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Targeting Protein-Protein Interactions For Drug Discovery

Posted by Sandeep Pingle May 15th, 2014 .
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Cambridge Healthtech Institute (CHI) organizes the annual Drug Discovery Chemistry (DDC) conference that focuses on drug discovery of small molecule candidates and challenges involved in their optimization. True to its motto “Optimizing Small Molecules For Tomorrow’s Therapeutics”, the DDC meeting that was held in San Diego from April 23-25, 2014 focused on multiple drug discovery platforms.
Small molecule drug discovery aims to treat clinical diseases by targeting specific molecules involved in the disease pathway(s). One of the most important targets for drug discovery is protein-protein interaction (PPI). PPIs are associated with …

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Appearing Briefly at Your Next Conference: “Whac-A-Mole” Speakers

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 31st, 2014 .
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Whac-A-Mole, for those of you who are not familiar with it, is a fast-paced arcade game in which mechanical moles pop quickly in and out of holes on a large board. You earn points by whacking them…

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Society For Lab Screening And Automation 2014 Conference Recap #SLAS2014

Posted by Greg Mrachko January 30th, 2014 .
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The 3rd Annual Society of Laboratory and Automation Screening Conference (SLAS2014) was held at the San Diego Convention Center on 1/18-22.  It was a reprieve for many as it was an escape from the polar vortex in their home town, whereas for others it was a short commute to the harbor for $15/day parking in the convention garage or using a $12 three-day Trolley boarding pass.  Numerous major companies were featured such as Pfizer, Merck, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, GNF, and Bristol-Myers Squibb plus universities, research institutes and a fair share of …

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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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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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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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Jon Eisen – Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea to sample the breadth of microbial diversity

Posted by Dr. Gunn May 28th, 2010 .
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I recently attended the 2010 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting with my colleague Mary Canady. I’ll be covered the scientific sessions and shared interesting developments in genetics, microbiology, and technology. See also the #ASMGM hashtag on twitter for conference tweets.
Jonathan Eisen spoke Tuesday on the Genomic Encyclopedia of Bacteria and Archaea, an ambitious project to sample across the breadth of microbial diversity and get a sense of just how much genetic diversity is represented across all bacteria. This project was undertaken to get a more balanced picture …

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Stephen Quake Keynote: Single-molecule sequencing shows microbial diversity is greater than expected #ASMGM

Posted by Dr. Gunn May 26th, 2010 .
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I’m blogging this week from the 2010 American Society for Microbiology General Meeting with my colleague Mary Canady. I’ll be covering the scientific sessions and sharing interesting developments in genetics, microbiology, and technology. You can also follow the #ASMGM hashtag on twitter for updates.
Sunday night kicked off the conference with a presentation from Stanford bioengineering professor Dr. Stephen Quake, founder of Helicos Biosciences. Dr. Quake attained a mild amount of fame for being the first person to sequence his own genome, as opposed to the multi-center effort that went …

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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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