Tuesday, October 31, 2006


2006 BioPharma Forum

Friday, November 3rd. 2006
7AM - 1pm

The NC Biotech Center is hosting this event which features presentations but pharmaceutical leaders as well as newcomers to the industry.

There is no charge, but preregistration is requested.

Speakers include:

* George B. Abercrombie, President and CEO, Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.
Topic: Roche's Approach to the Bird Flu Pandemic

* Robert McMahan, Senior Science and Technology Advisor to the State of NC and Executive Director, NC Board of Science and Technology
Topic: Biotechnology Industries and North Carolina

* Indu Parikh, President and CSO, and Thomas H. Roberg, Vice Chairman and CDO, BioMarck Pharmaceuticals
Topic: Working in a Virtual Innovation Environment

* John R. Plachetka, President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors, POZEN
Topic: The POZEN story

* Chris Viehbacher, President, U.S. Pharmaceuticals, GSK
Topic: Changing the Healthcare Industry: Prevention, Intervention, Innovation


November Breakfast in the Park Seminar Announced

The November Breakfast in the Park will be held on Thursday, November 16, 7:30AM, Radisson RTP.

The speaker will be Rick L. Weddle, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation. This group oversees the future development of Research Triangle Park.

'Breakfast in the Park' seminars are held once a month and are particularly attractive to those who cannot attend other networking functions in the area due to work constraints. The breakfast costs $15 at preregistration and$20 at the door. Lectures from prior speakers are in mp3 format on the linked site.


BioServe PhD Scientist to Present Monday, November 6th at the NIEHS

11:00-12:00 Monday, November 6th 2006
Executive Conference Room

Dr. Terri Lehman will discuss the use of the Sequenom iPLEX system for performing multiplex SNP analysis. The use of this genotyping platform has significantly reduced the cost of SNP analysis for both large and small projects. BioServe offers high throughput SNP genotyping, and a wide range of genomic services including DNA methylation analysis.

BioServe is a small biotechnology services company located in Laurel, MD.


NC Ph.D./Masters Career Fair

Universities from across the area are teaming up to sponsor a Career Fair.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006
1:00 pm - 4:30
Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

30 employers will be exhibiting and accepting CV's/resumes.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Biomarck VP of R&D to Speak at November CSBN Seminar

From his biosketch at www.biomarck.com

Dr. Ted Murphy has approximately 15 years of research and regulatory experience in academia and the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to joining BioMarck, he consulted for several years for major U.S. pharmaceutical companies, was then the Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs for Cato Research, and served as Director of Regulatory at Research Triangle Institute. Dr. Murphy has led efforts that resulted in FDA approval of a biologic to treat infant botulism, a rare (orphan) disease, directed an effort that resulted in FDA approval of a new chemical entity to treat a rare gastrointestinal disease, and has submitted more than 10 successful INDs.

The seminar will be at UNC on November 15th, 4pm, Bioinformatics Bldg room #1131. This event is open to the public, so take the opportunity to meet a biotech insider!


Saturday, October 21, 2006


Attention Visiting Scholars: Visa Lottery Deadline

The Department of State (DOS) has announced the registration period for the 2008 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2008), or Green Card lottery.

Registration began October 4, 2006 and ends December 3, 2006. Applications can only be submitted electronically; no other forms of submission, such as mail-in applications, will be accepted.

Instructions and eligibility requirements are provided here.

Scam Warning: DOS does not charge a fee to enter the DV lottery. A common scam is for imposter web sites or emails that charge a fee to process DV lottery applications. Scientists should always be wary of providing personal information and payment to questionable web sites or emails. A warning on imposter sites is located here.

Friday, October 20, 2006


College Teaching Resources

Many postdocs wonder how they can attain more teaching experience when at a place without students, such as a government institute or other nonprofit. Dr. Debbie Swope of the NIEHS Office of Fellows' Career Development has some resources for you:

1) Duke has a Professional Development Center for its graduate students, which includes a teaching component. You can access the Blackboard website for the "Introduction to College Teaching" class for free (click on "Courses" and enter "gs302"), which provides course materials and assignments. Also, on the Blackboard for this class under "External Links", there are several links to help you with teaching statements/portfolios.

