SABPA Newsletter, April 2017
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Upcoming Events
2017 SABPA Career Development Series (April 18)
SABPA Entrepreneur Symposium (May 18)
SABPA BioPharma Conference and 4th Pacific Bio-Partnering (June 17)
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2017 SABPA Career Development Series (Apr. 18th)

Success for Foreign-Born Professionals in The Pharma/Biotech Industry

: 5:30-8:30pm, Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Where: MOFO Del Mar Office – 12531 High Bluff Dr. #100, San Diego, CA 92130
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Free Registration. Seating is limited, register now to reserve your seat!

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Foreign-born professionals with advanced degrees, especially Asian Americans, are very well-represented in pharma/biotech companies and academic institutions. However, few have advanced to management positions, especially at the executive levels. In our 2017 SABPA Career Development Series, we have invited Dr. Kay Lee, Career Coach of Talent & Leadership Optimization at The Optima Program (TOP) to share her expertise on the factors and skills pertinent to the success as a foreign-born professional in the pharma/biotech industry. The presentation will be followed by an interactive forum with a number of panelists from the local biotech/pharmaceutical industry to share their stories and insights.

5:30 – 6:15 PM     Registration and Networking Dinner
6:15 – 6:30 PM     Welcome by Stephanie Shi, PhD, President of SABPA
6:30 – 7:00 PM     Presentation by Kay Lee, EdD
7:00 – 8:00 PM     Panel Discussion
Moderators: Tracy Yeo PhD, & Runquan Zhang, PhD, SABPA ECD Committee
Panelists: Kay Lee, EdD, Career Coach & Talent Management Consultant, The Optima Program (TOP)
Yi Liu, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Kura Oncology
Stephanie Shi, PhD, Head of Oncology External Research, Pfizer Oncology R&D
8:00 – 8:30 PM     Networking & Wrap Up

19th SABPA Entrepreneur Symposium

Tax Considerations and Human Resource Perspectives in Biotech Startups

: 5:30pm to 8:30pm, Tursday, May 18, 2017
Where: BDO USA, 3570 Carmel Mountain Rd, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92130


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Free online registration by Sunday, May 14, 2017 (limit 70 attendees); 10$ Onsite
Speakers and Seminar Abstracts

Ben Williams is a CPA and tax partner at BDO, USA. Mr. Williams has worked with clients in life sciences and other industries. His experience also includes consulting on mergers, acquisitions and re-organizations, performance of due diligence procedures, assistance with accounting for income taxes (ASC 740), income tax accounting method optimization, implementation of multi-state planning strategies, out bound U.S. investment compliance and other multinational tax issues. Mr. Williams will share his experiences working with various companies across the San Diego business community on all things income tax related. He will provide an overview of key income tax issues encountered by early stage companies and describe the steps business owners and managers can take to preserve the value of the tax attributes generated by their businesses while optimizing the salability of the business to potential exit suitors. Such issues include tax attribute preservation, cross border considerations and understanding basic tax compliance obligations.

Courtney Tuggle is currently a business consultant at TriNet whose services help businesses contain Human Resource costs and minimize employer-related risks. Ms. Tuggle has more than 16 years of experience in Human Resources. She assists small to medium size businesses in becoming more profitable and efficient through managing their human capital. Her areas of expertise include: Strategic HR Services, Employee Retention, Employee Benefits, Payroll and Payroll Tax Reporting and Employment Law. Prior to TriNet, Courtney was employed at Paychex Inc. Ms. Tuggle will discuss how to manage all aspects of the employee lifecycle including how to attract talent, employee recruiting, development, retention and separation. She’ll discuss current regulations and risk trends such as retaliation/whistleblower claims, EEOC, disability discrimination and the California Fair Pay Act while providing examples of proactive steps one can take to reduce risk and exposure throughout the company lifecycle. Her presentation will also include a summary of the best options to implement a compliant Human Resources infrastructure.

