Q&A: David Rabuka

Q&A: David Rabuka

I sat down with David Rabuka at the recent IBC Antibody Engineering and Therapeutics conference and discussed his entrepreneurial path. David is the founder and chief scientific officer of Redwood Bioscience, a startup company focused on antibody-drug conjugates and other semi-synthetic therapeutics. David started the company as a graduate student at UC Berkeley, where he earned a PhD in chemistry with professor Carolyn Bertozzi.  Read more

Q&A with CombImmune’s co-founder

Q&A with CombImmune's co-founder

Jason Yonehiro is a co-founder of CombImmune, a Stanford University startup that hopes to develop immunotherapies and diagnostics for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Jason comes from a sales and marketing background, with prior experience at Amgen, Celgene, Boehringer Ingelheim, and more. I spoke with him about his experiences as a first-time biotech entrepreneur.  Read more

CalBIO

CalBIO

I recently attended CALBIO 2013 in San Diego, along with Samy Hamdouche, Andrew Lim and Weston Nichols. The event was headlined by Craig Venter and Patrick Soon-Shiong, and breakout sessions featured industry veterans who discussed topics ranging from corporate venture capital to university tech transfer. Most importantly, there were numerous opportunities to mix and mingle, both during casual coffee breaks and formal speed-dating sessions.  Read more

Koreans Abroad and at Home

Koreans Abroad and at Home

There has been considerable chatter about the glut of life science PhDs and a corresponding lack of jobs upon graduation. In the US, most graduate students in this field plan on becoming academics or industry scientists. But during my time in Korea, most life science graduate students I spoke with hoped to become professors, and nary a student spoke of industry. Despite a near-universal desire to enter academia, university positions are limited and competition is fierce (much like the US). Concurrently, Korea is gradually becoming competitive in the biotech arena, requiring more industry scientists to drive this engine of growth. Feeding all this is a large pool of domestically educated Korean scientists who are seeking positions after graduation.  Read more

Exploring Korea

Exploring Korea

I am the President of Caltech’s Entrepreneurship Club (eClub), and there’s a significant student interest in biotech startups here. As students we’re always trying to educate ourselves, and to learn more about biotech entrepreneurship, I will be reaching out and interviewing people in industry on various topics. My colleagues in the eClub will also be joining me in this learning process.  Read more