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Upcoming Event:

Technology Transfer for Startups–How to maximize value by working with the tech transfer office

Wednesday, Aug.13, 2014, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Campus Point Conference Center

10300 Campus Point Dr, San Diego, CA 92121

Please register at:



5:00 – 5:45 p.m.      Networking & Refreshments

5:45 – 6:00 p.m.      30 second pitch about your company

6:00 – 6:10 p.m.       Overview of TTOs in San Diego – UCSD Rady Students*

6:10 – 7:30 p.m.        Panel Presentations & Discussion



Deborah Slee, Translational research strategist and entrepreneur

Paul Roben, Sr. Dir. Office of Technology Development Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Mary Susan Howard, VP Legal Affairs Genomatica

Jane Moores, Assistant Vice Chancellor Technology Transfer UCSD


Organizer: Jiwu Wang, CEO, Allele Biotechnology/Scintillon Institute

Moderator: Jeff Price, CEO, Vala Sciences/Adjunct Professor, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute


How does technology transfer play a role in San Diego startups? Is there a perfect model for licensing from universities and non-profits? How to balance institutional concerns with social benefits? Come and discuss with us.

Panel will also discuss the technology transfer process, dos, don’ts and tips to obtaining an IP license, and real life experiences.

To sign up for the “30-second pitch” please email:

*Stephen Connelly, Lisa Kennedy, and Brian Russell.   Supported by NIH/NHLBI Center for Accelerated Innovation’s support of UCSD Rady School Professor Vish Krishnan’s research. This event is free to the public. Refreshments provided. Donations and sponsorship are kindly accepted.The event is sponsored by the San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange ( SDEE was founded by local entrepreneurs in order to provide a voice and resources for the early stage technology startup, to encourage new entrepreneurs, and to sponsor networking and educational events to help develop the skills necessary to bring funding and business to the San Diego area.


Recent Events:

SDEE Workshop in July 10th!

Writing an NIH/SBIR Grant

Intensive Workshop for Entrepreneurs

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

For this uniquely structured event we have gathered experts who have successfully written and been awarded SBIR grants. We have experts who will give basic information, best tips, and current practices. This is a breakout session style workshop where you will have the opportunity to ask experienced advisors and business leaders’ questions about the NIH SBIR process.  



Strategies, case studies and overview of the grants process

Scott Struthers, CEO Crinetics

Curt Becker, Co-Founder & CEO, Molecular Assemblies

Scott Thacher, CEO, Orphagen Pharmaceuticals

Small Group Discussions

(Two rounds, 30-40 minutes each, each with a different speaker)

Get your questions answered* Pitch your non-confidential proposal* Discuss & dissect grant strategies.

*Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to bring a non-confidential 20 line (max) abstract or grant section for small group discussion.

Space is limited. $30/person for members, $50/person for non-members

SDEE grant workshop


“Get to Know Your Neighbors”  

April 17, 2014 5:00pm

Janssen Research and Development
3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Ivor Royston, M.D.
Founding Managing Partner, Forward Ventures
Co-founder of Hybritech, San Diego’s first biotechnology company
Co-Founder, IDEC Corp (Now Biogen Idec)
Member, San Diego Entrepreneur Hall of Fame


Event Organizing Committee
Scott Struthers (Crinetics Pharmaceuticals): Event Chair
Taylor Moyer (Managed Lab Services): Co-chair, Technical Service Providers
Jiwu Wang (Allele Biotech): Co-chair, Reagents and supplies vendor
Ted Jacobs (Cushman & Wakefield): Co-chair, Non-technical service providers
Scott Thacher (Orphagen Pharmaceuticals): Co-Chair, Drug discovery companies

Join us for a structured networking event to help find collaborators, vendors, customers, advisers and investors, jobs, employees and meet your fellow entrepreneurs in your own neighborhood. Attendance is free!


To attend, please register at:

5:00 – 6:00pm Networking Reception, appetizers and refreshments provided
6:00 – 6:05pm    Introduction
6:05 – 6:30pm    Ivor Royston: “Origins and History of Biotech in San Diego”
6:30 – 8:00pm    Open Exhibition and Networking

Confirmed Exhibitors:

Exhibitors at the Event:

Name Company Name
Denise Carroll E & K
Dave Bagley Advanced Bio Matrix
Zhiyong Wang ADS Biosystems
Christi Norton Charles River
Rodney Harris 1060 Discovery Engineering
Eric Jamois Prestwick Chemical
Scott Smith Molecular Imaging
Jiwu Wang Allele
Taylor Moyer Managed Laboratory Services
Scott Struthers Crinetics Pharmaceuticals
Scott Thacher Orphagen Pharmaceuticals
Ted Jacobs Cushman Wakefield
Mahnaz Shamsai Cyprotex
Barbara Preston PharmaScouts
Dana Buckman Flow Paradigm
Claire Weston Reveal Biosciences
Daniel Gong Biopioneer
Widney Hawthorne Avitus Group
Curt Becker Molecular Assemblies
Karissa Myers Insperity
Dmitry Chaplik Bend Enterprises
Bridgette Doig Wayferry
Sean Ring Innovative-es
Hugh Leslie Barney & Barney
Sridhar Prasad CalAsia Pharma
Sue Prelozni Sustainable Surplus
Aubrey Haddach Self
Kristen Macias Biosero
Richard Egolf Absorption Systems
Angelica LaVallee Eton Bio
Sylvia Norman Molecular Diagnostics Consulting
Mike Troutman Set It and Forget it
Kal Ramnarayan Sapient Discovery
Jean Spence Omnitron
Robin Allgren B Biodev
Masha Sergeeva DPMK4BIOTECH
Lisa Marsh Etaluma
Yuko Terasawa ChanTest Corporation

Networking at Get to Know Your Neighbors event

This event is sponsored by the San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange ( The SDEE was founded by local entrepreneurs in order to provide a voice and resources for the early stage technology startup, to encourage new entrepreneurs, and to sponsor networking and educational services to help develop skills necessary to bring funding and business to the San Diego area.

Past Events

Summary of past events

Event Pitch

To register to give a 30 second pitch at the beginning of the main SDEE events please email:

Around Town

OBR Event:

Genetic Privacy: Who Has Access To Your Code


As genomic sequencing is becoming a booming business, it can no longer be guaranteed that research subjects remain anonymous. Join OBR and panelists from UCSD, STSI and Morrison & Foerster for the vibrant panel discussion ‘Genetic Privacy: Who Has Access To Your Code? The panelists will discuss the potential of genomic sequencing along with the legal and ethical issues surrounding this practice. A networking session with hors d’oeuvres will follow the panel discussion.

When: Wednesday, April 16 2014 at 6:00 pm

Where: Building 12 Auditorium, Sanford Burnham Medical Institute, 10905 Road to the Cure, San Diego, CA 92121.

Registration: Please visit


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