5:30 – 6:20 PM           Registration and Networking Dinner
6:20 – 6:30 PM           Welcome by Stephanie Shi, PhD, President of SABPA
6:30 – 7:15 PM           Ben Williams Income Tax Considerations for Start-up Businesses: Preserving tax attribute value while minimizing risk.
7:15 – 8:00 PM           Courtney Tuggle A Human Resource Perspective: Helping Companies start, scale and exit.
8:00 – 8:30 PM           Networking

16th San Diego BioPharma Conference and 4th Pacific Bio-Partnering (Jun. 17th)

-A Satellite Event of 2017 BIO International Convetion

When:                       Jun 17, 2017 8:00am-5:00pm
Where:                      Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
$40 for general admission ($80 onsite)
$30 for postdocs/students ($60 onsite)
$100 1-on-1 Bio-Partnering with complimentary general admission     (registration closes on Jun 13th, 2017)
Registration link:      https://whova.com/portal/registration/sdbca_201706/ (Conference)
San Diego BioPharma Conference, the flagship event of SABPA, has witnessed the boom of the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry in one of the nation’s premier innovation centers. This annual conference has been featuring some of the most respectful figures in the fields, from potential Nobel laureates and technologically disruptive inventors to entrepreneurs and multi-billion-dollar dealmakers. This year, we will also be celebrating the 15th anniversary of SABPA, which has become one of the most influential organizations in our industry in Southern California. To make the conference more special, 2017 San Diego BioPharma Conference will be listed as an official satellite event of the 2017 BIO International Convention. Come to meet some of the visionary leaders and to network with your peers.  Topics include the cutting-edge research on Immuno-Oncology, disruptive technologies, creative business models and strategies to succeed in the ever-changing global market.  This is one of the biggest San Diego biotech events that you don’t want to miss.

We are delighted to announce the recipient of 2017 San Diego Achievement Award
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman – Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI)
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)
Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Scientist – Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI)
Confirmed speakers:
Craig Venter, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, The J. Craig Venter Institute
Richard Geary, Ph.D., Sr. VP, Development, Ionis Pharmaceuticals
Jeffrey Staford, Ph.D. CEO & Founder, Jecure Therapeutics, Inc
K. Barry Sharpless, Ph.D. W. M. Keck Professor of Chemistry, TSRI
Ming Guo, Ph.D. President & COO Ascentage Pharma
Peng Chen, JD, Ph.D., Partner, MoFo
Winter Jia, China Medical City
Panel Discussion: BioPharma Outlook in the New Global Environment
Confirmed panelist:
Joe Panetta, MPH, President & CEO, Biocom – The Life Science Association of CA

Ming Guo, Ph.D. President & COO Ascentage Pharma


Pacific Bio-Partnering is a great platform to explore the opportunities of licensing, investment, fund raising, procurement and other collaboration deals.  It is designed for you to pre-arrange 1-on-1 face-to-face meetings with potential partners/investors by using the online tool Partnering360*.  Participants can upload their profile to the platform, send invitations to other participants.   Once the invitations are accepted, the 30min private meetings will be arranged automatically.   Participants have access to pre-scheduled 1-on-1 meetings in designated meeting areas during the conference, as well as access to Partnering360*database all year round.   Pacific Bio-Partnering will be hosted at the same time and in the same venue with San Diego Bio-Pharma Conference (06/17/2017).
Who shall attend?
  • Entrepreneurs and executives from local biotech and pharmaceutical companies
  • Chinese pharmaceutical companies who are looking for collaboration opportunities
  • Investors from local firms or cross Pacific
  • Biotech or pharmaceutical service providers
How to Participate?
  • Receive a private Partnering360* account registration link sent by bio-1on1@sabpa.org
  • Access Partnering360 to enter your information, company profile and schedule meetings.
  • Check your Partnering360 account regularly for responses to your meeting scheduling
  • Act early to allow enough time to pre-arrange meetings ( >2 weeks prior to the event date)
Need Help? For more information, please email: bio-1on1@sabpa.org
Examples of Previous Participating Organizations
  • GF-Bay City Capital International Life Sciences USD Fund
  • Qiming US Healthcare Venture Fund
  • Alley Bridge Group
  • HuaQi Capital
  • Abbvie
  • Denovo Biopharma
  • Theragene Therapeutics
  • MingSight Pharmaceuticals
  • Kelun Pharma
  • CTTQ Pharma
  • Simcere
  • Califia Bio
  • 中山市健康科技产业基地发展有限公司
  • Sino-Singapore (Chengdu) Innovation Park Development Co
  • Songshan Lake
  • TEDA

