Navigating a Career in Academia - Dr. Possu Huang and Dr. Danny Chou
About this event
COVID pandemic has made people realize the importance of biotech innovations. mRNA vaccines, the most administered vaccines against COVID-19, were unheard of by the general public until the pandemic. With more money pouring into the biotech sector, academic findings are like a powerhouse for innovations of next generation biotech companies. However, there are many challenges in driving discoveries and innovations in academic research. Recently, we have seen many new private initiatives aiming to transform basic science research such as Altos Labs, Arc Institute, and Arcadia Science.
This March, BATBA CAREER FORUM will present the special topic of Career Development in academic research and innovations. We invited two excellent speakers: Dr. Possu Huang and Dr. Danny Chou. Both of them are currently assistant professors at Stanford University. They are going to share with us their career path and the opportunities and challenges in academic research.
Possu Huang, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University
Danny (Hung-Chieh) Chou, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at Stanford University
Moderator: Alan Tung and Yung-Hsin Huang
Time: 3/12 (Sat) 3:00pm PST
[de novo protein engineering]
Dr. Huang had a long-term interest in the field of protein engineering, especially in designing de novo protein structure. After finishing his undergraduate studies in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Berkeley, he completed his Ph.D. degree with Dr. Stephen Mayo at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He then became a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. David Baker at University of Washington, expertizing in novel design of protein with atomic-level accuracy before establishing his lab at Stanford in 2016. By bridging complexity and functionality that nature protein displays, his lab is focusing on bringing a custom-made protein to a reality.
Danny (Hung-Chieh) Chou:
[Protein engineering in insulin]
Dr. Chou is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University. He received his PhD from Harvard University, working in the lab of Dr. Stuart Schreiber. His Ph.D. research involved the identification of suppressors of cytokine-induced apoptosis in pancreatic beta cells. He then moved to MIT and worked under the guidance of Dr. Robert Langer and Daniel Anderson, focusing on the development of glucose-responsive insulin derivatives. Danny started his independent career in the Department of Biochemistry at University of Utah in August, 2014. At Utah, Danny's research focused on protein and peptide therapeutics for the treatment in Type 1 Diabetes and other human diseases. In 2020, Danny moved his research lab to Stanford University to continue their efforts in developing novel insulin therapeutics.
Insights and Career Development in Translational Science with Dr. Felix Yeh and Dr. Damon Ng
What’s biomarker research versus biomarker development? How does biomarker play an increasingly important role in current drug discovery efforts? What goes into designing and selecting the best preclinical models to study novel therapeutics? How do we face the challenges for preclinical animal model development when early discovery was already started in the cell models derived from human tissues? If you are interested in these questions and wonder how to venture into these fields, please join us. BATBA invites Dr. Felix Yeh and Dr. Damon Ng to discuss these questions and share their insights and experiences in crafting a successful career in translational science.
Date:10/23/21 (Sat), 4-5 pm
Dr. Felix Yeh, Head of Biomarker, Alector
Dr. Damon Ng, Project Supervisor, Charles River Laboratory
EVENT CO-HOST: STANFORD TAIWANESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Felix Yeh, PhD currently serves as the Head of Biomarkers at Alector where he leads the development and execution of biomarker strategy for preclinical and Phase I to Phase III clinical programs in immuno-neurology and immuno-oncology. Prior to Alector, Dr. Yeh was a biomarker scientist at Genentech supporting from preclinical stage molecules to Phase II. He served as the therapeutic area lead for neuroinflammation, metabolism and rare diseases. Dr. Yeh is a recognized scientific leader with his research on the role of microglia in neurodegenerative diseases and work on elucidating the pathophysiological processes of disease.
Damon Ng, PhD currently works at Charles River Laboratories, a supervisor for the in-vivo DMPK division at South San Francisco. He collaborates with sponsors from biotech start-ups to big pharmas to enable and facilitate drug discovery and development. His discovery projects focus on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and tolerability of test compounds, ranged from small/large molecules, viral vectors, siRNA, and antibodies. He graduated with a neuroscience PhD at the University of Iowa and completed post-doctoral trainings at UC Davis and UC Irvine. His neuroscience research specialized in attention, learning, and memory in rodents and non-human primates, using high-density electrophysiology and chemogenetics.
[BATBA CAREER FORUM]
Career Development in Taiwan
Feel like going back to Taiwan? Wonder how the career development and working culture look like in Taiwan?
This March, BATBA CAREER FORUM will present the special topic of Career Development in Taiwan.
