SABPA Newsletter, May 2017

SABPA Events

Successful Inaugural event of SABPA Entrepreneur Corner (SABPA eCorner)

The SABPA Entrepreneur Corner (SABPA eCorner) debuted on April 20, 2017. It’s SABPA’s new endeavor to strengthen the San Diego Biomedical research and development community, At the event, Dr. Guang Chen highlighted SABPA’s intention of this new initiative. Dr. Peter Zhu, on the behalf of the event sponsor, introduced Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University, Zhejiang. Dr. Yimin Zou, a professor of UCSD, explained the unmet clinical need for spinal cord injury, the potential market and his breakthrough discovery on spinal cord regeneration.  The high point of his talk was his related novel approach and plan to develop large molecule therapeutics based on his research. His talk was welcomed by lively discussion on his scientific discovery and issues to translate his discovery to therapeutics. Around 20 opinion leaders and experts from academia, bio-pharma industry, business development and management, and investment participated in the event. The event proceeded in a friendly, causal, and constructive atmosphere over wine and Greek food.
The SABPA eCorner is THE place for the members of SABPA community to help or get help on new and early stage ventures or on growing existing business, to explore and initiate collaborations, and to discover funding and investment opportunities. The events are bi-weekly in formal or informal setting. Twenty participants will be selected for each event from the SABPA community to match the topic of the event with the expertise and interests of the community members.
 *Interested in future SABPA eCorner event?
Please fill out the SABPA expert form
*You may contact members of eCorner steering committee
If you need help from or wish to help the SABPA community on new venture or growing existing business, or on the funding and investment opportunities,
or if you wish to suggest topics, such as noval technology or platforms.
The members of eCorner steering community are the followings: Guang Chen (Chair), Shuangwei Li (Co-chair), Yang Liu (Co-chair), Peter Zhu, Yahu Liu, Xuefeng Zhu, Tao Wu, Mingzhu Zhang, Yinghong Gao.
Looking forward to your feedbacks and participation of and contribution to the further event
SABPA eCorner Steering Committee

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

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:   http://www.sabpa.org/registration-2/
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. Come and 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:
K. Barry Sharpless, Ph.D. W. M. Keck Professor of Chemistry, TSRI
Richard Geary, Ph.D., Sr. VP, Development, Ionis Pharmaceuticals
Jeffrey Staford, Ph.D. CEO & Founder, Jecure Therapeutics, Inc
Ming Guo, Ph.D. President & COO Ascentage Pharma
Greg Scott, Founder, ChinaBio Group
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
Lisa Haile, Ph.D., J.D. Partner & Co-Chair, Global Life Sciences Sector, DLA Piper
Daniel Kleeburg, Partner, Ernst & Young

Ming Guo, Ph.D. President & COO Ascentage Pharma
Greg Scott, Founder, ChinaBio Group


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

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

Community Events
SDEE Workshop: How to Create a Green Energy Company: a Guide for Entrepreneurs
WHEN:  May 04, 2017 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
WHERE: Hera Hub, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92121

Registration: http://www.sdentrepreneurs.org/workshop_green_20170504

SDEE presents a hands-on workshop
Co-sponsored by the San Diego Green Chamber of Commerce
Opportunity in the New Energy Economy. Ted Torre-Bueno, President of Empowered Energy Solutions, is a popular guest lecturer at local colleges on green building, sustainability, and energy efficiency.
Funding Your New Technology Idea: Grants, Kickstarter, and Intensive Networking-Lessons I Have Learned. Carol Curchoe, Ph.D., is Founder of 32ATPs, LLC, a biologically-based battery storage company.
Combining Opportunity with Action: How to Envision and Build a Sustainable Future. Lane Sharman, Chair and Co-Founder of the San Diego Energy District, designs and develops leading-edge energy systems for utilities, commercial properties and homes. He consults widely on sustainability.
Moderator. Scott Thacher, Ph.D., CEO of Orphagen Pharmaceuticals
5:30 – 5:45 pm            Introductions
5:45  – 7:15                 Speaker Presentations with Brief Questions
7:15 – 7:30                  Break & Networking
7:25 – 8:30                  Extended Speaker Q&A
Breakout into Rotating Small Groups with Individual Speakers
Light refreshments will be provided! For more information, call Scott at (858) 481-6191
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.
Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) San Diego Conference
WHEN:           June 19, 2017 @ 8:00am – 7:00pm
WHERE:         The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101
INFO              The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference series is an established global circuit partnering conference for early stage life science companies to source investors, create relationships, and close the gap on finding capital.
Use promotion code SABPA for $100 discount.
The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) conference series is an established global circuit partnering conference for early stage life science companies to source investors, create relationships, and close the gap on finding capital. These events give life science companies the chance to start, resume or close conversations with relevant investors, creating a global dialogue to bring products to market at a faster pace. RESI brings qualified investors from ten categories including, Family Offices, Venture Philanthropy, Patient Groups, Corporate Development, Virtual Pharma, Endowments, Foundation, and Angels. The conference helps facilitate face to face meetings between companies and investors based on a common fit (indication, technology & stage of development) which promotes compelling conversations, facilitating the development of qualified investor to entrepreneur relationships. The RESI Conference also serves as an excellent opportunity for large pharma/ medtech companies and service providers to connect with attending companies and investors representing their portfolio companies.
Sponsor: Life Science Nation
  American Cancer Society/Southern California Chinese Relay For Life
2017 SCCRFL Multimedia Contest: Cancer Healing Super Hero
Contest Theme: Cancer Healing Super Hero
Contestants: Middle school and high school students from California Chinese schools and regional schools
Time: June 17, 2017, 10 AM – 3 PM
Place: Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA
Registration Procedure:
  1. Each group of contestants (3 to 5 students) forms a team. (Each school can have multiple teams)
  2. Download registration form from  www.relayforlife.org/chinesesouthca  
  3. Submit registration form by April 28, 2017.
Format of Contest:
  1. Poster
  2. Audio/Visual (examples: Poem, song, short play/musical, etc.), max. 3 minutes
  3. Video, max. 3 minutes
Rules of Contest:
  1. After enrollment, each team should start their project immediately. The final completed project should be sent to the committee for first round selection by May 19, 2017, candidates for the final round from each category will be notified by June 2, 2017 and make on-stage presentation in the final round at the Relay.
  2. Both English and Chinese submissions are acceptable.
  3. The content is not limited to existing information; the results of investigation, analysis and statistical studies are also encouraged.
Submit project for First-Round Selection by May 19 to: Dr. Edward Wu
Two options:
  • By regular mail: 30161 Sandtrap Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
  • By email: edwardthwu@yahoo.com     with Subject line “ACS Poster Contest”
Rule of Judgment for preliminary selection:
  1. Content                     40%
  2. Design                       30%
  3. Innovation               30%
  1. All participating teams will receive certificates from American Cancer Society.
  2. All high school participants will receive 10 hours community service time.
  3. The winners will receive awards from Southern California Chinese Relay for Life (SCCRFL).
Example Topics for the Contest:  
  1. a.     What would you do to combat cancer?
  2. b.     How can you prevent youth from smoking?
  3. c.      How to eat healthy?
  4. d.     How to raise fund for American Cancer Society to fight cancer?
  5. e.     What can you do to help cancer patients?
  6. f.      How life style affects cancer?
  7. g.     What can you do to prevent cancers?
  8. h.     How DNA relates to cancer?
  9. i.       What are the cancer early detections?
  10. j.       What is breast cancer?
  11. k.     What is lung cancer?
  12. l.       What is prostate cancer?
  13. m.    What is colon cancer?
  14. n.     What is liver cancer?
  15. o.     What is brain cancer?
  16. p.     How language barrier affects cancer prevention/treatment?
  17. q.     How can we use technology to combat cancer?
  18. r.      If we can prevent half of all cancer cases today, how can we better get the message out?
  19. s.      What can we do to stop cancer’s Number One Enemy, Tobacco?
  20. t.      What can we do to overcome obesity, soon to become the most preventable cause of cancer?
  21. u.     What would you do to prevent cancer?
  22. v.     Cancer survivors are our heroes. Create posters that we can share in hospitals and clinics.
  23. w.    Cancer affects too many children, lives at risk too soon. Create posters we can share to show how much we care for them.
  24. x.      Others.
About American Cancer Society:
American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Now in their 31st year, Relay For Life events take place throughout the U.S. each year as local communities come together for one day in festival-like settings in the fight to end cancer and to remember those we have lost.
As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991. Established in 1913, American Cancer Society believes that success in the fight against cancer is a team effort. Because of our shared commitment to wellness promotion and to improving access to quality health care, the Society partners with health plans on efforts to prevent cancer, detect it early, and improve the quality of life of plan members diagnosed with cancer. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Program Chair                                           Dr. Edward Wu            edwardthwu@yahoo.com
Program Co-Chair                               Dr. Ying Liu                   liuyingxd@gmail.com
SCCRFL Event Chair                                 Scarlett Ku             scarlettk128@gmail.com

Our Platinum Corporate Sponsors

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.
SABPA.org, P.O. BOX 927631, San Diego, CA 92192