Speaker Presentation and Discussion


    Members: Free
    Please RSVP below
    Exhibit tables are available to SDEE member companies
    SDEE members can apply for the 30 Second Pitch

    Non-members: $25
    Please go here to purchase tickets.

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 5 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    October 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, October 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM
    BDO in San Diego, CA

    Strategies for Protecting Life Science Inventions

    Wagenknecht Law Group logoBDO logo

    Please join us for a lunch and learn to have an informal discussion about how to best strategize to protect your life science inventions and minimize costs. Please come prepared to ask questions and share you own experiences.


    • Protecting DNA & Protein Sequences
    • Approaches for expanding patent scope to cover protein fragments & variants
    • Steps for protecting diagnostic tests
    • Considerations when pursuing medical treatments internationally
    • Factors in support of keeping your platform technology as trade secret

    About our Speakers:

    Ray Wagenknecht s 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 complimentary event! 

    RSVP by October 16th to: “Andy” Kotner

    *** Please indicate food preference for Sandwich Choice: – Chicken, Beef, or Vegetarian

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 05:00 PM


  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 05:30 PM · 1 rsvp
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    November 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, January 07, 2020 at 05:00 PM


  • Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 05:00 PM


  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 05:00 PM


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