Building a Multi-Billion Dollar Company in San Diego.


Unicorns On Paper Are Nice. But Billion Dollar Exits From San Diego Are Real.



Faheem Hasnain

Featuring Faheem Hasnain.

Mr. Hasnain has served as Receptos President, CEO and a director since November 2010. Prior to joining Receptos, he was the President and CEO and a director of Facet Biotech Corporation, a biology driven antibody company with a focus in multiple sclerosis and oncology. He held that position from December 2008 until the company’s acquisition by Abbott Laboratories in April 2010. Previously, Mr. Hasnain was President, CEO and a director of PDL BioPharma, Inc. from October 2008 until Facet Biotech was spun off from PDL BioPharma in December 2008. From October 2004 to September 2008, Mr. Hasnain served at Biogen Idec Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in neurological disorders, autoimmune disorders and cancer.



Dr. Patrik Shah

With Pratik Shah, Ph.D., who brings more than 15 years of entrepreneurial and leadership experience in the biopharma industry. He is also a partner in the venture capital firm Thomas, McNerney & Partners. Dr. Shah previously worked at various biotech companies after serving at McKinsey & Company where he focused on biotechnology and venture capital projects. Dr. Shah is a board member of Cebix, Ocera Therapeutics, and SG Biofuels.




Carin Canale

And Carin Canale as the moderator. Ms. Canale is Founder and CEO of Canale Communications, a public and investor relations firm focused exclusively on life science companies.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 5:30 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLabs – 3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121
FREE to members | $50 non-members



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Join us Jan 22nd for Venture Outlook 2015!


Start the New Year with SDVG!

What is hot – what is not – and where should you look for funding in 2015? 

What does the 2015 market look like for both investors and companies?  Have accelerators and incubators reached their peak?  What does the abundance of micro-funds mean?

Come and get the outlook for San Diego in 2015.

Join SDVG and a distinguished panel as they take you through a forecast of the coming year. Our panelists include:

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Don’t delay – register today!

Venture Outlook 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Marriott La Jolla


This event is FREE for SDVG members, non-member registration is $50.

Thank you to our sponsors:






Join us at Janssen Labs!

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Former CEO of Amylin – sold for $7B. 
Industry luminary, private Investor, sits on numerous boards, all-around great guy.


Former CEO of Calistoga Pharma, and Venture Partner at Frazier Healthcare. New Partner at NEA – leading one of the world’s most prestigious venture funds out of San Diego.  Boon to our region – and all-around great woman.


Former CEO of Life Technologies.  Sold for $15B – the largest life sciences transaction ever.  Industry luminary, private investor, all-around great guy.
Court Turner


Venture Partner at Avalon Ventures, CEO of RQx Pharma, CEO of Carolus Therapeutics, COO of Sova Pharma, and COO of Afraxis. Super great guy.

The business opportunity for Life Sciences in San Diego is enormous. The region is uniquely positioned to be an economic powerhouse of astounding proportions – for decades to come. On our panel are leaders who sold local companies for $7B and $15B, and who remain committed to fostering and growing new companies here.  We have a VC panelist who is staying in San Diego, representing a highly respected fund (NEA), with their new presence here. And we have a VC, who successfully starts numerous companies with technologies straight from the lab. This is an incredible panel.

San Diego Venture Group is proud to have Janssen Labs co-hosting this program, as they open up for us, one of the region’s coolest campuses. Janssen Labs is a 40,000 sq. ft. accelerator, Johnson & Johnson’s flagship facility, currently housing more than 40 start-ups dedicated to solving the world’s healthcare challenges.

Come join us, as we discuss the future of the Life Sciences industry in San Diego.  Register soon — space is limited.


register_onThursday, October 30th, 2014 ~ 5:30pm
Janssen Labs – 3210 Merryfield Row, San Diego, CA 92121
SDVG Members: FREE | Non-Member: $50
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A current, government issued photo ID is required for every person’s entrance into the Janssen Research & Development facility. Please check-in with security upon entering the building and they will direct you to the event registration desk.


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IPOs and M&A – San Diego Poised for More Successful Exits

Registration closed 9/22 at 12pm, walk-in registration available at the door for $60

The biotech IPO market has been open – will it stay that way or is it too late for this party?

Just how do you sell your small software company? Are there buyers other than Google, Yahoo, and Facebook?

Join us as we explore the current state of the market for getting a payoff for all your hard work.




With Jordan Glazier of Eventful, Inc.,


Mark Kapczynski, VP Corporate Development & Strategy, Experian Consumer Services,
and Brad Weekes of Software Equity Group.




