SABPA Newsletter, August 2017
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Please Vote for the SABPA 2017 Board Election!
Background: The SABPA Board of Directors (BOD) is the governing body that oversees the activities of SABPA organization. There are twenty-one (21) board directors for a three-year term. In 2017, seven (7) open seats on BOD for candidates seeking re-election and new election.
Eligibility: An active SABPA member who possesses a high standard of integrity, leadership skills, and teamwork spirit, has served on one SABPA committee for at least one year, made significant contribution to SABPA and demonstrated a long-term commitment to SABPA.
Online election:
Go to voting website by click the link 2017 SABPA BOD Election.
On the first webpage, enter your name and email used previously for SABPA events/activities, and click on “next”.
On the second webpage, click “Information” under candidate picture to read more about the candidate; select seven (7) or less
from nine candidates; click “Cancel” (it appears after the candidate being selected) to de-selected the candidate; click “Finish voting” to complete your voting process.
The voting deadline is midnight August 7th, 2017.
Nominated Candidates (in alphabetical order):
Yinghong Gao

Ming Guo

Hui Li

Yahu Liu

Kevin Shao

Stephanie Shi

David Wallace

Peter Zhu

Xuefeng Zhu


2017 SABPA BOD Election timeline:
*July 17, 2017: Start online voting
*August 7, 2017: Close online voting
*September 1, 2017: Announce election outcome
2017 SABPA Election Committee, July 16, 2017
Join SABPA LinkedIn Group Now

Are you seeking to connect with hundreds of professionals in San Diego biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry? Do you wish to explore new employment and business opportunities through LinkedIn? Are you planning to participate in the 13th SABPA Pacific Forum that will take place on September 30th at Del Mar Hilton Hotel?

You are welcome to join SABPA Linkedin group! Now as a new member, you can register for the 13th SABPA Pacific Forum with $15 discount if you join by September 25th!

To get the discount code:

  1. Join SABPA LinkedIn group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/118216 before September 25th
  2. Once the new membership is approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing the discount code within 24 hours.
  3. Enjoy the $15 discount for registration at http://www.sabpa.org/registration-2/

($30 for general admission, $15 for students and postdocs after discount, the fees include program brochure, continental breakfast, coffee break and lunch, parking is free)

SABPA Events

13th SABPA Pacific Forum and 5th Pacific Bio-Partnering

When:            8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 30, 2017
Where:           Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
Website:        Please visit www.sabpa.org for most up-to-date information

Registration: Register at http://www.sabpa.org/registration-2/

Registration QR Code
Or scan QR code. Register on-line now to enjoy the early bird discount!
Bridging Science and Business, West and East. This year’s SABPA Pacific Forum will be packed with many top-notch speakers. You will hear about recent industry success stories and new models of collaborations from leaders of biomedical and pharmaceutical industry across the Pacific Rim.
Features Speakers
Ho Sung Cho, PhD
VP, Biotherapeutics

Matt Tremblay, PhD
COO and VP
Calibr and TSRI
Joan Shen, MD, PhD
VP, Head of development
Janssen China R&D

Changyu Wang, PhD
Founder and CEO
Immutics/Huamian Biotechnology

Panel Discussions


Cross-Pacific Collaborations and Transactions

Success Stories of SABPA Entrepreneurs
Confirmed Panelists

Greg Scott, Founder, China Bio
Jason Brown, Managing Director, C-Bridge Capital
Xing Yang, VP, Biomerieux China
Yuanwei Chen, CEO, Hinova Pharmaceuticals
Ming Guo, Founder, Ascentage Pharma
Hui Li, VP, Sorrento Therapeutics
Wen Luo, CEO/CSO, Denovo BioPharma

5th SABPA Bio-Partnering 

Paralleled with Pacific Forum, Hilton Del Mar, Sept. 30, 2017

Co-Organizers: SABPA, ChinaBio
SABPA Bio-Partnering is a great platform to explore the opportunities of licensing, investment, fund raising and other collaboration deals.  It is designed for you to pre-arrange 1-on-1 face-to-face meetings with potential partners/investors/entrepreneurs by using the EBD online tool Partnering360*.  Participants can upload their profile to the platform, and send invitations to other participants.   Once the invitations are accepted, the 30 min 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.   Bio-Partnering will be hosted at the same time and in the same venue with SABPA Pacific Forum (09/30/2017).  Please check the link below for more details.
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 and across Pacific
  • Biotech or pharmaceutical service providers
Current and Previous Participating Organizations
  • GF-Bay City Capital International Life Sciences USD Fund
  • Qiming US Healthcare Venture Fund
  • Illumina Ventures
  • Ally Bridge Group
  • HuaQi Capital
  • Proxima Ventures
  • Venus Capital Fund
  • Abbvie
  • Eli Lilly
  • Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • Theragene Therapeutics
  • Kelun Pharma
  • CTTQ Pharma
  • Simcere
  • Denovo Biopharma
  • 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
  • HEDA
How to Participate?
1. Register SABPA Bio-Partnering event and SABPA Pacific Forum at the link below:
      ($100, online only, complimentary admission to SABPA Pacific Forum included)
2. Receive a private Partnering360 log-in link sent by Whova after your registration
3. Access Partnering360 to setup your profile and schedule meetings. Step-by-step instruction is available here:     http://www.sabpa.org/1on1instruction2017/
4. Please act early to allow time for meeting arrangement (> 2 weeks prior to the event date)
Need Help? Please email: bio1on1@sabpa.org
* Partnering360 is a 3rd party (EBD Group) online software used to schedule meetings for SABPA Bio-Partnering.

Community Events
Free Access to Elsevier’s R&D Solutions for Pharma & Life Sciences

It is widely acknowledged that the most promising innovations in drug discovery are now coming from start-ups – but small companies sometimes struggle to get access to the critical information resources needed to be and remain competitive in the pharmaceutical industry. That’s why Elsevier’s R&D Solutions for Pharma & Life Sciences introduced The Hive.

Following the first year of The Hive, in which a handful of the start-ups were selected to enjoy complimentary access to Elsevier’s support solutions, they are now seeking applications for their second cohort of participants. Companies chosen to participate will receive free access and training to their solutions, and participants will also be invited to share their most compelling stories of research and discovery for increased exposure in the life sciences community.

The ideal participants are start-ups with at least 10 researchers who are focused on early-stage research and who would be eager to use Elsevier’s portfolio of products. They also prefer that participating companies be pre-revenue and not actively seeking to be acquired in the next 18 months. Does this sound like you?

To learn more, including eligibility requirements, and to apply, please visit The Hive website. Contact Betsy Davis with any questions you may have.

Job Openings
HitGen is a biotech company focused on developing DNA-encoded library (DEL) technology and its applications in innovative drug discovery, based in Chengdu, China and in Houston, USA.  With significant increase in global partners, Including Pfizer, J&J, MSD and TSRI-Calibr, and also growth of internal R&D pipeline, we are looking for experienced individual to join us for lead generation.
Title: Director or Senior Director or above
Qualifications: Biology or Med Chemistry Ph.D; 5-10+ years in Pharma or Biotech; led multiple projects and teams delivering lead optimization starting points or candidates.
Contact Information: jian.li@hitgen.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.