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Upcoming events

April 15, 2014

Speaker Series: Blazing the Precision Medicine Trail: Genomic Health’s Journey with Kim Popovits, Chairman of the Board, CEO & President. Genomic Health was in personalized medicine before the term was invented. Started from a business plan written in the year 2000, the company has been a trailblazer in genomic-based diagnostics. Kim will describe the company’s path from its visionary founder’s idea to a public company with a market capitalization of over $800MM.

Speaker Series
April 10, 2014

Samuel Mazin, PhD, CEO of RefleXion Medical, was a post doc at Stanford when he attended a radiation oncology lecture and had the insight that led to starting RefleXion. Never imagining his career would head toward business, he took a crash course on business principles, recruited his high school buddy, now an MBA, and raised some “smart money” and an SBIR grant.  He’s in the midst of raising a venture round and can tell you about the tough times and good times as a startup CEO.

March 12, 2014

Dan Schwartz, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at UCSF and serial entrepreneur, will share his thoughts about fast product development, how to build and maintain teams and starting and funding a company. His current venture, Calhoun Vision, has raised $80MM from angel investors and is in Phase 3 clinical trials. He will talk about not only successes but the challenges he has faced over the 14 years since starting Calhoun at UCSF. Find out how Dan manages his entrepreneurial activities while spending about half time in clinical practice.

February 26, 2014

Darren Carroll, Vice President Corporate Business Development, Eli Lilly, will talk about how Lilly is pioneering a new capital efficient model to develop therapeutics by partnering with venture capital firms and leveraging resources. Rather than build complete companies around a single molecule, Lilly’s VC partners set up virtual structures that can utilize Lilly development and avoid sizable overhead. Darren will talk about this program as well as Lilly Ventures, the company’s corporate venture capital fund.

Speaker Series
February 19, 2014

Adam Mendelsohn, 2011 UCSF PhD in Bioengineering, got his start by competing in the Berkeley Business Plan Competition in 2008. Several competitions later, he co-founded and became CEO of Nano Precision Medical, which has raised $3 million in Angel financing and has 8 full-time employees. He will talk about the role key advisors have played and how his network at UCSF helped the company get off to a running start. Adam will speak about his journey transitioning from academia into entrepreneurship and provide tips for positioning a startup company to succeed in the face of practical challenges. He’ll reveal the most unexpected thing he found about startup life and who will thrive as an entrepreneur. Pizza and networking.

February 6, 2014

Malay Gandhi, Chief Strategy Officer, Rock Health and Jason Oberfest, CEO & CoFounder, Mango Health. This special workshop will cover the major topics that a digital health venture needs to examine – assessing the opportunity, business models, regulatory, metrics, revenue and customer acquisition strategies. We will cover B2B and B2C ventures. The workshop is part of our Idea to IPO course and we are opening a limited number of spots to UCSF only participants.

EC Event
January 16, 2014

Steve Burrill, Founder and CEO of investment firm Burrill & Company, will deliver his respected annual analysis of the life science industry: opportunities, challenges and trends for the next year. Steve’s firm has $1.5 billion in assets under management and includes venture capital/private equity, merchant banking, and media, operating in the US and globally. His view of the industry derives from the scientific and business networks of his team, participation on numerous Advisory Boards; the strategic and financial network of the firm’s limited partners; and the close relationships developed with numerous life science companies and management. Join us to learn what’s in store for the industry and where you should focus to take advantage of the opportunities.

Speaker Series
December 16, 2013

Matthew Rabinowitz, PhD, CEO of Natera, a prenatal informatics-based genetic testing company, will talk about his path from a Stanford engineer to a successful tech entrepreneur with a $100 MM exit from his last startup to starting a life sciences venture because of a family member’s personal tragedy. Drawing on expertise from his seemingly unrelated background, he embarked on a journey with the goal of ensuring that other families need not experience similar pain. Bringing together a team of experts in medicine, engineering, statistics, and genetics, along with his own skills in optimization, signal processing, informatics, and entrepreneurship, he started Natera. Matthew will speak about what it takes to be successful in the diagnostics space and share his experience about starting companies. Celebrate an exciting year of Entrepreneurs Club at our Holiday Party after the talk.

December 2, 2013

Learn more about the Idea to IPO curriculum and meet others who are interested in taking the course. Test out your idea with your peers and get feedback. If you don’t have an idea, perhaps you’ll meet someone who does. Network with people interested in learning about life science entrepreneurship.

EC Event
November 20, 2013

Kevin Rodondi, Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF, will talk about his experience as a serial entrepreneur before coming back to UCSF. He has started companies, bootstrapped, built a customer base and sold ventures to a major player in the industry. As a clinician, he never thought he would be involved in startups. Come hear about Kevin’s path, what he had to learn to operate in the startup world and his wisdom on how to create a successful company.

November 13, 2013

Network to find other teammates for UC Berkeley's Startup Competition (Bplan). Last year’s grand prize winner was a medical device venture. The competition provides the opportunity to get your hands dirty, learn what it means to start a company, receive mentorship, test your ideas in front of VCs and win money. -

October 24, 2013

Join the CEO and Founder of Practice Fusion, Ryan Howard, in conversation with Dirk Lammerts, MD, Managing Director, Digital Health, Burrill & Company. Practice Fusion re-invented the archaic world of Healthcare IT by offering a free, digital platform for Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) to doctors, their practices and their patients, adopted by over 100,000 doctors. The company closed on a $70 MM venture capital round last month. Ryan will discuss starting a Dhealth company, the landscape and business models.

Speaker Series
October 14, 2013

Communications among medical providers and with patients represent an opportunity for startups. Learn from two people who are trying to solve this pain point which causes medical errors and reduced quality of care. Michael Chiu is CEO of Medigram, a startup with a secure group messaging application designed to improve communication and care coordination in the hospital environment. Raman Khanna, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, is trying to transform clinical communication with his platform that streamlines communications between providers and their teams that could replace paging.

September 17, 2013

Introduction to IP Basics Workshop with Todd Esker, JD, Partner in Morgan Lewis's Intellectual Property Practice. Todd will address the IP issues that have been on your mind: How do I know when I should file IP? What can I say to the outside world about my invention? Is it OK to talk to investors about my technology? When should I make a disclosure to the University? How much protection can I get from a provisional patent? Do I need an IP attorney to help me or can I do this myself? Todd will be joined by Karin Immergluck, head of UCSF’s Technology Management group.

EC Event
September 11, 2013

Wednesday, September 11th, 10:00 – 12:00pm. Kurt Marek, Program Director and SBIR Coordinator from The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute's (NHLBI) SBIR/STTR Program is going to speak about the program, 10:00-11:00am with Lawrence Mahan, PhD, OTAC Director. Hear about the funding opportunities and resources available from the NHLBI, as well as how to write a competitive application.

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