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Transitions to Industry Symposium

Posted by Mary Canady November 7th, 2009 .
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transitionstoindustrysignThe 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 event is geared towards Postdoctoral Researchers in the life sciences. Hope to see you there!

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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 has agreed to help you learn how to interview and record. Heck, this may even turn out better this way! We’d like the theme of the interviews to be Bootstrapping Biotech, here are some ideas for questions–feel free to come with your own questions or be ready to answer!

Bootstrapping Biotech Interview Questions

Background information: How long have you been in San Diego Biotech, Which Sector (Biotech/Pharma, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Diagnostics, Biotech/Ag), where do (or did) you work?

How are you ‘Bootstrapping Biotech’? This could include starting a company, trying to do more with less using social media, or getting creative with your job search, etc.

Do you think we need to Bootstrap Biotech in San Diego? If so, what are your ideas for growth?

What is the most exciting thing you find about San Diego Biotech?

Do you have any concerns about San Diego Biotech? Has the current job situation made you consider leaving the area? If so, where would you go?

Do you have any ideas for communicating the value of Biotechnology to the general public?

Feel free to leave comments below on what you’d like to ask or be asked!

If you haven’t registered for tonight’s event, or need more information, visit Also, be sure list yourself on the page. Hope to see you tonight!


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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

Explore new research.  Expand your network.  Save on registration.

The Society for Biomolecular Sciences will host:

Advances & Challenges in Label-Free Technologies for Drug Discovery

November 2 – 3, 2009, San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

And SDBN friends can save $100 on the Non-Member rate by using the coupon code SDBNLFN during the online registration process!  Visit for all the program details.

Takeda San Diego to Present at Upcoming Meeting

Dan Kassel, Ph.D., Vice President of Analytical Sciences and DMPK at Takeda San Diego, will present at the upcoming SBS label-free technologies symposium.  Dr. Kassel’s presentation, Early ADME/Tox Profiling During Discovery Research: Streamlined, High Throughput Methods for Data Generation and Data Evaluation, is one of 22 talks designed to explore and enhance the use of label-free technologies for drug discovery.   Learn more about the November 2 & 3 event at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley by visiting

A Call to All Academics:

Want to take advantage of key scientific content, access to new technologies and expand your network?  Reduced registration rates are available for the academic of government research communities.

The Society for Biomolecular Sciences is hosting Advances & Challenges in Label-Free Technologies for Drug Discovery, November 2 – 3 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley.  Academic and government researchers can attend for just $195.  Even better: encourage students to get in on the networking.  Students can participate for just $55.  Visit for details.

Looking to kick-start your career and gain peer recognition?

Submit an abstract for  a podium presentation at the SBS 16th Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 11 – 19, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ.  The deadline for submissions is November 4, 2009; learn more by visiting the SBS web site.

Academic Screening Facility Directory

SBS has launched an online resource for information on high-throughput screening centers based in academic, government and non-profit research institutes from around the globe. Over 65 facilities have voluntarily contributed to the SBS Academic Screening Facility Directory, and the list keeps growing.  Check out the SBS web site for more details.

SBS launches free webcasts

For the first time, the Society for Biomolecular Sciences is launching free webcasts.  With the sponsorship support of the Genetics Policy Institute, SBS just made free webcasts available from their September 2009 symposium, Screening Stem Cells: From Reprogramming to Regenerative Medicine.  Check it out now by visiting the SBS web site.


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SDBN October 29th Event: Bootstrapping Biotech

Posted by Mary Canady October 7th, 2009 .
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Starting and Growing A Life Science Company


NEW! Get resources & connect at, and come ready to interview or be interviewed!

You’ve got an idea for a company or a product that you think is really great. What are the next steps? Whether you need funding to get started, or are ready to launch your product, understanding your position in the marketplace is the first step. Evaluating your competition, customers, and value proposition are necessary and require a comprehension of science, technology, and business. Fortunately, today’s ‘consultant-friendly’ atmosphere means that you have many tools at your disposal to help your company grow. Once you formulate a plan, understanding how traditional marketing and social media tools can work together synergistically is key for successful implementation. Developing an engaging web presence is vital and more accessible through integration of dynamic content and video, and it can be part of a larger public relations plan for any sized company.

We’ll spend a very interactive hour presenting this workshop during this San Diego Biotechnology Network event, and you’ll network with others with an interest in life science business development and marketing throughout the night. As always, you will be able to connect online before and after the event, and we’ll encourage you to share your ideas or desire to connect with others (feel free to leave a comment below or on the LinkedIn group discussion). You’ll leave with resources to help you take the next steps to bootstrap your biotech company, and the connections that will help you to move forward.


Mary Canady, Founder and Principal, Comprendia (Bio) (LinkedIn)
Lorna Neilson, Founder and Principal, inGENEuity (LinkedIn)
Steve Scott, CEO & (EIR at Connect) at Technology Acquisition Group (Bio) (LinkedIn)
David Welch, Senior Partner, WHITECOAT Strategies (Bio) (LinkedIn)

Some sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact us for more information.

Event Details

Who: Biotechnology professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: San Diego Biotechnology Network’s October Bootstrapping Biotech Networking Event
When: Thursday, October 29th, 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego 92109 (Directions below)
Cost: $20, including appetizers ($15 for Academics) +$5 at door (cash/check only)
For more information about the event:

Directions: From the North: South on Interstate 5, Exit Balboa Ave, Straight to 4th Traffic Light then left on Bunker Hill St. Building directly ahead 3 blks. From the South: North on Interstate 5, Exit Grand/ Garnet Ave, Straight to 3rd Traffic Light then right on Bunker Hill St. Building directly ahead 3 blks. Park on the street or in the structure just past Tango del Rey.