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!



Note that I am not able to send my blog and lists directly to you as I did for over 10 years. You can access them by reading my weekly blog and downloading my lists at You can also access via my website at


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