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New NIH Director Francis Collins to be at ASCB Meeting in San Diego

Posted by Mary Canady November 12th, 2009 .
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Newly appointed National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins will attend and speak briefly at the American Society for Cell Biology Conference in San Diego Dec. 5-9. Dr. Collins will provide some short remarks after Rudolf Jaenisch’s keynote presentation at 6 p.m. SDBN has requested an interview and hopes to give San Diego Biotechnology professionals a voice for the direction of NIH funding.
Dr. Collins led the Human Genome Project, an achievement which significantly changed the landscape of life science research. The project has found increasing relevance as the …

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Transitions to Industry Symposium

Posted by Mary Canady November 7th, 2009 .
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The Burnham Institute, Scripps Research Institute, and UCSD work together as the San Diego Postdoctoral Training Consortium to host a day long Transition to Industry Symposium. This year’s will be Saturday Nov. 14th, and I’ve been asked to give the introduction to San Diego Biotech. They’ve also lined up several other great speakers, and 10 roundtables for discussion about the different jobs available in industry. We’ll definitely be putting my presentation on the SDBN site, and will try to include as many other resources from the event as possible. The …

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Video Tonight: It’s All About You!

Posted by Mary Canady October 29th, 2009 .
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Ironically, this week I had some ‘bootstrapping’ challenges of my own with my website and email, and this morning we’re finding out that our video crew for tonight may be stuck in DC. I just talked with David Welch and as he put it, we’re going to make lemonade out of lemons. Bootstrapping sometimes means getting creative, not always being a perfectionist, and involving your network.
We’re still working out the details, but we’re planning on using more inexpensive cameras and also getting you involved in the interview process. David Welch …

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Technical Difficulties Over

Posted by Mary Canady October 27th, 2009 .
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The SDBN site was down yesterday afternoon–don’t you love the great timing? Anyway, you can now register for the Thursday’s event, go for it!

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The SBS is Coming! The SBS is Coming!

Posted by Mary Canady October 13th, 2009 .
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A reminder that the Society for Biomolecular Sciences is hosting a Label-free symposium in San Diego soon. They are an excellent resource for those of you who are looking to learn more about drug discovery. Check out the announcement below, the special offer for the SDBN (all you need is the code), and the other resources available for you to interact and learn.
SBS heads to San Diego this November!
Learn more by visiting www.sbsonline.org/labelfree
Explore new research.  Expand your network.  Save on registration.
The Society for Biomolecular Sciences will host:
Advances & Challenges …

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SDBN October 29th Event: Bootstrapping Biotech

Posted by Mary Canady October 7th, 2009 .
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Starting and Growing A Life Science Company

NEW! Get resources & connect at http://sdbn.org/bootstrap, and come ready to interview or be interviewed! http://bit.ly/4r02Kn
You’ve got an idea for a company or a product that you think is really great. What are the next steps? Whether you need funding to get started, or are ready to launch your product, understanding your position in the marketplace is the first step. Evaluating your competition, customers, and value proposition are necessary and require a comprehension of science, technology, and business. Fortunately, today’s ‘consultant-friendly’ atmosphere means that …

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Instant Social Media for Life Scientists

Posted by Mary Canady October 4th, 2009 .
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**Updated April 14, 2011**
A few times over the last week or so, I’ve been asked how many life science companies are utilizing social media. I decided to make a list, and I also have some hints and shortcuts for you so that you can get a head start. In this post, I am focusing on companies that have physical or software products for life scientists and biotech companies not classified as healthcare (e.g., Monsanto). Note that I also have some personal genomics companies listed–they’re a bit of a grey area, …

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2009 BIOCOM Investor Conference

Posted by Mary Canady September 27th, 2009 .
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2009 BIOCOM Investor Conference
The 4th Annual BIOCOM Investor Conference is a unique opportunity to gain access to leading technology from Southern California, one of the industry’s largest life science communities, and new this year the conference will be expanded to include presentations from top companies throughout the Southwest.*
Oct. 26-27
Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92122
[[Click here for more information.]]

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How Connected Are You?

Posted by Mary Canady September 8th, 2009 .
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Many of you know I’m a big fan of Seth Godin, a real thought leader in social media. I’m reading a book of his called ‘Tribes,’ which talks about the need for people to come together with a common interest and towards a common goal (and I highly suggest the book). I realized that’s what we’re doing with the SDBN–utilizing the new tools available to create more communication among biotechnology professionals in the region. Seth suggests that one of the things that helps a Tribe to grow is to facilitate …

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SDBN Sept. 22nd Event Featuring Intellikine

Posted by Mary Canady September 1st, 2009 .
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The September San Diego Biotechnology Network (SDBN) event will feature Intellikine, a leader in the development of innovative, small molecule drugs for the treatment of cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases, and recently in the news for raising $51M in VC funding. Troy Wilson, Ph.D., CEO, will give a short presentation, and as always there will be plenty of time to ask questions and interact with representatives from Intellikine.
Troy Wilson is the President, CEO and a founder of Intellikine, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of small molecule …

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