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Rain and Sunshine

I heard this phrase on the radio a few weeks ago, “rain and sunshine – you need both to grow” and it stuck with me.  It could be that 30 weeks into the Covid world here in SF there has been both rain and sunshine in the rolling timeline of work and life.  But in [...]

By | 2020-10-04T22:51:49+00:00 October 4th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Did you miss this talk? Really?

I love the biotech-life sciences-healthcare scene in San Francisco. So much happening! So many companies, constant news on new drugs, new tools, new results, new approaches. There is a continual flow of seminars, panel discussions, fireside chats and other formats for gathering information. But that’s what surprises me - that not everyone, or even a [...]

By | 2020-02-16T22:15:43+00:00 February 16th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Refine and Evolve

It’s been a busy start to the Fall season in my world of startups.  A new class has just started at IndieBio.  UCSF Catalyst recently finished a round of progress updates for its awardees and is already looking at the next round of proposals. UC Davis is gearing up its Venture Catalyst companies to prep [...]

By | 2019-10-24T02:48:56+00:00 October 24th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Dancing in the dark

Eighteen months of darkness     When an applicant files an application for a patent, the first publication generally is 18 months from that first filing date. The first date may be the filing date of the provisional application in the US or the priority filing in another country.     There are a few [...]

By | 2019-08-22T02:47:34+00:00 August 22nd, 2019|Blog, Groundworks|0 Comments

Celebrate the Milestones!

When I look back on my PhD thesis, the time is memorable.  What holds no memories however, is actually crossing the finish line.  When I completed the draft of my thesis, I left for my post-doctoral position.  There was no ceremony, no fanfare, nothing to mark the day. That is why I was so delighted [...]

By | 2019-08-08T02:12:48+00:00 August 8th, 2019|Blog, Musings|0 Comments

Things are not always what they seem

Patent claims are where it’s at if you are looking at freedom to operate. Keep in mind, however, that it’s really issued claims that are the worry. I get a fair bit of concerns sent my way about patent applications. It comes in two flavors. Some concerns are for what is in the specification, and [...]

By | 2019-07-24T03:14:01+00:00 July 24th, 2019|Blog, Groundworks|0 Comments

Choice:  It’s yours to make

Appreciate choice – that is what my mediation app advised.  At the time, I gave it only a passing thought.  Yes, it is nice to have choices and not be stuck down a single path. However, do we really appreciate choice?  Do we consciously make choices and in a “smart” way?  I find my day [...]

By | 2019-04-10T02:56:45+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Blog, Musings|0 Comments

Urban Legends

When I was growing up there was a rumor that went around school:  a fast food restaurant had somehow deep fried a rat instead of a chicken piece and served it to a customer.  I have my doubts on the veracity of that one, but it sure spread around. A similar thing seems to have [...]

By | 2019-03-05T01:28:22+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Blog, Groundworks|0 Comments

Different Paths

So many biotech start-ups, and so many different ways to navigate from point A to point B. I attended two talks recently which provided a contrast in styles for designing and getting a startup off the ground.  Both paths were successful, but success came in different forms. The first presentation was Jennifer Doudna, well-known for [...]

By | 2019-02-12T23:41:46+00:00 February 12th, 2019|Blog, Happenings|0 Comments