With so many great Bay Area universities and life science companies working on the human microbiome and other microbial communities, the four of us (see below) thought it would make sense to organize a “Bay Area Microbiome Meetup”. This will – hopefully! – be the start of a series of get-togethers to connect, discuss, and share about the latest microbiome research.
IndieBio, a biotech accelerator located in San Francisco has graciously offered to host the event on Monday November 7, 2016, from 6-9 pm. The theme of this evening will be “Commercializing the microbiome”
The main purpose of our first event will be to get to know each other. We will host microbiome professionals from leading Bay Area research institutions (e.g., UCSF, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and Stanford) as well as cutting edge life science and biotech organizations.
We will start the evening with a series of short pitches by representatives from several Bay Area microbiome companies and start-ups, followed by a Q&A panel. But most of the evening will be a mixer in an informal setting with food and drinks. This will be a great opportunity to strengthen the connections between microbiome scientists working in academia and biotech, and to learn, socialize, and network.
The event will be free, and drinks and light food will be provided, thanks to generous donations by Second Genome, Assembly Biosciences, One Codex, uBiome, Whole Biome, Osel Inc, and our host IndieBio. Seating is limited.
You can sign up for this event here: bay-area-microbiome-meetup.eventbrite.com
Here is a flyer to forward to other people who might be interested: november-microbiome-meetup-v4 (PDF).
We hope this Microbiome Meetup will be a great success!
Jun Axup, IndieBio (our host)
Stephen Martis, UC Berkeley (poster design)
George Roche, UC Berkeley
Elisabeth Bik, Stanford University