YU-WEI WU, PHD ASSISTANT RESEARCH FELLOW AT ACADEMIA SINICA, 🇹🇼-🇬🇧-🇯🇵-🇺🇸-🇹🇼
KENG-MING CHANG, PHD FRANCHISE LEAD AT MSD, 🇹🇼-🇺🇸-🇹🇼
TIME: 3/6/2021. 4:00-5:30PM
*REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. WEBEX LINK WILL BE SENT OUT BEFORE THE EVENT
Keng-Ming Chang is an associate director with the Sr Franchise Strategist role in MSD Taiwan. For the last 3-4 years, he has been in the marketing role as franchise lead, product manager and alliance manager. As a commercial role, Keng-Ming has been working with product strategy, financial planning, Omni-channel customer engagement. He is also a people manager now leading the agile team and marketing/ sales function before. Prior to the commercial role, Keng-Ming started his career as the Medical Science Liaison in MSD and been in the medical role for two years. The therapeutic area he experienced is diabetes/ cardiovascular/ Anesthesia/ HIV and Vaccine.
Yu-Wei Wu is an Assistant Research Fellow in Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. Yu-Wei’s research uses advanced two-photon imaging, patch-clamp/microwire array electrophysiology, and genetics techniques to monitor and manipulate neuronal and glial activity in live brain tissues and in vivo. He also developed new methodologies to analyze and interpret large scale neural data. His lab is aiming to answer the questions that how and why certain changes in neuronal and glial connectivity/morphology and activity are associated with learning and in disease conditions.
BATBA NOV BOARD MEETING AND ORGANIZER RECRUITMENT
Thank you for supporting BATBA for year 2020. We are now recruiting new board members and organizers!
In this meeting, you will know how we run BATBA, decide webinar topic, past events, and what you should expect being a board member or event organizer!
If you just want to join the meeting and learn more about BATBA, you are welcomed as well!
We will send out Webex link 30 minutes before the meeting.
* Discussion in Mandarin
[BATBA Webinar] Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and Innovation in Biotech
[FROM GLOBAL BIOLOGIC MANUFACTURING TREND TO FOCUS ON TAIWAN POSITION]
COVID19 DIAGNOSTIC, THERAPEUTICS, AND VACCINE DEVELOPMENT
Speaker: Dr. Chih Jung Chang* (張志榮)
COO & Vice President , EirGenix, Inc. Taiwan
Title: From Global Biologic Manufacturing Trend to Focus on Taiwan Position
1. The global biologics manufacturing trend
2. The opportunity and challenges for Taiwan biotech industry
3. How to be a global company in Taiwan
Time: 12/5, 4:30pm, CA = 12/6, 8:30am, Taiwan
*Registration in advance is required.
*Discussion in Mandarin
*Webex link will be sent out 30min before the event
Co-host: The Investigator Taiwan / SoCal TBA
[BATBA WEBINAR] ENTREPRENEURSHIP, VENTURE, AND INNOVATION IN BIOTECH
HOW CHALLENGING IS IT TO SET UP A BUSINESS, TAKING ON FINANCIAL RISKS IN THE HOPE OF PROFIT? HOW DO VENTURE CAPITALISTS DISTINGUISH POTENTIAL COMPANIES WITH OUTSTANDING BUSINESS MODELS? HOW TO KEEP THE COMPANY GROWING WITH INNOVATIVE IDEAS? BATBA INVITES DR. TONG-YOUNG LEE AND DR. SHAOYU CHANG TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE IN THE COMPETITIVE FIELD.
DR. TONG-YOUNG LEE: FROM BENCH TO BEDSIDE FROM RESEARCH TO BUSINESS
SHAOYU CHANG, MD, MPH: MY JOURNEY FROM MD TO BIOPHARMA INNOVATION
TIME: JUNE 5, 2021. 4:30PM PST | 7:30PM EST | TAIWAN JUNE 6, 7:30AM
REGISTRATION LINK: HTTPS://REURL.CC/0DYNOK
* REGISTRATION REQUIRED. EVENT LINK WILL BE SENT OUT 1HOUR BEFORE START TIME
EVENT CO-HOST: STANFORD TAIWANESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION, NATEA
EVENT SPONSOR: HSINCHU SCIENCE PARK, TAIWAN
[BATBA SEP WEBINAR] HOW TO BUILD A BIOHUB IN TAIWAN
We are honored to have Dr. I-Chien (IC) Jan join us in BATBA’s September Webinar. He will be talking about his inspiring career experience in biomedical venture investment and sharing insights on current trends in the bio sector. This event is co-hosted with North America Taiwanese Engineering & Science Association (NATEA: https://natea.org)
[CBAXBATBA] CAREER JOURNEY FROM PROFESSOR TO ENTREPRENEUR
Co-hosted by Chinese Bioscience Association and Bay Area Taiwanese Biotech Association. Join us online!
About this Event
Dr. Cheng will share his experience with us on:
* The story of starting an API company in Taiwan from scratch
* Experience-sharing on how to survive the ever-changing Pharma/biotech industry
Please register online (shorturl.at/jvBGO). Free to the general public. Registration is required. Zoom links will be sent via email prior to the event to everyone that registers on Eventbrite.
