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Happy New Year!

Posted by Mary Canady January 17th, 2009 .
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Hello!

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday. We’ve been working on lining up events for ’09 and we think we’re close to announcing our next one…stay tuned!

’08 brought many challenges to the San Diego Biotechnology industry–some good and bad. We know that we had several layoffs at major companies, that is of course bad. But we also have a great opportunity in many emerging areas: green technology, nanotechnology, and several new areas of drug discovery such as stem cells and RNAi. San Diego is poised for much growth in these areas, and the SDBN was formed to help foster communication and growth in local biotech, so in many ways our timing is great! We look forward to meeting more of you this year.

This year we’d like to host the same type of networking event we did in 2008, and we’d also like to host events that are a bit more like workshops that will help you to network and advance your career. If you have suggestions for either type of event, post them below or use the contact form.

Thanks and we’ll see you soon!

Mary

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SDBN Gear, Just in Time for the Holidays!

Posted by Mary Canady December 11th, 2008 .
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Don’t know what to get your coworkers for the holidays? How about SDBN gear? We’ve created a variety of items at the SDBN Cafe Press store, http://cafepress.com/sdbn. Choose from a wide variety of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other very “giftable” items. We’ve added $1 to the cost of each item to be donated to the SDBN events. Want to buy some items for yourself? Go ahead, we won’t tell! Show that you are a member of the SDBN, the premier biotechnology networking group in San Diego.

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Test Drive the SDBN Site!

Posted by Mary Canady December 8th, 2008 .
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We know you can look around the SDBN website on your own, it’s not rocket science, but we thought a listing of all the features might be nice, since we’ve added a few lately:

  1. News: We feature news feeds from several sources to give you the only complete source of San Diego Biotechnology news available. You can access this several ways: visit sdbn.org/news, follow @SDBN on twitter, or subscribe to the rss feed.
  2. Jobs: We also feature San Diego Biotech jobs here, and you can access them via: visiting sdbn.org/jobs or by following @SDBNjobs on twitter.
  3. San Diego Biotechnology company directory: We’ve compiled a listing of more than 350 companies at sdbn.org/directory, the most complete online list available–let us know if we’re missing any.

We hope that you find the site useful!

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Our Nov. 11th Biotechnology Networking Event was a Big Success!

Posted by Mary Canady November 16th, 2008 .
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Thanks to the 100+ people who came to our November 11th event featuring Sapphire Energy–you can view all of the photos on the Flickr group we set up (feel free to add comments). We had a few glitches at the event, and got some good feedback on what you’d like to see next time. We had about 15 Sapphire employees in attendance, and people had a good time chatting with them and learning more about the company. They also presented at a Biocom breakfast the next day, and both events were covered on Xconomy, a “next generation” news organization. Our name tag color-based networking “system” worked–perhaps not exactly as we had planned, but it served to break the ice among the participants and to facilitate networking, here are some comments we heard:

  • “I handed out so many business cards that I ran out and had to go get more out of my car.”

  • “By far and away, last night I connected with more scientists and executives than I have ever before.”

  • “When is the next event? You should hold these every month!” (echoed many times)

If you’ve got a comment to share, leave it below (just remember how shy and sensitive we are before being critical ;). We gave away a few small prizes from our SDBN Cafe Press store, and Comprendia provided USB keys with biotechnology career resources. Blue Horse and Trumpet helped with planning, PR, provided the marketing materials, and took pictures. Thanks to everyone who helped and participated (esp. our volunteers–not sure if they want to be called out here ;). With your help, we feel like we’re really on to something here, and it was exciting to see everyone connecting both in person and on-line using the LinkedIn group.

When and where will the next event be? We will likely move to another venue because we expect the turnout to continue to be larger than the Rock Bottom will accommodate. We’ll likely have the next event in January, and we are very actively looking for a new and/or exciting companies to cover, please give us your feedback on who you’d like us to feature. We do plan to ask the featured company to give a short presentation, as many of you commented that it would add value to the event. Thanks to everyone, and we’ll let you know as soon as we schedule the next event. If you didn’t attend the event, be sure to sign up for updates.

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IMPORTANT: Interested in a job with Sapphire? Submit your resume ASAP

Posted by Mary Canady November 10th, 2008 .
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Hello!

Just a quick note–if you’re interested in a job at Sapphire, submit your resume to human.resources@sapphirefuel.com ASAP so that they will have a record of your interest and can speak to you at the event.

Thanks, looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Print details about the event.

Mary Canady

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