Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 25, 2016

Upcoming Bay Area Bioscience Events Week of Sept. 25, 2016

Highlights of Upcoming Life Science Meetings in Bay Area Sept. 25,2016

  • GGPF, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016; Topic: “Nanoscale Chemical Imaging by Photo-induced Force Microscopy,” Speaker: Dr. Thomas R. Albrecht, Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Molecular Vista, Inc
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Sept. 28, 2016;Topic: “Discovery of a Late Sodium Current Inhibitor, a Phase II Agent with Pre-clinical Anti-Ischemic and Anti-Arrhythmic Properties,” Speaker: Jeff Zablocki, Ph.D., Senior Director, Gilead Sciences
  • Joint B2DG & ACRP, Thursday Evening, Sept. 29, 2016; Topic: “What’s New – Device Technologies and Regulations?” Speaker: Victor Chen, Director, Clinical Affairs, Align Technology
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Thursday Evening, Sept. 29, 2016; Event: Networking Social, Speakers: Meike Herget, Co-founder & CTO at Avails Medical Inc. and Naama Stauber Breckler, co-founder of Avails Medical Inc., Co-founder & CEO at CompactCath and COO at Mocacare
  • QB3, Thursday Afternoons, Sept. 29 – Dec. 15, 2016; Event: Fall SBIR Workshop, Instructors: Shauna Farr-Jones, PhD, UCSF/QB3 grant writer; Kaspar Mossman, PhD, Director of Mara Phase II Agent with Pre-clinical Anti-Ischemic and Anti-Arrhythmic Propertieketing & Communications, QB3 and Crystal Nyitray, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through November 2016 by right clicking on audreys-picks-sept-252016.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 15, 2016

Highlights of Upcoming Bioscience Events Week of Sept. 18, 2016

Highlights of Upcoming Bioscience Events Week of Sept. 18, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Sept. 20, 2016, Topic: “Wearable Medical Devices: Intersection of Technology, Regulation and Hype,Speaker: Jorge Ochoa, Principal Engineer, Exponent
  • Meet with New Enterprise Associates, Tuesday Mid Day, Sept. 20, 2016
  • BioPharma Consortium, Wednesday Evening, Sept. 21, 2016, Event: BioPharma Consortium 2016 Fall Kickoff Mixer

You can download the details for highlighted meetings as well as other meetings through Nov. 2016 in Audreys-Picks-sept-18-2016-2016b. A list of Jobs That Crossed my Desk can be downloaded from document entitled Jobsthatcrossedmydeskthrough-sept-18-2016.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 11, 2016

Bay Area Bioscience Events Week of Sept. 12, 2016

Upcoming Bioscience Meetings in Bay Area Week of Sept. 12, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Sept. 13, 2016; Topic: “Partnering on Innovation – Healthcare System Perspective,” Speaker: Sanjay Shah , Director of Strategic Innovation , Dignity Health
  • WIB, Thursday Evening, Sept. 15, 2016, Event: “Leveraging Diversity in Your Workplace;” Moderator: McElla Pappas, Senior Sales Manager and Head of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Computer Futures, and feature these panelists: Julius Pryor – Head of Innovation, Diversity & Inclusion at Genentech/Roche; Bonita Banducci – Instructor of Gender and Engineering at Santa Clara University; Faculty at Women’s Startup Lab; Asha Collins – VP of Clinical Trial Sourcing at McKesson
  • RAPS, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016; Event: “RAPS’ 2016 Regulatory Convergence”

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through November 2016 by right clicking on Audreys-Picks-sept-11-2016-2016. You can also download Jobsthatcrossedmydeskthrough-sept-11-2016 also by right clicking on document named.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 5, 2016

Bay Area Life Science Events Week of Labor Day

Hope your holiday weekend has been refreshing and relaxing for you and yours. Events are picking up this week as school has reopened and life science professionals are back at work.

Highlights of Bay Area Meetings Week of Sept. 5, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Sept. 6, 2016, Topic: “Accelerating Medical Device Development with Lean and Agile Methods,” Speaker: Aaron Joseph, Sr. Consultant , Irwin & Associates, Inc.
  • JLABS Meet with…Path, Thursday Morning, Sept. 8, 2016, Event: Meet with Path; PATH Participating Representative: David Shoultz, Ph.D., MS, MBA | Global Program Leader, Drug Development and Devices and Tools, PATH
  • CBA, Saturday Afternoon, Sept. 10, 2016, Topic: “Women in Life Sciences: Navigating the Path from Bench to C-suite,” Speaker: Dr. Flavia Borellini, Chief Executive Officer of Acerta-Pharma

You can download details about the above  meetings and those for which I have information through this fall when you select Audreys PicksSept. 4, 2016 


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | August 28, 2016

Is Single-Payer Health Care System Inevitable in US?

Is Single-Payer Health Care System Inevitable in US?

