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SABPA Newsletter October 2019

October 1, 2019



SABPA Newsletter October 2019

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The 6th SABPA-UCSD Career Development Forum

Discovery and Entrepreneurship Series (11)

Upcoming Events 


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SABPA Events

The 6th Annual SABPA-UCSD Career Development Forum

Title: Inside The Hiring Managers' Mind

When: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Where: Sanford Consortium, Roth Auditorium, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

Description: While many postdocs are interested in career opportunities in industry, it remains very challenging to navigate the application process and understand what it takes to obtain an industry position. In the 6th Annual Joint Career Development Forum, co-organized by SABPA and UCSD Postdoc Association, we have invited scientists and senior managers from a variety of local industries including life sciences, pharma, and consulting. The interactive panel will share with the audience their perspective of the industry hiring process and the qualifications, experience and many other attributes of successful candidates.

5:30 - 6:15 PM Registration & Networking Dinner
6:15 - 6:30 PM Welcome by SABPA ECD and UCSD PDA
6:30 - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion
8:30 - 8:30 PM Networking 



Murali Gururajan, Ph.D., Director, Pfizer

Mary Koto, Ph.D., Managing Director, Bionest

Claire Weston, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Reveal Biosciences

Donghua Yin, Ph.D., VP, Clinical Pharmacology, Pfizer

Katherine Nadler, Ph.D, Senior Engineer,



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DISCOVERY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES (11) - Enabling oncology drug approval by successful development of companion diagnostics

When: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Saturday, October 19th, 2019


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


Lecture Title: "Enabling oncology drug approval by successful development of companion diagnostics"


Registration is free but required (max 70 registrants).

Parking is free.


Lecture Summary: Hua and her team successfully contributed to six companion diagnostics and seven drug approvals in the past six and half year. She will share her experience in designing "fit-for-purpose" biomarker assays to enable drug development and FDA approval. Hua will also present the emerging technologies which may impact future biomarker research and clinical trials.


Speaker: Hua Gong


Hua Gong, M.D., Ph.D. serves as Sr. Director, Head of Genomics Biomarker Department at Navigate BioPharma, a Novartis subsidiary. Her team has successfully enabled FDA approvals of seven oncology drugs since 2013. Dr. Gong has more than 18 years of experience in the development of drugs and diagnostics. Previously, she was Executive Director of IVD & CDx at Premier Research Group. At Prometheus Therapeutics & Diagnostics, she was Associate Director, Medical Diagnostics, led development of biomarker assays for pharmaceutical companies. Additionally, she worked at Pfizer for 10 years in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. In her last position at Pfizer, Dr. Gong managed a multi-disciplinary team including in-vitro/vivo biology, PDM, drug safety and biomarker research groups. She was a key contributor for an antibody drug that entered clinical development. Dr. Gong received her medical training from An Hui Medical University, MS degree from Sun Yat-Sen University and her Ph.D. degree in cancer biology at Wayne State University.


6:30-7:00 pm Networking

7:00-8:30 pm Seminar

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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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