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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 No contribution is too small, and all donations are dedicated to enhancing the growth of founders, startups, and their entrepreneurial endeavors.

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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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September 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
  • Brandwood CKC, Luis Jimenez
  • Family Proud, Jaden Risner
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Women's Venture Summit 2019

We are pleased to partner with the Women’s Venture Summit presented by Stella Labs and Stella Angels. This intensive September 14th event is aimed at equipping and connecting female founders and female funders by bringing together EXPERTS from both sides of the investment table to share best practices, essential tips and lessons learned. Binational, local and global resources will be shared and discussed along with trends and hot topics around gender investing. This Summit is a great opportunity for women entrepreneurs to meet and network with women investors from all over the globe. Drop by our exhibit table to see what’s new at SDEE. Hope to see you there!

Get a 30% discount on your registration by entering discount code SDEE

Attend the August 28th Women's Fast Pitch competition to see who will be the finalists competing at the Women's Venture Summit.


SDEE Summer Social

The first SDEE annual Summer Social on Tuesday, August 6th was a not to be missed networking event. A big thank you to our sponsors, American Laboratory Trading (ALT), Morrison & Foerster, and the Struthers Family Trust for making this event possible and free to all SDEE members.

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Tips from the SDEE Angel Investor Panel

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

Have a great team and access to mentors that can help pivot from failure. That was one piece of advice from the SDEE Angel Investor Panel held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Green Acre Campus Pointe and sponsored by ALT, Morrison Foerster, and Alexandria. The panel included Sam Ellis, member of Tech Coast Angels and Life Science Angels, Jay Goth, Managing Partner of Forentis Fund, and Randy Berholtz, Sr. Fund Advisor and Fund Counsel with Mesa Verde and a Member of the Investment Committee, and was moderated by Jim Krenn, Partner from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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Opportunities for Entrepreneurs: Collaborating with Disease Foundations

Discussion with Richard (Rick) Winneker, PhD,

Life Sciences Executive and Consultant

Formerly Senior Vice President, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)


By Marilyn Ferrari, Cesira, Inc.


I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rick Winneker about collaborating with disease foundations.

Rick has held several pivotal roles in his career, most recently as SVP for Research at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). While at LLS, he built and led a research group focused on improving the standard of care and accelerating cures for patients with blood cancers. He expanded and strengthened LLS’ research staff and portfolio adding more therapy related strategic partnerships and further engaged the academic and biopharma community. Rick is currently using his pharmaceutical R&D and non-profit venture philanthropy experience as an independent consultant based in the Philadelphia area.

Here are some highlights and advice for entrepreneurs from our discussion:

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Hey Startups! Check out these events with angel investors

As a biotech startup founder, I'm constantly looking for opportunities to learn how to obtain funding. If you are too, check out these events in the next month.

San Diego Startup Week - May 28-June 2, 2019

Sessions on obtaining funding include:

The Investor Relationship

Crowdfunding ABCs

Priced Equity Round 101: From Term Sheet to Closing

Access to Startup Capital

Elevator Pitch Prep Series, Fast Pitch Competition, One Million Cups sessions

LaunchBio Larger Than Life Science: Cracking the Funding Code - May 30, 2019

Meet Judy Robinett - startup investor, entrepreneur and author of Cracking the Funding Code. Can't wait to hear her advice on how to find funding fast

San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange event: Angel Investor Panel - June 18, 2019

Looking for funding for your startup? Come hear what angel investors expect in your pitch. Great opportunity to get advice from SoCal investor experts Randy Berholtz, Sam Ellis and Jay Goth. Moderated by Jim Krenn, Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP. Deadline for SDEE business members to request an exhibit table is June 4th. Want to give a quick pitch? Deadline to reserve a spot is June 14th

Hope to see you there!






May 2019 Member News

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
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From Startup to NASDAQ – The Story of San Diego-based Crinetics Pharmaceuticals

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.

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