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Notes from Nathan

Autumn is always a season of ideas and innovation in New York's life science community, and 2016 is no exception. This month, NewYorkBIO members have opportunities to participate in some uniquely valuable seminars and symposia designed to make the most of the current business and science atmosphere.

We here at NewYorkBIO are very excited about the third installment of our popular annual finance series, Who Needs a VC 3: New Models for Financing Life Science Companies. Looking at emerging funding models for the next generations of drugs and devices, we will explore the possibilities to fund early and emerging biomedical research. Our Finance Symposium will be held on November 15th at the offices of Frommer Lawrence & Haug, NYC.

And of course, this November, all eyes are focused on election day, so our NewYorkBIO Government Relations team will hold a special meeting to help us all make sense of the results and to create the plans the will best position our membership going forward.  As well as the Presidential election, a host of federal, state and local races promise to impact New York life sciences. Join us for a special conference call and webinar on November 11th at 10AM.

While it is not precisely a symposium, our annual Holiday Celebration offers refreshment for both the spirit and the intellect, so mark December 13th on your calendars.  This year, we will meet at the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences NYC, where we will enjoy networking and the Jazz saxophone stylings of Juilliard's Ruaridh Pattison.

I look forward to seeing you!

Nathan Tinker
Executive Director

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Smooth Sailing for the Inaugural Buffalo BioCruise
Upstate life scientists enjoyed the opportunity to don resort wear and reconnect with 
life science friends for a dinner cruise on Lake Erie. NewYorkBIO's Buffalo Bi oCruise proved as popular as the annual summer edition in New York Harbor.

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Pfizer, the Buffalo Biocruise featured cocktails, dinner, and spectacular views of the city and lake on a tour of Buffalo Harbor, Lake Erie, and the Erie Canal. 

Passengers enjoyed live music thanks to Buffalo's hugely popular band, Toast .
Executive Director of NewYorkBIO, Nathan Tinker, described the evening as a great success--sure to become an annual event, "We are  thrilled to offer this Lake cruise to the Buffalo area. We enjoyed a beautiful September evening on the Lake. Along with networking,  fine dining and live music, who could ask for more?"

Sold-Out CEO Breakfast Crowd Greets Nancy Thornberry of Kallyope
Nancy Thornberry
Top executives from New York life science community met last month in the historic Stanford White Room of Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Lambs Club to hear Nancy Thornberry share her ideas on cutting-edge technologies and the gut-brain connection to innovative therapeutics. As this was the final meeting of the Breakfast Club for 2016, it was f itting that Nancy Thornberry provided a dynamic,  insightful  perspective  on her experiences from biochemist to franchise Head at Merck to CEO of Kallyope.

Kallyope is developing an industry-leading platform to harness the gut-brain axis. The company's cross-disciplinary biotechnology team will integrate cutting-edge technologies in sequencing, bioinformatics, neural imaging, cellular and molecular biology, and human genetics to provide an understanding of gut-brain biology that will lead to transformational therapeutics and consumer products to improve human health and nutrition.  

The Breakfast Club offers life science executives an opportunity to share ideas with about 25 peers in an intimate setting in the Stanford White Room at New York City's renowned Lamb's Club.  This popular NewYorkBIO event attracts life science leaders in entrepreneurship and investment who discuss current issues and experiences as biotech leaders.

LifeSciTodayNew York Legislative Update

The General election includes a long list of federal, state, and local races that may have a significant impact on New York's life science industry. Among other important issues at stake is control of the NY State Senate.

NewYorkBIO Members are invited to join us for an important update, led by NewYorkBIO's government relations team, as we hold a conference call and webinar event on November 11, 2016, at the NewYorkBIO offices at 10:00AM.

Among other issues at stake:
  • Presidential choice and its impact on FDA and other key agencies
  • Party control of the New York State Senate
  • Local congressional races across the state
Because of the importance of the topic, this event is FREE to both NewYorkBIO members and non-members. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Members in good standing are invited to join the NewYork Bio State Government Relations  Committee, which holds meetings on the second Friday of each month. For more information, visit our website.

