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Confronting Climate Change: The Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

On April 3rd, 2019, San Diego Entrepreneur Exchange (SDEE) presented a panel discussion on climate change. The event was sponsored by American Laboratory Trading (ALT) and LaunchBio, which offered space for the event at Genesis at Campus Point. After the networking reception, Randy Schreckhise spoke about SDEE’s mission and their social and educational events.

Scott Thacher introduced the speakers: Ralph Keeling, professor of Geochemistry at Scripps Institute of Oceanography; Mihri Ozkan, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside (UCR); Orianna Bretschger, founder and CEO of Aquacycl; and Phillip Kopp, founder and CEO of Conectric Networks.

Photo left to right: Kopp, Ozkan, Bretschger, Keeling

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Get to Know SDEE Consultants - Piet Lesage

An Interview with Piet Lesage on Entering Foreign Markets

Piet Lesage is a Consultant Member of the SDEE. He joined the organization in 2017.  He is based in Orange County and regularly drives down to San Diego to attend the SDEE events. He sits on the board of the Orange County Regulatory Affairs discussion group, where he is responsible for outreach to Professional Organizations. We sat down to learn more about GB5D, his consulting company and how GB5D helps Life Science - particularly MedTech – customers.

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How John Hood’s Determination to Help Patients Turned $20 million into $7 billion

About a year ago, John Hood, Ph.D., sold his company, Impact Biomedicines, which had only raised $20 million, to Celgene in a deal worth up to $7 billion. As the keynote for this year’s SDEE “Get To Know Your Neighbors” event on March 21 at the Alexandria at Torrey Pines, we were eager to hear his story. Hood walked us through his fedratinib journey, which began 17 years ago, and pointed out lessons he learned along the way.  

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Why Emotions are Very Much A Part of Science Writing – Notes from Ed Yong’s Talk

It’s storytelling that evokes feelings and emotions that makes readers care about science. That’s what we heard from Ed Yong, a science journalist for The Atlantic, who talked about “Why Storytelling Matters in Science” to a large crowd of scientists and science writers. Hosted by Dr. Kristian Andersen at the Scripps Research Auditorium on February 21, 2019, the talk was part of the first annual Center for Viral Systems Biology workshop. Here’s a summary of what Yong covered.

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SDEE Message from the President, Randy Schreckhise


As you may know, SDEE started in 2010, when a group of local biotech entrepreneurs coalesced around obtaining and maintaining SBIR funding. The founding group included Scott Thacher, Danielle Hayes, Scott Struthers, Debbie Slee, Jiwu Wang, David Schwarz, Rich Maki, Dave Larocca and Ruo Steensma. Over the years the focus of the organization has expanded beyond biotech, to include many industries with a focus on entrepreneurs helping other entrepreneurs start and grow their companies.

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Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs – SDEE Workshop Summary

Invest in and grow your intellectual property (IP). Those were the key take-home messages from an SDEE workshop titled “Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs – From Principles to Practice” sponsored by American Laboratory Trading (ALT) and Hera Hub. IP is essential for protecting technology and many entrepreneurs struggle to integrate IP into growth strategies. To gain insights, SDEE hosted a workshop with speakers experienced in patent law and strategies:  Ray Wagenknecht, Managing Attorney, Wagenknecht IP Law Group, PC; Noel Gillespie, Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP; and Joe Mullis, General Manager, Neology Corporation. Here is a summary of what was presented at the workshop.

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Amy Rasdal’s 5 Things to Know About Consulting

Never stop networking and always be selling. That was Amy Rasdal’s key message when she spoke to consultant members from San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) on January 31, 2019 at a workshop held at LabFellows.

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LaunchBio – Evening With An Entrepreneur

The Office of Innovation of the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with Launch Bio, organized an evening with entrepreneurs and startup showcase on January 15, 2019 at Genesis in Campus Point. The event was sponsored by the City of San Diego, Biolabs, Procopio, CSC Leasing Company, and Hughes Marino, and started with a networking reception and the exhibit of local startup companies. Representatives of UCSD and Launch Bio introduced the panelists.

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SDEE Discount for Med Tech Monday

SDEE is proud to be a Silver Sponsor at the January 28, 2019 Med Tech Monday conference. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the latest in medical device innovation, investment opportunities, regulatory and more. Check out the list of speakers and startup pitches here. Stop by our SDEE exhibit booth to see what's new.

Use discount code SDEE2019 for a $200 discount when you register.


December 2018 Member News

Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. This month's Member News features:

  • Stephane Richard, CureMatch
  • Mark Fortner, Aspen Biosciences 
  • Claire Weston, Reveal Biosciences 
  • Jiwu Wang, Allele Biotech
  • Yinghong Gao, Viva Biotech
  • Abdulkader Rahmo, SMSBiotec
  • John Burd, Lysulin 
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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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