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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 info@sdentrepreneurs.org.

SDEE Volunteer Mixer

 


SDEE Founder's Tales Event Summary

The Founders Tales event organized by the San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) is always a great opportunity to hear the stories of local life sciences entrepreneurs, and this year was no exception. The event was at Green Acre on Campus Point on Thursday, October 10, 2019, and was sponsored by Alexandria, Marsh & McLennan, and Morrison & Foerster. The reception was a nice opportunity to network and chat with the exhibitors while having delicious pizza bites, wine, and beer. The event started with the president of SDEE, Randy Schreckhise, describing SDEE’s mission, membership options, and volunteering opportunities, after which representatives of Alexandria spoke about their new building, GradLabs, and the insurance broker Marsh & McLennan described their services. Seven entrepreneurs from Brandwood Medical, Leulan Bioscience, TraXel, ArgoNox Discoveries, Digital Proteomics, and Viva Biotech gave a 30 second pitch before the four founders took the stage. This year we heard from Todd Harris, CEO and co-founder of Tyra Biosciences; Jeff Stafford, CEO and co-founder of Jecure Therapeutics and co-founder of Quanticel; Kevin Lustig, CEO and co-founder of scientisit.com and other ventures; Claire Weston, CEO and founder of Reveal Biosciences.

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Thank You to SDEE Sponsors

SDEE would like to thank its sponsors—ALT, Alexandria, Struthers Family Trust, Morrison Foerster, BioMed Realty, Ted Jacobs, BREX, Takeda, Union Bank, JP Morgan, Duane Morris, MaxCyte, Wagenknecht Law Group, Marsh & McLennan, and Longfellow—for supporting the organization in 2019. It’s through the contributions of funds, space, and leadership that we are able to bring you the events and engagements that drive growth and progression in our community. If you or your company would like to participate in sponsorship activities, please contact any member of the SDEE Executive Committee or simply email Danielle Hayes at dhayes@sdentrepreneurs.com. No contribution is too small, and all donations are dedicated to enhancing the growth of founders, startups, and their entrepreneurial endeavors.

SDEE Sponsors


SDEE Launches New Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Series

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.

Being an entrepreneur is challenging because there is so much to learn. It’s not just knowing about your product, but also understanding company formation, financing, and intellectual property. It’s no different for scientific founders with graduate degrees and years of experience. SDEE has regularly hosted workshops to aid entrepreneurs in getting started. Now they’re introducing the Entrepreneur Boot Camp. As a benefit to members, the Boot Camp is an 8-month program with monthly expert-led education sessions and small cohort mentoring sessions. Leading the way are Deborah Nguyen, PhD, Vice President, Biology, COI Pharmaceuticals, and Daniel Catron, Executive Director of Licensing and Business Development, Allele Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals, Inc. With contributions from sponsors ALT, Morrison Foerster, JP Morgan, and Struthers Family Trust and help from experienced leaders in the community, they’re ready to kick off the inaugural SDEE Boot Camp with the first session scheduled in September 2019. I sat down with Nguyen and Catron to find out what SDEE Boot Camp is all about.

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SDEE PLATINUM SPONSORS

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Struthers Family
Trust

SDEE GOLD SPONSORS

BioMed Realty

Ted Jacobs
Executive Managing Director
Global Life Sciences Practices Group

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Duane Morris MaxCyte Wagenknecht Barney and Barney Longfellow

SDEE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by local San Diego entrepreneurs
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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