[BATBA JULY WEBINAR] JOURNEY TO CMC: LEVERAGE PARTNERSHIPS TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
BATBA本次邀請到 Dr. Eric Peng, CMC Lead at Precision BioSciences ，來與我們分享他在從事 Chemistry, Manufacture, and Control (CMC) 的相關工作經驗，以及求職的心路歷程
Topic: Journey to CMC: Leverage partnerships to increase productivity
3. Career development/Job hunting
[BATBA 2020 MAY ONLINE WORKSHOP - CAREER CLINIC: ADVISES I WISH I KNEW BEFORE]
BATBA本次邀請到 Dr. Sylvia Chang, Director of Software Engineering at Thermo Fisher ，來和我們分享她在業界20年的工作經驗，以及互動式問答。
BATBA 2020 APRIL ON-LINE TALK - SARS-COV-2: CAN WE CATCH THEM ALL?
In this talk Dr. Hung explained why a reliable testing method is important for controlling the pandemic and how we decide to choose which method to use according to the progress of the disease and phases of the outbreak.
February 29, 2o20
Enjoy a casual weekend talk with the leaders from Bio-industry in a cozy local shop!
Bio for Dr. Luke Tsai:
Dr. Luke Tsai received his PhD degree in biotechnology from National Tsing Hua University and then completed his postdoctoral research at Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center of Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Tsai is currently as Director of Biology at Immutics, Menlo Park and leading two teams: Diabetes and Fibrosis focused on discovering and validation of immunotherapeutic targets.
RECENT ADVANCES IN THE NEW DRUG DEVELOPMENT/BIOTECH SECTOR AND THE ROLE OF VENTURE INVESTMENT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE INDUSTRY
December 7, 2019
BATBA has invited Dr. Chuan (Joe) Shih to share his 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry, overview venture investment in biotech startup ,and analyze the status of biotech/venture activities in China.
A PANEL DISCUSSION BETWEEN BIOTECH ENTREPRENEURS AND VCS
September 14, 2019
BATBA has invited four distinguished panelists across the ecosystem, and they are ready to walk us through the journey from having a scientific idea to running a new business and getting VC investments.
Dr. Chun-Hao Huang, Co-Founder & CEO of Algen Biotechnologies
Dr. Momo (Hsin-Fung) Wu, Investor at Emerson Collective
Dr. Meng-Na Lee, Senior Business Development Manager at Libo Pharma
Dr. Yi-Yen Chen, Senior Associate at WI Harper Group
July 9, 2019
The Vice President of Academia Sinica, Dr. Fu-Tong Liu, came to Bay Area and introduced recent opportunuties in Taiwan!
2019 BATBA SUMMER PICNIC
June 8, 2019
You are cordially invited to join BATBA summer potluck picnic at San Mateo Central Park on June 8 (Sat). We will provide simple snacks & beverages. Please bring your favorite food to share, and mostly importantly, family and friends to enjoy the time with you.
MEDICAL AI SEMINAR
March 16, 2019
Artificial intelligence systems for health care have the potential to transform the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, which could help ensure that patients get the right treatment at the right time, but opportunities and challenges are ahead. Dr. Pi-Chuan Chang, Samuel Chen and Dr. Huang-Wei Chang talked about the new trend in Medical AI!
2018 BIOGROUP SYMPOSIUM, BATBA TALK
December 28, 2018
BATBA Board member, Eric Du, was giving a talk at 2018 BioGroup Symposium about the Opportunities in the Life Sciences Industry in the San Francisco Bay Area
2018 BATBA AUTUMN PICNIC
Nov 17th, 2018
You are cordially invited to join BATBA autumn picnic at Marlin Park on Nov 17 (Sat). We will provide light food and beverages. You are welcome to bring your favorite food to share. Significant other and kids are also invited.
BATBA SEMINAR SERIES: DR. KEELUNG HONG
Aug 25, 2018
BATBA is pleased to announce Dr. Keelung Hong (洪基隆) as our honorary event speaker to conclude our events this summer. Dr. Hong is the founder of Taiwan Liposome Company and its U.S.-subsidiary, TLC Biopharmaceuticals, where he serves as Chairman & CEO. He will be sharing with us his valuable life and career experiences in his inspirational talk - "Two Decades of Academic Research and Two Decades of Drug Development".
BATBA MIXER @ UCSF
June 17, 2018
This is the first of our regular, lighthearted mixer event series, and we cordially invite you to come mingle and enjoy snacks and beverages that we prepare for you.
BAY AREA TAIWANESE BIOTECH ASSOCIATION OPENING EVENT
April 14, 2018
BATBA is pleased to announce our Opening Event - "Challenges & Opportunities in Career Development for Bioscientists" - featuring Dr. Jo Shen (馬海怡博士), an international pharmaceutical executive, who will be sharing with the audience her more than 40 years of experience in the biotech industry and her invaluable insight on future trends.
Check out more Bay Area Taiwanese Biotechnology Association activities.