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StrataGent Closes $16 Million Series B Financing
BioCenter Companies raised more than $75 Million in 2 years

StrataGent Life Sciences, Inc., a privately held specialty drug therapy company located at BioCenter closed a $16 million Series B round of financing led by Essex Woodlands Health Ventures. Quantum Technology Partners, the Series A investor, and Aphelion Capital, also participated in this round.

“We are excited to welcome Essex Woodlands to our team” said co-founder Ruben Rathnasingham. “Having such an experienced investment group fund our next development stage reinforces our confidence in the potential for our microjet technology.”

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Aridis in Newsweek
Medicine: A No-Shot Vaccine

Less painful than an injection, more effective than a spilling spoonful of liquid, these cellophane-like strips are simply placed on the tongue, where they melt in seconds and are easily swallowed...

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Chronix Biomedical, Inc. Secures Funding
Private round of equity funding totals $5 million

According to Michael Jerstad from PrairieGold Venture Partners, "What attracted us to Chronix was the extremely novel approach to detecting disease long before any clinical symptoms would appear...

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Cleantech at the BioCenter
Lighting and Fueling the World

The BioCenter hosts companies that are working on providing solutions to combat the current warming crisis:
  • Ahwahnee Technology has created a prototype "nanobeam" that will leapfrog LED technology. Ahwahnee creates high-energy, long-lasting and cost-effective Carbon Nanotubes applications for a variety of industries, and aims to improving daily life while protecting the global environment.
  • Maulikai, Inc. works to improve the economics of ethanol production and reduce the energy inputs required by simplifying the process for the producer, reducing the capital costs, and increasing the scalability of production.

Other Client News

Fox News calls Aridis' technology "Future Lifesaver"
Most thin strips that dissolve in the mouth deliver a burst of minty-freshness. But what if they could deliver life-saving vaccines? This was the question posed to some exceptionally...
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New Microjet To Deliver Protein Drugs Without Needles
A team of UCSB researchers, in collaboration with StrataGent Life Sciences, has designed a novel pulsed microjet system engineered to deliver protein drugs into the skin without the pain or bruising that deeper penetration injection systems cause...
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ChiroSolve Signs Major Distribution Deal with Sigma-Aldrich
"Sigma-Aldrich is pleased to work with ChiroSolve Inc. to provide the chemical synthesis community a leading-edge classical resolution tool," said Charles Davis, Technology Transfer Manager...
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EnWave Announces LOI with Aridis Pharmaceuticals LLC
"EnWave is excited by the possibilities that this new relationship presents as Aridis brings a wealth of vaccine development and drying experience to the table [...]" commented Dr. Tim Durance, Chairman & Co-CEO of EnWave...
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The California Center for Healthcare and Biomedical Technology pioneers innovation
San Jose's biotechnology incubator could have a new neighbor in 2009. A group of local doctors are planning to spend $50 million to open a 168,000-square-foot, short-stay hospital and medical office building with eight operating suites near the San Jose BioCenter...
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BioCenter News

