SDBN March 23rd 2015 Event: Are Collaborative Models the Path to Better San Diego Drug Discovery in 2015?

collabdrugdiscovery4In 2011 the San Diego Biotechnology Network (SDBN) hosted an event on ?virtual? drug discovery, the then burgeoning idea that successful therapies could result from very small companies that rely on the internet-driven infrastructure to advance their drug pipelines. In 2015, we see that this model works and has been expanded to encompass robust collaborations between academia, pharma/biotech, contract research organizations, and patient advocacy groups. Models and infrastructures that incorporate intellectual property and data sharing have emerged. Additionally, creative funding methods have been used to support these initiatives. Let?s meet to gain insights from the people who?ve built some of these successful models as well as to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing San Diego drug discovery in the future.

Major questions to be addressed:

  1. What funding and collaborative strategies have worked well to survive during the pronounced funding ?drought? over the past 5 years?
  2. What intellectual property and data sharing models have worked best?
  3. How have the emerging collaborative drug discovery paradigms from the last 5 years transformed drug discovery?
  4. What are the implications of the recent improvement in the venture capital and public markets for continued growth in the use of collaborative models?

As always, we’ll be collecting questions from you when you register so that we’ll have a lively discussion, click here to register and join us March 23rd!


Miguel de los Rios Miguel de los Rios, Vice President of Research and Development, Sevion Therapeutics
TeriMelese Teri Melese, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Industry Research Alliances, UCSD
James Schaeffer James Schaeffer, Vice President- California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr)
Scott Struthers Scott Struthers,President, San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange, Founder & CEO, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals


Richard 2015-1s_sm Richard Lin, Founder and CEO of Explora BioLabs

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Event Details

Who: Life science researchers and professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: March 23rd 2015 Collaborative Drug Discovery Event
When: Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Green Flash Brewery Tasting Room, 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard San Diego, 92121 (directions below)
Cost: $25/20 (Academic), $50 (Recruiters), dinner provided, beer and soda available for purchase.
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Directions: From the west: From the 805 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head east for 2.0 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the left/north side of the street at Flanders Drive. From the east: From the 15 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head west for 3.6 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the right/north side of the street at Flanders Drive.
Parking: The Green Flash lot holds about 70 cars, so come early and carpool if you’d like to park there. You can also park on the street, but be very mindful that there are some poorly marked ‘no parking’ areas, especially on Sequence where there is a center lane.

Special thanks to Mark Leibowitz, Diana Wetmore, and Michael Young for their input on this event.