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Funding your Life Science Company with Grants – SDEE Workshop Summary

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

Apply for as many grants as you can and just keep submitting. That was the key take-home message from an SDEE workshop titled “Establish and Build Your Company Using Grants and Non-dilutive Funding.” Because grants and non-dilutive funding sources are a great way to establish and build early stage companies, SDEE asked experienced entrepreneurs and scientists in the San Diego community how to best obtain this type of funding. The panel of funding experts that led workshop included Patrick McDonough, PhD., Chief Research Officer of Vala Sciences, Christina Niemeyer, PhD, from i2 Grant Associates, and Travis Stiles, PhD, CEO & Co-Founder of Novoron Bioscience. Here is a summary of what was presented and discussed at the workshop.

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SDEE Founders Tales - Three Founders Share their Startup Experience

On October 17th, 2018, SDEE hosted the Founder’s Tales event at Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe and Roth Auditorium of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. ALT sponsored the event and provided all the food and beverages for the networking reception. A lot of people came out to listen to Samantha Urban, Fabio C. Tucci, and Cydne Holt, as they told their stories and shared useful pieces of advice. Randy Schreckhise moderated the discussion.

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Med Tech Marketing Summit

Med Tech Marketing Summit

October 22nd, 2018

The Med Tech Marketing Summit on October 22nd, 2018 is your one-stop event for branding, marketing, sales, and licensing for the Medical Device, Biotech and Startup community. This is a one day branding, licensing, sales and marketing event. Hear about the latest medical device, biotech and technology marketing/branding insights and how to get your technology licensed. This event is for everyone from startups to industry leaders. The conference will include presentations and speakers as well as an exhibit area. Attendance includes light breakfast, lunch and a closing cocktail reception. Parking is free.

Back Bay Conference Center, 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612    

Tickets are $99 for SDEE members. Use promo code SDEE2018 when you register

SDEE will be exhibiting, so stop by our booth to see what's new.


When and How to Develop a Regulatory Roadmap

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.

Regulatory approval is a major inflection point and value driver for companies, yet many wait too long to develop a roadmap for success. To help put things in perspective, San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) hosted a workshop, “Planning for Success: When and How to Develop a Regulatory Roadmap,” on October 9, 2018, at Hera Hub in San Diego.

Leading the workshop were local experts with first-hand experience in all phases of the regulatory process for drugs and IVD/devices:  Luis Jimenez, Vice President, Business Development, Brandwood Biomedical; Jennifer Grodberg, Sr. Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Program Management, Forge Therapeutics; and Michael Monahan, Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals. Speakers provided advice for developing a regulatory roadmap, including interactions with FDA:

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Six Tips for Collaborating with Pharma from the SDEE “Partnering Without Pitfalls” Event

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting, Inc.

Small biotechs and large pharmaceutical companies, both staffed with highly skilled scientists, often face challenges when partnering on a collaboration. To understand more about pharma partnering, San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) and LaunchBio co-hosted “Partnering Without Pitfalls: Building Successful Collaborations Between Entrepreneurs and Pharma,” on September 13, 2018, at in the Illumina Theater at The Alexandria-Torrey Pines.

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Get to Know SDEE Consultants - Noushin Dunkelman

An Interview with Noushin Dunkelman on Organizational Consulting

Noushin Dunkelman is an active member of the SDEE Consultants Committee. The committee, started in 2017, was formed to help the biotech community access information and consultants who may be beneficial for their companies. They hold quarterly events to share technical and organizational knowledge. They provide access to specialists through consultant office hours. In addition, the committee organizes workshops to help consultants grow and learn from one another. There are 70 members, and their areas of expertise include corporate business development, clinical development, drug discovery, regulatory, marketing, organizational development, legal matters including contracts and patents, pharmacology, project management, and website design.

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Get to Know SDEE Consultants - Bernie Greenspan

An Interview with Bernie Greenspan on IP Management 

Bernie Greenspan joined SDEE in 2017 and is a member of the SDEE Consultants Committee. He likes to attend the monthly networking happy hours and other special programs. He is a professional consultant as well as an instructor at UCSD Extension and Rady School of Management. We sat down to learn more about his consulting company and how he helps life science and medical device companies.

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San Diego Angel Conference

Calling all high-growth start-ups! SDEE is proud to partner with The Brink SBDC to launch the San Diego Angel Conference being held on March 15, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm at the University of San Diego. Compete to win up to $200K of angel investment.

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September 2018 Member News

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

  • Sandhill Crane Diagnostics (Syliva Norman)
  • Lysulin (John Burd)
  • ProBack Office (Jennifer Barnes)
  • Abreos Bioscience
  • Jaan Biotherapeutics (Bhawanjit Brar)
  • Wagenknecht IP Law Group
  • United BioChannels (Jeff Whitmore)
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Thank you to HBA and BDO for a Great Networking Event

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) partnered to organize a fun happy hour sponsored by BDO United States, an accounting firm with offices throughout the world.

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