2) Appalachian State University has a website with resources on teaching:

3) Northwestern University has an "Online Assistance with Teaching" site at with lots of great Q&A. There is another site with links to teaching and learning resources at http://teach.northwestern.edu/links.html

4) Princeton University's McGraw Center has a website called "The Scholar as Teacher Tip Sheet" that has links to good topics.

5) Syracuse University’s Center for Support of Teaching and Learning has good links under “Resources.”

6) The national "Preparing Future Faculty" graduate programs website also has some teaching and mentoring resources.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Videos on NIH Funding Opportunities, Peer Review and Grant Writing now available

Stanford University has posted videos of grant writing workshops presented by Anthony Coelho, Ph.D. , Review Policy Officer, NIH on their website. There are two videos available---one on scientific peer review and the other on "grant writing for success". There is also a link to a video on a mock study section that shows you how applications are reviewed.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006


CSBN Seminar on Patent Law Careers - October 25th, 2006

CSBN really has a great series of seminars on alternative careers.

This month the speaker is Arles A. Taylor, Jr., a former researcher at the NIEHS. He has practiced in biotech and chemical patent law for over eleven years, and can practice for the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

He is a specialist in intellectual property issues, and I encourage anyone interested in this alternative avenue of employment to attend his lecture.

Check out the link for details!


Sunday, October 15, 2006


HBA Opens Its November Networking Luncheon to Nonmembers

The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association has the mission of aiding the career advancement of women who work in the biomedical arena as well as fostering collegiality between those of all career types and stages.
As a member, one is eligible to attend monthly networking luncheons and the majority of participants have advanced graduate degrees in scientific fields. This invitation to nonmembers represents an unparalleled opportunity for women in biomedical science to make new connections and find mentors outside of academia.

Approximately 30-50 individuals attend.

November 9th, 2006

Cafe Parizade of Durham

See the link for more info


Wednesday, October 11, 2006


SAS-JMP Webinar

Perhaps you are a regular SAS-JMP user, interested in the package, or like me have it installed yet have not found the time to tinker with it. If so, JMP-start (ack! terrible!) the learning process by listening to some webinars. Two are available on 10/16 and 10/20 which tackle the topic of processing voluminous high-throughput datasets. Interestingly, SAS has archived previous webinars that can be viewed at your leisure.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Grant Opportunity - 1 Gigabase of DNA Sequencing!

(note -- you may have to enter your country first and then retype the address)

Roche Applied Science wants to know what you would do with 1 gigabase of free DNA sequencing performed on a 454 Life Sciences Genome Sequencer System. A 1000-word grant proposal is requested and the recipient would supply all samples whereas Roche would generate the data.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young scientists to attain grant writing practice as well as take a research project that extra mile. Peruse their web site for more information detailing their technology, for the applications go beyond simple PCR amplicon resequencing.

Subscribers to the print version of
Science may notice that the 10/5 issue came packaged with a booklet that describes the sequencing methodology and highlights papers that relied on the technology. Recently, a sizeable chunk of woolly mammoth DNA was sequenced by this system thus invigorating the field of paleogenomics.

Proposals are due December 8th and notification of the winner will occur in January.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


CED Biotech Forum, October 16th 2006

The theme is 'Meet the New Companies' where young area biotech firms will be on hand to discuss their technologies, business plans, and financing strategies.

Participating companies include Addrenex Pharmaceuticals, Cempra Pharmaceuticals, and Vascular Pharmaceuticals. The session is moderated by Peter Johnson, CEO of Scintellix.

This is a good opportunity to take an evening and learn first hand about the real struggles of entrepreneurship as well as network with participants.

See the link above for registration.
$20 CED and NCBIO Members ($25 on-site) / $30 Non-members ($40 on-site)

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