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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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SDEE Investor Day with Takeda Business Development and Takeda Ventures

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.


As part of SDEE Investor Days, SDEE partnered with Takeda Business Development and Takeda Ventures to offer members the opportunity to pitch their business. Selected applicants had one-on-one meetings with Takeda representatives followed by a panel discussion open to all of those who applied. Moderated by Killu Sanborn, PhD, Managing Director, Oxford Finance, the panel was held at the new Takeda R&D site in San Diego and featured David Weitz, Head of Takeda California and Global Research Externalization; Jayson Punwani, PhD, Partner, Takeda Ventures; and Beth Shafer, PhD, Head of Neuroscience Business Development, Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

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How Entrepreneurs are Innovating to Address Food Waste

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.

Entrepreneurs like Elizabeth Murphy, Sarah Boltwala-Mesina, and Jonathan Zaidman are starting companies to help people who are concerned about sustainability easily minimize food waste. From plant-based catering, to composting, to food production—sustainability is a unifying theme. We heard about their efforts at “Food Waste Reimagined,” an event hosted by the SDEE Sustainability Group held on October 24 at WeWork UTC, sponsored by Morrison Foerster and Struthers Family Trust.

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SDEE Recognizes Volunteers with Karl Strauss Social Mixer

On a warm fall evening, the many volunteers of SDEE got together for recognition of their efforts. Led by Kathrin Copley, chair of the SDEE volunteer committee, all of the committee chairs and their hard-working members were honored with appreciation and gratitude. Our numerous events and programs are orchestrated through our all-volunteer organization. It’s through the generous donation of their time that helps to improve our entrepreneurial community and support system. We have several committees that plan and host events, grow membership, attract corporate sponsors, and promote SDEE activities. We’re always welcoming new committee members. Volunteering with SDEE a great opportunity to contribute your knowledge, gain new experiences, and make a difference in the San Diego entrepreneurial scene. For more information, please email SDEE at

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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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