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Overview of SDEE’s Kilimanjaro - Lessons from 19,000 ft

by Randy Schreckhise and Lynda Groocock

On August 27th, 2020 Dan Bradbury (Executive Chairman, Equillium) and Nancy Hong (Managing Partner, RiverVest) provided an overview of a trip they took with twenty five other biotech executives and venture capitalists up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The event was organized by Seattle-based journalist Luke Timmerman, led by climbing guide Eric Murphy, and raised over $1.6M for The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The gift of giving was the first lesson of the trip.

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SDEE Entrepreneur Round Table with Xontogeny

On May 12, 2020, SDEE’s virtual event was a discussion with Chris Garabedain, the chairman and CEO of Xontogeny.

Xontogeny is a Boston-based life sciences accelerator that funds, supports, and advances life science technologies from early development to proof-of-concept clinical studies.

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SDEE Entrepreneur Round Table: COVID-19 and the workplace

As many states and businesses recently lifted shelter-in-place orders, San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) hosted a virtual round table on July 21, 2020 to discuss what businesses can do to reopen safely. Paul Ryan, a health and safety specialist at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) in New Jersey, gave a presentation entitled Workplace COVID testing: what you need to know. During his presentation, Paul shared slides from Dr. John Howard from the CDC on COVID-19 and the Workplace.

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How Mesa Biotech Gained FDA Approval for its COVID-19 test; An Interview with CEO Hong Cai

COVID-19: A Local Biotech’s Race to Frontline Testing

SDEE has been hosting virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic, and several webinars and discussions have focused on the pandemic itself. On April 9, 2020, Yuan Ding interviewed Dr. Hong Cai, co-founder and CEO of Mesa Biotech, which developed a point of care (PoC) test for SARS-Cov-2 in record time to meet the exceptional demand.

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April 2020 Member News

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

  • Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, Scott Struthers
  • ManagedLab Services, Taylor Moyer
  • Biosero, Jim Larson
  • Aequor, Marilyn Bruno
  • Sartorius, Zack Prag
  • Passport Technologies, Inc., Jared Hahn
  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation | JLABS, Brittney Sabbah
  • Brandwood CKC, Luis Jimenez
  • Koliber Biosciences, Ewa Lis
  • Persephone Biosciences, Stephanie Culler
  • BREX, Beth Young (Sponsor)
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SDEE’S Get to Know Your Neighbors – Featuring Jay Lichter

San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) organized also this year a very successful Get to know your neighbors event on March 10, 2020 at The Alexandria in the Torrey Pines area. A big thank you to the many SDEE supporters: Alexandria, Morrison Foerster, Struthers Family Trust, Biomed Realty, Brex, J.P. Morgan, Ted Jacobs, Duane Morris, Longfellow, MaxCyte, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Takeda, Wagenknecht IP Law Group, and Union Bank. Great food and drinks were served during the networking reception, which was also a great opportunity to talk to the exhibitors, some of whom have been attending the event for years.

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December 2019 Member News

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

  • Aequor, Marilyn Bruno
  • Baywind Bio, Chris Rhodes
  • DDE Labs, Chris Rhodes 
  • Persephone Biome, Stephanie Culler
  • Welfie, Steven Moyo
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A Brief Introduction to Becky Beattie and LaunchBio

As an SDEE member or attendee, you might have noticed we have recently been working with and cross promoting another organization, LaunchBio. This burgeoning life science, entrepreneurial-focused non-profit is quickly becoming another pillar of support for the San Diego startup community. LaunchBio has put on some fantastic events and we thought you should get to know a little more about this organization. I sat down with the person who helps continually turn out fun, engaging, and useful programming, Becky Beattie, to see how she ended up at LaunchBio, where they got their start, and where they’re heading.

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SDEE Holiday Party 2019

The SDEE Year End Social was a great success! Thank you to all of our friends who came out to celebrate with us, and to those who contributed to the Opportunity Drawing!

Fostering a Sustainable Future Through Business – My Experience as an SDEE Intern

Globally as we become more aware of the implications of climate change and its effect on our planet, we have the responsibility to evaluate our daily actions. It begins with the individual, but also with businesses, because of the impact they have on the Earth and their power to create positive change. With growing social calls for action, an increasing amount of businesses have introduced Sustainability Committees to set a standard and communicate the values of the business. Along these lines, SDEE formed a Sustainability Committee. Made up of Scott Thacher, Kirsten Van Fossen, and Chaz Woxland, the committee launched quickly, organizing and hosting several sustainable events in 2019. The committee was encouraged after successes in initial events and sought out an intern to help orchestrate their next one. I was fortunate enough to be that person, and serve as SDEE’s Sustainability Program Intern. 

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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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