Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. This month's Member News features:
- Mark Fortner, Aspen Biosciences
- Claire Weston, Reveal Biosciences
- Stephane Richard, CureMatch
- Grant Goad, WestSouth
- Ray Wagenknecht, Wagenknecht IP Law Group
- Sarah Glofcheskie, Axiom Real-Time Metrics
- Francisco Lio, Neuropore
- Michelleanne Bradley, Metis Consulting
- Marilyn Bruno, Aequor
By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.
Of the six San Diego life science initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2018, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals (CRNX) raised the most money at $117 million1. Started by four scientists in 2008 and now developing novel therapeutics for rare endocrine diseases, co-founder Scott Struthers was invited by Devang Thakkar and TiE South Coast to present how Crinetics went from garage to NASDAQ. Scott also co-founded San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) so were happy to join him at JLABS San Diego for an update on his story.Read more
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, KeelingRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more