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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 .
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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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SDBN June 23rd Networking Event Featuring Advanced BioHealing

Posted by Mary Canady May 31st, 2010 .
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Advanced BioHealing (ABH) is a great local company that has turned their product for diabetic foot ulcers, Dermagraft, into a success story for regenerative medicine. I met them at the BIO convention in May and wrote a blog post about their work. They really impressed me, and we thought SDBN members would be interested in hearing their story. ABH doesn’t fit neatly into a single category (perhaps somewhere between medical devices and stem cells, according to the ‘buckets’ we used in our 2010 poll), but perhaps that is part of …

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Jon Eisen – Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea to sample the breadth of microbial diversity

Posted by Dr. Gunn May 28th, 2010 .
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I recently attended the 2010 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting with my colleague Mary Canady. I’ll be covered the scientific sessions and shared interesting developments in genetics, microbiology, and technology. See also the #ASMGM hashtag on twitter for conference tweets.
Jonathan Eisen spoke Tuesday on the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea, an ambitious project to sample across the breadth of microbial diversity and get a sense of just how much genetic diversity is represented across all bacteria. This project was undertaken to get a more balanced picture …

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Stephen Quake Keynote: Single-molecule sequencing shows microbial diversity is greater than expected #ASMGM

Posted by Dr. Gunn May 26th, 2010 .
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I’m blogging this week from the 2010 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting with my colleague Mary Canady. I’ll be covering the scientific sessions and sharing interesting developments in genetics, microbiology, and technology. You can also follow the #ASMGM hashtag on twitter for updates.
Sunday night kicked off the conference with a presentation from Stanford bioengineering professor Dr. Stephen Quake, founder of Helicos Biosciences. Dr. Quake attained a mild amount of fame for being the first person to sequence his own genome, as opposed to the multi-center effort that went …

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Flip This Asset: San Diego’s Advanced BioHealing ‘Fixed Up’ Dermagraft for Profit and Growth #BIO2010

Posted by Mary Canady May 5th, 2010 .
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Wednesday I attended a regenerative medicine-focused breakfast at the BIO convention and learned about San Diego company Advanced BioHealing (ABH), who took a ‘fallen’ asset, Dermagraft, and not only turned it into an $85M/year product, but is also looking for new indications. Dermagraft was sold by Advanced Tissue Sciences, who had invested hundreds of millions into developing it, and even got FDA approval for the product to treat diabetic foot ulcers.
I spoke with Advanced BioHealing’s Senior VP Dean Tozer, and he describes their methodology as ‘reverse biotech,’ meaning that they …

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