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What Would Darwin Do?

Posted by Mary Canady December 6th, 2009 .
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If you’ve talked to me about my passion for science and biotech, I’ve likely told you about my desire to do an Ignite or Unconference for Biotech. These are different ways to ‘shake up’ events to discuss particular topics–spontaneity and thinking on your feet are the norm. For the most part, I’ve assumed scientists may not be ready for these types of events….however….
Yesterday I learned about CellSlam at the ASCB conference. You get three minutes, no AV, and a microphone to make your case for science from 7:15-8:15 p.m. on …

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NIH Director Francis Collins at ASCB: We Need More Sexy Scientists

Posted by Mary Canady December 6th, 2009 .
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I had mentioned that I was hoping to get a personal interview with Francis Collins, newly appointed NIH director, during his visit to the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting. Turns out Dr. Collins wasn’t available for a long interview, but I was able to meet him briefly after his engaging talk following Rudolf Jaenisch’s excellent keynote last night in San Diego.
Dr. Collins talked about his first 116 days as NIH director, including the work they’ve done to quickly process stimulus grants and disburse the funds and to provide …

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2010: The Year YOU Make Contact

Posted by Mary Canady December 2nd, 2009 .
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OK, cheesy title, I know. The point is that we want to know what you’re interested in seeing and doing in 2010 with the San Diego Biotechnology Network. What are the hot areas? What types of events would you like to see? Would you like to participate in new ways, such as blogging or charity events? We’re leaving it up to you, please take the survey at http://sdbn.org/2010poll by Dec. 10th and we’ll post the results!

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San Diego Biotech–What’s the Vibe?

Posted by Mary Canady November 30th, 2009 .
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With the help of IamBiotech, we interviewed you at the Oct. 29th ‘Bootstrapping Biotech’ event to learn more about what is going on in the area and communicate it to others. This interview with Philip Skinner is indicative of what we hear a lot–excitement about the possibilities, but nervous as well. We plan to continue the conversation at our December 8th event ‘Drug Discovery 2.0 with Assay Depot.’ See all the interviews at http://sdbn.org/bootstrap, and as always let us know what you think: in person, on the website, on LinkedIn, …

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SDBN December 8th Event: Drug Discovery 2.0 With Assay Depot

Posted by Mary Canady November 16th, 2009 .
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The outsourcing model for drug discovery, where a significant fraction of drug research is carried out by contract research organizations (CROs), is a great opportunity for the San Diego Biotechnology community. Our rich history in research and development has given rise to around 125 local CROs. Assay Depot is a local company with a simple yet fully functional marketplace for CROs and the researchers who need them. By facilitating communication, removing bottlenecks and allowing full ‘search to service’ access to scientists, Assay Depot dramatically improves the efficiency of outsourcing for …

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New NIH Director Francis Collins to be at ASCB Meeting in San Diego

Posted by Mary Canady November 12th, 2009 .
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Newly appointed National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins will attend and speak briefly at the American Society for Cell Biology Conference in San Diego Dec. 5-9. Dr. Collins will provide some short remarks after Rudolf Jaenisch’s keynote presentation at 6 p.m. SDBN has requested an interview and hopes to give San Diego Biotechnology professionals a voice for the direction of NIH funding.
Dr. Collins led the Human Genome Project, an achievement which significantly changed the landscape of life science research. The project has found increasing relevance as the …

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Transitions to Industry Symposium

Posted by Mary Canady November 7th, 2009 .
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The Burnham Institute, Scripps Research Institute, and UCSD work together as the San Diego Postdoctoral Training Consortium to host a day long Transition to Industry Symposium. This year’s will be Saturday Nov. 14th, and I’ve been asked to give the introduction to San Diego Biotech. They’ve also lined up several other great speakers, and 10 roundtables for discussion about the different jobs available in industry. We’ll definitely be putting my presentation on the SDBN site, and will try to include as many other resources from the event as possible. The …

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Video Tonight: It’s All About You!

Posted by Mary Canady October 29th, 2009 .
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Ironically, this week I had some ‘bootstrapping’ challenges of my own with my website and email, and this morning we’re finding out that our video crew for tonight may be stuck in DC. I just talked with David Welch and as he put it, we’re going to make lemonade out of lemons. Bootstrapping sometimes means getting creative, not always being a perfectionist, and involving your network.
We’re still working out the details, but we’re planning on using more inexpensive cameras and also getting you involved in the interview process. David Welch …

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Technical Difficulties Over

Posted by Mary Canady October 27th, 2009 .
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The SDBN site was down yesterday afternoon–don’t you love the great timing? Anyway, you can now register for the Thursday’s event, go for it!

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The SBS is Coming! The SBS is Coming!

Posted by Mary Canady October 13th, 2009 .
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A reminder that the Society for Biomolecular Sciences is hosting a Label-free symposium in San Diego soon. They are an excellent resource for those of you who are looking to learn more about drug discovery. Check out the announcement below, the special offer for the SDBN (all you need is the code), and the other resources available for you to interact and learn.
SBS heads to San Diego this November!
Learn more by visiting www.sbsonline.org/labelfree
Explore new research.  Expand your network.  Save on registration.
The Society for Biomolecular Sciences will host:
Advances & Challenges …

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