Moderator: Jon Belmonte, former CEO, ACTIVE Network   belmonte headshot





Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 7:00 AM

Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Members: FREE – Non-Members: $50


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Equity Crowdfunding – Myths vs. Reality- SOLD OUT


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This ain’t no Kickstarter campaign! Equity Crowdfunding, where you trade shares for cash, is finally here and the clutter in the market can make an entrepreneur crazy!

Join Jon Carder, Founder and CEO of MOGL, as he shares his experiences using two of the leading portals to raise capital. Jon has done it all, from angel money to VCs to crowdfunding. He will share his insights with you as well give Ted Roth of OpenRound the story on his his experiences with both AngelsList and OpenRound.

Thanks to our Sponsors:  Haskell & White, SkyRiverIT, and Wilson Sonsini.

Scott Jordan

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And it’s not just for consumer internet companies!  Scott Jordan, Founder of HealthiosXchange, will explore how lifescience companies can use equity crowdfunding.

Join us as we present a panel of leading crowdfunding portals, platforms, and investors who have participated, and companies who have been funded. Forget about all the chatter and come hear directly from those who making equity crowdfunding a reality.


…And a mystery San Diego angel will announce the launch of a new portal affiliation focused upon local companies!



You will also have the opportunity to attend a breakout session with one of the portals to learn more about how they work and how to invest.  These sessions will be held at the Marriott from 9:15 to 10:00 am.

Equity Crowdfunding – Myths vs. Reality

February 27, 2014 | 7:00AM-9:00AM Del Mar Marriott, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

SOLD OUT!!!!!!


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PitchFest winner is OnMyBlock!



Congratulations to OnMy Block CEO Morgan Schwanke, and Team!

All 3 Finalist pitches will be posted as soon as we receive the videos! Stay tuned!

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San Diego Venture Group had three finalists competing at the 14th Annual PitchFest event for up to $25,000 in cash and prizes. The companies were chosen from more than 90 applications from San Diego area start-ups!
We set a record-breaking attendance of more than 350 people! This was the closest PitchFest vote in history…OnMyBlock won by less than 10 votes! Congrats to all our Finalists!
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We had a surprise when SDVG President, David Titus showed up dressed like Ron Bergundy in his white tux jacket!


Thanks to EveryoneCounts for conducting the live online voting! The finalists who competed were:


 OnMyBlock (putting students in their place)

 Sonrgy, Inc. (blasting away cancer)

TrustEgg (keeping the $ safe for the kids)


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PitchFest semi-finalists named!

Semi-Finalists for 14th Annual SD Venture Group’s PitchFest named 

Field of 10 to be narrowed down to three, that will compete for $25,000 within next two weeks; December 12 event to determine winner by audience vote.

Graciously sponsored by….

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To register for the December 12 PitchFest event, visit

SDVG announces the semi-finalists that are competing to be the final three chosen to present at its 14th Annual PitchFest event on December 12. The 10 semi-finalists were chosen from over 90 applications from San Diego area start-ups. The field will be narrowed down to a final three by a panel of local venture capitalists within the next two weeks.  Those three finalists will compete for over $25,000 in cash and prizes at the dinner event.

The 10 semi-finalists are:

Sonrgy, Inc.



Raynforest Inc.

Nasseo, Inc.

Pangea Pal

Zenhavior, Inc.

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Curvo Labs


To register for the December 12 PitchFest event, visit


PitchFest is made possible through the support of Procopio, Silicon Valley Bank and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.


Join the Summer Social Beer Bash!

Third Annual Summer Social Beer Bash!

August 29- 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Scripps Seaside Forum


(includes 4 beer tasters, glass taster cup to take home, food, entertainment, and parking/shuttle from Birch Aquarium to the venue)

BeerBash3 copyJoin the party to end the summer with 500 of your SDVG friends! Spend an afternoon at the beautiful Scripps Seaside Forum and join SDVG for our Summer Social Beer Bash! Sample some of San Diego’s best craft brews, along with plenty of great food, wine, spirits, live band, and La Jolla sunset.

You work hard, so take a couple hours off! Bring the whole office and make it your end of the summer party!

This is a purely fun networking event with food, drink, and entertainment.

The past 2 years have been a sellout so register now!


This year’s participating breweries:

Location and Directions:
Scripps Seaside Forum – 8610 Kennel Way (formerly Discovery Way) La Jolla, CA 92037

Birch Aquarium – 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA 92037

Dress/Attire: Business Casual is suggested. The event takes place outside on grass and cement so please dress accordingly.


Thank you Sponsors:

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