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What is “healthcare innovation?” You tell us!

Posted by Mary Canady July 29th, 2009 .
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The BIL:PIL 2009 Healthcare Innovation Conference will bring together over 200 entrepreneurs, health professionals, technologists, and laypeople to describe the future of healthcare.
BIL:PIL will be held in the unconference format. For those unfamiliar, unconferences are free of charge, with no sponsored presentations, and the proceedings are open to all who wish to present. To ensure that the agenda is not dominated by any one interest, and to help with scheduling and room placement, registered attendees will vote online for the talks that they most wish to hear. Our goal is …

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SDBN’s August Event: Power to the People!

Posted by Mary Canady July 10th, 2009 .
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The SDBN is all about promoting the biotechnology community in San Diego, and for our August 18th event we’re going to highlight a local company, and open it up to the members to decide which one. We did this back in February and it was a big success, as the local biotech community not only learned about the featured company, but others that were considered.
How does it work? San Diego Biotechnology or Life Science companies will submit information regarding their company, a product, or technology to present at the August …

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What Channel Are You?

Posted by Mary Canady July 9th, 2009 .
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I was talking with good friend Julie Wright of (W)right On Communications and she surprised me by telling me that she considers me the “San Diego Biotechnology Channel.” What she meant by this is that she looks to me for news and information about Biotech in the region. I was very flattered and realized that my work with the SDBN and doing things like sharing news on Twitter has been worth it. I also realized that in this world of crumbling media outlets and noisy social media, that being a …

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Bloggers Wanted!

Posted by Mary Canady July 7th, 2009 .
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If you attended the Social Media for Scientists Event we had in May, you know that we are aiming to get more of you involved in the SDBN. One of the ways is through inviting you to write blog posts on the SDBN site. You can blog about events you attend, news or trends (any UC postdocs want to blog about the recent unionization?), or scientific topics of interest.
What’s in it for you? You’ll get exposure for yourself and your company/institution to the San Diego Biotechnology community (including hiring managers!) …

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Friendfeed: Life Scientists’ Biggest Little Secret

Posted by Mary Canady June 29th, 2009 .
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During our May 28th Social Media for Scientists (SMS) SDBN event, William Gunn talked about friendfeed as a useful tool for discussing science and learning. We polled the attendees before the event and found that they knew almost nothing about it, and had little interest in learning about it. We set up a friendfeed room for the group and frankly have not had much adoption.
So, what’s so great about friendfeed, why do we keep talking about it? Friendfeed aggregates all of your activity on social media, so that when you …

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Social Media for Scientists Poll Results

Posted by Mary Canady June 28th, 2009 .
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Scientists & Social Media: Poll & Event Details
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Here are the results of the poll we took of attendees before the May 28th Social Media for Scientists SDBN Event. The presentation should be self-explanatory, contact us if you have any questions!

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Scientists: Is Modesty the Best Policy?

Posted by Mary Canady June 23rd, 2009 .
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I recently looked over a company presentation for a friend and noticed something that I see a lot from scientists: she was being too modest in stating her reputation and abilities. When I pointed it out, it seemed as though I was suggesting that she should brag, a fate worse than death it appeared. Now, we all knew the jerk in grad school who acted like s/he can and did do everything, winning the favor of the advisor and not giving credit to others in the lab. I am not …

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Social Media for Scientists: Video Resources for Life Science Researchers

Posted by Mary Canady June 17th, 2009 .
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At the recent Social Media for Scientists Event, we talked about the fact that the trends you are seeing in ‘everyday life’ such as increased utilization of the internet to communicate, are also finding their way into scientific research. This is also true for the ‘YouTube’ revolution–there are an increasing number of video sites and resources for scientists. They range from visualized experiments, to reviews of current research and events, to wacky and fun ‘kitchen science’ such as the nerdiest ways to slice butter.
The resources range from dedicated sites …

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Illumina Goes for the Gold

Posted by Mary Canady June 16th, 2009 .
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Posted by Brian Orelli
Illumina has decided that selling picks and shovels isn’t enough; it’s going for the gold too. Last week the San Diego-based company announced that it’ll be offering a complete genome sequencing service — using its sequencers of course.
The good news is that you’ll be able to get your genome sequenced for half the cost of Illumina’s closest competitor. The bad news is that you’ll still have to shell out $48,000 for the 30X coverage of the 90% of your genome that’s unique enough to be sequenced with …

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SDBN July 21st Event Featuring Fate Therapeutics and Stemgent

Posted by Mary Canady June 15th, 2009 .
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The San Diego Biotechnology Network is pleased to feature Fate Therapeutics and Stemgent at our July 21st networking event. These two companies represent exciting, interdisciplinary biotechnology research being done in San Diego that holds direct promise for making a difference in our quality of life. The event will feature a short talk followed by networking with the speakers and scientists from the two companies. As usual, we hope that the casual atmosphere at our venue, Tango del Rey, will stimulate discussions and meaningful interactions for all in attendance. We also …

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