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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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  • Monday, March 02, 2020 at 12:00 PM through March 05, 2020
    Loews Coronado Resort

    Festival of Biologics USA, March 2 - 4, 2020

    The Festival of Biologics brings together senior biologics professionals to showcase their research, collaborate on challenges, forge new connections and ultimately advance the industry to improve patient health.

    It is the meeting place for the life science community to bridge the gap between academia and industry. With three events in one, the Festival of Biologics encourages conversation across the entire industry so you can inspire change, champion innovation, and address complex challenges.

    Purchase tickets here: www.terrapinn.com/fobsd/sdee

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    Bootcamp

  • Thursday, March 05, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    WeWork Aventine in San Diego, CA

    Fortune Cookie Networking

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 05:00 PM
    The Alexandria in San Diego, CA

    Get to Know Your Neighbors

     

    Cost: FREE for SDEE members (RSVP below)

    Non-members purchase tickets here.

  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    Establishing & Documenting Early Dates of Invention

    "Establishing & Documenting Early Dates of Invention"

    Date:
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    5:00 - 7:00 PM

    Location:
    Gravity Heights Brewery & Beer Garden
    9920 Pacific Heights Blvd (Building C)
    Lower East Parking Lot
    San Diego 92121 (Sorrento Valley)

    Reserve Your Seat:
    https://www.wageniplaw.com/event/enforcing-challenging-patents/

  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 05:30 PM · $30.00 USD
    Hera Hub in San Diego, CA

    Workshop: Building Successful Partnerships

    Sponsored by:

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    This workshop offers practical advice on how to form and maintain research and development partnerships with pharmaceutical companies, disease foundations, and other organizations. We will discuss the distinct challenges and opportunities of collaborations and address: what to look for in a partner, how to navigate the partnering process, looking beyond the transaction, avoiding common pitfalls, and keys for success.

    Agenda

    5:30 – 6:00 PM Networking

    6:00 – 7:30 PM Presentations and Q & A

    7:30 – 8:00 PM Breakout sessions with individual speakers/networking

    Cost: $30 SDEE Members, $50 Non-members

    Visit sdentrepreneurs.org/join_sdee to become a member.

     

    Speakers:

    Neil Berkley

    Vice President, Head of Business Development, Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.

    Neil BerkleyNeil Berkley has over nineteen years of corporate development, business development, and strategic planning experience in large pharma and both small and midsize biotech/specialty pharma companies. He has completed a wide variety of transactions including in- and out-licensing deals, M&A transactions, research collaborations, and financings.

    Mr. Berkley is currently Vice President, Head of Business Development at Halozyme Therapeutics, a public U.S. biotechnology company focused on enabling platforms for the pharmaceutical industry. Before joining Halozyme, he worked as the chief business officer of AxeroVision, Inc. (a GSK spinout company) and was a senior business development consultant for Avalon Ventures/COI Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that he was part of the corporate development team at Acadia and held various roles at GSK including head of business development for Neuroscience, head of West Coast BD, site head of the San Diego GSK R&D satellite office and was a member of the Transactions Team. Earlier in his career, Mr. Berkley was head of business development at Cadence Pharmaceuticals, where he helped sell the company to Mallinckrodt for $1.3B in cash. Mr. Berkley also co-founded two San Diego-based biotechnology companies, Mpex pharmaceuticals which he helped sell to Aptalis and Vaxiion, a preclinical stage bladder cancer company.

    Mr. Berkley holds a BS in molecular biology from the University of California, San Diego and an MS in cellular and molecular biology as well as an MBA from San Diego State University.

     

    Marilyn Ferrari

    Founder and President, Cesira, Inc.
    Strategic Alliance Consulting

    Marilyn FerrariMarilyn Ferrari is Founder and President of Cesira, a consultancy that supports life sciences organizations in building successful partnerships. Marilyn has over twenty years of academic and industry experience spanning basic research, drug development, business development, and alliance management. Prior to founding Cesira, Marilyn held leadership roles in all of these areas at Vical, a San Diego biotechnology company. She has worked with a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and built partnerships to develop therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, and devices. Marilyn has completed a variety of in-licensing and out-licensing deals and led several strategic partnerships.  These include academic/corporate alliances and joint biotech/government projects spanning initial research to clinical development, and manufacturing services. Marilyn holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She is also a credentialed mediator.

     

    Andrew Hopkins

    Corporate Development Executive

    Andrew HopkinsAndrew Hopkins is a corporate development executive with 15+ years of pharma and biotech leadership experience in corporate strategic planning, business development, program management, commercial planning, and investor relations. He was most recently the Executive Director of Corporate Development at Vical, a San Diego biotechnology company, where he led a strategic process culminating in the reverse merger between Vical and Brickell Biotech. While at Vical he executed a broad range of licenses, collaborations and deals. Prior to joining Vical, Andrew was a Senior Engagement Manager at Campbell Alliance (now Syneos Health Consulting), a management consulting firm, where he assisted clients with commercial strategy and provided transaction support on both the buy-side and sell-side. Andrew holds a Master of Business and Science (MBS) from the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cape Town.

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 05:30 PM · 11 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    March 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 Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS. SDEE members - stop by the SDEE table first, make a name tag, and exchange your business card with JLABS for one free drink ticket and one free food ticket. This month's food truck is Angry Pete's Pizza. You must be an SDEE member to receive food and drink 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.

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    Bootcamp

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 05:00 PM

    VC Kilimanjaro Trek - Lessons from 19,000ft

    Details Coming Soon!

  • Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 05:30 PM · 3 rsvps
    New English Brewing Company in San Diego, CA

    April Happy Hour

    Come network with your fellow San Diego entrepreneurs at Happy Hour held at the New English Brewing Company in Sorrento Valley. SDEE members - stop by the SDEE table, make a name tag, and collect one free drink ticket and one free food ticket. This month's food truck is Angry Pete's Pizza. You must be an SDEE member to receive food and drink 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.


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in order to provide a voice for the early stage start-up, to support new entrepreneurs and their companies,
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to help develop the skills necessary to bring funding, business, and jobs to the San Diego area.

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