Life Science CLUSTER magazine recognize San Jose as the fastest growing cluster in the USA and reports "BioCenter - San Jose’s success story"
Melinda Richter is Executive Director of the San Jose BioCenter, who better to ask how this has become one of the most successful biotech incubation centres ever? Soon after opening...
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San Jose named first "Nano Metro"
The Bay Area is the nation's leading nanotechnology center, according to a new study. San Jose was the No. 1 city in the report, as measured by how many nanotech companies, universities, government labs and non-businesses organizations are working on nanotechnology and call it home...
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San Jose ranked No. 2 in cleantech growth potential
San Jose ranks second in the nation among U.S. cities that are leading the way in "cleantech" -- the term that refers to venture capital-funded technology start-ups in everything from biofuels to renewable energy...
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BioCenter Welcomes Five New Tenants!
The BioCenter is proud to announce several new additions to its portfolio: Chronix Biomedical, Maulikai, Obura Company, Stratedigm, and Stratos BioSystems.
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Bay Area's Newest Chemistry Analytics Lab: Reliable and cost-effective services
The BioCenter Core Chemistry Analytics Lab (CAL) offers complete NMR Spectroscopy services as well as LC/MS and HPLC equipment and related services. CAL is run by Senior Consultant, Dr. Maria Matyska-Pesek. You can have services done for you or you can reduce your costs by running them yourself.
Contact Jennifer Lucia at 408.960.3807 or email [email protected] to get started at CAL. Jennifer will set up your CAL account and schedule your training session with Dr. Maria Matyska-Pesek.
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BioCenter: "By way of the future" in Ottawa Business Journal
The BioCenter is playing a key role in enabling these promising young firms to move forward in developing important technologies for the advancement of human health...
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BioCenter Executive Director Elected to Board of International Association
Prescience International, an international incubation consulting firm in San Francisco, has worked with the San Jose BioCenter (where Richter currently is director) and the US Market Access Center, among other clients. Richter also co-founded the first executive program on bioscience development...
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New equipment for the Biology Lab
The BioCenter Clients will soon enjoy using brand new Luminometer, Gel Doc, and Freeze Dryer.
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BioCenter partners to form the California Consortium of Nano-Bio-Clean Tech
The BioCenter has partnered with several organizations to form a California Consortium of Nano-Bio-Clean Tech to facilitate research and commercialization of emerging technologies in the areas of nanotechnology, bioscience and clean technology to create jobs and foster economic growth in California...
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BioCenter partners with BioDevice
The BioCenter has partnered with EBD's 2007 BioDevice conference, an interdisciplinary forum where international decision makers from the various healthcare industries can meet to initiate or develop cross-sector partnerships between their companies.
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TechConnect invites the BioCenter to represent San Jose at Cleantech 2007
TechConnect is a global technology outreach & development organization dedicated to locating the world’s most promising advanced technology sectors and assisting in the development of ecosystems focused on accelerating the flow of technologies from the research phase to the viable market phase...
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BioCenter CEO invited to present at IEEE SF Bay Area Nano Council Third Annual All Day Symposium
IEEE SF Bay Area Nano Council enables nanotechnology engineering by building bridges between industry, academia, and government through the facilitation of education, networking, & entrepreneurship....
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Sponsor News

BioCenter Welcomes 3 New Sponsors
The BioCenter has chosen 3 new sponsors based on their knowledge, service relationships, and value to the industry and in commercialization.
  • Orrick: Life science companies have unique needs. Orrick's interdisciplinary life sciences group provides a full range of legal services tailored to the specific needs of life sciences companies.
  • ABD Insurance & Financial Services: Since the birth of biotechnology in 1976, ABD has been a trusted partner to biotech, medical device and healthcare companies - providing creative and cost-effective answers.
  • Archway Insurance Brokers, LLC: Insurance is an important decision for life science companies. Inside Archway, we have a specific service team dedicated to clients of the BioCenter.
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Fisher Scientific collaborates with the BioCenter
The BioCenter is working closely with Fisher Scientific, in an effort to effectively stock and supply the on-going needs for the BioCenter Chemistry Analytics Lab’s growth and clients’ demands. Fisher offers a complete product portfolio of laboratory equipment and supplies for all applications. The products in the BioCenter-Fisher mini-catalog will help you get started. Please click here for a list of supplies with catalogue #s to make your BioCenter Chemistry Analytics Lab ordering needs easy to obtain.
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The BioCenter Welcomes Orrick as Industry Sponsor
"Equally important to our role of protecting and defending life sciences companies' ideas and inventions, is facilitating their growth [...] Orrick's partnership with the San Jose BioCenter is indicative of our complete confidence in the success of the facility and the development it can foster for its client companies."...
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Archway Insurance Brokers News
Insurance continues to change. As the Bio-tech world expands, more insurance companies are entering the market place. Chubb, Hartford, Travelers, and C.N.A. are dedicating more resources toward biotech departments. Another continuing trend is the rise in health insurance costs and the shift to cost cutting alternatives. In this changing world, it’s imperative to choose an agent who understands these insurance leaders.
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Orrick Represents California Authority in Renewable Energy Deal
Orrick is representing the California Statewide Communities Development Authority in a proposed financing that is likely to be the first deal under Go-Solar, a new program that provides cost incentives for developing renewable energy...
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Job Board

