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December Newsletter 2023

December 1, 2023

SABPA Newsletter

Dear SABPA Friends,


SABPA is pleased to present you the following in this newsletter:

  1. Holiday Greetings from SABPA
  2. SABPA 2023 Achievements Review
  3. SABPA Membership Promotion 
  4. 2024 SABPA Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Meeting

1. SABPA Holiday Greetings

Dear SABPA volunteers and friends,


As the year 2023 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to congratulate all of you on your hard work and dedication to our organization!


We are especially grateful for the support from our event speakers, sponsors, and event attendees. As we look ahead to the new year, we want to wish each one of you a very happy 2024!


May it be a year filled with health, happiness, and continued success for both you and SABPA. Thank you for all that you do, and here's to an even brighter future together!


Warm regards,


2. SABPA 2023 Achievements Review


Dear SABPA volunteers and friends,


we are thrilled to share with you the remarkable achievements and milestones that SABPA has accomplished throughout the year. Our commitment to serving the Southern California biomedical and pharmaceutics community has been unwavering, and it is with great pride that I present our year-end accomplishments:


  • Name Change: Officially changed our name to SoCal Association for Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Advancements (SABPA) to reflect our mission of serving the broader community.


  • Flagship Event Success: FTD and Biopharma annual conferences witnessed outstanding success with about 500 professionals registered and attending both conferences.


  • New Conferences: Introduced two new conferences to our community including the first annual Entrepreneurship and Partnering Symposium and the first onsite Chemistry Symposium co-organized by SABPA and ACS.


  • Collaborative Initiatives: Co-organized the 2023 Life Science Job Fair by our ECD Committee with the UCSD and SALK Post-doc Associations.


  • EPC Salon Series: The monthly EPC salon series provided a forum for entrepreneurs and innovators to exchange ideas.

These accomplishments are a testament to the dedication and collaborative efforts of our SABPA members, leaders, and our volunteers, whose hard work and commitment have propelled SABPA to new heights.


Looking ahead, we remain focused on our mission and vision for 2024. We are excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and are committed to serving the entire community.


We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our members, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors for their continued support, without which these achievements would not have been possible. As we conclude 2023, we are eager to embark on the journey ahead, striving for even greater success and impact in 2024.


Thank you for your ongoing support and belief in our mission. We look forward to continued collaboration and success in the coming year.


Warm regards,

Hua Gong and Yi Liu

SABPA President and EVP 

3. SABPA Membership Promotion 


Year-end promotion of SABPA membership (Expire Jan 31 2024):


  • Annual regular membership: reduced from $60 to $40 (Discount Code: 2024MembershipDiscount20Dollar)
  • Annual student/postdoc membership: reduced from $30 to $20 40 (Discount Code: 2024MembershipDiscount10Student)
  • Lifetime membership: reduced from $300 to $250  


Major SABPA membership benefits and privileges:


  • Annual members receive complimentary attendance to all SABPA events during their active membership period
  • Lifetime members enjoy free attendance for all SABPA events in all subsequent years
  • Streamline SABPA event registration with just one click
  • Eligibility to run for SABPA board of directors or to be appointed to the leadership team
  • SABPA voting rights


How to become a SABPA member?


First, create an account by clicking here today.


You can become a SABPA member after your account is created

4. 2024 SABPA Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Meeting

---Exploring the Future of Therapeutics and Diagnostics: Unveiling Breakthroughs in Medicine



We are delighted to offer a sneak peek into the much-anticipated 2024 SABPA Frontiers in Therapeutics and Diagnostics (FTD) Meeting.


When: March 23, 2024

Where: Hilton San Diego/Del Mar


The forthcoming FTD Conference is set to shine a spotlight on three revolutionary domains: Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADC), and Minimal Residual Disease (MRD), each representing the forefront of innovations in therapeutics and diagnostics.


  • The realm of diabetes management is witnessing a paradigm shift with GLP-1 inhibitors, a class of drugs demonstrating remarkable efficacy in regulating blood sugar levels. We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Lotte Bjerre Knudsen, Chief Scientific Advisor at Novo Nordisk, will be our keynote speaker in this session.


  • ADCs represent a formidable fusion of antibodies and potent drugs, orchestrating a targeted attack on specific cells while sparing healthy ones, enabling more precise and effective treatments for various cancers. The recent acquisition of Seagen by Pfizer marks a significant step forward in the advancement of ADC therapeutics. We are privileged to have the Chief Scientific Officer of Pfizer Oncology R&D, Dr. Jeff Settleman, as the keynote speaker to offer a glimpse into the scientific innovation and impact expected from integrating Seagen’s technology and expertise into Pfizer’s R&D pipeline.


  • The concept of MRD has emerged as a game-changer in cancer therapeutics. By detecting and targeting residual cancer cells that may linger post-treatment, MRD assessments offer a clearer understanding of disease progression and treatment response. 


In addition to our compelling lineup of presentations, the 2024 SABPA FTD Conference will feature a dynamic Poster Session, adding a unique dimension to the event. 


Stay tuned for an event that promises the opportunity to immerse yourself in the latest scientific advancements, engage with promising researchers, and celebrate the achievements of our community. 


Register now for the 2024 FTD Conference here and be part of a day filled with inspiration, collaboration, and recognition.


Call for Posters at the FTD Conference:


We extend an invitation to postdocs, graduate students, and research professionals from local institutes and universities to showcase their innovative research through poster presentations, fostering collaborations and sharing discoveries. 


The poster session aims to be a vibrant hub of scientific exchange, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage with emerging talent and explore diverse perspectives.


To honor excellence in poster presentations, we are proud to introduce two awards: the Investigator Award and the Most Popular Award. These accolades celebrate outstanding contributions to the fields of therapeutics and diagnostics. 


We encourage all participants to submit their posters for consideration and look forward to acknowledging the exceptional work of our local research community.


Best regards,

SABPA FTD Committee

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