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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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Biotech Journalism Panel Series Part 2: Who’s Great At Communicating San Diego Life Science?

Posted by Mary Canady April 28th, 2013 .
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Part of the motivation behind organizing our upcoming biotech journalism event is that we want to encourage more communication about the terrific life science advances in the region. In putting the panel of local science communication experts together, we realized that there are many other examples we can discuss to inspire you to promote your scientific work. As part of our #SDScicomm series, here are 7 great San Diego life science communication efforts.
First, though, let’s talk about why science communication is so important. As the online media landscape is developing, …

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Biotech Journalism Panel Series Part 1: Where Do You Get Your Local Life Science News?

Posted by Mary Canady April 25th, 2013 .
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In anticipation of our Biotech Journalism event Monday, we’re providing resources related to San Diego life science communication tagged here with #SDScicomm (also the hashtag for the event). Over the five years since the SDBN’s creation, we’ve seen a lot of changes such as the SDUT’s acquisition of the North County Times, the rising popularity of news organizations such as Xconomy, and more local companies starting blogs. Keeping in touch with the local life science news is important for many reasons: to learn about advances, funding, jobs, and events. We …

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April 29th SDBN Biotech Journalism Panel: How Can We Improve Life Science Funding Through Better Communication?

Posted by Mary Canady April 1st, 2013 .
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San Diego’s biotech hub is both comparable and distinguished from other regions such as Boston and San Francisco. A recent report ranked us highly compared to other life science clusters and attributed the success to our cohesiveness as a community, but also noted that our funding is far behind the Boston and San Francisco regions. In addition, sequestration threatens to impact not just our academic institutions, but the research and intellectual property that fuels our industry.
Our 400 biotech companies and 5 major research institutions are covered in only a handful …

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SDBN 2013 Poll Results: Drug Development, Translational Research, Green Tech Top Interests

Posted by Mary Canady February 7th, 2013 .
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We have the results of our 2013 poll. You can see the questions we asked here, we kept it short this year. See the results below and we will try to cover the interests and companies you are interested in!

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Company of Interest
# Votes

Illumina
5

Novartis
3

Genomatica
2

GNF
2

Intrexon
2

Life Technologies
2

Pfizer
2

Sapphire Energy
2

Sequenom
2

Synthetic Genomics
2

Verenium
2

Amgen
1

BP Biofuels
1

Cardinal Health
1

Ceres
1

Dart Neurosciences
1

Ferring
1

Halozyme
1

Johnson and Johnson
1

Roche
1

SG Biofuels
1

Takeda
1

Trius Therapeutics
1

Verdezyne
1

Vertex
1

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SDBN February 25th 2013 Event: Reproductive Biology Research At The San Diego Zoo and Beyond

Posted by Mary Canady January 28th, 2013 .
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We are lucky to live in southern California for many reasons, one is that it is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. The zoo does great science to conserve species, led by equally renowned reproductive biology researchers. Dr. Barbara Durrant, Director of Reproductive Physiology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, will speak at our February 25th event about their latest research developments.
The idea for this event came from our friends at the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology, Found Animals Foundation (FAF), who are …

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SDBN 2013 Poll

Posted by Mary Canady January 17th, 2013 .
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2013 is here and we’d like to know how we can serve your needs this year. Please fill out this short survey and we’ll send you a 2013 MO BIO calendar (also shipping with orders from them through January). (Poll is now closed, see the results here.)

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Tips For Starting A ScienceOnline Satellite: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Posted by Mary Canady January 16th, 2013 .
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Last October the SDBN did a grand experiment and hosted a ScienceOnline satellite meeting. In the end, it was a great success, we pulled together a fantastic panel, got an attendance of 75, and had a stimulating discussion. However, to be completely honest it was a lot of work organize it and times I thought the event was going to be a flop! Here are some tips for those of you who want to start a ScienceOnline satellite, as well as how to participate in San Diego.

Think outside the (micro)blog. …

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SDBN December 3rd 2012 Speed Networking: Transitioning from Academia to Industry Event

Posted by Mary Canady November 6th, 2012 .
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Our twice-yearly speed networking events always draw a big crowd, and we know that many of you in academia are interested in transitioning to industry. We’re joining these two concepts for our December 3rd event (thanks to MO BIO’s Suzanne Kennedy for the idea!).
If you’ve never been to a speed networking event, it’s pretty simple: come with lots of business cards and your 30 second elevator speech, and you’ll meet at least 25 professionals in one night! See a review of one of our earlier speed networking events for more …

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