Laboratory Technician for Edison Pharmaceuticals
Searching for a motivated, independent and reliable individual interested in contributing to the initial stages of project development in a startup company. You will be exposed to a wide range of bio-assays, laboratory techniques, and industrial practices...
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V.P. Sales for ChiroSolve, Inc.
Define and implement sales strategies; identify strategic partnerships and accounts, forecast sales; recruit and supervise Sales Specialists; develop programs which will drive the business deliverables...
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Chemistry Analytics Laboratory Technician
The BioCenter is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual to work as an Analytical Chemistry Consultant and Method Development Specialist...
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BioCenter Events

ABD Workshop: Employee Benefits 101 - 08/16
From Startup through Emerging Growth, IPO, and Post Offering, young biotech companies require specialized risk management, employee benefits and insurance solutions...
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Venture Capital Investments by Big Pharma - 09/27
Join an expert panel of the most active Big Pharma VCs such as Amgen Ventures and Lilly Ventures, to discuss this new source of capital with a particular focus on the following 2 topics: Do’s & Don’ts: How to approach and attract them? Pros & Cons: How are they different from regular VCs?
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"Show Me the Money" Trends in Financing - Looking Back, Looking Ahead & Holidays Celebration - 12/13
Effectively raising capital is crucial for any company. The first key to get funding is to understand where the money is. Do you really know what has been done in Bioconvergence companies financing? What is new and what is to expect for 2008? An expert Panel composed of a VC, a Big Pharma VC, an Angel...
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Partners Events

BioDevice Partnering 2007 - June 12 & 13, 2007 - an EBD conference - Zurich, Switzerland

At this international business meeting, decision makers from the medical technology industry develop partnerships with the biotech/pharma industry as well as other innovative sectors converging into the medical device space such as tissue regeneration, biomaterials, nanotechnology, coatings and polymers. BioDevice Partnering will feature the successful combination of partnering meetings and company presentations that characterizes all EBD’s events...
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Successful Entrepreneur Panel - June 18, 2007 - a FountainBlue's Life Science Entrepreneurs forum - Menlo Park, California
This forum will gather a panel of successful entrepreneurs to speak on the challenges and opportunities in running a funded and growing life science enterprise...
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NanoBio2007 - June 18-21, 2007 - an International Association of Nanotechnology conference - San Francisco, California

The 2nd International Congress of NanoBiotechnology & Nanomedicine (NanoBio 2007) will feature the state-of-the-art scientific research & development , as well as business and investment opportunities in the emerging Nanomedicine industry...
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Polymer Nanocomposites: Fabrication, Characterization and Application - June 19, 2007 - an IEEE SF Bay Area Nano Council Event - San Jose, California
Nanocomposite materials are defined as two-phase materials with one phase having at least one dimension on the nanometer scale. These materials have sparked an interest in research and development for various engineering and industrial applications...
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Health Care Innovations 2007 - June 19 & 20, 2007 - a Dow Jones & Company conference - Redwood City, California
Since the close of Health Care Innovations 2006, the connections made at the event have helped spawn an incredible $245 million in deal flow! Be there this year to ensure you don't miss out on a valuable connection. Highlights of this year's event include keynotes from Amgen, ev3, The FDA, SRI International, Novartis Pharma... Readers save $300! Register with code HCIPCP.
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Beyond Genome 2007 - June 20-22, 2007 - a Cambridge Healthtech Institute conference - San Francisco, California
Beyond Genome 2007 will focus on the top opportunities of the "post-genome" era. This comprehensive program will cover the latest research and academic advancements in the industry...
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Nanotech: From Promise to Reality - Creating a Sustainable Environment - July 17, 2007 - IEEE SF Bay Area Nano Council Third Annual Symposium - Santa Clara, California
Invited speakers represent leading entrepreneurs, academics, industry analysts & venture capitalists in the fields of nanotech enabled clean water and sustainable energy solutions. This event will also feature a panel of employers, educators, and industry analysts who will assess the career requirements and potential employment opportunities offered by nanotechnology...
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DMPK Regulatory Requirements and Interactions with FDA - August 3, 2007 - a BAAC-BAADME Joint Workshop - Foster City, California
FDA staff work with industry sponsors to ensure the safety and effectiveness of products before they reach the market place as well as post-marketing. Many US regulations/FDA guidance documents address the regulatory requirements for Investigational New Drug (IND) submission and the marketing authorization of a product as well as post-marketing surveillance. Drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK) data are a key component of this FDA regulatory process due to the important contributions made by DMPK in determining a drug’s efficacy and safety. This workshop will discuss the multiple steps and aspects of FDA’s regulatory process concerning DMPK and help the attendees understand the DMPK requirements in the regulatory process and how to interact with FDA to meet the regulatory requirements...
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BioFine USA - August 30 & 31, 2007 - San Diego, California
This annual networking convention for pharma and biopharma discovery and development professionals in North America comprises the BioFine exhibition, a Biocatalysis Day, Aromatic Chemistry for Pharma Intermediates and APIs conference, as well as two days of Biotech Company Showcases, making it the place to network, gain new knowledge and do real business...
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The BioExec Institute - Sep 10-11 | Oct 8-9 | Nov 12-13, 2007 - UC Berkeley Center for Executive Development at the Haas School of Business - Berkeley, California

