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August Event: The Transformation of the Biotech Business Model

Posted by Mary Canady August 6th, 2009 .
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Our August event will feature an interactive panel in which we’ll discuss the areas you are interested in hearing about: Green technology, Translational Research/Medicine, and Drug Development. We realize the impact of the financial crisis and funding shortfall is accelerating trends set by outsourcing and offshoring. Yet there is light at the end of the tunnel. Many companies based in San Diego are making breakthroughs and driving changes with their leading technologies. During this event, we’ll have a panel and brainstorming session designed to help us decide what we can …

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What’s Next for San Diego Biotechnology? Poll Results

Posted by Mary Canady August 2nd, 2009 .
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We polled SDBN members to find out what they want to hear about at our August 18th panel, and the results are in! We weren’t surprised that Green tech was #1, but did find it surprising that Translational Research/Medicine was so high on your list, and that Drug Development was 3rd, while Drug Discovery didn’t get any votes. Some of the responses you gave are below:

Companies You’d Like to Hear From*

Novocell

Biomatrica

Volcano Corp.

Synthetic Genomics

Assay Depot

BrainCells

Anaphore

Sapphire Energy

Topics You’d Like to Hear About

Mobile applications in health

Moving discoveries into the …

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The Transformation of the Biotech Business Model: Vote on SDBN’s August Event

Posted by Mary Canady July 30th, 2009 .
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San Diego County biotech in 2008 represented the third largest community for developing the next generation of biopharmaceuticals and cutting edge therapies. The impact of the financial crisis and funding shortfall is accelerating trends set by outsourcing and offshoring. Yet there is light at the end of the tunnel. Many companies based in San Diego are making breakthroughs and driving changes with their leading technologies. SDBN and PGC200 are partnering to bring you key people from these companies so that you can hear directly how these changes will help our …

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What is “healthcare innovation?” You tell us!

Posted by Mary Canady July 29th, 2009 .
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The BIL:PIL 2009 Healthcare Innovation Conference will bring together over 200 entrepreneurs, health professionals, technologists, and laypeople to describe the future of healthcare.
BIL:PIL will be held in the unconference format. For those unfamiliar, unconferences are free of charge, with no sponsored presentations, and the proceedings are open to all who wish to present. To ensure that the agenda is not dominated by any one interest, and to help with scheduling and room placement, registered attendees will vote online for the talks that they most wish to hear. Our goal is …

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SDBN’s August Event: Power to the People!

Posted by Mary Canady July 10th, 2009 .
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The SDBN is all about promoting the biotechnology community in San Diego, and for our August 18th event we’re going to highlight a local company, and open it up to the members to decide which one. We did this back in February and it was a big success, as the local biotech community not only learned about the featured company, but others that were considered.
How does it work? San Diego Biotechnology or Life Science companies will submit information regarding their company, a product, or technology to present at the August …

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What Channel Are You?

Posted by Mary Canady July 9th, 2009 .
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I was talking with good friend Julie Wright of (W)right On Communications and she surprised me by telling me that she considers me the “San Diego Biotechnology Channel.” What she meant by this is that she looks to me for news and information about Biotech in the region. I was very flattered and realized that my work with the SDBN and doing things like sharing news on Twitter has been worth it. I also realized that in this world of crumbling media outlets and noisy social media, that being a …

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Bloggers Wanted!

Posted by Mary Canady July 7th, 2009 .
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If you attended the Social Media for Scientists Event we had in May, you know that we are aiming to get more of you involved in the SDBN. One of the ways is through inviting you to write blog posts on the SDBN site. You can blog about events you attend, news or trends (any UC postdocs want to blog about the recent unionization?), or scientific topics of interest.
What’s in it for you? You’ll get exposure for yourself and your company/institution to the San Diego Biotechnology community (including hiring managers!) …

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Friendfeed: Life Scientists’ Biggest Little Secret

Posted by Mary Canady June 29th, 2009 .
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During our May 28th Social Media for Scientists (SMS) SDBN event, William Gunn talked about friendfeed as a useful tool for discussing science and learning. We polled the attendees before the event and found that they knew almost nothing about it, and had little interest in learning about it. We set up a friendfeed room for the group and frankly have not had much adoption.
So, what’s so great about friendfeed, why do we keep talking about it? Friendfeed aggregates all of your activity on social media, so that when you …

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Social Media for Scientists Poll Results

Posted by Mary Canady June 28th, 2009 .
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Scientists & Social Media: Poll & Event Details
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Here are the results of the poll we took of attendees before the May 28th Social Media for Scientists SDBN Event. The presentation should be self-explanatory, contact us if you have any questions!

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Scientists: Is Modesty the Best Policy?

Posted by Mary Canady June 23rd, 2009 .
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I recently looked over a company presentation for a friend and noticed something that I see a lot from scientists: she was being too modest in stating her reputation and abilities. When I pointed it out, it seemed as though I was suggesting that she should brag, a fate worse than death it appeared. Now, we all knew the jerk in grad school who acted like s/he can and did do everything, winning the favor of the advisor and not giving credit to others in the lab. I am not …

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