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Entrepreneur Boot Camp Review

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

On January 30th, 2018, the Southern California chapter of Women in Bio (WIB) partnered with Johnson & Johnson Innovation and JLAB San Diego to organize a very interesting entrepreneur boot camp. The event was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and JLAB San Diego and was held at their beautiful facility in the Torrey Pines area.

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SDEE Investor Day with Illumina Ventures

By Amy Duncan, Goldfish Consulting

In January 2018, SDEE fielded submissions from SDEE member companies who were interested in presenting to Illumina Ventures. Illumina Ventures is an independently managed venture firm focused on early-stage companies. On Investor Day, all companies who submitted applications were invited to a networking session, followed by breakfast in the Chronicle Room at The Alexandria in Torrey Pines, generously provided by event sponsor Alexandria Real Estate Equities. Associate Noel Jee from Illumina Ventures presented and took questions before the one-on-one meetings. Here’s what we learned from Noel about Illumina Ventures.

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SDEE Launches New Advocacy Committee

By Jared C. Hooks, PhD, Science Communicator

New for 2018, SDEE launched a new committee focused on advocacy for our members. Lifted heavily from our charter, the goals of this committee are to stay informed, educate, and advocate for both ourselves and SDEE on:

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February 2018 Member News

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

  • Abreos Bio
  • FP Complete
  • Cisbio
  • Beacon Discovery
  • Wagenknecht IP Law Group
  • ThinkingNode
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SDEE’s First Investor Day with Wu Capital USA

By Randy Schreckhise and Amy Duncan 

To kick off the new SDEE Investor Day program, we arranged for SDEE member companies to meet with Hannah Chang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Wu Capital Investment in October 2017. All SDEE member companies who submitted applications were invited to meet with Hannah to learn more about the fund.

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SDEE Introduces New “Investor Day” Program

By Randy Schreckhise and Amy Duncan 

As a benefit to SDEE member companies, SDEE started a new program called Investor Day. SDEE Investor Days are a way for SDEE members who are looking for funding to gain exposure to top tier venture capital (VC) firms. SDEE members benefit through introductions to VCs that might otherwise be challenging to obtain without connections to fund principals, partners or associates.

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December 2017 Member News

Member News provides an opportunity for SDEE members to share news and announcements. September Member News features MaxCyte, Pro Back Office LLC, and Wagenknecht IP Law Group.

MaxCyte, Inc.

MaxCyte was featured in the Genetic Engineering News Supplement: Applications of Novel CRISPR Tools. Read the article at: https://www.genengnews.com/gen-articles/supplement-applications-of-novel-crispr-tools/6220

Pro Back Office LLC

In 2017 Pro Back Office LLC was named one of the "Best Places to Work" by both the San Diego Business Journal and San Diego Union Tribune, and named #892 on the Inc 5000 and #40 on San Diego Business Journal's list of San Diego's fastest growing private companies. Jennifer Barnes, CEO & President, also won Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist Award, SDBJ Most Admired CEO Award, SDBJ Outstanding Achievement Award, SDBJ Women of Influence Award, and Women of the Year Awards - Medium Company Category.  

Wagenknecht IP Law Group

Wagenknecht IP Law Group, a San Diego based intellectual property law firm, welcomes patent attorney Gayani Weerasinghe to its growing intellectual property law practice. Ms. Weerasinghe’s life science and legal background brings additional expertise to Wagenknecht’s patent counseling, trademark counseling, and due diligence legal services for San Diego’s life science, medical device, and investment community. 


SDEE: Message From the President

By Taylor Moyer

The one word that sums up 2017 at SDEE is involvement. As we’ve developed new programs and signed up new members, we’ve expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect, learn, and grow. With this growth, I wanted to take some time to reflect on SDEE’s founding and how it serves to benefit members and the San Diego entrepreneurial community. 

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Event Review: Building your company with non-dilutive funding - the funding process from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (4 of 4)

August 26, 2017 SDEE Workshop:  Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding 

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

Welcome to the final part of the series, Building your company with non-dilutive funding. This part summarizes the talk of Tamara Mayer Schwent, Director of Operations, Sirenas, LLC at the SDEE event on October 26, 2017.

Tamara described the funding process from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Event Review: Building your company with non-dilutive funding - SBIR grants (3 of 4)

August 26, 2017 SDEE Workshop:  Building Your Company with Non-Dilutive Funding 

By Roberta Vezza Alexander, PharmD, PhD

Continuing with the series, Building your company with non-dilutive funding. This part summarizes the talk of R. Scott Struthers, PhD, Founder & CEO, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals at the SDEE event on October 26, 2017.

Scott focused on small business innovation research (SBIR) grants, described the scoring system, and gave advice on how improve the odds of success, what to avoid, and what to do to be on the reviewer’s good side.

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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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