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SBS Meeting report shows strong growth of Pubchem database #SBS10

Posted by Dr. Gunn April 14th, 2010 .
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At the 2010 Society for Biomolecular Science meeting on Tuesday, Steve Bryant from NIH gave a report on the increasing utility of the NIH Pubchem database for pharma drug screening programs.

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SBS Day Two: A Holistic Approach To Drug Discovery #sbs10

Posted by Mary Canady April 14th, 2010 .
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I’m blogging from the Society for Biomolecular Sciences conference in Phoenix, the organizers were kind enough to offer two of us complimentary passes. I was surprised that the sessions were separated into disease area, technique, or ‘phenomenon’ (e.g., epigenetics) which seemed a bit curious as well, as I had expected the different types of assay technologies would have been the basis (e.g. HTS, Cell-based). It will be interesting to see how this changes if SBS merges with ALA. Nevertheless, I’ve been spending most of my time in the oncology session, …

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SDBN Channels: Contribute, Interact, Learn

Posted by Mary Canady April 13th, 2010 .
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One thing I’ve learned from starting businesses/groups, is that your grand plans don’t always happen right away, but that they are eventually realized. We started the ‘main’ SDBN group on LinkedIn in order to give members a place to interact and connect, but it has limitations. Here, on the SDBN blog, we can do whatever we want, and the site is built upon WordPress which is infinitely customizable–we can allow anyone to blog here, add forums, etc. The result? We can help to grow San Diego Biotech in new, exciting …

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Blog About Drug Discovery for SDBN at SBS in Phoenix, Get in Free!

Posted by Mary Canady March 2nd, 2010 .
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Drug discovery is obviously a very hot topic for the San Diego biotech industry as we excel at it on so many levels. Many consider the Society for Biomolecular Sciences (SBS) annual conference to be the premier conference for drug discovery, and we are lucky that it will be held a short drive/flight away in Phoenix, Arizona this year April 11-15.
The conference organizers are also offering us a handful of FREE passes for those who would like to cover the conference through posts on the SDBN blog. Bloggers will still …

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Becoming Fearless

Posted by Mary Canady February 2nd, 2010 .
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I recently gave a talk at BioToasters, the local ‘biotech-focused’ Toastmasters chapter (they’re great by the way). As I started to prepare, I realized that I was going to an organization devoted to public speaking, and that I haven’t had training in ages. I started to think about why I’m so comfortable with public speaking, and realized that a bad situation a long time ago had made me fearless. I started thinking in more general terms, and how learning to be more fearless can benefit us all.
OK, here’s the story. …

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Speed Networking for Life Scientists

Posted by Rebecca Beattie January 27th, 2010 .
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When’s the last time you met, had a brief conversation and exchanged cards with 20 professionals in 60 minutes? As a scientist, do you find it difficult to talk your way through a crowd? When it comes to networking, do you have the need for speed? Then maybe speed networking is for you! At last week’s SDBN event our members had the opportunity to meet one potential customer, referral, collaborator, qualified candidate, possible employer after another. Here’s how it worked.
Prior to starting, we gave a brief presentation describing what the …

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What Will San Diego Biotech Look Like in 2010?

Posted by Mary Canady December 22nd, 2009 .
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The results are in! We polled you to see what you want with the San Diego Biotechnology Network in 2010. The full results from 68 respondents can be seen here, and here’s a short summary:

Drug Discovery, Drug Development, Translational Research, Research Tools, Medical Devices were the top areas of interest. Although Stem Cells and Green/Clean Tech were not highly chosen, companies in these areas were suggested to be featured.
Companies you’d like to hear from: Illumina, Celgene, Ambrx, CareFusion, Sapphire Energy, Fate Therapeutics, Life Technologies
Charities you’re interested in: Disease areas, community …

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Instant Social Media for Life Scientists

Posted by Mary Canady October 4th, 2009 .
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**Updated April 14, 2011**
A few times over the last week or so, I’ve been asked how many life science companies are utilizing social media. I decided to make a list, and I also have some hints and shortcuts for you so that you can get a head start. In this post, I am focusing on companies that have physical or software products for life scientists and biotech companies not classified as healthcare (e.g., Monsanto). Note that I also have some personal genomics companies listed–they’re a bit of a grey area, …

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