SABPA Newsletter December 2018

Community Events

VIVA Biotech Partnering Reception
Seed and Early-Stage Biotech Investment
Experienced | Efficient | Focused
Great Track Record: 25+ biotech start-ups in the portfolio
Genesis @ 4242 Campus Point, San Diego, Nov. 14, 2018
On Nov. 14th, 2018, Viva Biotech held its inaugural Partnering Reception in San Diego, one of the biotech hubs in the U.S, with SABPAbeing the event co-organizer. It was a hot ticket in the San Diego biotech community that had attracted more than 120 enthusiastic entrepreneurs, scientific and business leaders in the life science industry.
The event was chaired by Yinghong Gao, Viva Biotech’s US-based executive director of business development. Dr. Derek Ren, the president of Viva gave an excellent overview on Viva’s business model, focusing on early stage investment and incubation mechanism, which has great synergy with Viva’s early drug discovery service platforms. He also highlighted Viva Biotech’s leadership positions in the service areas of protein science, structural biology and ASMS screening, in addition to Viva’s medicinal chemistry and antibody discover platforms. Viva analyst Chloe Kamps then gave a very good introduction on the pre-screening and due diligence process of the potential investment opportunities, which had captured the audience attention.
Dr. Yimin Zou, Neurobiology Professor of University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and the founder of VersaPeutics then shared with the audience his very rewarding experience working with Viva that eventually led to the recent A round financing. The funding will allow VersaPeutics to take the technology licensed from UCSD for spinal cord injury to the clinical stage. The story would not have been complete without Dr. Ruben Flores’ sharing from a different perspective as the Director of Commercialization of the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) of UCSD. Dr. Flores explained the importance of translating healthcare innovation from academia to industry and how his office has been able to increase the number of licensing deals in recent years. Dr. Richard Lin, Founder of Explora BioLabs and a board member of Biolabs, and the Chair of the CRO committee of BIOCOM, then provided his insights on the driving force and future outlook of the San Diego’s biotech startup ecosystem.
The fascinating stories presented by the speakers had sparked a lot of interest from the attendees with great audience participation during the Q&A and panel discussion, especially on how Viva Biotech differentiates from other biotech investment firms and incubators. Many entrepreneurs in the audience walked away being convinced that Viva Biotech’s business model is unique and sustainable, some are eager to submit their business plans to seek potential partnering opportunities with Viva. Through this reception, Viva Biotech hopes to be able to help more entrepreneurs realizing their dreams and to forge stronger partnerships with biotech startup communities in the southern California area in the future.

USP WCDG & AOAC-SCS Joint Two-Day Regulatory & Compliance Conference, “Critical Regulatory and Compliance Issues with the US FDA in the 21st Century”
AOAC SCS Conference in “Grand Partnership” with United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
When:  Wednesday, December 12 – Thursday, December 13, 2018

Where: Chapman University, School of Pharmacy, Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus. 9401 Jeronimo Rd., Irvine, CA 92618. Conference Room 181

Registrationhttp://www.aoac-scs.org/2018-december-conf.html     (Parking, Breakfast and Lunch are included)
Early prepaid registration (received by Friday, 11/30/18) is $ 10.00 less except for students & FDA Employees. REGISTRATION FOR FIRST TWO STUDENTS IS FREE! (Current Students interested in attending this conference must email their proof in the form of a Student ID or an Official Letter along with their Registration Forms)  If you have questions regarding conference registration, please contact: Gina Zhang, E-mail: gina.zhang@medtronic.com
USP Western Compendial Discussion Group (WCDG) – AOAC Southern California Section (SCS) kindly offer SABPA members the same registration rates as the AOAC SCS member (please make a note that you are a SABPA member when registering and/or checking in) 
DAY 1 – Wednesday, December 12, 2018  
7:15 A.M.       Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15 A.M.       Welcome Remarks by Sumit Sen, Ph.D., US FDA/ORA/ORS, Pacific Southwest
Laboratory, Irvine, CA, President, AOAC SCS & USP WCDG, & Master of Ceremony
Roberto Shimahara, Director-Strategic Customer Development, and Matthew Vankoski, Senior Strategic Customer Development Manager, United States Pharmacopeia, Rockville, MD
Ronald Jordan, Ph.D. Dean, Chapman University School of Pharmacy, Irvine, CA
8:45 A.M.       KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bing Cai, Ph.D.
TOPIC: Pharmaceutical Lifecycle Management:  What’s New in the ANDA
Impurities Assessment Under GDUFA II?
9:35 A.M.       SPECIAL INVITATION: Catherine Sheehan, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Excipients
TOPIC: USP Strategies for Excipients Standards Setting: Why Excipients are so Important
10:25 A.M.     Refreshment Break
11:10 A.M.     Dilip Choudhury, Ph.D.
Pharmaceutical Consultant, Cary, NC & Former VP, Analytical Sciences and
Microbiology, Allergan, Irvine, CA
TOPIC: Ensuring Quality of Pharmaceuticals Throughout Their Life Cycle – Control of Impurities
12:00 P.M.     Lunch Break and Networking
1:00 P.M.       Kim Huynh Ba
Executive Director, PHARMALYTIK, Greater Philadelphia Area, PA
TOPIC: Monitoring Organic Impurities in the Stability Program
1:50 P.M.       Sponsor Presentations
2:30 P.M.       Panel Discussion Session
4:30 P.M.       Adjourn
DAY 2 – Thursday, December 13, 2018
7:30 A.M.       Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 A.M.       KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Gurpreet Gill-Sangha, Ph.D.
TOPIC: Overview of Drug Product Quality from the FDA Perspective
9:20 A.M.       SPECIAL INVITATION: Antonio Hernandez-Cardoso, Ph.D.,
Senior Scientific Liaison, United States Pharmacopeia, Rockville, MD
TOPIC: Modernization of Organic Impurities Testing in USP Monographs
10:10 A.M      Refreshment Break
11:00 A.M.     Ghazal Alipour, Ph.D.
Field Application Engineer, TA Instruments, Long Beach, CA
TOPIC: An Introduction to DSC, TGA, DMA and Rheology for Characterizing
Materials in the Medical Device Industry
11:50 A.M.     Lunch Break and Networking
1:00 P.M.       Mark Alsandro, Ph.D.
Director, Analytical Development and Control, Orexigen Therapeutics,
La Jolla, CA
TOPIC: Enhancing Pharmaceutical Quality through Predictive Stability

Approaches including the Effect of Impurities

1:50 P.M.       Sponsor Presentations
2:30 P.M.       Panel Discussion Session
4:30 P.M.       Adjourn
To register or to learn more about this exciting event, please visit:


American Chemistry Society San Diego Section Annual Meeting and Holiday Party
DATE:   Tuesday, December 4, 2018

TIME:    5:30 PM   Social Hour

Jennifer Barber-Singh
          2018 Chair
              6:30 PM   Buffet Dinner
              7:30 PM   Presentations
PLACE:   Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine
                5915 Balboa Avenue, San Diego

PRICE:   $20.00 per Dinner – $10.00 with student I.D.

RSVP:     Monday, December 3, 2018                          

If you are unable to register online, please use voice mail:  619-687-5570

David Wallace

   2019 Co-Chair

Join us for our last big event in 2018!  Come meet the San Diego Section Executive Committee members and hear election results for new officers.Jennifer Barber-Singh, the 2018 Chair, will give the year-end wrap-up and David Wallace, Co-chair in 2019, will talk about upcoming events.
This is a great evening, not to be missed, to meet new colleagues and to get involved in SDACS activities!
Season’s Greetings!

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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