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San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) Intensive Workshop for Entrepreneurs on Grant Writing

Posted by Roberta Alexander July 15th, 2014 .
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The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) held an intensive workshop last night, 11 July 2014, at the Hera Hub in Sorrento Mesa to help entrepreneurs get funded through National Institute of Health (NIH) or National Science Foundation (NSF) grants called SBIR grants, i.e. Small Business Innovation Research grants.
The event was attended by almost 30 entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs, eager to learn from the masters how to write a grant, how the scoring system works, and how to increase their chances to get the money! The event started with a networking …

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SDBN July 28th 2014 Speed Networking Event: Caution, Connections Ahead!

Posted by Mary Canady July 7th, 2014 .
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Our downtown events during AACR and BIO were very successful and we gained a lot of momentum, so in July we’re speeding back to the heart of San Diego biotech, Sorrento Valley and Green Flash Brewery! Join us July 28th for our ever popular speed networking, where you’ll race towards reaching the limit of biotech professionals you can connect with in one night. Hone your 30 second elevator speech and bring lots of business cards, you’ll run through them in no time. If you haven’t been to one of our speed …

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The Face of Biotech is Changing: Summary of the #SDBNJune Event

Posted by Leah Cannon June 27th, 2014 .
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Old funding and research methods are no longer working for small biotechs, big pharma or academic scientists. The flip side of this crisis is breeding innovation at every stage of the drug discovery pipeline. As part of BIO 2014, SDBN gathered a panel of innovators to talk about “Reinventing California Biotech.” The panelists were optimistic about new funding sources, new industry infrastructure and the collaborative nature of San Diego biotech.
Joseph Jackson is CEO of Bio, Tech and Beyond, San Diego’s largest community lab and biotech accelerator. He stressed the importance …

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Promoting Innovation While Ensuring Safety of Biosimilars: Two Perspectives at #BIO2014

Posted by Greg Mrachko June 27th, 2014 .
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The second day of BIO 2014 International Convention, Tuesday June 24th, presented at least two opportunities to learn about biosimilars, which haven’t only been gaining momentum from research and development over the last several years, but also from receiving attention by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as biosimilars get closer to being marketed in the US.  I basically thought that the sessions, to a lesser or greater degree would essentially review and or summarize recent documents published by the FDA to help guide the biopharmaceutical industry develop and …

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#BIO2014 Career Fair Thursday During BIO

Posted by Roberta Alexander June 27th, 2014 .
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A career fair was held on the last day of BIO, June 26th, 2014 from 2 to 7 pm, at the Marriot Marquis and Marina, in one of the ballrooms at the lobby level. The room was big, but it felt really small: it was absolutely packed!
BIO volunteers in their bright orange shirts registered and welcomed the job seekers as they came in. Approximately 400-500 job seekers pre-registered, and another 300-400 registered today, all to talk with 22 exhibitors… The exhibitors were standing behind their tables and most of them …

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New #BIO2014 Session on Digital Health: Empowering the Healthcare Consumer

Posted by Jill Roughan June 26th, 2014 .
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A NEW BIO Convention forum on Digital Health was added to this year’s agenda. Throughout the day on Tuesday, it attracted hundreds of attendees and was a tsunami of engaging discussions, meetings, Q&A and interviews.  The sessions highlighted digital health’s role in all phases of healthcare, from discovery of new drugs, to monitoring clinical trials, mobile prescription handling, and preventive medicine apps.  Digital health, also known as mHeath or mobile health is facilitated through development of new devices, apps, and data management tools, but at its core, it is really …

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NIH/NSF Funded Start-Ups Highlighted at #BIO2014

Posted by Jill Roughan June 26th, 2014 .
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Traditionally, BIO has been focused on bringing well-established biotech and pharma companies together.  This year, the organizers wanted to shake things up abit and allow NIH/NSF funded SBIR companies, some of which have zero revenue, to showcase their business and have an opportunity to talk with investors and C-level execs about their work and vision for the future.   This all occurred at the INNOVATION Zone in the Exhibitor Hall throughout the conference. There were more than 50 companies presenting with a focus on drug discovery, diagnostics, biofuels and many other platform technologies.
There’s still time to meet with the companies.  Below are some highlights to give you a taste of …

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Future of Cancer Therapeutics: #BIO2014

Posted by Sandeep Pingle June 25th, 2014 .
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It has been four decades since the initiation of President Nixon’s “War on Cancer”, but never have the signs for victory looked so encouraging. This is an exciting phase in cancer research, so much so that some in the field are even using the “c” word. Cure!
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Bioethics in Drug Development: BIO2014

Posted by Sandeep Pingle June 24th, 2014 .
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Consider a case where a patient has a disease with high mortality and no effective treatment available. A new experimental drug is now being tested in a clinical trial. However, this is a randomized clinical trial, which means that it will have a treatment group and a placebo group (that does not get the actual drug).
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Bioethics of Compassionate Use of Drugs: BIO2014

Posted by Sandeep Pingle June 24th, 2014 .
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BIO2014 begins! The much-awaited 2014 BIO International Convention kicked off with a day of special sessions on Monday, June 23rd, 2014.
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