EventsUpcoming Events

Friday, November 11, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
2016 Election Results and Their Impact on NY Life Sciences  Webinar
Offices of NewYorkBIO

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Who Needs a VC 3: New Models for Financing Biomedical Research
Offices of Frommer Lawrence & Haug

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
NewYorkBIO Holiday Celebration 2016
Alexandria Center for Life Science, 450 E 29th St, NYC
Sunday, January 8, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
NewYorkBIO Wine Reception @ JPMorgan Healthcare Conference
The Marker San Francisco, 501 Geary St, San Francisco CA 94102
Monday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
BIO CEO & Investor Conference
The Waldorf Astoria New York

Annual Holiday Celebration

Celebrate the holidays with friends and colleagues!
Join us for an evening of great wine, great food, great networking, and even a little entertainment.

December 13
Alexandria Center for Life Science
New York City

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Welcome New Members

Special welcome to our newest Sustaining Member

Advaxis, Inc.
Princeton, NJ
Alpha1 Biologics, LLC
Stony Brook, NY
Applied Biological Laboratories Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
Aurora BioPharma, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Axitech, LLC
Holtsville, NY
Center For Aquatic Animal Research and Management
Wingdale, NY
New York, NY
Cox Biosciences LLC
New York, NY
Cyclops Research & Development, Inc.
New York, NY
DrinkSavvy Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
Garwood Medical Devices, LLC
Buffalo, NY
iCell Gene Therapeutics
Stony Brook, NY
Klus Pharma Inc. Biologics
Cranbury, NJ
Matritek, Inc.
New York, NY
Neurovation Labs, Inc. 
New York, NY
OncGen Therapeutics
New York, NY
Quentis, Inc.
New York, NY
Raadysan Biotech Inc.
Fishkill, NY
SCINSPIRE Holding & Consulting GmbH
New York, NY
SkinAxis LLC
North Brunswick, NJ
Thymon, LLC
New York, NY
WRS Therapeutics
New York, NY

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AbbVie Inc.
AbbVie  announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the investigational, pan-genotypic regimen of glecaprevir (ABT-493)/pibrentasvir (ABT-530) (G/P) for the treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus.

Accelerator Corporation
Accelerator Corporation announced it has expanded operations with three new institution partners: CoMotion at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Oregon Health & Science University.

Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the appointment of Bernie Cunningham, Ph.D, to the position of Executive Director of Clinical Supply Chain and Logistics, and CMC Project Management.
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Advaxis, Inc.
Advaxis  announced that it has received preliminary approval for a $2.7 million tax credit from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer program.
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Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The National Institutes of Health has awarded two co-investigators at Albert Einstein College of Medicine a five-year, $2.6 million grant to make immunotherapy agents that more precisely and effectively treat a variety of cancers while causing far fewer side effects than current immunotherapies.

Applied DNA Sciences
Robert B. Catell of Garden City, chairman of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium in Manhattan and the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center at Stony Brook University, has been appointed to the board of directors of Applied DNA Sciences Inc. in Stony Brook.
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Astellas Pharma US, Inc. announced  that Astellas and Ganymed's shareholders have entered into an agreement for Astellas to acquire Ganymed.
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Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing, Inc.
Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing is implementing a cost-effective strategy using a flexible isolator-based sterile manufacturing system engineered by Fedegari.
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Biogelx, Inc.
Biogelx has expanded from its base at BioCity Scotland to open a satellite office in New York.
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Celgene Corporation
Celgene Corporation and Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced each company has entered into collaboration agreements with Abbott.

Cellectis Inc.
Cellectis announced that the Company, along with its agricultural biotech subsidiary, Calyxt, hosted the world's first dinner made with gene edited foods.  The dinner, held on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in New York required a six-month preparation.
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Cold Spring Harbor  Laboratory
A new tool called Multiplexed Analysis of Projections by Sequencing (MAPseq), from researchers in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, uses genetic "barcodes" instead of colors to investigate the path of the neurons.
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Columbia University
Orin Herskowitz, senior vice president of intellectual property and tech transfer for Columbia University and executive director of Columbia Technology Ventures , has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).

Cornell University
Cornell researchers are developing and validating "FeverPhone," technology for point-of-care differential diagnosis of the six common causes of acute febrile illness.
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Covington & Burling LLP 
Former UK Minister for Trade and Investment has joined Covington & Burling.

