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San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) Intensive Workshop for Entrepreneurs on Grant Writing

Posted by Roberta Alexander July 15th, 2014 .
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The San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) held an intensive workshop last night, 11 July 2014, at the Hera Hub in Sorrento Mesa to help entrepreneurs get funded through National Institute of Health (NIH) or National Science Foundation (NSF) grants called SBIR grants, i.e. Small Business Innovation Research grants.
The event was attended by almost 30 entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs, eager to learn from the masters how to write a grant, how the scoring system works, and how to increase their chances to get the money! The event started with a networking …

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The Face of Biotech is Changing: Summary of the #SDBNJune Event

Posted by Leah Cannon June 27th, 2014 .
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Old funding and research methods are no longer working for small biotechs, big pharma or academic scientists. The flip side of this crisis is breeding innovation at every stage of the drug discovery pipeline. As part of BIO 2014, SDBN gathered a panel of innovators to talk about “Reinventing California Biotech.” The panelists were optimistic about new funding sources, new industry infrastructure and the collaborative nature of San Diego biotech.
Joseph Jackson is CEO of Bio, Tech and Beyond, San Diego’s largest community lab and biotech accelerator. He stressed the importance …

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Promoting Innovation While Ensuring Safety of Biosimilars: Two Perspectives at #BIO2014

Posted by Greg Mrachko June 27th, 2014 .
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The second day of BIO 2014 International Convention, Tuesday June 24th, presented at least two opportunities to learn about biosimilars, which haven’t only been gaining momentum from research and development over the last several years, but also from receiving attention by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as biosimilars get closer to being marketed in the US.  I basically thought that the sessions, to a lesser or greater degree would essentially review and or summarize recent documents published by the FDA to help guide the biopharmaceutical industry develop and …

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#BIO2014 Career Fair Thursday During BIO

Posted by Roberta Alexander June 27th, 2014 .
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A career fair was held on the last day of BIO, June 26th, 2014 from 2 to 7 pm, at the Marriot Marquis and Marina, in one of the ballrooms at the lobby level. The room was big, but it felt really small: it was absolutely packed!
BIO volunteers in their bright orange shirts registered and welcomed the job seekers as they came in. Approximately 400-500 job seekers pre-registered, and another 300-400 registered today, all to talk with 22 exhibitors… The exhibitors were standing behind their tables and most of them …

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New #BIO2014 Session on Digital Health: Empowering the Healthcare Consumer

Posted by Jill Roughan June 26th, 2014 .
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A NEW BIO Convention forum on Digital Health was added to this year’s agenda. Throughout the day on Tuesday, it attracted hundreds of attendees and was a tsunami of engaging discussions, meetings, Q&A and interviews.  The sessions highlighted digital health’s role in all phases of healthcare, from discovery of new drugs, to monitoring clinical trials, mobile prescription handling, and preventive medicine apps.  Digital health, also known as mHeath or mobile health is facilitated through development of new devices, apps, and data management tools, but at its core, it is really …

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#BIO2014 Opening Reception: What A Night!

Posted by Roberta Alexander June 24th, 2014 .
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BIO 2104 is finally here in San Diego! Today was the first day of the convention, and the day ended with a fabulous Opening Reception on the USS Midway. The Midway is one of the longest-serving aircraft carriers in the United States Navy and operated from September 1945, just after World War II ended, until 1992, when it was decommissioned and docked in the San Diego bay. The aircraft carrier certainly deserves a visit, but a party of this kind should really not be missed. The party, sponsored by the …

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#SDBNJune Panelist Profile: Joseph Jackson

Posted by Mary Canady June 23rd, 2014 .
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Biography: Joseph P Jackson III is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and activist in the “Open Science Movement.” He has been studying the rise of new open innovation models since 2000, when the arrival of Napster prompted him to think radically about the economics of sharing in the digital era. He is a graduate of Harvard College (2004) and the London School of Economics (2005).
As Founder of the Open Science Summit, and co-founder of BioCurious, the first Silicon Valley biotechnology membership lab, he and his work have been featured …

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#BIO2014 San Diego Representation #1: Who’s Speaking?

Posted by Mary Canady June 20th, 2014 .
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San Diego Biotech companies have great representation at the 2014 Biotechnology Industry Organization convention taking place June 23-26 here. We’ll be highlighting local companies speaking, exhibiting, and otherwise participating here on the SDBN blog, and you can see all our coverage at sdbn.org/bio2014. In the table below, we list companies who are speaking in the organized sessions, and note that 76 local companies are presenting, including the Business Forum which is not listed below. Check out the table below and click on the name of the session to link to …

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#SDBNJune Event Panelist Profile: Claire Weston

Posted by Mary Canady June 19th, 2014 .
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In advance of our June 24th Reinventing California Biotech event, we’re profiling our panelists here on the blog so that we can forego the stuffy PowerPoint presentations/introductions and spend more time discussing the issues. See our entry below on Claire Weston and track all panelists profiles using the #SDBNJune tag (also the hashtag for the event).
Tell us about yourself:Scientist, entrepreneur, mom – not necessarily in that order.
What gets you up in the morning? I love my job! I am lucky to work with some very smart interesting people and I …

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Where To Eat & Drink At #BIO2014 Near The San Diego Convention Center

Posted by Mary Canady June 19th, 2014 .
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Where should you grab a quick bite, or wine and dine an important client while attending the Biotechnology Industry Organization 2014 convention (#BIO2014) next week? Here are the San Diego Biotechnology Network’s suggestions, and we’ve limited it to places we’ve tried personally, or have heard a lot about. Use the map above or the list below to navigate. Sadly, we are unable to recommend a Mexican place at this time (although you can get fish tacos at Tin Fish), but there is still some …

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