SABPA Newsletter, August 2018
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SABPA Events

14th Annual SABPA Pacific Forum and 7th SABPA Bio-Partnering
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018

Location: Hilton San Diego Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA
Registration: http://www.sabpa.org/2018/07/14th-annual-sabpa-pacific-forum-and-6th-sabpa-bio-partnering/

The annual SABPA Pacific Forum has become an important platform to showcase the latest developments in biotech/pharmaceutical industry across the Pacific. Come and meet industry leaders and hear about the increasing integration of drug research and development around the globe, rapid changes in government regulations, and opening-up of the Chinese pharmaceutical market. Register now to learn how to seize these new opportunities. Visit www.sabpa.org for details.
Scan the registration code to take advantage of the early bird rate!

SABPA Announcement

SABPA Board of Directors Election

Background: The SABPA Board of Directors(BOD) is the governing body that oversees all activities of the SABPA organization. There are twenty-one (21) board directors serving a three-year term. In 2018, there are five (5) open seats on the BOD for candidates seeking election.
Eligibility: An active SABPA member who possesses a high standard of integrity, leadership skills, and teamwork spirit, and has served on one SABPA committee for at least one year, made significant contributions to SABPA and demonstrated a long-term commitment to SABPA.
Online election:
  • Go to the voting website by clicking the link 2018 SABPA BOD Election.
  • On the first webpage, enter your name and email used previously for SABPAevents/activities, and click “next”.
  • On the second webpage, click “Information” under the photo of each candidate to read more about the candidate; select up to five (5) from seven candidates; click “Cancel” (it will appear after the candidate is selected) to de-selected the candidate; click “Finish voting” to complete your voting process.
  • The voting deadline is midnight August 10, 2018.

Community Events

7th SABPA/ACS Chemistry Symposium

DATE:    Thursday, September 6, 2018
TIME:     6:00 – 6:30 PM    Registration, Networking and Light dinner        
6:30 – 7:15 PM     Dr. Jinglan Zhou, “Discovery of Ivacaftor, a CFTR
                                            Potentiator for the Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis”
7:15 – 8:00 PM     Professor John L. Wood, “Recent Efforts in the Synthesis                                    of Complex Natural Products”
PLACE:  Lilly Biotechnology Center, 10290 Campus Point Dr., San Diego, CA 92121
John L. Wood is the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Baylor University. He is also a Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar and an Associate Editor for Tetrahedron Letters.

Dr. Wood received a B.A. degree from the University of Colorado in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He then moved to Harvard University as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow and continued studying natural products synthesis in the laboratories of Stuart Schreiber. He joined the faculty at Yale University in 1993 as an assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 1998. In 2006, he joined the faculty at Colorado State University as the Albert I. Meyers Professor of Chemistry.  In 2013, Wood moved from Colorado State to Baylor.  In the words of Dr. Elizabeth Davis, executive vice president and provost at Baylor University, “Dr. Wood is an outstanding scientist and educator. He has an impressive academic research career and a great reputation as a teacher and mentor.  Dr. Wood has a passion for chemistry, and his work promises to push forward the frontiers of cancer research.”

Jinglan Zhou, PhD, Research Fellow I, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Dr. Jinglan Zhou obtained a B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from Sichuan University, China. After earning a Ph.D. from Auburn University in 1997 under the direction of Prof. Philip Shevlin, Jinglan joined CombiChem in 1998 which was acquired by DuPont Pharmaceuticals, BMS and Deltagen, respectively. Jinglan then spent a year at Anadys Pharmaceuticals and moved to Vertex Pharmaceuticals in 2004 where she is currently a Research Fellow I. During her career at Vertex, Jinglan has contributed to the advancement of >10 clinical candidates in the areas of cystic fibrosis and pain. Jinglan was a key member of the chemistry team that discovered Ivacaftor (VX-770), Lumacaftor (VX-809) and Tezacaftor (VX-661), the three marketed drugs for the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Together with her teammates, Jinglan received the Heroes of Chemistry award from American Chemistry Society in 2013 owing to her contributions to Ivacaftor, the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis. Jinglan is an author/inventor on over 45 publications/patents.

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.
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