SABPA Announcement

SABPA Leadership Update
Dear all,
The year of 2017 started off with a big bang for SABPA with the success of the inaugural Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Forum. We are encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the attendees from the local and global community and will continue to build FTD to become a topnotch science-focused conference. With several experienced SABPA leaders taking on new roles in their lives and a new generation of volunteers joining the SABPA family, our leadership team continues to evolve. I am pleased to welcome the following volunteers, who have demonstrated their passion and dependability on the committees they serve, to the leadership team of the SABPA San Diego Chapter. Please join me in congratulating them and wishing them continued success in their new roles.
Shuangding Wu, Chair of Photography Committee
Binzhong Li, Co-Chair of Photography Committee
Weijun Shen, Co-Chair of Pacific Forum Committee
Xuefeng Zhu, Co-Chair of Social Media Committee
After many years of successfully leading the Photography Committee to capture countless memorable moments of SABPA events, Willis Li and Wenge Shi have decided to pass their batons to the new volunteers. The Co-Chair of Pacific Alliance Committee, Xin Li, the Co-Chair of Education and Career Development Committee, Hua Deng, and the Co-Chair of Entrepreneur Committee, Zheng Liu, have also moved on to pursue other personal and career interests and will work with SABPA in a different capacity. I would like to thank all of them for their dedication and selfless contributions to make SABPA a widely respected and well-operated organization.
Best, Stephanie Shi, President, SABPA, San Diego Chapter
Yahu Liu, Immediate Past President, SABPA, San Diego Chapter
SABPA San Diego Chapter Leadership March 2017

Community Events
ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2017
May 31 – June 1, 2017
Zhuhai, China
SABPA member will enjoy a 20% discount using ‘SABPA20’ as promo code.
ChinaBio® Partnering Forum has grown to be the premier life science partnering conference in China. Now in our 9th year, 2016 attracted over 900 decision makers from around the world, including nearly 300 from the US and Europe and 600 from China. For the first time, on May 31 – June 1, 2017, the event will be held in Zhuhai, an emerging hub of life science in Southern China. Zhuhai is committing significant funding and resources to the life science industry, including building the state-of-the-art Jinwan Biopharmaceutical Park, with 250,000 m2 of incubator, R&D and manufacturing facilities. The ChinaBio conference features EBD Group’s partneringONE® system, enabling delegates to efficiently arrange 1-1 meetings with companies from across the life science value chain. Join us at ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2017 May 31 – June 1, to meet 100s of biotech and pharma leaders from around the world along with hundreds of China-based developers of novel technologies for two days of productive partnering in Zhuhai.

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Our Gold Corporate Sponsors
Sino-American Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SABPA) is an 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in early 2002 by professionals and scholars from the Chinese community in San Diego. In 2005, we expanded to Orange County and Los Angeles. We invite all scholars, professionals and entrepreneurs of any origin who are working in, engaged in, or interested in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry in Southern California to join us as a member of SABPA.
Our Mission
  • Provide a forum to facilitate professional contact and communication among local Chinese American professionals in academia, biotech and pharmaceutical industries;
  • Foster professional growth, career improvement and personal development of our members;
  • Provide opportunities to educate local communities about the values of biomedical research and the benefits of biotech and pharmaceutical innovations;
  • Stimulate and facilitate the development of relationships between the U.S. and China in biotech and pharmaceutical communities.
  • To fulfill our mission, we will sponsor professional seminars, meetings, and symposia; share employment opportunity information in local biotech and pharmaceutical industry; sponsor social events; and disseminate information about local biotech and pharmaceutical companies.