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SDBN Volunteers Needed for Coastal Cleanup Day September 25th

Posted by Mary Canady September 6th, 2010 .
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We all hear about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an ‘island’ estimated to be twice the size of Texas containing plastic and other waste. How can we help to prevent more trash from reaching our oceans? California Coastal Cleanup Day is September 25th, and we have a great opportunity to help clean up trash inland before the rainy season carries it to the ocean.
Coastal cleanups started in 1984 on the Oregon coast, and now includes California volunteers from all coastal counties, with 80,000 participating last year and 10,000 in San …


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September 28th Event Sponsored by Halozyme Therapeutics

Posted by Mary Canady September 6th, 2010 .
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We’re going to try something new for the San Diego Biotechnology Network in September. The folks at Halozyme have offered to start hosting events quarterly at their site in Sorrento Valley, and we’ll kick of the first event learning about their exciting science September 28th. They focus on therapeutics that work subcutaneously by targeting the extracellular matrix (the image is from a mural in their lobby) and have had lots of great news lately, so it will be nice to hear more. As always we’ll have plenty of time for …


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Bio: Michael Cooke

Posted by Mary Canady August 18th, 2010 .
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Michael P. Cooke received his Ph.D in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1991 working with Dr. Roger Perlmutter where he studied the role of the src-family kinase, fyn in T cell development and activation. He did postdoctoral work with Dr. Chris Goodnow at Stanford University where he studied molecular mechanism of immune tolerance. From Stanford he went to the hematopoietic stem cell company SyStemix Inc. in Palo Alto, Ca where he was Director of Functional Genomics. He joined the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation …


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SDBN August 18th Event: The Human Genome 10 Years Later: What Does it Mean for San Diego Biotech?

Posted by Mary Canady July 23rd, 2010 .
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June 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome. As Francis Collins has pointed out, “we invariably overestimate the short-term impacts of new technologies and underestimate their longer-term effects.” As a member of the community for 14 years, I can tell you that this is true for San Diego, as the expectations in 2000 were likely too high, but the last ten years have brought unexpected progress in many areas.
San Diego has a great ecosystem to take advantage of these exciting longer-term benefits, ranging from our …


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What’s BiotechCamp? A New Way to Share Ideas Is Coming!

Posted by Mary Canady July 11th, 2010 .
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Mary Canady BarcampSD 7 ‘Crowdsourcing Cat Herding’ from Mary Canady on Vimeo.
I presented at a local ‘unconference’ called Barcamp recently in San Diego. The event is great because it is unscripted and interdisciplinary, and we’d like to extend the model to biotech and life science, with the goal of having a ‘BiotechCamp’ in San Diego soon. Check out the presentation, and if you have any ideas, please feel free to add them to the wiki we’ve set up at http://biotechcamp.org. We have a team of about ten now who will …


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SDBN July 21st Speed Networking Event Sponsored by Life Technologies

Posted by Mary Canady July 1st, 2010 .
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Our January Speed Networking event went so well that we promised we’d do it again so that you can meet as many local biotech professionals as possible in one night. How does it work? Check out our report of the last speed networking event for more details, and basically show up with plenty of business cards, something to take notes with, and craft a thirty second ‘elevator speech’ which describes who you are and what you’re looking for professionally. We always have a nice mix of professionals at our events, …


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San Diego Stem Cell Coalition to Fight ALS: CIRM Update

Posted by Mary Canady June 30th, 2010 .
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The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) granted a local interdisciplinary research team from UCSD, Salk, and Life Technologies $11.5 million for research aimed at finding a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. On June 23rd, CIRM hosted a public research update which I attended. The project is an excellent example of local research organizations and companies working together towards translating research into real cures, funded by California citizens who realize the promise of stem cell technologies.
The ALS team is led by Lawrence Goldstein, Ph.D., and …


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Join Us at BarCamp in San Diego July 10/11

Posted by Mary Canady June 18th, 2010 .
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There’s a cool local event we think would be a great opportunity to explore new ways to communicate science. A group of us are going to BarCamp San Diego, a two day ‘Unconference’ which is described below. Check it out (use link above and more info/register here) and contact us if you’d like to give a presentation, if your company would like to sponsor (very affordable, great for tech-friendly life science companies), or if you’re just interested in learning more.
What is BarCamp?
BarCamp is an international network of “unconferences” where geeks, …


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The Wonderful World of Wikis for Life Scientists

Posted by Mary Canady June 14th, 2010 .

You may know that the San Diego Biotechnology Network, and its partner company, Comprendia, are dedicated to improving communication between life scientists and the companies that serve them. As part of this objective, we like to pass on resources for both groups to help, check out our video resources for life science and the list of life science companies using social media. Life scientists can use the wiki list below as a reference and to learn and contribute, and companies should realize the potential that resources such as these present …


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SABPA San Diego Bio-Pharma Conference

Posted by Mary Canady June 3rd, 2010 .
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Name of Event San Diego Bio-Pharma Conference
8:00 am – 5:00 pmExhibition
8:00 am -8:30 amContinental Breakfast & Registration
8:45 am – 9:00 amWelcome
9:00 am – 10:00 amSession I.Collaborative R&D-Industry and Academia
Diego Miralles, M.D., Head and Chief Medical Officer, J&J PRD West Coast
Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing China
10:00 am -10:30 am
Coffee Break
10:30 pm – 12:00 pmSession II (Plenary Discussion). Emerging Fields and Adapting Strategies
Lewis Shuster (Moderator), CEO, Shuster Capital
John Dunn, Executive Vice President, New Ventures, Biogen-Idec
Greg Heath, Ph.D. Sr. VP & General Manager, Diagnostics Business Unit, Illumina
Steve Kaldor, Ph.D., …