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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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INNOVATION: Finding the way from ordinary to extraordinary

Posted by Jessica Yingling June 12th, 2012 .
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The biggest question in entrepreneurship is how does one take an idea and make it reality, make it something that’s tangible and positively affects an individual and society as a whole. This was the theme at March’s SDBN networking event with Organovo, sponsored by Invetech.
Invetech helps companies translate innovations into breakthrough products.  They work with diagnostics, life sciences, medical devices, industrial, consumer and clean-tech industries.  Based in Australia, Invetech opened an office in San Diego in 2008 and has worked with a number of local companies including Organovo.
From idea to …

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Getting a Scientist’s Attention at #SLAS2012

Posted by Lara February 14th, 2012 .
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Now that SLAS 2012 has wrapped up, the question is, amid all of those robotic arms, who truly stood out? We saw some great examples of vendors who were able to draw the crowds, while showcasing some pretty cool technology.
Here’s a list of some great ways to get a scientist’s attention, wonderfully demonstrated by three life science vendors at SLAS 2012.

Creativity counts. Rather than a bunch of cylinders and valves scattered about with some brochures on a table, Clippard center-staged an Air Guitar, rigged to be played.  How does …

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Focus on San Diego: Life Science Conferences Spring 2012

Posted by Mary Canady January 31st, 2012 .
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This spring San Diego downtown will be buzzing with scientific discussions as our city hosts a number of major scientific symposia.  We are excited to attend and soak in all the science that will be shared during these two months.  Our own Mary Canady will also be participating in a panel discussing on the triumphs and trials of Transitioning from Academia to Industry at the Annual meeting of the Biophysical Society on Tuesday, February 28, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.
We hope that you are planning on attending at least some …

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SDBN December 7th 2nd Anniversary Party: Express Yourself

Posted by Mary Canady November 4th, 2010 .
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We asked you recently how you want to celebrate the San Diego Biotechnology Network’s 2nd anniversary and the answer is clear: you want to party! We certainly need to take a break and celebrate, let’s do it!
Here is what we’ve come up with for the celebration. Covance is our Premier Sponsor for the event and we’ve asked them to give a short talk which will include some success stories that will hopefully lead to some interesting discussions as to how we can grow San Diego biotech. We also received an …

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September 28th Event Sponsored by Halozyme Therapeutics

Posted by Mary Canady September 6th, 2010 .
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We’re going to try something new for the San Diego Biotechnology Network in September. The folks at Halozyme have offered to start hosting events quarterly at their site in Sorrento Valley, and we’ll kick of the first event learning about their exciting science September 28th. They focus on therapeutics that work subcutaneously by targeting the extracellular matrix (the image is from a mural in their lobby) and have had lots of great news lately, so it will be nice to hear more. As always we’ll have plenty of time for …

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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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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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How Does Biomarker Stratification Affect Drug Development Cost? It Depends. #BIO2010

Posted by Mary Canady May 5th, 2010 .
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On the San Diego Biotechnology Network LinkedIn group, we asked you what you wanted to hear about from the BIO Convention in Chicago, and you requested to hear about Biomarkers. Tuesday I attended a breakout session titled ‘Impact of Biomarkers on Drug Development Complexity and Cost,’ and it described a study done by panel members Federico Goodsaid of the FDA, Michael Palmer of Adaptive Pharmacogenomics, Mark Trusheim of MIT, Steven Averbuch of BMS, Theresa Long of the Van Andel Institute. The study modeled different scenarios utilizing biomarker information and the …

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Translational Research Forum at #BIO2010: Learning From the Land of Lincoln

Posted by Mary Canady May 4th, 2010 .
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I attended the translational research forum Monday morning at the BIO 2010 convention in Chicago. The morning started with Congressman Dan Lipinski from Illinois, who was a great choice as he is a member of the House Committee for Science and Technology, as well as the House Committee on Small Business. He is sponsoring the NSF Reauthorization Bill, which will increase the NSF budget to $20B by 2015 and include funding for higher risk/reward projects. The bill will also have provisions for research infrastructure and education. This bill is slated …

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