Posted by: Audrey Erbes | February 7, 2016

Survey of Sciece and Technology Career Paths

Anonymous Survey Of  Career Paths of Science and Technology Professionals

Take a Brief UC Survey About Science & Tech Careers
Researchers at the University of California Davis are conducting an anonymous survey about the career paths of science and technology professionals in the United States, with an emphasis on the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Your response is very important. By sharing your work experience you will advance research about how professional achievements vary by immigration status, gender and race/ethnicity. For example, we want to learn whether the type of visa a person has when they arrive to the U.S. affects their earnings over time.
In order to compare success across groups, we must hear from diverse STEM professionals, both U.S.-born and immigrant.

Since biotech and pharma are large and growing sectors, we want to make sure your perspectives are included.

The survey is anonymous and all data will be studied in aggregate only. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.
The survey link is:

 We appreciate your time and consideration!

Contact UC Davis Principal Investigator Robin Savinar with questions –

Hightlights of Life Science Events for the Week of Feb. 8, 2016

  • Seminars at Stanford, Tuesday, Mid Day, Feb. 9, 2016, Topic: “Novel Technologies to Investigate the Stem Cell Niche”
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Feb. 9, 2016, Topic: “Smarticles: A New Class of Molecular Diagnostic,” Speaker: Diego Rey, PhD , Co-Founder & Head of Research, GeneWEAVE
  • sfAWIS, Wednesday Evening, Feb. 10, 2016, Event: “Evening of Networking”
  • ACRP, Thursday Afternoon, Feb. 11, 2016, Event: Mark Your Calendars for the ACRP Virtual Career Fair
  • JLABS, Thursday MidDay, Feb. 11, 2016, Topic: “Lessons in Herding Cats – Business Development Basics for Life Science Companies,” Speaker: Lesley Stolz, Ph.D. | Sr. Director, Transactions, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, California
  • GGPF, Thursday Evening, Feb. 11, 2016, Topic: “Hemoperfusion with Polymeric Adsorbents in the Treatment of Drug-Resistant Bloodstream Infections,” Speaker: Bob Ward is president of ExThera Medical

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audrey’s Picks. This week I have a short Jobs That Crossed My Desk as well.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 31, 2016

Learn About Presidential Candidates’ Positions on Rx Industry

Have you wondered where the Presidential candidates stand on the American drug industry and prescription drug pricing, you can find out with an excellent article “Presidential Candidates and Rx Policy” at . This article succinctly discusses positions of leading candidates. The outrage over high drug pricing has had a large impact on candidates—even Republicans who were known to be friendly with the industry in the past.

The Democratic stance is not surprising but the shift in Republican stance is. See article from Kaiser Family Foundation which shares Americans’ position on drug pricing and industry. Results include: “Most Americans (72%) say the cost of Rx drugs are unreasonable

And how to change that situation? (1) Require the drug companies to release information to the public on how they set prices (86%) and (2)  Allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices (83%)”

See Foundation report at for details.

Highlights of Upcoming Meetings

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Feb. 2, 2016, Topic: “Intellectual Property Protection and Strategy for the New Venture”
  • BMES Industry Networking Group: San Francisco/Bay Area, Tuesday Evening, Feb. 2, 2016, Topic: “The Future of BioMedicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?” Speaker: Daniel Kraft, MD, Physician-Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Innovator
  • QB3, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, Topic: “The Series A Preferred Stock Financing: Practical Tips And Strategies For Success;” Speaker: ELTON SATUSKY, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
  • QB3, Thursday Midday, Feb. 4, 2016; Topic:”Score! How Your Sbir/Sttr Application Is Reviewed And Scored;” Speaker: David Spellmeyer, Ph.D. Principal at Interlaken Associates
  • Medtech Frontiers, Thursday Evening, Feb. 4, 2016, Topic:”Driving Healthy Habits through Behavioral Product Design”

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Jan. 31, 2016. This week I have a short JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough Jan. 31, 2016 as well.



Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 24, 2016

Upcoming Bay Area Life Science Events Week of Jan. 24

Highlights for Upcoming Week of Jan. 24, 2016

  • PMWC, Monday – Wednesday, Jan. 25-27, 2016; Event: Personalized Medicine World Conference
  • QB3, Monday Midday, January 25, 2016; Topic: “The Problem Of Gastric Cancer In Emerging Economies;” Speaker: Alejandro Corvalan, MD, is Principal Investigator at the Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases in Santiago, Chile.
  • JLABS, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 26, 2016; Event: Meet with…Canaan Partners; Speaker: Wende Hutton | General Partner, Canaan Partners
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 26, 2016; Topic: “Interstitial Pulmonary Disease;” Speaker: Sanjay K Agarwal, MD, FCCP, FAASM ,Comprehensive Sleep Center
  • WIB, Complimentary Webinar, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 26,2016; Event: WIB-National Webinar: “NIH Small Business Programs: What Biomedical Entrepreneurs Should Know;” Speakers: Stephanie Fertig and Kory Hallett, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Wednesday Evening, Jan. 27, 2016; Topic: “Creating Memorable Presentations: Tips for Creating the Best Figures: Present Your Data Clearly, Accurately, and Attractively;” Speaker: Teresa Larsen, Ph.D.
  • BioPharma Consortium, Wednesday Evening, Jan. 27, 2016; Event: “BioPharma Consortium 2016 New Year Mixer;” Come Celebrate the New Year in Style with the BioPharma Consortium!
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Jan. 27, 2016; Topic: “Development of Cyclic Dinucleotides as a Treatment and an Adjuvant for Cancer Therapy;” Speaker: Thomas Dubensky, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Aduro Biotech
  • JLABS, Thursday Morning, Jan. 28, 2015; Event: Science 1st – Designing Nucleic Acid Medicines; Speakers: Michael McManus | Associate Professor, UCSF School of Medicine; David Schaffer | Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley / Director, Berkeley Stem Cell Center; Laura Sepp-Lorenzino | VP, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and [moderator] Beth Hill | Senior Director, Platform Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • QB3 Workshop, Starts Thursday, Jan. 28- March 21, 2016; Event: “Get Your Startup Funded. Take The Qb3 Sbir Workshop, Offered At Uc Berkeley And Ucsf: UCSF Nine sessions

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Jan. 24, 2016. This week I have a short JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough Jan. 24, 2016 as well.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 17, 2016

Bay Area Life Science Activities Week of Jan. 18, 2016

My Two Cents

I have no comments on industry this week. I did hear that there were a lot of folks at the JP Morgan Week and that a lot of Chinese money is being invested in US companies. Hold onto your IP!

Now that I’ve settled my deceased husband’s  estate and now live only in the Bay Area, I need to find some activities to keep me intellectually as well as socially involved. I recently volunteered to help seniors at local senior centers with their taxes this year so I’ve been spending 30 hours a week studying tax law and software needed to do this work. My brain has been fully occupied but the immersion teaching method developed by AARP leaves a lot to be desired. This experience reminds me of stepping off a chair lift onto snow for the first time. This is all new to me but I’m told I’ve find it very rewarding. I miss teaching and thought this might provide some adult interaction as well as stimulate my mind.

I’ve also been spending my free time researching and analyzing the political events of this past week as I try to better understand the direction our populace is likely to take on planning our political future. It’s all rather scary and learning tax law seems less frightening in comparison.

Please bear with me as I will just list local industry events and share a few positions that crossed my desk at this time.

Upcoming Events Week of Jan. 18, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 19, 2016; Topic: “Digital Molecular Barcoding Technology for Cancer Biomarker Discovery and Personalized Medicine;” Speaker: Michelle M. Chen, Ph.D , Executive Director of Business Development & Strategic Alliances, NanoString
  • GGPF, Tuesday Evening, Jan. 19, 2016; Topic: “Multi-functional Liquid Crystalline Epoxy Networks;” Speaker: Prof. Michael R. Kessler, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
  • QB3, Wednesday Afternoons, Jan. 20, 2016; Event: QB3 NHI SBIR Workshop (Berkeley Edition); Instructors: Gabrielle G. Leblanc, PhD, Bioscience Consulting and Crystal Nyitray, PhD, Entrepreneurship Program Manager
  • PBSS Workshop, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016; Topic: “Drug Delivery and Controlled Release: Fundamentals, Technologies and Case Studies”
  • CABS, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015;” CABS Seminar: Diagnosis and Treatment of Acute Heart Attack; ”Speaker: Dr. Ling, Board Certified Primary Care Physician

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Jan. 17, 2016. This week I have a short JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough Jan. 17, 2016 as well.



Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 9, 2016

JP Morgan Week Meetings Plus Other Bay Area Events

It’s time for the 34th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Meeting with a week of frenzied meetings in San Francisco. Historically, there was just one meeting—the JP Morgan with earlier names until competitive meetings were established to accommodate all the industry professionals who wanted to participate but didn’t get the limited and coveted invitations to the “big” one. Twelve thousands industry representatives holding 15,000 are anticipated to be in town.See a handy survival guide at

  • January 11-12, Looking Back: A Review of the Biopharma Deals in 2015
    Presentations will be held at the Park Central Hotel (formerly The Westin) in San Francisco, CA just blocks from the JP Morgan 34th Annual Healthcare Conference. Each 60 minute session will comprise of a 30 minute presentation on the most significant 2015 biopharma deals, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. See details at
  • January 11-13, Biotech Showcase
    This event’s program includes lunch plenary sessions featuring top industry leaders and innovators speaking on industry- and time-relevant topics, as well as presentations from both private and public companies. See details at
  • January 11-13, OneMedForum
    The focus of this year’s forum will be facilitating connections between investors and companies. The conference will allow a limited group of exceptional companies to present; only investors who have pre-registered will have the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with these promising young companies. See details at
  • January 12, RESI Conference
    Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) is an ongoing conference series that will be establishing a global circuit for early stage life sciences companies to source investors, create relationships, and eventually, get funding. I couldn’t find website for this meeting.

Highlights for Other Bay Area Meetings (Not Related to JP Morgan Week)

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Jan. 12, 2016, Event: Special January 12th B2DG Meeting, Speakers: B2DG Board and Members, Date and Time: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 6:00 pm, Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA, Cost: $6 – Members who pre-registered (Special Event), $7 – Non-members who pre-registered (Special Event), $10 – Walk-ins (Special Event)Event Details:
  • Health Care Web Summit Webinar, Wednesday Afternoon, Jan. 13, 2015, Webinar: “Commercial Agility to Maximize Your Life Sciences Business;” Speakers: Theresa Greco, Vice President, Life Sciences, LexisNexis Health Care; Darryl Williams, Head of Global MDM and Platform Solutions, LexisNexis Health Care
  • sfAWIS Program Meeting, Wednesday Evening, Jan. 13, 2015; Topic: “Does your thinking limit your success?” Speaker: Cassie Chow
  • Seminar At Stanford, Mid Day, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016; Topic: “Cell Survival Under Starvation;” Pre-Seminar Speaker: Kang Shen, Departments Of Biology And Pathology; Seminar Speaker: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, NIH
  • JLABS, Thursday Morning, Jan. 14, 2015; Event: “ ;” Speaker: Sarah F. Fisher | Director, Global Market External Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Jan. 10, 2016.


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 3, 2016

Week of Jan. 3, 2016 Life Science Meetings

Upcoming Events Week of Jan. 3, 2016

  • QB3, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, Topic: “Assessing The Realistic Breadth Of A Patent: Design-Arounds And Claim Strategy;” Speaker: Michael Hostetler, Phd, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
  • Triple Ring Technologies, Thursday Evening, Jan. 7, 2016, Topic: “Developing Personalized Cartilage Repair;” Speaker: Grace D. O’Connell , PhD, is co-director of the Berkeley Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of California, Berkeley

It is a slow start to New Year with only two meetings to report for this coming week but know that there’s a strong surge of events coming starting the following week. There will be the 33rd JP Morgan Healthcare Meeting along with all the other JP Morgan get togethers inside and outside the meeting at the St. Francis Hotel. There have been several new industry gatherings created to provide other options for most industry representatives who can’t get into the JP Morgan which gives out only limited invitations.

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Jan. 3, 2016.


Happy New Year!


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 27, 2015

Enjoy Respite After Holidays

It’s time to relax and reflect before the hustle and bustle of new year begins. In order to help you be ready for attending meetings and events in the Bay Area in January, I have attached Audreys Picks Dec. 27, 2015 as of Dec. 27th.

Happy New Year!


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 20, 2015

Life Science Industry Business Model Changing?

Life Science Industry Changing

When writing the text for my website in 2008 I described the life science industry as: “… a small industry where one’s reputation is critical to success. One needs to deliver the promised goods or demonstrate the sincere, ‘best” effort in trying to deliver the products even if they fail at achieving the business objective. It’s a very high risk proposition but offers great rewards beyond the monetary. It is truly like no other industry. One becomes excited and passionate about improving health care and its delivery for patients.”

In recent years a different breed of investor and company financial staff has moved on to the scene. They seem to have a focus only on the short term with no interest in long-term viability of a company and future of experienced and innovative R&D as well as other personnel. We have witnessed a shift in the paradigm of what the industry should be doing and the cultivation of its professionals.

The recent arrest of the infamous CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals AG who showed no morality or values for developing or providing needed treatments for patients, unfortunately, although extreme, demonstrates the direction of the financial interest of many investors, financial staff and now hedge fund managers who have entered our field.  They have MBAs but often lack experience in the industry.

Unfortunately, Martin Shkreli is not the only power/money oriented individual who has had negative influence on our industry and hurt the professionals who innovate and dedicate their careers to doing good. I saw the change back when Roche took over Genentech. The financial staff of Roche when questioned at the JP Morgan breakout session as to their rationale stated that they weren’t concerned about the Genentech company surviving after their buy out. They thought that they could easily replace the company and its renowned innovative culture with another or several startup purchases. They were ignorant of the way companies create breakthrough products and the type of staff required. 