I’ve discussed this dilemma earlier in covering the high cost of health care in the US. In recent report of my use of single-payer health system in Germany, I shared the total out of pocket cost of toe surgery there while vacationing. The reason health costs are so reasonable is that the system isn’t based on giving health care corporations ever increasing profits and shareholders increasing stock values. Bernie Sanders raised the possibility of moving away from profit market based health care system to one that provides health care to all.

A noted American economist Robert Reich supports this structural change in delivery of health care to all U.S. citizens. Having worked in the health care industry for 40 years—in the US but also internationally—I have good understanding of the forces in the US that lobby against such a change. Market-based company power isn’t unlike that of the oil, coal and gas industry fighting against loss of their huge profits to alternative energy . Whenever there is structural change affecting where one’s bread is buttered, there is a lot of dislocation.

See Robert Reich’s recent article entitled “Why a Single-Payer Healthcare System Is Inevitable” (Aug. 24, 2016).

Upcoming Week’s Bay Area BioScience Events

· Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, August 30, 2016; Topic: “Solving Back Pain through University Partnerships with NIH, NSF, NASA, and Industry;” Speaker: Jeffrey C. Lotz, PhD, Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Research, David S. Bradford MD, Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California at San Francisco

· EPPIC Global, Tuesday Evening, Aug. 30, 2016; Event: Entrepreneur Spotlight: “Pre-Clinical Development Of A Humanized Anti-CD47 Antibody;” Speaker: Ravi Majeti MD, Phd, Co-Founder Of “Forty Seven, Inc.; Associate Professor Of Medicine, Division Of Hematology, Cancer Institute, nstitute For Stem Cell Biology And Regenerative Medicine

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through September 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks August 28 2016. A list of JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough August 28, 2016 is also available.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | August 21, 2016

Life Science Events Week of Aug. 22, 2016

The summer is winding down as we enjoy the last of outdoor events and watch the Olympics as we have time.. I was so heartened with our great athletes and their outstanding team efforts. They reminded me that we know how to work as teams.


I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it very difficult to speak about what’s at stake for our community without getting frightened as otherwise intelligent, well educated people retreat to their corner of personal bias or orthodoxy. I don’t see the openness to new ideas and those of others in the political sphere that we see in the sports. We seem to have lost any ability to discuss differences without arousing tempers and deep seated beliefs that divide us.

Highlights of this Coming Week’s Life Science Events

  • GGPF, Monday Evening, Aug. 22, 2016; Event: The August Golden Gate Polymer Forum Dinner Lecture; Topic: ´”Supramolecular Biomaterials: From Fundamentals to Advanced Healthcare Solutions;” Speaker: Prof. Eric Appel, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, Stanford University
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, August 23, 2016; Topic: “Considerations for Launching Medical Devices in Japan;” Speaker: Kirk Zeller , Managing Director and Co-Founder, MedMarket Access, LLC
  • Bioscience Forum, Wednesday Evening, August 24, 2016; Topic: “Novel Immune Therapies for Cancer–the Adenosine Pathway; “ Speaker: Ian McCaffery, Ph.D., Vice President, Translational Sciences, Corvus Pharmaceuticals

You can download the entire list of bioscience events in the Bay Area through September 2016 in Audreys Picks August 21 2016.

Posted by: Audrey Erbes | August 14, 2016

Life Science Events in the Bay Area This Upcoming Week

I’m so grateful for the Olympics bringing some uplifting news to the media after such negative press emanating from the Presidential campaign. I have felt that our political campaign has been in the gutter. I universally met shock from Europeans with whom I spoke that our country might elect Donald Trump to the presidency during my month travelling in 6 countries.

I was so pleased with the sportsmanship, teamwork, and hard work on the part of our athletes, especially, our swimmers.  I was so proud of them.

 Highlights of Upcoming Week of Life Science Events

  • Bio2DeviceGroup, Tuesday Morning, August 16, 2016, Topic: “Volumetric Integral Phase-shift Spectroscopy (VIPS): A New Paradigm in Intracranial Fluid Monitoring;” Speaker: E. Mark Shusterman, MD , Chief Medical Officer , Cerebrotech Medical Systems, Inc.
  • RAPS, Wednesday Evening, August 17, 2016; Topic: “Clinical Evaluation in the EU for Medical Devices—Changing Expectations;” Featured speaker: Keith More, PhD, vice president, regulatory compliance, Qserve Group US Inc
  • HBA, Coffee Chat – South Bay, Saturday Morning, 2016

 You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through September 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks August 14 2016 A list of JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough August 14, 2016 is also available.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | August 7, 2016

My Vacation Experience with Surgery in Germany

My Experience Getting Medical Attention in Europe On Vacation

I’ve just returned from a 4 week trip with family which involved 3 different separate subtrips with son and grandson separately which resulted in my not blogging for that period.

It was a very interesting trip due to destinations to Poland –Krakow and Auschwitz– and Berlin and Dresden in Germany with my grown son. My travel with grandson included three countries in the UK where we learned a lot about Brexit speaking with locals in Wales, England and Scotland. In all locations there was interest in potential for Donald Trump to win the Presidency and chance to learn more about political attitudes of people toward immigration and other issues of great interest on both sides of the Atlantic.

