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Laura Strong
Works at Quintessence Biosciences
Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Have you been missing the chance to talk biotech in Madison? Maybe you need a little post-Labor Day networking? The BioForward Summit is on Wednesday September 16, and we've arranged a 50% discount on registration fees for Biotech in WI Meetup members. See the link for details.
Been missing the chance to talk biotech? Maybe need a little post-Labor Day networking? The BioForward Summit is on Wednesday September 16, and we've arranged a 50% discount on registration fees for Biotech in WI Meetup members. Check out the full agenda below and then go register at the BioForward website with the code 50Percent.  7:30-8:30 Registration/Continental Breakfast 8:30-8:45 Conference Overview/Welcome Lisa Johnson, CEO, BioForward 8...
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Looking for bio/health tech events in Madison? Suggestions for August & September!

The Forward Festival is just around the corner (August 20-27), so we wanted to share a handful of the 34 events of particular interest to the bio/health tech crowd.
(If you are in for multiple events, consider the Forward Pass, and this code to get 33% off S6W7xQSG )
http://forwardfest.org/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forward-pass-tickets-17702995135

August 21: Madison Health Tech Hobnob
If you are in health tech, this event will be a good opportunity to interact with the folks at HealthX Ventures as well as some of their portfolio companies.
http://forwardfest.org/entries/madison-health-tech-hob-nob

August 25: Pitch Night: Includes Pressure Chamber, Zendesk Happy Hour, and Startup Showcase
One evening, three events, one location (Monona Terrace)! We can confirm that these pitches will include both health and biotech presenters. Arrive on time for Pressure Chamber to vote on presenters and stick around to learn about other innovative Madison companies in (more than!) Startup Showcase. 
http://forwardfest.org/entries/pressure-chamber
http://forwardfest.org/entries/pitch-night-reception-presented-by-zendesk 
http://forwardfest.org/entries/startup-showcase

August 26th: Clash of the Titans Tech Trivia
Don't let the name fool you! Last year, there were plenty of biotech questions as well as participants. Bring your own team or join another to answer questions, do hands on challenges, and of course enjoy Coopers Tavern. 
http://forwardfest.org/entries/clash-of-the-tech-trivia-titans

August 27: Capital Entrepreneurs (CE) Open Social
Curious about entrepreneurship in Madison? The open social provides laid back atmosphere to talk with entrepreneurs about the community, their business, and more.
http://forwardfest.org/entries/capital-entrepreneurs-open-social

And be sure to mark your calendar now for September:
Biotech Happy Hour on September 3rd 
BioForward Bioscience Summit September 16th
http://biotechhappyhour.org/event/
http://www.bioforward.org/?page=2015BioscienceSummit
Forward Festival is about bringing the technology and start-up communities together to learn, share, and have some fun.
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With all the recent talk about blood testing (courtesy largely of Mark Cuban), I recently wrote a post from my personal experiences combined with cancer drug development perspective:
Blood: Underappreciated Resource in the Health/Disease?
Alternative title: Pitching a VC on Disruption of Blood Testing You may have seen some recent editorials about the necessary frequency of blood tests for healthy individuals, many of them prompted ...
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What does "patient centric" mean for pharma/biotech? I shared some thoughts for "Re-Imagining the Future of the Life-sciences Industry" in the most recent issue of PharmaVOICE 
Future of the Life-sciences - Significant innovations, specifically personalized medicine, consumer empowerment are creating an industry sea change.
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The T cell vs. Mr. T cell - great throwback graphic!
He gonna kick some pathogen ass. (also as T shirt )
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New blog post: We All Need a Risk Framework, where I reframe the risk portion of Marks' investment book "The Most Important Thing" to the viewpoint of entrepreneurs (and management).
 
"There are few things as risky as the widespread belief that there’s no risk." - Howard Marks
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Good news for us (and hopefully patients after translation to the clinic) - and you can learn science from a cartoon :D 
 
At Quintessence, we have been very interested in a biomarker that could help us select cancer patients for our innovative RNase therapies. Recently Professor Raines, one of our founders, determined that Globo H binds to RNase 1. In addition to his paper, there is a great illustration from O'Reilly Science Art.
Achieving the goal of precision medicine includes finding biomarkers that allow clinicians to predict which patients will respond to a particular therapy and transitioning these markers to companion diagnostics. While many recent examples involve genetic changes, perhaps the original predictive ...
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Now I get it.  Thanks Laura for doing this great, important work! 

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Great news for cancer drug developers: Novel Targets Podcast has launched courtesy of Sally Church and Pieter Droppert. Access is free & there are already sessions up!
Novel Targets Podcast features the science around innovative new pharma biotech drugs, gene and cell therapies
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A new post: Precision in Oncology: Using Macro & Micro. Can improving data capture & mining of macro data (ex: tumor location) lead to better outcomes?
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Very cool science video of a cytotoxic T cell killing a cancer cell. Courtesy of Alex T. Ritter (part of Celldance 2014 from American Society for Cell Biology)
Wow! It’s one thing to know that the immune system has the power to destroy cancerous cells. But it’s quite another thing to see a cytotoxic T cell actually take out a cancer cell right before your...
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Next Biotech in Wisconsin Meetup: Improving your Odds for SBIR Funding, featuring biotech companies Swallow Solutions and Kiio as well as the CTC (Tuesday Jan 6 at 545PM @ University Research Park)
Have you wondered whether the SBIR/STTR program would be a good fit for your company’s products? Have you explored programs to speed your learning curve and increase your chances of success? Learn from Lydia Zeller of Kiio and Jackie Hind of Swallow Solutions about their experience with the grant process and the SBIR/STTR Assistance program at the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC). About the companies: Kiio's technology, a patented wi...
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New post: How could science (scientists) break the internet? Maybe thru the tech folks'  Breakthrough Prizes?? (PS If u don't know #breaktheinternet meme, be warned that exploring now may be dangerous!)
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Advancing a cancer drug technology from discovery stage to clinical stage
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Run a private biotech company focused on developing EVade RNases as cancer drugs
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    Chemistry, PhD
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