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#EB10 Conference Report: Lee Hood – A Systems Biology approach to prion disease

Posted by Dr. Gunn April 26th, 2010 .
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This is a post from the 2010 Experimental Biology meeting in Anaheim, part of the SDBN conference reporting channel.
Leroy Hood probably doesn’t need any introduction here, but for those who don’t know, he’s a leader in using a systems biology to address large, complex medical problems. One such problem is prion disease, a disorder caused by a proteinaceous infectious agent which results in neurodegenerative symptoms as the proteins accumulate in the brain. After decreasing in recent years subsequent to the slaughter of 4.4 million potentially prion-bearing cattle in the …

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San Diego Biotechnology Network Partner Event May 27th: Rondaxe Drug Development Symposium

Posted by Mary Canady April 22nd, 2010 .
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Drug development is an area that, according to our 2010 poll, you are interested in, and in previous meetings we’ve discussed that San Diego biotech could grow if we would better complement our drug discovery capabilities with drug development. The SDBN was approached by Rondaxe, a drug development services company, with an idea for an event which will highlight companies they work with from outside the San Diego region. The event will be held May 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., and a light breakfast and lunch will be …

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#SBS10 Day 3 – Smart mice and blowing House, M.D.’s mind: Drug discovery in epigenetics

Posted by Dr. Gunn April 14th, 2010 .
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At the afternoon session of the Society for Biomolecular Science in Phoenix, it’s all about epigenetics, the study of heritable changes that don’t involve changes in genetic sequence. Epigenetics explains why identical twins turn out a little different and why even cloned cows will have different coloration patterns.

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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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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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SDBN January 19th Event: Maximizing Your Career Potential in 2010

Posted by Mary Canady January 6th, 2010 .
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We had a great time in 2008/2009 getting to know San Diego Biotech professionals, and we appreciate the feedback you gave us about 2010 events. Let’s kick off the new year by talking about you! Our January event will be focused on honing your networking and interviewing skills and helping you maximize your career potential in 2010.
The event will include speed networking (described below) along with talks from the experts at PROVEN Scientific Staffing and RxResearch Staffing titled ‘Understanding Behavioral Styles of Interviewers’ (more info) & ‘Outsourcing Trends’ (more info), …

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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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San Diego/Scotland Synergies?

Posted by Mary Canady December 18th, 2009 .
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Our work cultivating a biotech network in San Diego has attracted a lot of attention. When I travel, or on social media, I tell people how our group has a real ‘energy’ which is fueled by the combination of online and face-to-face interactions. I met the folks from Nexxus Scotland, a group that was launched in 2003 with similar ideals to the SDBN. They asked me to write a summary of our network for their quarterly newsletter which you can access here. Check out the Nexxus site and what they’re …

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Attend Lab Automation 2010–Lots of Affordable Options

Posted by Mary Canady December 9th, 2009 .
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Lab Automation 2010 is a somewhat self-explanatory conference which brings together diverse industries such as drug discovery and development, forensics and security, and clinical diagnostics. Next year it will be in Palm Springs January 23-27, and they have many affordable (or even free) options for attending. Here is a list of the options for those of you on a budget (aren’t we all these days):

Early Bird Discount. Register by Dec. 14th and get $200 off of the industry rate and $100 off of the academic rate. See details on the …

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