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SDBN July 19th Event: Virtual Biotech Part 1: How to Effectively Outsource a Drug Discovery Program

Posted by Mary Canady July 1st, 2011 .
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Changes in the drug discovery landscape have presented many tough challenges for our region, including downsizing for larger companies and a dearth of VC funding for startups. With these challenges come opportunities, however, because drug companies are hungry for drug candidates to fill their pipelines. Additionally, the abundance of drug discovery contract research organizations (CROs), the ability to manage them remotely, and the ability to find partners and tools more easily on the internet presents an interesting opportunity.
Our July 19th event is our first in a series of Virtual Biotech …

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SDBN June 21st Event Featuring aTyr Pharma

Posted by Mary Canady May 27th, 2011 .
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The San Diego Biotechnology Network’s June 21st event will feature aTyr Pharma, with Board Member and CEO Jeffry Watkins (Bio) giving a talk titled “Innovation: Where is our Biology?” aTyr is developing therapeutics based on physiocrines, small proteins involved in signaling pathways for areas such hematology, immunology, and metabolism disorders. The company was founded based on research which originated at the Scripps Research Institute, and Watkins’ title indicates the company is reaching beyond in vitro drug discovery to focus on biological processes. It will be exciting to see the …

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SDBN May 17th Speed Networking Event: Meet Your Next Opportunity

Posted by Mary Canady April 28th, 2011 .
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There are many indications that the biotech economy is looking up in San Diego, what’s next for you? Whether it be a new job, business opportunity, or just expanding your network, our May 17th Speed Networking event will help you to meet the people who will help you meet your goals. We always get a great mix of life science researchers and professionals at our events, you’re sure to see some new faces. Prepare your elevator speech, make sure you have lots of business cards, and get ready to make …

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SDBN April 19th 2011 Event Featuring Celgene

Posted by Mary Canady March 28th, 2011 .
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Who: Biotechnology professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: San Diego Biotechnology Network April 19th Event Featuring Celgene
When: Tuesday, April 19th 2011, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego 92109 (Directions below)
Cost: $25/$20 Academic, dinner provided, cash bar
Contact: http://sdbn.org/contact
For more information about the event: http://sdbn.org/april

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CHI’s Drug Discovery Chemistry Conference

Posted by Mary Canady March 28th, 2011 .
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Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Drug Discovery Chemistry Conference, featuring tracks on:
Infectious Disease
Fragment-based Drug Discovery
Inflammation
Hepatitis C Virus
Kinases
Protein-Protein Interactions
Date/Time Start:: April 12th
Date/Time End:: April 14th
Web Address:: http://www.drugdiscoverychemistry.com/

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SDBN April 19th 2011 Event Featuring Celgene

Posted by Mary Canady March 22nd, 2011 .
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Through research, acquisitions, and mergers, Celgene has built a robust product portfolio and pipeline in hematology and oncology. This accomplishment is quite a feat in today’s environment, with pharma pipelines dwindling, and they are one of the top ten fastest growing biotech stocks. Celgene has more than 4,000 employees worldwide, with important work being carried out at their San Diego location. David Webb, Vice President, Research & San Diego Site Director (Bio) will give a presentation titled “Celgene’s Drug Discovery Engine in San Diego” at our April 19th event.
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SABPA Science & Technology Forum IX: Emerging Trend in Drug Development: Companion Diagnostics

Posted by Mary Canady March 13th, 2011 .
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Companion diagnostics, which identifies and detects genetic, protein, or gene expression markers to predict whether a drug works or causes adverse effect in patients, has emerged as an exciting new field over the last few years. With the cost and hurdle for new drug approval getting increasingly higher, pharmaceutical companies begin to explore companion tests in order to develop safer and more effective drugs. The value of companion diagnostic tests has already been demonstrated by a number of marketed products, such as HercepTest for Herceptin and K-RAS mutation tests for …

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SDBN March 15th, 2011 Event Featuring Senomyx

Posted by Mary Canady February 24th, 2011 .
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Who: Biotechnology professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: San Diego Biotechnology Network March 15th Event Featuring Senomyx
When: Tuesday, March 15th 2011, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego 92109 (Directions below)
Cost: $25/$20 Academic, dinner provided, cash bar
Contact: http://sdbn.org/contact
For more information about the event: http://sdbn.org/march

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SDBN March 15th, 2011 Event Featuring Senomyx

Posted by Mary Canady February 23rd, 2011 .
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Senomyx is a very interesting local biotech focusing on developing flavor enhancers using processes that have parallels to those used in drug discovery such as high throughput screening and GPCR modulation, see their recent publications. They have collaborations with several of the leading food, beverage, and ingredient companies, and one of the aims is to help companies improve an item’s taste while improving its nutritional profile. Guy Servant, Senior Director of Assay Development & HTS at Senomyx (Bio), will give a presentation titled “A Biotech Approach to Flavor Discovery.”
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2011 Poll Results: Drug Development, Networking Top Interests

Posted by Mary Canady February 4th, 2011 .
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Thanks to everyone who took our 2011 poll, the results are IN! See the slideshare presentation below which summarizes the results. Check out the word cloud based on the essay answers, with largest words representing those used the most frequently by respondents, helping you to understand the results as a whole visually. We had a fairly small sample size (37), and still welcome input, leave your response here or on the LinkedIn post.
2011 poll
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We use the results to plan the 2011 schedule. Here is a …

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