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Mary Canady
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This looks cool--HT Wet Lab Meetup...
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Mary Canady
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What do you guys think of this event? I'm on the fence b/c it seems commercial. Thoughts?
Register - https://appnovationos.org/events/open-source-enterprise-life-sciences Networking, Full Breakfast & Several Speakers including: Google, Acquia, MuleSoft & more. Smart organizations are always on the lookout for solutions to make improvements in their business whether it be time to market, greater agility, or lowering costs. Open Technology can create the solutions you need to take your business further and keep you cost efficient. Enter...
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Depends on what you're looking for.  A lot of open source companies provide services around their code to help you get started, or to add new features that you want to see.  So if you just want to see what open source solutions are available to support life sciences organizations, then this might be an interesting meetup. Alfresco is a document management system that a number of drug discovery companies use to manage documents needed for FDA filings. And a number of universities and life science companies are using Google Docs.
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Mary Canady
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Mary Canady
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Our first #SDSciTweetup  is Dec. 8th at Regents Pizzeria at 7 p.m., join us!
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Mark Fortner

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In light of Mary's Manifesto [http://sdbn.org/2014/09/09/san-diego-life-science-manifesto/], this little news item came across my desk this morning.
The University of California has announced plans for a venture-capital fund to finance startups created on campuses, offering financial resources to the university-housed enterprise projects that V...
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This looks like it will definitely help out with tech transfer startups.
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Mark Fortner

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Since crowdfunding was such a hot topic, I was wondering if anyone had come across a company that specialized in running crowdfunding campaigns for scientific projects?  If not, it sounds like a business idea for anyone who's feeling bored. :-)
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I've been meeting with a group of entrepreneurs recently who are adherents of the Lean Customer Development methodology. One of the approaches that they advocate is validating the business model with potential customers. They usually do this through interviews with people in the target market.  It might be worth the time to identify some potential customers and walk through the business model with them.  

I can think of two business models for this: fee for service, or "equity" (some percentage of the funding target).  The latter is riskier, but may be more palatable to a customer. 

Since the business resembles a grant writing service, I'm surprised that no one in that field has attempted to branch out into crowdfunding.
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Andreas Gruber

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Last week Impactstory announced their new paid subscription model. Changing a service from free to paid is a big step and there was some discussion on Twitter about it. We decided from day one to run Paperpile as a paid subscription service and only had good experiences with this model so far. We are lucky toRead more...
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Mary Canady
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ICYMI we'll have a #sciosd   #scicomm  'friendly' crowd at our event next week, join us! If anyone is interested in meeting before at 5:00 to discuss the next steps for #sciosd, please comment here. I will likely be in headless chicken mode, but can get the word out.
The California biotech landscape has changed over the past 10 years due to stagnant or decreasing funding for research in both the academic and private
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Mary Canady
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ICYMI we're going to have a Google Hangout discussing blogging and Tweeting at #BIO2014 , the big biotech convention happening in San Diego in June. This is a great way to get exposure for you/your blog/your company, please join us!
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Mary Canady
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ICYMI this is tomorrow 2/12! Rumour is that +Gareth Morgan will be presenting his research!
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Mark Fortner

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Since there are so many science communicators in the group, I thought this upcoming talk at the Sanford-Burnham might be of interest:

Communicating Complicated Ideas to the Public
The Challenge of Conveying Accurate Information in a Hyper-Connected World
Seth Mnookin
Associate Director
MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing
Author of "The Panic Virus"

Noted science journalist and associate director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing Seth Mnookin will talk about his experiences on a number of complex topics, ranging from controversies about vaccine safety to the use of exome sequencing for rare disease diagnosis. He'll address the tension between keeping the public's attention and sensationalizing results, ways to combat misinformation, and how to effectively address members of the media.

