Did you know that Louis Pasteur discovered microorganisms and developed his technique for killing them, pasteurization, while studying beer? He was also a master brewer and wrote a book on the subject. Beer and life science have a long history, indeed even enzymes were discovered by studying yeast fermentation.
In San Diego, we are lucky to be a hub for both biotech and beer, and we’ve found a very interesting intersection of the two in White Labs, a local company creating high quality yeast strains for breweries. The company was started by Chris White, who got a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at UCSD studying the yeast Pichia pastoris. Chris was also an avid home beer brewer and began to use his scientific expertise on brewers yeast. We will hear from him about how he used this experience to found White Labs, a creative entrepreneurial move that has led to biotech helping to develop San Diego’s thriving beer industry.
Of course, we’ve been holding SDBN events at Green Flash Brewery for almost a year, another way the two industries have become intertwined. We’ll hear also from Dave Adams at Green Flash about their history, and we’re planning to have some beer tasting as well. We always have plenty of time for networking with scientists and professionals who are interested in drug discovery, diagnostics, medical devices, and beer, click here to register!
Who: Life science researchers and professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: SDBN September 24th Biotech and Beer Event
When: Monday, September 24th 2012, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Green Flash Brewery Tasting Room, 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard San Diego, 92121 (directions below)
Cost: $25/20 (Academic), dinner provided, beer and soda available for purchase.
For more information about the event: http://sdbn.org/september
Directions: From the west: From the 805 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head east for 2.0 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the left/north side of the street at Flanders Drive. From the east: From the 15 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head west for 3.6 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the right/north side of the street at Flanders Drive.
Parking: The Green Flash lot holds about 70 cars, so come early and carpool if you’d like to park there. You can also park on the street, but be very mindful that there are some poorly marked ‘no parking’ areas, especially on Sequence where there is a center lane.