Upcoming Meetings in New Year

There’s lull in industry events as we all celebrate the holidays. You can download future meetings with details via Audreys Picks Dec. 20, 2015. There is no new jobs list this week.

Have a wonderful holiday season.

Warm regards,


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 13, 2015

 Low Priced Daraprim Solution!

Low Priced Daraprim Solution!

Express Scripts has developed novel solution for unreasonably priced generic drugs—just compound them through your own pharmacy to (1) provide the drug to patients immediately but (2) bring down the price dramatically. What’s even more amazing—that they will share access of this supply to other payers. This is a great solution for rare diseases but not so good for high volume of patients. See details at

The “Bad Boy Shkreli” continues to inflame drug industry executives and stakeholders as he blackens the eyes of the industry and brings pricing question to boiling point. He won’t be laughing when Express Scripts takes away all his customers with their new low price for Turing’s sole drug. See at

Upcoming Event This Week

  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 16, 2015; Topic: “Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Markets in 2015: Trends, Insights, and Implications for the Future;” Speaker: Mikayel Nazloyan, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

You can download details for the above event in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Dec. 13, 2015I have also listed a short list of JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough Dec. 13, 2015

Keep smiling and stay in balance during this upcoming hectic holiday season. Be sure to get enough sleep and eat healthy foods.  Managing some exercise during this time of year is difficult but you can do a small programs of walks or floor exercises.

Happy Holidays!


Posted by: Audrey Erbes | December 6, 2015

Try to Attend One More Life Science Event This Year

I hope to see you before the commencement of holiday period later this month. Consider attending the Bio2Device Group’s evening meeting at Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto this Tuesday. I will be there.

Note that the events will dwindle as we get closer to mid-month. Be sure to fit in at least one more event in 2015 which allows you to build and maintain a network. I have only one other meeting for December so I’ve listed that one this week.

Bay Area Life Science Professional Events 

  • GGPF, Monday Evening, Dec. 7, 2015; Event: GGPF November Dinner Lecture entitled “Soft Surface Science and Engineering: Serendipitous Discoveries (easy) and Targeted Design and Outcomes (tough);” Speaker: Kenneth J. Wynne, Commonwealth Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Life Science Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 8, 2015; Topic: “Vaccines, Canaries and Coalmines: What lessons for Biopharma from the Oldest Class of Biologics?” Speaker: Piers Whitehead, Special Advisor to the CEO, Acquisitions, PaxVax. Mr. Piers Whitehead joined PaxVax in early 2013 and brings 20 years of experience in the vaccines and biopharmaceutical industries. He previously served as Vice President of Corporate Development for Paris-based Neovacs. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Corporate and Business Development for vaccine company, VaxGen. At VaxGen, he negotiated several important partnerships and led the company’s commercial strategy, resulting in the award of a nearly one billion dollar Project Bioshield Act contract. He also spent 10 years at Mercer Management Consulting, where he headed the San Francisco office and led marketing, strategy, and manufacturing projects for clients including the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), UNICEF, and several private-sector pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies. Mr. Whitehead has published extensively on the vaccine industry and related public policy matters and holds an A.B. from Oriel College, Oxford University, England.
  • WIB, Tuesday Evening, Dec. 8, 2015; Event: WIB-San Francisco Bay Area Holiday Party
  • ASQ, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 9, 2015; “Topic: Medical Device Software Regulatory Compliance;” Speaker: Tim Stein, Founder of Business Performance Associates, Inc.; Moderator: Gary Seeger, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory, Stellartech Research Corporation.
  • QB3, Wednesday Mid Day, Dec. 9, 2015; Topic: “Learn best practices in taxes and accounting for startups;” Speakers: Robbie Lewis and Brent Hillberg from BHLF
  • Xconomy, Thursday Afternoon, Dec. 10, 2015; Topic: “Xconomy’s EXOME Presents: Bay Area Life Science Disruptors”
  • WCC PDA, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015; Event: Annual WCC PDA Appreciation Event for Members/Non-Members
  • East Bay AWIS, Friday Mid-Day, Dec. 11, 2015; Event: Networking walk
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Dec. 16, 2015; Topic: “Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Markets in 2015: Trends, Insights, and Implications for the Future;” Speaker: Mikayel Nazloyan, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through August 2016 by right clicking on Audreys Picks Dec. 6, 2015. I have also listed a short list of JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThrough Dec. 6, 2015.

I will be taking a holiday from blogging until the end of the year. Have a relaxing and joyful filled holiday season!



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