We Need to Cleanse Our Society of Sexism, Racism and Greed

I’m rooting for the “just locker room talk” defense raising sufficient anger on part of wronged women and the many decent men in their lives  to finally force a discussion of this discrimination and bring the abusers  to justice.  Michele Obama is speaking to the need for our culture to finally discuss the level of sexual abuse and discrimination by men and boys against women and girls with some hope of moving forward.

We thought that we had advanced more in this regard but now we learn that this deep seated sexism along with racism and greed to advance oneself at the cost of others still needs to be torn out from the fabric of our culture. Our democracy is at risk with the selfish wanting their way with no willingness to work together or share the riches of our country. We can’t have a healthy economy until we share with each other.

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 25, 2016, “Medical Device Business Development: Partnering with Larger Companies – Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies.” Speaker: Karun Shimoga, PhD, MBA, Business Development Executive
  • CSLA, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, Event: Evening With Thought Leaders
  • HBA, Tuesday Evening, Oct. 25, 2016, Event: “Chocolate, Wine and Networking!”
  • HBA Webinar, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 26, 2016,Topic: “Advanced Practice Social Media,”
Featured Speakers:Lea Carey, Global market strategy lead, Symplur; Julie Kelly, Vice president, business development, Ashfield, par of UDG Healthcare plc; Kelley Connors, President, KC Health, and global chair, HBA Digital Innovators; Jessica Pfenning, Enterprise digital leader, AstraZeneca, global chair, Digital Innovators, HBA
  • Palo Alto AWIS, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 26, 2016,Topic: “Nonprofit Organizations,” Speaker: Amy Peabody, Executive Director of the Los Altos Educational Foundation
  • JLABS, Thursday Afternoon, Oct. 27, 2016, Topic: “Accelerating Drug Discovery: Business Models for the Computational Pharmaceutical Company” Speakers: Steve Quake | Co-Founder, Agenovenir; Matt Ocko | Co-Managing Partner & Co-Founder, DCVC; Max Hodak | CEO & Co-Founder, Transcriptic; Anthony Rowe | Director & Business Technology Leader for Immunology Therapeutic Area, Janssen Human Microbiome Institute, Janssen Immunoscience & Janssen Prevention Centre
  • PBSS, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, Event: Minisymposium: Immuno-Oncology Biomarkers: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Applications in the Development of Cancer Therapeutics; Speakers: Scott Patterson PhD (Gilead), Terri McClanahan PhD (Merck), Rod Prell PhD (Genentech), Michael Angelo MD PhD (Stanford), Luciana Molinero PhD (Genentech), Take Ogawa (Second Genome) , Adil Daud MD (UCSF), Jeff Wallin PhD (Genentech), Jakob Dupont MD (Onco

 You can download details for the above events in a complete PDF list of upcoming events through Dec.  2016 by right clicking on audreyspicksoct-2320162016.



Will CEOs Get Punished For Their Own and Companies’ Misdeeds?

There is a lot of anger being unearthed as the small guys/the rank and file take the fall for the big CEOs. This was true when the bank CEOs and other high up management got the “out of jail” free card after the bank mortgage scandals of 2008-2009. The disruption of so many Americans’ lives, families’ futures and individuals’ careers will never be corrected from that terrible injustice carried out like some sort of game that the unscrupulous MBAs, mortgage salesmen and bean counters pulled off to increase profits for their companies and themselves.  Some like Elizabeth Warren are still calling for their trials with seeming little hope to bring those at the top to justice—perhaps until now.

This past week  John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank, suddenly retired but may not be able to skip accusation and potential trial for his role in the scam at Wells Fargo which some are sure to call “just marketing gone too far”.  When folks get mad enough, there can be an overwhelming force to bring the bad guys to justice. See details at http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/12/investing/wells-fargo-ceo-john-stumpf-retires/index.html?section=money_news_international

We are witnesses to many folks having had enough with outrageous price increases for products in the life science industry in the recent year. We may also see some sort of justice demanded by the people in the future as they learn what is behind the political protection for our “marketing-based health care system” instead of the system payer system used by the majority of advanced western societies.