Mar 03
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific

Fishman Auditorium, La Jolla
12:00-1:00 p.m. PST map
VIDEOLINK: CR A2220, Lake Nona
3:00-4:00 p.m. EST map
Host(s): Hudson Freeze

Contact: Amy Zimmon
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Mary Canady
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ICYMI I'm Presenting A #scicomm  talk at Ignite San Diego Feb. 26th, hope you can make it! Perhaps we'll make it an #sdscitweetup  as well?
Ignite San Diego is the ultimate melting pot of ideas and stories—brought to you by San Diego locals. Each presenter has just five minutes to share their passion or idea with the audience, with 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds. Challenging? Yes, but’s that’s part of the fun and appeal. The topics are as unique and interesting as the citizens of San Diego. The evening features 18 presentations, a local live music showcase, and San Diego cra...
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Mary Canady
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Interesting...2nd crowdsourced computational project I've seen in a week from +Scripps Research Institute ...lends credence to +Justin Kiggins statement "SD scientists do science online, they just don't necessarily communicate (much) about it"...perhaps that's changing? I'll reach out to TSRI about our Tweetup, and of course +Andrew Su is a leader there...maybe put together an event in '15?
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samantha ellainne

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The Soho Loft Conferences will be in New York. Join us Nov 13, Thursday, 08 am to 06 pm,
for the "2nd Fall 2014 FAMILY OFFICE AND CROWDFUNDING CONFERENCE".

Tickets: Early Bird Special worth $395 (until Oct 09 only)

For more info and to register:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-fall-2014-family-office-and-crowdfunding-conference-tick ets-11040916679?aff=JMA

To get updates or join discussions on Global RealEstate Crowdfunding, please join this
community - https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113407199173528432476
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Mary Canady
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Hi all--would greatly appreciate it if you could promote this event to your networks, thanks!
The SDBN is very pleased to host a Town Hall event with 52nd District Congressman Scott Peters September 22nd where we’ll discuss issues important to local life scientists and professionals such as research funding and ...
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Mary Canady
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Thought this was cool, wish UCSD had such a program!
Stories and art by the students in the 2014 Science Writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Science Illustration Program at California State University Monterey Bay
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It occurred to me after our lunch meeting, that several potential #blog topics emerged from our conversation.  And it might be fun to collaborate on them as we each bring different perspectives and experiences to the table.  The topics that seemed to emerge were:

DIY Bio
It might be good to have a brief introductory post, similar to the summation that +Leah Cannon gave, and then talk about how DIY Bio is being used by the citizen scientist and the professional scientist, and the scientist entrepreneur.  Are #DIYBio shops being used by professional scientists to learn new skills, and gain experience with techniques and technologies that they don't have access to at work? How is it used by entrepreneurial scientists?  How are results from DIY Bio experiments published? If not in journals, where and how?

Social Media and the Job Search
+Mary Canady mentioned that a lot of scientists start using #socialmedia when they're starting a job search.  It might be interesting to get a recruiter's perspective on that.  In the software development world, recruiters and hiring managers use blogs, and github/bitbucket to get a sense of who you are, and what kind of skills and interests you have.

It's probably not as straight-forward for a bench scientist to demonstrate their skills & interests.  You can tweet links to interesting articles, perhaps do mini-reviews in blog postings, and talk about interesting developments in the industry.  I imagine that for academic scientists it's often easier to discuss what you're working on (at least after publication), than it is for scientists working in industry.  In any case, it might be good to get a recruiter's perspective on this.  Do they look at your LinkedIn postings, and Tweets?  Should scientists be using ORCid to link themselves to their publications? Do recruiters check that? What kind of metrics do recruiters & hiring managers use? Altmetrics on your publication history?  The MeSH terms for your publications? The number of Twitter followers & posts?

In industry, there's often a lag between when you work on a project, and when you're allowed to publish. Can DIY Bio and an open ELN be used to give recruiters a sense of what you're current interests are?
Could SlideShare be used to share some of the public presentations you've given? Or perhaps talk about the results from a DIY Bio experiment?

Crowdfunding Science
How to do it right.  How much work do you need to put into marketing your project?  What's the "cost of capital"?  If it takes 2 people two months of marketing to raise $10K, is it worth the effort?  How is #crowdfunding seen by academic institutions?

Thoughts? +Gareth Morgan +Justin Kiggins +Jill Roughan +Heather Buschman 
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Alex Warneke

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Plans for Friday night? Come check this out! I'll be hosting an ocean themed film festival at the Living Coast Discovery Center this Friday from 6-8! It's going to be great! There will be some awesome films, and popcorn and even a chance to play with some awesome critters. Come join the fun and bring friends! 

Tickets are going quickly and are limited so reserve yours early if you are interested. Hope to see you everyone there! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beneath-the-waves-film-festival-tickets-11683255933
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Mary Canady
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Not sure if I will have time to keep posting here, please + the SDBN page to make sure you get all the updates, thanks! (And feel free to carry the conversation on here!) 
San Diego biotechnology networking, events, news, jobs
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