I had an especially interesting experience while in Germany when I had pain in foot due to aggravated blister from the 4-7 miles of walking we did each day. The physician wife of my son’s colleague was adamant that I should have the wound looked at by a physician.  Unfortunately, their 4 year old was ballistic after dinner when she learned about my injury so there wasn’t time for her to look at it.

We were underway the next morning to Dresden where I had time to find medical attention. My son received email from colleague to remind me to be sure to seek medical attention. So I inquired how one did this in Germany. I learned that one goes to the pharmacist first and gets this professional’s opinion. I walked to the nearest pharmacy from our lodgings and was advised the injury was infected and I should go to see medical doctor immediately. I was fortunate in finding a university medical research center walking distance from the pharmacy.

After waiting 2 and one half hours in the orthopedic clinic where I was the last patient to be seen,  I met with department head physician who viewed the wound, gave a diagnosis and wrote up report on the computer. I was then introduced to surgeon  and two assistants who did the required surgery in the clinic. All this was accomplished in German which I fortunately could speak well enough. I was asked to pay the bill in cash and given prescription for medication and bandaging for daily changing of dressing. I was surprised that the bill was only $77 euros (the equivalent of $85 dollars.) I asked for some wound care information but learned they don’t have such materials to give to patients. This is handled  orally at the subsequent followup appointment at the clinic which I couldn’t have.

The head doctor commented that the bill would be far less than what he would pay in the U.S. and I had to agree.

I made use of my interviewing skills at two pharmacies, one  at the clinic and another in England where I got additional bandaging and the information needed until I spoke with an American physician and orthopedic nurse who were on my tour of Britain. The good news is that the wound healed in about 10 days and I was able to undertake the British trip with some difficulty but without destroying my grandson’s enjoyment. This was a fascinating experience for me because despite my 15 years of visiting medical offices, hospitals and clinics internationally, I had never had to seek personal care.

Highlights of Upcoming Bay Area Life Science Events

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, August 9, 2016, Topic: “Sooner rather than later: Payer-rationalized trial planning,” Speaker: Elizabeta Gorgoska, Director, Global Life Sciences Pricing, Strategy, and Marketing Specialist, Simon-Kucher & Partners
  • WIB-San Francisco Bay Area, Wednesday Evening, August 10, 2016, Topic: “Breakthrough Discoveries in Aging Research;” Panelists: Cynthia Kenyon (VP of Aging Research, Calico), Kimberly Scearce-Levie (Director of Preclinical Translational Biology, Denali Therapeutics), Irina Conboy (Professor, UC Berkeley), Judith Campisi (Professor, Buck Institute)
  • NCC AWIS, Saturday, August 13, 2016, Event: 10th Annual NCC-AWIS Potluck Picnic

You can download the complete list of Bay Area events listed in Audreys Picks August 7, 2016 through Sept. by right clicking on the title.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | June 26, 2016

Is Rx Drug Transparency Step Toward U.S. Price Control?

There are some legal actions afoot that will take potential oversight of U.S. drug pricing to new levels. On June 3rd Vermont became the first state to sign into law a prescription drug transparency law. Under their legislation (S.216), insurers will be required to provide citizens with information about how much prescription drugs will cost out of pocket. ”The law also requires state health care regulators to develop a yearly list of the top fifteen drugs that have yielded the highest price increases. Manufacturers of those medications would then be required to justify the increase to the Attorney General’s Office.” This sounds like a step toward a form of price control that will shape up the pharma industry. See details at

The new law follows from Gov. Shumlin’s efforts to control health care costs in Vermont. With the help of the Green Mountain Care Board, begun by legislation the Governor pushed for and signed in 2011, the average rate of hospital budget growth has been held at historic lows for each of the last three years. This has resulted in expanding health care to 19,000 individuals and given Vermont a tie for the lowest uninsured rate in the U.S. Thirteen other states, including California, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Virginia are also working on drug price transparency bills. California and Ohio are offering ballot measures that would place new price caps on some drugs. See more at:

Hightlights of Bay Area Life Science Events Starting Week of June 26

  • PBSS Workshop, Monday, June 27, 2016; Topic: “UHPLC in Biopharmaceutical Analysis: Benefits, Practices, Issues and Implementation;” Speakers: Dr. Michael W. Dong, MWD Consulting
  • PBSS, Friday MidDay, July 29, 2016; Topic: “CRISPR gene editing platform development for drug discovery and validation,” Speaker: Benjamin Haley, PhD (Genentech)
  • BVS ST Biotech Community Event, Thursday Evening, June 30, 2016
  • Joint Golden Gate ACS SCV Lecture, Thursday Evening, June 30, 2016; Topic: “Redesigning the Interface between Fresh Produce and the Environment for Sustainable Agriculture;” Speaker Dr. James Rogers, Apeel Sciences

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through Sept.  2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks June 26, 2016.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | June 19, 2016

2016 Top 50 Worldwide Pharma Rankings and Diversity Status

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