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SDBN April 7th #AACR14 Downtown Happy Hour

Posted by Mary Canady March 25th, 2014 .
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Downtown Happy Hour? You asked for it, you got it! Results from our 2014 SDBN member poll indicated that you wanted happy hours during upcoming conferences downtown. The American Association of Cancer Research’s 2014 Annual Meeting (#AACR14) will bring 18,000 researchers, professionals, and clinicians to downtown San Diego April 5-9. We’ve planned a networking happy hour a short walk from the meeting April 7th from 6:00-9:00. Meet cancer researchers and local professionals in a casual atmosphere. As always, we’ll facilitate networking so you’ll make a lot of connections. AACR registrants …

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SDBN Poll: Results are IN!

Posted by Mary Canady March 13th, 2014 .
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View the presentation to see the results, leave any comments below, and stay tuned for 2014 events based on YOUR input!

SDBN 2014 Poll from Mary Canady

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SDBN 2014 Survey: Help Us Plan!

Posted by Mary Canady February 5th, 2014 .
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We have always valued input from our members foremost in planning our events and activities. Whether you’re an individual looking for a job, or representing a company that needs more exposure in 2014, we want to hear from you. You’ll also get a 2014 calendar from San Diego’s own MO BIO Laboratories!
Click here to take our 2 minute 2014 planning survey!

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SDBN January 13th 2014 Speed Networking Event: Focus on Biotech Partnerships

Posted by Mary Canady December 17th, 2013 .
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We just updated the SDBN directory, it now contains more than 430 San Diego biotech organizations with important information for each such as category, size, address, website and career page. Our vision is that the information it provides will serve as a hub for organizations and individuals to connect.
At our January 13th 2014 Speed Networking event, we will show the potential of the directory by using it to facilitate partnering meetings. Whether you represent an organization, are an individual in industry or academia, or a consultant serving the life sciences, …

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ScienceOnline San Diego November 12th 2013 Event Downtown: You’ve Published Your Results, Now Build Your Community

Posted by Mary Canady October 30th, 2013 .
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The San Diego Biotechnology Network is involved with the local ScienceOnline San Diego chapter and we are thrilled to help promote an event downtown coinciding with the Society for Neuroscience 2013 (#SfN13) meeting November 12th. We believe that when scientists collaborate online, everyone benefits.
When success in science today depends not only on getting published, but on finding users for a resource or collaborating beyond institutional walls, communication is a key component to successful science. We’ll be featuring neuroscience projects and resources that are using online resources like Twitter, Google+, and …

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Building San Diego Biotech Event October 28 2013: Incubate, Communicate, Collaborate

Posted by Mary Canady October 2nd, 2013 .
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Funding challenges across the board have resulted in many creative solutions for local biotech entrepreneurs, including using shared resources in life science incubators or finding money outside of venture capital. Additionally, organizations such as the San Diego Entrepreneur Exchange and the San Diego Biotechnology Network (SDBN) have formed to address these challenges through increased communication and networking. At the SDBN October 28th meeting, we’ll assemble a panel to discuss these new business models as well as to provide resources and networking to help entrepreneurs launch life science start-ups in San …

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San Diego’s First Community Lab

Posted by Leah Cannon July 8th, 2013 .
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Bio, Tech and Beyond (BTnB), the first combined community lab and startup incubator in Southern California, will open July 12, 2013.
BTnB offers professional scientists and bioentrepreneurs a place to perform low cost proof of principle experiments, and access to business development mentorship. Even in a biotech hub like San Diego, it is not easy to turn an idea into a business. It is always a juggling act trying to find space, equipment and money to do essential experiments before pitching a business plan. It can also be difficult and expensive …

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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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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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