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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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SDBN February 25th 2013 Event: Reproductive Biology Research At The San Diego Zoo and Beyond

Posted by Mary Canady January 28th, 2013 .
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We are lucky to live in southern California for many reasons, one is that it is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. The zoo does great science to conserve species, led by equally renowned reproductive biology researchers. Dr. Barbara Durrant, Director of Reproductive Physiology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, will speak at our February 25th event about their latest research developments.
The idea for this event came from our friends at the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology, Found Animals Foundation (FAF), who are …

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SDBN December 3rd 2012 Speed Networking: Transitioning from Academia to Industry Event

Posted by Mary Canady November 6th, 2012 .
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Our twice-yearly speed networking events always draw a big crowd, and we know that many of you in academia are interested in transitioning to industry. We’re joining these two concepts for our December 3rd event (thanks to MO BIO’s Suzanne Kennedy for the idea!).
If you’ve never been to a speed networking event, it’s pretty simple: come with lots of business cards and your 30 second elevator speech, and you’ll meet at least 25 professionals in one night! See a review of one of our earlier speed networking events for more …

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SDBN October 22nd 2012 Event: ScienceOnline, What’s In It For Me?

Posted by Mary Canady October 3rd, 2012 .
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ScienceOnline groups have been cropping up all over the country and we are starting a group in southern California, with some help from folks in LA. At SDBN and other events, we see skepticism from local researchers as to whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Let’s hash it out with a panel of online science experts. From fast publishing, to fundraising, to finding a job, participating in science online has many benefits. The perceived risks may include divulging intellectual property or information and being seen as wasting time by your …

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SDBN September 24th 2012 Event: Biotech and Beer

Posted by Mary Canady August 29th, 2012 .
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Did you know that Louis Pasteur discovered microorganisms and developed his technique for killing them, pasteurization, while studying beer? He was also a master brewer and wrote a book on the subject. Beer and life science have a long history, indeed even enzymes were discovered by studying yeast fermentation.
In San Diego, we are lucky to be a hub for both biotech and beer, and we’ve found a very interesting intersection of the two in White Labs, a local company creating high quality yeast strains for breweries. The company was started …

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SDBN August 21st 2012 Event At The Sanford Consortium For Regenerative Medicine

Posted by Mary Canady August 3rd, 2012 .
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The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine is a stem cell research facility representing a collaboration between five of San Diego’s finest research institutions: Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. This new “collaboratory” opened in November of 2011, ideally located between the institutions in La Jolla, and demonstrates the power and potential of working together to fight disease. At our SDBN event August 21st, Evan Snyder, M.D., Ph.D., director of …

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SDBN July 23rd Speed Networking: Build Your Team

Posted by Mary Canady July 2nd, 2012 .
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It’s time again for our ever popular speed networking event July 23rd! We hold this occasion semiannually and we always get a big, enthusiastic crowd. This time we’ll focus on helping you build the team which will help meet your goals. We’ll provide useful information and you’ll get the opportunity to connect with many biotech and life science professionals in a fun environment.
Building a team is important whether you’re looking for a job, searching for new clients, or just want to get to know people in the industry. At our …

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SDBN June 25th Event With Lilly: Open Innovation Drug Discovery

Posted by Mary Canady June 4th, 2012 .
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San Diego biotech has grown thanks to a collaborative spirit which is sometimes manifested in the acquisition and joining of companies towards a common goal. Lilly’s presence here is indicative of this type of growth, beginning with their acquisition of SGX Pharmaceuticals and Applied Molecular Evolution, and they’ve continued to move forward and contribute to the region.

The SDBN is dedicated to helping the local life science community understand and leverage the fantastic opportunities available through networking and sharing resources. Lilly is a leader in this area and formed the Open …

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