Upcoming Life Science Events Week of Oct. 16, 2016

  • Biotech Bay Talent Connect, Monday Afternoon, Oct. 17, 2016, Event: Biotech Bay Talent Connect
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 18, 2018, Topic: “Lessons learned from Y Combinator and contrarian strategies for early-stage medtech;” Speaker: Nick Damiano , Co-Founder & CEO, Zenflow
  • JLABS Bay Area, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 18, 2016, Topic: “The Real Deal: How to Lead with Authenticity,” Presenter: John Bates | Chief Executive Officer & Executive Whisperer, Executive Speaking Success & Business Coaching read bio»
  • EMBS, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 18, 2016, Topic: “Surgical Robotics Development – From Research Lab to Commercialization,” Speaker: Jian Zhang, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Former CEO, RobotPhoenix
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 19, 2016, Topic: “Probody Therapeutics Enable Safer and More Effective Oncology Therapies;” Speaker: Michael Kavanaugh, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Research and Non-Clinical Development, CytomX Therapeutics

You can download the details for highlighted meetings as well as other meetings through Dec. 2016 in audreys-picks-oct-16-2016-2016.


You might wonder why I haven’t been commenting on the industry these past two months. I’ve thrown myself into the political campaign in support of Hillary Clinton for president with a lot of emphasis on doing whatever I can to defeat Donald Trump. You might wonder why this has distracted me from my usual interests over the years.

I see the problems in the pharmaceutical industry and biotech industry all interrelated with the political issues we face. I am shocked and horrified with the dishonesty and greed taking over the life science industry with accompanying disinterest in how pricing and business development has lost sight of the impact on our country, families and economy. The Donald epitomizes the greed and self-centeredness that I see in business in general. Our industry needs to support the industry professionals and not funnel all the profits to investors at the cost of not developing top companies to continue developing innovative products.

Lying and lack of caring about our citizen patients and industry professionals manifested itself in the shift to short-term financial interest and destruction of future companies in our industry. It’s all about the money and for the big companies the bonuses for top management and how much money can be hidden oversees to avoid taxes with crippling effect on future company development. We have lost interest in the larger community and the country which as provided the opportunity for our industry to thrive.

We cannot build future great products when the business development thinking and strategies look to sell new products as soon as possible and then lay off all the contributors and short change careers of professionals who have developed new products.

Highlights of Bay Area Bioscience Events Week of Oct. 9, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Oct. 11, 2016; Topic: Polymers as drugs and the Development of Veltassa; Speaker: Dr. Steve Harrison, SVP of Research, Relypsa
  • Consensia, Thursday Morning, Oct. 13, 2016; Topic: “A New Paradigm for Medical Device Development Lean-Agile Software and Hardware Development Methodology”

You can download the details for highlighted meetings as well as other meetings through Nov. 2016 in audreys-picks-oct-9-2016-2016. A list of Jobs That Crossed my Desk can be downloaded from document entitled jobsthatcrossedmydeskthrough-oct-9-2016 Through Oct. 9, 2016 which will be added to website tomorrow.



Posted by: Audrey Erbes | October 2, 2016

Bioscience Events in Bay Area Week of Oct. 2, 2016

Highlights of Bay Area BioScience Events Week of Oct. 2, 2016

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Oct. 3, 2016; Topic: “A Short Guide to the Three “Levers” of Funding and Keys to De-Risking Your Company or Product;” Speaker: Susie Faries, CEO, SciMed Partners
  • HBA Webinars, Wednesday Evening, Oct. 5, 2016 and Oct. 26, 2016; Webinar:” How to Leverage Social Media to Ignite Your Personal and Professional Success”
  • East Bay AWIS, Thursday Evening, Oct. 6, 2016; Event: “Leadership Coaching Event – The Psychology of the Modern Mind”
  • HBA, Thursday Evening, Oct. 6, 2016; Topic: “The Biology of Power and Belonging: Navigating the Hidden Neural Factors that Impact Businesswomen;” Speakers: Janet Crawford ,Founder and CEO, Cascadance, Inc and Vera Imper,
Vice president, business development, BD Biosciences
  • Medtech Frontiers, Thursday Evening, Oct. 6, 2016; Topic: “Venture Capital: Is the Recipe Changing for the Secret Sauce of Silicon Valley?” Speaker: Chris DiGiorgio
  • 19th CBA Annual Conference, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016; Theme: “Harnessing Therapeutic Development for Sustainable Growth”

You can download the details for highlighted meetings as well as other meetings through Nov. 2016 in audreys-picks-oct-2-2016-fin. A list of Jobs That Crossed my Desk can be downloaded from document entitled jobsthatcrossedmydeskthrough-oct-3-2016 added on Oct. 3rd.


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). http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/38755-why-a-single-payer-healthcare-system-is-inevitable

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.

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