26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium
Thursday - Saturday, January 9-11, 2014
Santa Clara Marriott
Each year CSUPERB organizes the CSU Biotechnology Symposium. The program is designed to broaden exposure to cutting-edge biotechnologies, product-focused innovation and the spectrum of career paths available in the life sciences. The symposium brings CSU students, faculty and administrators together, along with biotech professionals working in academia, government and industry.
The program features two poster sessions Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. 263 research posters from 21 CSU universities were accepted for presentation (~75% acceptance rate) this year.
"I will remember the information I heard relating to graduate school and future jobs. I really like that this is part of the symposium because it’s what most of us are currently thinking about. I will also remember the advice I received about my research.” - anonymous student response to post-symposium survey (2013)
"...meetings should be designed to expose the attendees to ways of thinking and techniques that are different from the ones they already know." - Bruce Alberts, Science, February 15, 2013
An electronic version of the complete 2014 Symposium Program is available.
Abstracts for posters presented at the 26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium can be searched here.
Program Schedule-At-A-Glance (approximate timing provided for travel planning)
Thursday (Jan. 9) Workshops and Meetings
Extending recent tradition and taking advantage of the large number of CSU faculty and students attending the symposium, CSUPERB task-forces and networks plan to offer a series of meetings and workshops Thursday before the official start of the symposium. The informal Thursday agenda usually kicks off around 2 pm, breaks for dinner (on your own), and reconvenes in the evening (~7-9 pm). Register for workshops as part of symposium registration system or contact program office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get more information.
- Federal and Private Grant Opportunities (organized by CSUPERB Professional Development Taskforce). Confirmed speakers: Gary Fujii (CEO, MolecularGPS Technologies / SBIR expert), David Rockliffe (Program Director, Chemistry of Life Processes, NSF), Nancy Katano (Executive Director, Corporate, Foundation and Research Relations Office, UCLA) and Madeline Rasche (CSU Fullerton / former program director, NSF BIO)
- Individual Development Plans (Effective Thesis Writing Case Study)
- Case It! Workshop (Mark Berglund & Karen Klyczek, University of Wisconsin-River Falls; organized by CSUPERB Genomic Analysis & Technology Committee)
- Quantitative Biology Network Meeting (organized by Bori Mazzag, Network Chair, Humboldt State)
- CSUPERB Proposal Writing Workshop
- Bioengineering Reception (organized by CSUPERB Bioengineering Taskforce)
Friday (Jan. 10) Sessions
Opening Morning Session (~8:30 am start)
- Gerard Jensen, Director, Technical Services, Gilead Sciences
- Robert Lindhardt, Biocatalysis & Metabolic Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Betsy Thompson, Chief Medical Officer, San Francisco Regional Office, US Public Health Service, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Career Networking Session (afternoon, for students)
- Terry Rosen, CEO, Flexus Biosciences
Effective STEM Education workshop: Flipped Classroom 101 (afternoon, for faculty)
- Catherine Halversen (UC Berkeley) - workshop lead
- Blake Gillespie (CSU Channel Islands), Jenn Lillig (Sonoma State University), Koni Stone (CSU Stanislaus) - workshop facilitators
Graduate School Information Session (early evening, for students)
- Angelica Flores Castaneda, UC Berkeley (Cal Poly Pomona alum)
First Poster Session (~ 8 - 10 pm)
Saturday (Jan. 11) Sessions
Award Talks Session (~9 am start)
CSUPERB-I2P Early-Stage Biotechnology Commercialization Challenge: Finalists' Presentations (early afternoon)
Preliminary Judges: James Alva (Tech Futures Group), Luanne Meyer (Meyer & Associates Market Research), Hon Wong (Tech Futures Group), Arthur Karshmer (University of San Francisco)
Finals Judges: Elise Brownell (ZephyrBiotech), Adam Mendelsohn (Nano Precision Medical), David Pauling (Sutro Pharmaceuticals)
Second Poster Session (late afternoon)
Closing Awards Banquet (~6:30 - 9 pm)
26th Annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium Sponsors: