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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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Confronting Climate Change: The Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

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, Keeling

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Get to Know SDEE Consultants - Piet Lesage

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.

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How John Hood’s Determination to Help Patients Turned $20 million into $7 billion

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.  

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Why Emotions are Very Much A Part of Science Writing – Notes from Ed Yong’s Talk

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.

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