Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 18, 2007

Bay Area Bioscience Events Update, Sept. 19 to 22


Upcoming events Wednesday, the 19th through Saturday…variety of events all over the Bay Area from free open house at MMRI with barbeque in Sunnyvale (I attended one at beginning of summer and it was excellent) to Saturday, Sept. 22nd conference, sponsored by Chinese Bioscience Association at Stanford. There’s a range of topics from CBA’s Conference Topic: Biotechnology Globalization—Its Opportunities and Challenges to the winner for most intriguing or rather should I say spooky topic…at this month’s BioScience Forum tomorrow night, the 19th … “The Pathway of Death and Secret Weapons in Research”. BioSF, did you book this a month too early? What a great topic for October and Halloween.

I encourage you to take advantage of at one of these wonderful opportunities to “sharpen the saw,” keep current, and keep your network vibrant.


P.S. Audrey’s Network website coming soon.

 BioScience Forum, Evening, Wednesday, Sept. 19th Topic: The Pathway of Death and Secret Weapons in ResearchSpeaker: Vishva Dixit, MD, Vice President, Staff Scientist, Early Discovery Research
Genentech; Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF 
Date and Time: Wednesday, Sept. 19th, 20076:00 PM – networking7:00 PM – dinner8:00 PM – presentationLocation: The Clarion Hotel, 401 East Millbrae Avenue, Millbrae, CA
 Cost: $45 before 11PM, Monday, September 17th
$55 on-site
$25 full-time students pre-registration
$35 full-time students on-site
Acteva fees are added to the above prices
 Topic DescriptionJoin us to learn about Dr. Dixit’s substantial contributions to deciphering the biochemical characterization of the Cell Death Pathway and the latest molecular oncology initiatives at Genentech. Dr. Dixit will explain his “secret weapon” that he uses in his arsenal of innovation.     Speaker Bio As the Vice President of Research at Genentech, Vishva runs an active research laboratory, has published well over a hundred scientific articles and has a significant number of patents. He joined Genentech as a member of the molecular oncology group in 1997. Before that, he was a Professor at the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his postdoctoral work at the Washington University School of Medicine and earned his MD degree at the University of Nairobi. In the mid-nineties, Vishva Dixit’s lab published a series of groundbreaking papers which defined the molecular components of the death receptor pathway.  Work in the Dixit laboratory conclusively showed that death domain-containing receptors signaled apoptosis by the adapter (FADD)-mediated recruitment and activation of a death protease (FLICE/caspase-8). In recognition of these discoveries, he was awarded in 1996 the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Award in Experimental Pathology. Additionally, the Dixit laboratory also identified the first mammalian death protease equivalent to CED3, the death protein in worms. In subsequent studies, they identified the signaling and “decoy” receptors for TRAIL, a proapoptotic ligand related to TNF that specifically kills cancer cells. Significant efforts are presently focused in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry on developing TRAIL and agonist antibodies to the Death Receptors as therapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer.  Besides working on the Death Pathway, Vishva has also made important contributions to other areas of molecular oncology including: First to report the involvement of the Ephrin/Eph receptor protein tyrosine kinase axis in angiogenesis; the startling discovery that the mammalian counterpart of a plant regulator of photomorphogenesis, COP1, functions to degrade the tumor suppressor p53.


MMRI End of Summer Barbeque & Open House, Thursday Evening, Sept. 20th

Event: Life Science Entrepreneurs End of Summer Barbeque and Open House
Date and Time: Thursday – September 20, 2007 4:30 PM until 8 PM
Location: 552 Del Rey Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94085
Cost: Free
 Register at
Event Description
 Hawaiian Barbequed Meats, Salads, Beer, Wine, Softdrinks Create Your Own Ice Cream Sundae and MoreTour our facility and meet the Companies

You are cordially invited to the Molecular Medicine Research Institute’s September 20th Life Science Entrepreneurs End of Summer Barbecue Event.
Dine on exquisite fare including Hawaiian Barbecued meats, salads, and other foods, and then create your own ice cream sundae. A wide variety of wines, beers and soft drinks will also be served.
This event is FREE – There is NO CHARGE to attend, eat and drink.

Tour MMRI’s state of the art laboratory facilities, and learn about the wide array of services and certifications, which make MMRI the best choice for new life science start-ups.