The BioExec Institute is the only BioPharma Exec Ed series specifically designed to discuss business strategies with key leaders from industry. The BioExec Institute brings together director-level management for a 6 day program to discuss key strategies and tactics to managing business trade-offs within BioPharma. The 3 evening events covering “A View of San Francisco”, “Wine Tasting in the Valley” and “Cultural Perspectives” are also key opportunities to network with your peers, alumni, faculty and key industry leaders. In short, participants will complete this program with invaluable insight and powerful networks to deliver bottom line value in this growing industry...
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BioBriefing - September, 2007 - a BioTech Primer class in collaboration with the BioCenter - San Jose BioCenter, California
The one-day BioBriefing class provides a concise overview of modern biology concepts and an introduction to industry technology and terminology. This class is for those with limited time who want a succinct summary of the science and applications...
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The 4th International Congress of Nanotechnology (ICNT 2007) - November 5-7, 2007 - an International Association of Nanotechnology conference - San Francisco, California
The Congress will be one of the largest gathering of world-class nanotechnologists and corporate executives involved in the emerging field of nanotechnology, covering a broad spectrum of Nanotechnology including: Scientific Discoveries, Advanced Technologies, Education & Training, International Standards, Societal & Environmental, Nanotoxicology & Safety, International Initiatives, Commercial Applications, Venture Investment...
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Become a BioCenter Company

The BioCenter seeks to maintain a balanced and diversified portfolio across the various bioconvergence sectors with companies at various stages of development.

Membership is month-to-month. Resident companies receive lab space within the facility as well as access to equipment and services. Affiliates have access to all services but do not reside within the facility.

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"Moving to the BioCenter exponentially accelerated our path to commercialization."

- Dr. Daniel Sobek
President & CEO
Zymera, Inc.

The BioCenter is an economic initiative by

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"Top-notch lab space and specialized equipment, combined with business and laboratory services have allowed our company to take huge steps forward in our product and business development."

- Shang-Che Cheng
Ahwahnee Technology

Prenium Sponsor


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"The BioCenter provides us with that big company advantage which frees us up to focus on our innovation. They handle all the issues of getting us up and running including maintaining and caring for the equipment, front office reception and back office support."

- Rajeshwar Chhibber
BrighTex Bio-Photonics

Supporting Partners



"Being at the BioCenter is like "having a magical gift bag where gifts keep adding". We have many resources and common equipments available to us that we never expected we would get. BioCenter has been the best resource for ChiroSolve. It has been our go-to place for any of our business problems. With highly qualified mentoring network and competent resources; as well as co-habiting with a group of startups with similar resource restrictions, we can find most of our answers by discussing things with each other."

- Neelam Vaidya
Founder & CEO
ChiroSolve, Inc.


"How many great innovations get shelved because of a lack of sufficient resources? For Aridis, the experienced management team and the facilities at the BioCenter were instrumental in strategizing and preparing our business model and garnering the necessary resources to move projects forward. This gave Aridis a key advantage relative to other similar stage start-ups - and it worked."

- Dr. Eric Patzer
Founder & CEO
Aridis Pharmaceutical, LLC


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