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SDEE Message from the President, Randy Schreckhise


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.

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Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs – SDEE Workshop Summary

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.

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Amy Rasdal’s 5 Things to Know About Consulting

Never stop networking and always be selling. That was Amy Rasdal’s key message when she spoke to consultant members from San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) on January 31, 2019 at a workshop held at LabFellows.

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LaunchBio – Evening With An Entrepreneur

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.

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SDEE Discount for Med Tech Monday

SDEE is proud to be a Silver Sponsor at the January 28, 2019 Med Tech Monday conference. Don't miss this opportunity to hear the latest in medical device innovation, investment opportunities, regulatory and more. Check out the list of speakers and startup pitches here. Stop by our SDEE exhibit booth to see what's new.

Use discount code SDEE2019 for a $200 discount when you register.


December 2018 Member News

Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. This month's Member News features:

  • Stephane Richard, CureMatch
  • Mark Fortner, Aspen Biosciences 
  • Claire Weston, Reveal Biosciences 
  • Jiwu Wang, Allele Biotech
  • Yinghong Gao, Viva Biotech
  • Abdulkader Rahmo, SMSBiotec
  • John Burd, Lysulin 
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SDEE Holiday Party 2018

SDEE ‘s famous year-end social this year was on December 11th, 2018 at Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, which kindly hosted the party in its new facility. SDEE members and their guests came out in big numbers for this festive occasion to network and have a good time.

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Strategies from John Bates on How to Speak Like a TED-Worthy Leader – From His Talk at @JLABS San Diego

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

Whether you are a presenter, fundraising, selling, a boss, an employee, or even a parent, John's talk provided valuable insights for more effective communications.

We are likely a community of “hard skills” here in the San Diego life sciences. But that doesn’t mean we can’t master the “soft skills” of pitching and presenting with finesse. We were lucky to have John Bates, CEO of Executive Speaking Success and Business Coaching, here to give us strategies and advice to help us learn to speak like a TED-worthy leader. Hosted by JLABS San Diego on December 4, 2018, John spoke for 2 hours and coached three audience members with their pitches. I’ve summarized the key points here.

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iTALK: Speaking SciComm – a Panel Discussion about Public Relations

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

Distill why the general public should care about your story and pitch reporters repeatedly until you get a reply. So says a panel of public relations experts who spoke at “iTALK:  Speaking SciComm – a Panel Discussion” hosted by LaunchBio and SDBN on October 16, 2018 at Genesis at Campus Point. Moderated by Neil Thompson of Teach the Geek, the panel was organized to help local life science entrepreneurs understand how journalists decide which science stories to report and how they can attract attention to their company.

The discussion was led by Josh Baxt, Freelance Science and Healthcare Writer, Carmella Remillard, Senior Medical Writer at Hologic, Inc., Jessica Yingling, Ph.D., President of Little Dog Communications, Heather Buschman, PhD,  Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations, UC San Diego Health, and Brittany Meiling, reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune. The first half of the session addressed how the panelists broke into science communication. This summary covers the second half of the session, which covered how a company can use science communication to achieve specific goals.

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Get to Know SDEE Consultants - Aspen Biosciences

An Interview with Mark Fortner on Drug Discovery Resource Network

Recently we sat down with Mark Fortner, CTO of Aspen Biosciences, a local software and services company to learn more about Pharm2Market (a new service they’re launching to help connect founders, investors, and vendors), and Pipeline (an application for drug discovery portfolio and project management). Mark is a member of the SDEE Consultants Group and joined SDEE in 2016.

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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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