CUNY Graduate Center
The pioneering work of Professor Eleanore T. Wurtzel (GC/Lehman, Biology), whose research is at the forefront of plant science, is featured in a special issue of Science.
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Efferent Labs, Inc.
Efferent Labs chosen to participate in Life-science accelerator program. 
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Eli Lilly and Company
Eli Lilly and Company announced  that Wael Fayad has been appointed Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective as of September 21, 2016.
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Garwood Medical Devices, LLC
University at Buffalo spinoff ZOETIC Pharmaceuticals and UB technology licensee Garwood Medical Devices are among the first 18 companies nationwide selected to present at the prestigious University Startups Demo Day.

Gilda's Club
Gilda's Club NYC will present its Heart of Gold Award to former NewYorkBIO chairman Robert J. Easton on November 10, 2016.
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Harlem Biospace
Harlem Biospace is holding a Riverside Chat on Data & Healthcare on  Tuesday, November 15th at th New York Blood Center.

Helen and Robert Appel Alzheimer's Disease Research Institute
The Appel Alzheimer's Disease Research Institute welcomed Dr. Anna G. Orr and Dr. Adam L. Orr in October.
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HHMI/The Rockefeller University
Three HHMI investigators and two HHMI professors have been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.
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International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) has recently been awarded two new grants by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expedite the development of promising AIDS vaccine candidates and other new biomedical HIV prevention tools.
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Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC
Johnson & Johnson Innovation announced the creation of the Center for Device Innovation at Texas Medical Center.

Kallyope announced that it has appointed Ann E. Weber, Ph.D., to the position of Senior Vice President, Drug Discovery, and William J. Rieflin as an independent member of its Board of Directors.

Matritek, Inc.
MatriTek, Inc. announced the launch of commercial production of novel extracellular matrix (ECM) biomaterials for biomedical research.

Merck & Co Inc.
Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer whose tumors have high PD-L1 expression.
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Neurovation Labs, Inc.
Neurovation Labs, Inc., a biotechnology company developing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder diagnostics and treatments, announced that it has successfully raised its seed funding round earlier this month
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New York Genome Center
Weill Cornell Medicine and the New York Genome Center were awarded a federal grant from the National Cancer Institute to support a joint cancer genomics data center for the research and clinical interpretation of tumors.
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New York Stem Cell Foundation
The New York Stem Cell Foundation announced  that Feng Zhang, PhD, is the 2016 recipient of the NYSCF - Robertson Stem Cell Prize for  his pioneering advances to edit human and plant genomes using CRISPR-Cas9.

Novomer   LLC
Saudi Aramco acquires breakthrough Converge® polyol technology from Novomer, Inc.
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NYU Langone School of Medicine
cancer researcher Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, has been named a recipient of the Outstanding Investigator Award, a highly prestigious honor presented by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
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Optologix, LLC
Optologix, Inc. announced that the company was selected to participate in the 2016 class of Health Wildcatters, a nationally-ranked healthcare startup accelerator program in Dallas.
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Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pepper Hamilton has been nominated for the Product Liability Firm of the Year award by LMG Life Sciences.
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Pfizer  announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Medivation, Inc.
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Phosplatin Therapeutics 
Phosplatin Therapeutics shares announcement with Sciclone Pharmaceuticals on the launch of a combination clinical trial of PT-112 in Taiwan.
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and  Sanofi  announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted for priority review the Biologics  License Application (BLA) for dupilumab for the treatment of adult patients

Roche  announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved TECENTRIQ® (atezolizumab) for the treatment of people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have disease progression during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, and have progressed on an appropriate FDA-approved targeted therapy if their tumor has EGFR or ALK gene abnormalities.

Rockefeller University
Rockefeller University, along with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medicine, announced today that they have established a new drug discovery company called Bridge Medicines.
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Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp.
Toni Pharmaceuticals  announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering.

University of Rochester Medical Center
UR Medicine Heart and Vascular celebrated 200 second chances with an Oct. 22 reunion of heart transplant recipients, generous families of organ donors and staff.
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.  announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ORKAMBI ® (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) for use in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) ages 6 through 11 who have two copies of the F508del mutation.

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medicine announced that they have established a new drug discovery company called Bridge Medicines.
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