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Lung Cancer Innovation QuickFire Challenge

JLABS is accepting applications to the Lung Cancer Innovation QuickFire Challenge, which will award up to $750K in non-dilutive grant funding and provides an opportunity to join the JLABS global community. Innovators from across the globe are invited to submit game-changing, outside-the-box solutions addressing the prevention, interception and cure for Lung Cancer.  Need more details? You can find them here.
Solutions will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers and judges on their ability to meet the following criteria:
  • Potential impact
  • Uniqueness of solution & level of competition in current market
  • Quality & feasibility of technology
  • Team credibility & capabilities
  • Plans for utilizing JLABS @ Shanghai
  • Idea submission outlines interest in the innovation ecosystem in Shanghai
The application deadline is September 14th. Should you have any questions, please contact my colleague, Tina McGrath at 

The Art of Effective Negotiation

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

Is it the offeror or the recipient that holds the power in a negotiation? Whether you are negotiating a founders’ agreement or an investor term sheet, moving beyond a power struggle to balancing concerns may be more beneficial for both parties. That’s what we learned from David Johnson, JD, JSM, Lecturer at Stanford Law School, who led the workshop “The Art of Effective Negotiation” co-hosted by San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) and JLABS San Diego on July 12, 2018, for a crowd of nearly 100 people.

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ALT Announces Platinum Sponsorship of SDEE

American Laboratory Trading Announces Sponsorship of San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange 

Two-year agreement helps support San Diego life science entrepreneur and academic community with premium refurbished lab equipment and surplus strategy services

SAN DIEGO, CA, July 17, 2018 -- American Laboratory Trading (ALT), announced today that it has become a platinum sponsor of San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) for the next two years. Through this new partnership, SDEE members will receive exclusive discounts and offers, plus tailored and local surplus strategy services

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How AI Will Change Funding Opportunities for Biotech Entrepreneurs

On June 21, 2018, LaunchBio hosted an event focused on artificial intelligence (AI) at Genesis in Campus Point. Panelists were Dr. Khai Minh Pham, founder of ThinkingNode; Thomas Kluz, Head of Healthcare Investing at Qualcomm Ventures and General Partner of dRx Capital; Navid Alipour, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Analytics Ventures; Casey Laris, CTO of Reveal Biosciences. The session was moderated by Margot Wohl, a graduate student in neuroscience at UCSD and KPBS Podcast producer.

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Women Breaking the Boundaries of Science

Women Breaking the Boundaries of Science is a BVS La Jolla Biotech Community event to discuss issues and celebrate successes of women in the science industry. This event will include a keynote address by Pamela Gardner (President and CEO of Biotech Vendor Services), a panel discussion moderated by Holly Smithson (CEO, Athena), vendor exhibits, networking, food & cocktails.

Date: June 28, 2018 

Time: 4:30-8:30pm

Venue: San Diego Marriott La Jolla

To attend, please register at:
For more information, please contact Pam Gardner at 858-349-8375 |


Pro Back Office Adds Two New Partners

Pro Back Office Adds Two New Partners

Greg Leiser and Francesca San Diego are Promoted to Partner

Francesca San Diego  

May 24, 2018 — Pro Back Office is pleased to announce the addition of two new partners of the firm, Greg Leiser and Francesca San Diego. “We are beyond excited to bring Fran and Greg onto our management team. They are talented CFO’s whose leadership will bring immense value to our company,” says Jennifer Barnes, Co-Founder of Pro Back Office. Fran, Vice President of Finance and Greg, Vice President of Service Delivery will provide additional leadership to the fast growing company.

Greg Leiser has more than twenty years of experience as a CFO in both public and privately held companies.  He has facilitated or had a role in going-public transactions, secondary offerings and private placements. Greg has performed in a lead role for nine business sale transactions including: advising on deal structures, managing the diligence process, and closing a $5 million financing round.  In 2016 he was named one of San Diego Business Journal’s CFOs of the Year. As a consulting CFO with Pro Back Office for over four years, Greg will continue his impact by supporting Pro Back Office’s client growth and processes.

Francesca San Diego has almost thirty years of experience in finance and business management in a wide range of organizations, including three start-up ventures. Fran’s areas of expertise include financial oversight, strategic planning and business development. Her experience includes key financial positions at Sony and The Wherehouse, serving as CFO of an Internet start-up and CFO and COO of a global entertainment business where she had full P&L responsibility. In 2017 she was named one of San Diego Business Journal’s CFOs of the Year. As a consulting CFO with Pro Back Office for over three years, Fran will be taking on a larger role on the internal team, streamlining where appropriate and ensuring continued financial success.

Pro Back Office, founded in 2012 by Mike Ford and Jennifer Barnes, provides highly skilled operational accounting, finance and strategic consulting talent, on an hourly, fractional, on-site or remote and ongoing or project basis. The firm currently services over 300 clients and has over 90 employees. Pro Back Office operates throughout the Pacific Southwest and in a broad range of industries, from start-ups to publicly traded companies as well as not for profits. The Pro Back Office team leverages decades of industry experience with an innovative, highly successful and personalized approach. “Every company is unique,” Jennifer shares “We take the time to understand their needs and find a solution that works for them; whether that is filling a gap in their accounting or HR department, helping them with a strategic project or becoming their entire finance, accounting and HR team.”

For more information, visit

Get to Know Your Neighbors 2018

By Dr. Roberta Vezza Alexander

On May 3, 2018, San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) held their annual flagship event, Get to know your neighbors, at Green Acre in Campus Point.

The event was sponsored by Maxcyte and Alexandria Real Estate, which provided the space. Before the event, the networking reception was a nice opportunity to chat, sip wine and beer, and snack on delicious pizza. As always, numerous providers of services and equipment for the life sciences showcased their products on tables around the room.

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SDEE Recognizes Volunteers with PF Chang's Dinner

by Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

At our core, SDEE is a grass-roots organization, comprised solely of volunteers. Over 30 strong, SDEE volunteers help to improve the entrepreneur support system by planning and hosting SDEE events, growing membership, attracting corporate sponsors, and promoting SDEE member activities.

Volunteer Dinner

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IT Security and Operations: Protecting Your Business in an Age of Cyber Subterfuge

By Jared C. Hooks, PhD, Science Communicator

At a recent SDEE event, there was a booth setup with an image of a masked man typing furiously on a computer as if the actual Holy Grail was hidden somewhere on a hard drive or server. While I considered it somewhat tongue in cheek, there can be a perception that to target someone’s business at an IT level takes a concerted, concentrated effort that will be wasted on small startups and entrepreneurs. 

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May 2018 Member News

Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. May Member News features:

  • Viva Biotech
  • Flow Paradigm
  • Brandwood Biomedical
  • Jaan Biotherapeutics
  • SGS Life Sciences
  • Atlantic Lab Equipment (ALE)
  • Reveal Biosciences
  • ScaleMatrix
  • Paramit
  • California Life Sciences Association (CLSA)
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