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SDBN January 13th 2014 Speed Networking Event: Focus on Biotech Partnerships

Posted by Mary Canady December 17th, 2013 .
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We just updated the SDBN directory, it now contains more than 430 San Diego biotech organizations with important information for each such as category, size, address, website and career page. Our vision is that the information it provides will serve as a hub for organizations and individuals to connect.
At our January 13th 2014 Speed Networking event, we will show the potential of the directory by using it to facilitate partnering meetings. Whether you represent an organization, are an individual in industry or academia, or a consultant serving the life sciences, …

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Microbiome: The Next Big Biotech Bubble?

Posted by Claire Weston December 16th, 2013 .
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The Microbiome/Microbiota R&D Business Collaboration Forum kicked off in San Diego in October bringing together over 100 scientists and business executives from all over the globe.  This was a first-in-class research-business hybrid conference, stimulated in part by the completion of the Human Microbiome Project in June 2012 that published a rich source of sequencing data in the public domain.
It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 microbial species including bacteria, fungi and viruses residing in and on the human body, encoding millions of genes.  We have a limited understanding …

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ScienceOnline San Diego November 12th 2013 Event Downtown: You’ve Published Your Results, Now Build Your Community

Posted by Mary Canady October 30th, 2013 .
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The San Diego Biotechnology Network is involved with the local ScienceOnline San Diego chapter and we are thrilled to help promote an event downtown coinciding with the Society for Neuroscience 2013 (#SfN13) meeting November 12th. We believe that when scientists collaborate online, everyone benefits.
When success in science today depends not only on getting published, but on finding users for a resource or collaborating beyond institutional walls, communication is a key component to successful science. We’ll be featuring neuroscience projects and resources that are using online resources like Twitter, Google+, and …

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New San Diego Biotechnology Directory: Snapshot of 400+ Life Science Companies and Organizations

Posted by Mary Canady October 28th, 2013 .
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Since the SDBN’s founding in 2008, we’ve maintained the most complete and accessible local directory of companies to help connect professionals in the region. We’ve recently updated the directory with more information and features. Check out the interactive infographic below and scroll down to learn about how to use the directory and our future plans.

San Diego Biotechnology: Industry Snapshot | Infographics
For this update, we’ve added information such as physical address, phone number, website link, …

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Building San Diego Biotech Event October 28 2013: Incubate, Communicate, Collaborate

Posted by Mary Canady October 2nd, 2013 .
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Funding challenges across the board have resulted in many creative solutions for local biotech entrepreneurs, including using shared resources in life science incubators or finding money outside of venture capital. Additionally, organizations such as the San Diego Entrepreneur Exchange and the San Diego Biotechnology Network (SDBN) have formed to address these challenges through increased communication and networking. At the SDBN October 28th meeting, we’ll assemble a panel to discuss these new business models as well as to provide resources and networking to help entrepreneurs launch life science start-ups in San …

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Careers Outside of Academia: Summary of SDBN’s August 26th 2013 Event

Posted by DeeAnn Visk September 26th, 2013 .
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Are you a scientist with an advanced degree, considering careers outside of academia?  The San Diego Biotechnology Network addressed that question with an August 26th event at the Green Flash Brewery in Mira Mesa.  Much networking occurred before and after the formal presentations.  The food was great and the event was well-attended.

Life Science Alternative Careers Workshop
Hugo Villar, of UCSD Extension, introduced us to the coursework offered by UCSD Extension, who also sponsored the evening. Hugo pointed out that we go through many career transitions throughout …

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San Diego’s First Community Lab

Posted by Leah Cannon July 8th, 2013 .
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Bio, Tech and Beyond (BTnB), the first combined community lab and startup incubator in Southern California, will open July 12, 2013.
BTnB offers professional scientists and bioentrepreneurs a place to perform low cost proof of principle experiments, and access to business development mentorship. Even in a biotech hub like San Diego, it is not easy to turn an idea into a business. It is always a juggling act trying to find space, equipment and money to do essential experiments before pitching a business plan. It can also be difficult and expensive …

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SDBN June 24th Speed Networking Event: Focus On Mentoring

Posted by Mary Canady June 6th, 2013 .
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During the recent Women in Science and Technology event sponsored by AWIS, I was reminded of the importance of mentoring through sessions at the conference and in speaking with scientists. I realized the SDBN could make a difference by providing a mentoring program to help our members. We’ll work out the details based on your feedback, and initially we’ve identified the topics listed below and plan to match mentors and mentees based on your interests.

Career advice
Entrepreneurship
Marketing/Sales
R&D
Interviewing
Gender issues
Finance/Salary
Personal branding
Scientific writing
Management
Family/work balance
Transitioning to industry

We’ll also add more mentoring topics as …

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A Basic Solution: Effective Science Communication Impacts Research Funding

Posted by Jill Roughan May 3rd, 2013 .
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Obtaining funding to support basic research has always challenged scientists and entrepreneurs.  However, in today’s tumultuous economic climate and looming sequester cuts, the future of life science funding is more uncertain than ever.  Since San Diego has been rated among the top life science biotech regions in the US and is home to some of the world’s top research institutions, one of the things that San Diego can rely on is that we are great at innovation. So, how can we, as a community, ensure that this innovation is financially …

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