Posted by: Audrey Erbes | January 25, 2014

Gov. Brown Endorses California Biotech Plus Events and Jobs

Governor Brown gave an enthusiastic endorsement of the California biotechnology industry’s current status but also mentioned the importance of its continuing involvement in future scientific and medical breakthroughs in his State of the State address recently. We all need a cheerleader for our state life science industry as we are reminded that other regions are hot on our heels in competition to be the number one cluster worldwide.  This industry is important to the future economy of California and the creation of jobs for our sector, but I’m more focused on the potential cures for cancer and other diseases still poorly treated with our current stage of scientific and medical knowledge and tools.  In ten to twenty years new developments will hopefully enable us to turn off the source of disease and biological pathways that lead to the growth of mutated cells and eliminate them from the body. It will be a major breakthrough to treat cancer without requiring the use of the highly toxic chemotherapeutical modalities which are still the mainstay of therapy after tumor surgery fails to remove the cancerous cells. I am especially interested in seeing cures after my husband’s recent passing from a malignant only partially operable glioblastoma.

He stated “California is the nation’s leader in developing medical and scientific advances that will cure diseases and lower costs. We have six of America’s twelve top-performing metropolitan areas in biotechnology: San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and Orange County. Last year, we created a tax credit to help innovators, in these regions and beyond, hire and expand in California. Four out of the world’s twenty leading academic bioscience institutions are located here in California: UCSF and Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford and UC San Diego. Just as California has led the way with stem cell research, so too can we pioneer the new field of precision medicine which uses genomics, medical devices, computer sciences and other fields to treat individual patients, instead of broad populations .”Source: “Gov. Brown Praises California Biotech,” by Bradley J. Fikes9: JAN. 22, 2014.

If you are interested in learning more about biotech occupational categories in California , you’ll find a new report “Biotechnology in California” with excellent coverage of regional employment and detailed descriptions and data pertaining to occupational categories that comprise biotechnology in California.

Highlights of This Coming Weeks’ Events

  • BioCentury This Week, See new program Webcast Starting Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014,, Available anytime starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT; Topic: “Profiles in Innovation Plus: NCATS at 2 Years”
  • Personalized Medicine World Congress (PMWC), Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27-28, 2014; Event: “The Arrival of Actionable Personalized Medicine: The Age of Guided Disease Management”
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Jan. 28, 2014; Topic: “Idea to Exit – How to Prepare for Exit;” Speaker: Ravi Mistry, President, EPPIC Global
  • MITCNC, Tuesday Evening, Jan. 28, 2014; Topic: “The Birth of Bioconformatics and its Application to Antiviral Therapy,” Speaker: Dr. Vishwanath Lingappa, CTO and Co-CEO of Prosetta Antiviral, Inc
  • BioScience Forum, Wednesday Evening, January 29th, 2014; Topic: “Site Specific Conjugation of Biotherapeutics,” Speaker: David Rabuka, Ph.D.; President, Chief Scientific Officer and Founder; Redwood Bioscience
  • NorCal BioPharma PM, Thursday Evening, Jan. 30, 2014; Event: Networking Event

Spring UC Berkeley Extension Classes

UC Berkeley Extension, Thursday Evenings, Feb. 13-27, March 6-13 and 27

Course: “Life Science Product Marketing: It’s All in the Plan”

Applies for credit toward Professional Program in Life Sciences Business (see flyer at

Instructor: Audrey S. Erbes, Ph.D., Principal, Erbes & Associates and

Guest Speakers:

  • Deb Donovan, Director of Marketing at Avantis Medical Systems
  • Stanley Skrzypczak, M.S., M.B.A., Senior Director, Commercial Development, Genomic Health
  • Charles Versaggi, President, Versaggi Biocommunications
  • Steven Wong, Senior Consultant, Plan A

Dates and Time: Thursdays, Feb. 13-27, March 6-13 and 27; 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown University of California, Berkeley Extension, 425 Market St., 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: (Fee to be announced in December 2013—$695 in 2013) Course identifier is BUS ADM X442.5.

See more details and register at

UC Berkeley Extension Course, Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014

Course: “Life Science Business and Marketing: Their Integral Role for Success”

Applies for credit toward Professional Program in Life Sciences Business (see flyer at

Instructor: Audrey S. Erbes, Ph.D., Principal, Erbes & Associates and

Guest Speakers:

  • Joyce L Chiarenza, Chiarenza Consulting, L.L.C.
  • Linda L. Schock is the Director of Commercial Compliance & Government      Programs at Compliance Implementation Services (CIS)
  • Bev Hudson, MBA, is Executive Director/SVP of Clinical Research, Oklahoma Foundation for Cardiovascular Research (OFCR)
  • Julie Tompkins, MBA, is Sr. Vice President at Timely Data Resources (TDR),

Dates and Time: Thursday and Friday, April 10-11, 2014; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm for classroom intensive and balance of term for working on term project

Location: Downtown University of California, Berkeley Extension, 425 Market St., 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: $795, course ID is BUS ADM x442.4

See more details and register now. You can locate course online and register at

Find all the details for these upcoming events mentioned above plus those through June 2014 in Audreys picks Jan. 26, 2014. You can also download the pdf of JobsThatCrossedMyDeskThroughJan. 26,2014 along with Audrey’s Picks by right clicking on the highlighted titles. This latter list includes the latest three weeks of positions.

You can always find my weekly blog and listings on my website Select “blog” and then right click on blog title to link to the WordPress site.


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