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SABPA Newsletter, February 2019

February 1, 2019


SABPA Newsletter,February 2019

In This Issue

3rd Annual SABPA FTD Forum

SABPA OCLA Career Development Series

ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2019

Upcoming Events

The 3rd Annual SABPA FTD Forum


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SABPA Events

The 3rd Annual SABPA Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Forum

When: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Where: Hilton San Diego/Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA



SABPA membership link: To become a SABPAmember and take advantage of membership benefits.

This forum will cover Gene and Cell Therapy and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

We are honored to have high-caliber speakers share with us the latest breakthroughs and their visions in these areas. There will be several individual presentations and two panel discussions focusing on CAR-T and AI, respectively. The audience will have great opportunities to ask questions, share ideas, learn from the experts, and network with their peers.

SABPA OCLA Career Development Event Series

Innovation First

Dr. Yi Liu will share the key elements from his experience in transitioning from a scientist to an entrepreneur.

When:  6:30 AM – 9:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019

Where: Irvine Ranch Water District, 15500 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA 92618

Registration: registration and parking) or send an email to

Yi Liu, Ph.D., is the Chief Scientific Officer of Wellspring Biosciences Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company he co-founded in July 2012. From October 2014 to November 2018, Dr. Liu served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Kura Oncology, a public company he co-founded in October 2014.   Dr. Liu also co-founded Intellikine, Inc., a private biopharmaceutical company, where he served as Vice President of Drug Discovery from 2007 to May 2012, until its acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Intellikine, Dr. Liu was the head of the drug design group at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation. Earlier in his career, he held senior scientist positions at both SGX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company which was acquired by Eli Lilly and Company in 2008, and Curagen Corporation, a public biopharmaceutical development company.

Dr. Liu received his Ph. D. in Biochemistry from Princeton University, his MSc in computational chemistry from Beijing University and his BE in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Community Events

ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2019


When: May 8-9, 2019

Where: Shanghai , China


Use “SABPA20” to enjoy 20% discount for SABPA members (off regular rate).

ChinaBio® Partnering Forum returns to Shanghai!

The 11th annual ChinaBio® Partnering Forum will be held on May 8 – 9 in Shanghai, China’s life science hub. China continues to be the world’s fastest growing healthcare market and is expected to be the #1 market in the world by 2020. The event is the largest and most productive life science partnering conference in China, and brings over 1400 leaders from across the life science value chain.

Registration and partnering information is available at


EBD集团Life Sciences总经理Anna Chrisma女士回顾说,去年的ChinaBio合作论坛,在参会人数和合作数量上都是空前的;合作论坛为跨境合作提供了重要的促进作用,有助于创新的,救命的治疗方法尽快进入市场。ChinaBio 合作论坛是中国最有效的连接制药企业、投资者和中国创新研发企业和生产商的合作论坛, 在中国公司与西方公司签署授权协议中发挥了重要作用。


Susanna Ling

EBD Group

+1 760 930 0500

Jean Meng

ChinaBio® Group

+1 858 859 1860

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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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