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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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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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