In the 12 years since its creation, the MMRI Accelerator has over a 90% success rate for new Life Science Ventures, including Chemocentryx, Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Raven Biotechnologies, Juvaris, Abmaxis and Threshold Pharmaceuticals. Meet the companies currently at the MMRI Accelerator, and learn about their cutting edge approaches to developing new therapeutic drugs, methods, materials, and devices. Learn about the non-profit research conducted at MMRI. Meet our sponsors to find out how they can help you with your current or next venture.

MMRI is a 501c(3) Charitable Nonprofit Research Institute and New Venture Accelerator.
Call 510-377-1463 for more information and to inquire aboutMMRI sponsorship and donor opportunities.

PWHA, Executive Topic, Luncheon Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 20th Speaker: Jody K. Thelander, J. Thelander ConsultingTopic: Information is power: Sophisticated Compensation for the executive with vision, passion and drive; Equity –

  • What’s enough and how to ask for more
  • Change of control and severance – What’s competitive today
  • Board room compensation – What to cover with your comp committee and how to prepare for an exit

Date and Time: Thursday, September 20, 2007, 11:30am – 2:00pmLocation: Morrison & Foerster, LLP, 755 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California 94304-1018
Phone:  (650) 813-5600
Lunch will be providedRegistration: Advance registration is $45 for members, $55 for non members; go to for detailsSpace is limited to the first 50 individuals. UCSC Scientist to CEO Series, Thursday Evening, Sept. 20thSpeaker: Wendye Robbins, President and CEO, Limerick NeuroSciences, Inc. Founder & Former CMO,  NeurogesX, Inc., Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine.Topic: “Translational Medicine 101: One Entrepreneur’s Journey from the Bedside to the Boardroom” Date and Time: Thursday, September 20, 2007,  5:00pm Presentation, 6:00pm Reception
Location: UCSF Mission Bay Campus – Byers Auditorium
Cost: Free for UCSF Community and $20 for othersRegister at BioWendye Robbins, M.D., has distinguished herself as a leading innovator, entrepreneur, clinical scientist, and practitioner in the field of pain pharmacology. She is a frequent lecturer and author in the field of pain and active researcher in the field of neuropharmacology. Dr. Robbins holds an ongoing appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Robbins was formerly director, president, chief medical officer and scientific founder of NeurogesX, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and received her MD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She undertook post graduate training in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and in anesthesiology and pain medicine at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions. Dr. Robbins is board certified in anesthesiology with added qualifications in pain.  Chinese Bioscience Association (CBA), Saturday Afternoon and Evening, Sept. 22 Conference Topic: Biotechnology Globalization—Its Opportunities and ChallengesDate and Time: Sep 22, Sat, 1-5 PM Location: Clark Center auditorium in Stanford University
318 Campus Drive, Stanford CA, 94305

Panel Speakers:

Dr. Chi-Huey Wong President of Academia Sinica
Mr. Steve Burrill CEO of Burrill& Company
Dr. Patrick Y. Yang Executive Vice President, Genentech
Dr. Yue-Teh Jang General Partner of the Vertical Group (ex-CEO of Kyphon Inc.)
Dr. Jian Han Founder of Genacor Biomedical Products (now Qiagen Inc.)
Dr. Jane H. Hsiao Founder of IVAX Co. (acquired by Teva) and the Forest Group

 Conference Dinner Banquet
Sep 22, Sat, 6 PM at Hong Fu
20588 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, 95014 Map
Dinner Talk at 8 PM Prof. Wen-Tai Liu
Director of Integrated BioElectronic Research Lab, UC Santa Cruz
“The Fusion of Biology and Electric Engineering: Application of Bioelectronics on Vision Restoration and Neural Disease Treatment” It is an unparalleled opportunity to hear from the biotech visionaries about the next wave, and to expand your network in the field of biotechnology.  

For CBA Members
Conference Only Free
Banquet Only $35
Conference AND Banquet $35

For Non-CBA Members
Conference Only $20
Banquet Only $35
Conference AND Banquet $55

For Non-CBA Members AND Students/Postdocs
Conference Only $10
Banquet Only $35
Conference AND Banquet $45

Online RSVP before Sep 21, Fri, 7 PM
Onsite RSVP after Sep 21, Fri, 7 PM


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