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SDBN January 18th Speed Networking Event: Reach Your Destination In 2011

Posted by Mary Canady December 23rd, 2010 .
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Where do you want to be in 2011? Participating in our speed networking event January 18th will help you to meet biotech professionals who may be able to help you reach your destination. We hold this event twice a year and always get a big crowd. You’ll not only get lots of great contacts from the meeting, but you’ll also fine tune your elevator speech and learn about what opportunities exist.
**Update: We’ll have Kristie Grover from Biocom speaking about the BRIDGE program, an excellent opportunity for biotech training. Also, Mary …

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Want 2011 Life Science Calendars?

Posted by Mary Canady December 15th, 2010 .
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It’s that time of year again, we’re planning the 2011 San Diego Biotech Network calendar and need your input. Two great local companies, TriLink Biotechnologies and MO BIO Laboratories, have generously donated calendars for us to give as prizes for filling out our survey. The TriLink calendar is a full sized wall calendar and has beautiful photos taken in San Diego, and has important dates and special offers throughout 2011. The MO BIO calendar is smaller, perfect to have handy near your lab bench, and has pictures from exotic places …

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SDBN December 7th 2nd Anniversary Party: Express Yourself

Posted by Mary Canady November 4th, 2010 .
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We asked you recently how you want to celebrate the San Diego Biotechnology Network’s 2nd anniversary and the answer is clear: you want to party! We certainly need to take a break and celebrate, let’s do it!
Here is what we’ve come up with for the celebration. Covance is our Premier Sponsor for the event and we’ve asked them to give a short talk which will include some success stories that will hopefully lead to some interesting discussions as to how we can grow San Diego biotech. We also received an …

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SDBN October 26th Event Featuring Trius Therapeutics

Posted by Mary Canady October 5th, 2010 .
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Trius Therapeutics is a great local company which recently had an initial public offering (IPO), quite a feat in this economy. What is the secret to their success? They focus on antibacterials for life threatening applications, and have used a creative combination of licensing and funding to build a strong portfolio in that area. Working with bacterial proteins helps Trius to leverage structure-based drug design (SBDD) technologies to efficiently optimize lead compounds. Dr. John Finn, Trius’ Chief Scientific Officer (bio), will present a talk titled “Innovative Antibacterial Drugs by Design; …

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September 28th Event Sponsored by Halozyme Therapeutics

Posted by Mary Canady September 6th, 2010 .
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We’re going to try something new for the San Diego Biotechnology Network in September. The folks at Halozyme have offered to start hosting events quarterly at their site in Sorrento Valley, and we’ll kick of the first event learning about their exciting science September 28th. They focus on therapeutics that work subcutaneously by targeting the extracellular matrix (the image is from a mural in their lobby) and have had lots of great news lately, so it will be nice to hear more. As always we’ll have plenty of time for …

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SDBN August 18th Event: The Human Genome 10 Years Later: What Does it Mean for San Diego Biotech?

Posted by Mary Canady July 23rd, 2010 .
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June 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome. As Francis Collins has pointed out, “we invariably overestimate the short-term impacts of new technologies and underestimate their longer-term effects.” As a member of the community for 14 years, I can tell you that this is true for San Diego, as the expectations in 2000 were likely too high, but the last ten years have brought unexpected progress in many areas.
San Diego has a great ecosystem to take advantage of these exciting longer-term benefits, ranging from our …

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SDBN July 21st Speed Networking Event Sponsored by Life Technologies

Posted by Mary Canady July 1st, 2010 .
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Our January Speed Networking event went so well that we promised we’d do it again so that you can meet as many local biotech professionals as possible in one night. How does it work? Check out our report of the last speed networking event for more details, and basically show up with plenty of business cards, something to take notes with, and craft a thirty second ‘elevator speech’ which describes who you are and what you’re looking for professionally. We always have a nice mix of professionals at our events, …

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SDBN June 23rd Networking Event Featuring Advanced BioHealing

Posted by Mary Canady May 31st, 2010 .
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Advanced BioHealing (ABH) is a great local company that has turned their product for diabetic foot ulcers, Dermagraft, into a success story for regenerative medicine. I met them at the BIO convention in May and wrote a blog post about their work. They really impressed me, and we thought SDBN members would be interested in hearing their story. ABH doesn’t fit neatly into a single category (perhaps somewhere between medical devices and stem cells, according to the ‘buckets’ we used in our 2010 poll), but perhaps that is part of …

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San Diego Biotechnology Network’s March 16th Event: Translational Research: San Diego’s Successes and Challenges

Posted by Mary Canady February 18th, 2010 .
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These days we hear a lot about the possibilities of translational research, which promises to better apply innovations from academia for public good. Who’s been successful locally in applying this model, and what are the challenges our region faces? We are lucky to have two thought leaders successfully implementing translational research in San Diego, come hear their stories and discuss how this model can be used to stimulate growth at our March 16th event.
We’ll hear from Gary Firestein, M.D., UCSD Dean of Translational Medicine (Bio) who will talk about …

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