QED entrepreneurship seminars

The QB3 Entrepreneurs’ Discussion (QED) series inspires, connects, and educates entrepreneurs. QED talks feature leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and industry experts on how to launch a successful startup. QEDs also provide a venue for members of the QB3 incubator network and Bay Area biotech community to meet entrepreneurial students, staff, and faculty. To keep posted on these events please sign up for our mailing list. Interested in speaking? Email Kaspar Mossman.

Lunch is provided for noon talks. Space is limited, so please register to ensure a seat.

All events, unless otherwise specified, are held at UCSF Mission Bay, Byers Hall, room 212. map Visitors enter through the main entrance to adjoining Genentech Hall.


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Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
Room N-114, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (600 16th St., San Francisco)

More than half of the startups in the QB3 network were founded by entrepreneurs not born in the US. And, at some point, many startups hire foreign scientists because of their specialized skills. But the procedures for applying for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, which have never been simple, have become more complicated since Donald Trump was elected president. To learn more about how Trump’s executive orders, and recent bills introduced in Congress, may affect your company’s hiring or your own employment prospects—and to get a refresher on the US immigration system, with a biotech focus—join us on March 2 for a special talk by Atessa Chehrazi and Sang Kim, partners at the immigration law firm of Jackson & Hertogs.

About the Speakers

Atessa Chehrazi has been a partner at Jackson & Hertogs since April 2013 and an associate/senior associate since July 2000. She was previously an associate at Maggio & Kattar in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2000. She has held several volunteer roles within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) during her career. For AILA’s Northern California Chapter, she has served as Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) liaison, and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) liaison. On a national level, Atessa served on AILA’s USCIS Headquarters and Benefits, Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and Department of Labor (DOL) liaison committee. In addition, Atessa has served on AILA’s Business Immigration Advocacy, Issues, and Due Process & Civil Liberties committees, as well as several conference committees. She has served as a board member of the Iranian American Bar Association Northern California chapter since 2009 and is incoming President of the chapter. She is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the National Lawyers Guild. She has authored several articles published in AILA Handbooks. Atessa has presented at national and regional AILA conferences. Atessa has been highly reviewed in legal directories, including selection as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” (2010-2012), and listing in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (2011-2015).


Sang Kim joined Jackson and Hertogs as a Senior Associate in December 2015. He possesses over a decade of experience in immigration, nationality and global business law. Sang has guided corporate, entrepreneur and investor clients in all aspects of temporary and permanent visa, travel and employment matters. He has also represented hundreds of scientists, performers, executives and extraordinary individuals in the field on their personal immigration petitions. Previously, Sang was a former Congressional Staff member to then, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Admitted to the New York State Bar since 2005, he is a graduate of New York University and Brooklyn Law School and is a current and active member of AILA.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:00pm
Room 212, Byers Hall, UCSF Mission Bay (1700 4th St., San Francisco)

The SBIR/STTR grant review process can be extremely frustrating and opaque. But if you understand how the reviewers operate, you can improve the chances that your application will succeed. On March 23, David Spellmeyer, an expert SBIR consultant, will reveal the inner workings of an SBIR/STTR Study Section Review Panel. David’s talk will cover panel composition, review assignments, meeting mechanics, critiques, and the scoring process. Join us to learn several ways that you can make your application stand out.

About the Speaker

David Spellmeyer, Ph.D., is Principal at Interlaken Associates, a consulting firm working with early stage companies on a wide variety of projects, including SBIR/STTR support. David is a regular member of SBIR/STTR Study Sections and recently served as Chair of the IMST-14 Study Section - Small Business: Computational, Modeling, and Biodata Management.

David brings his clients broad technical and business expertise gained in companies both small and large. He has been involved in the development of several technologies as a scientist, including combinatorial chemistry, label free screening, and translational applications of single-cell functional pathway analysis. Development of these technologies required overcoming many difficult steps of standardization, qualification, and validation of components of laboratory and information systems for use in clinical applications.

David works very closely with business development teams and has been involved in establishing over 20 non-dilutive strategic corporate partnerships, 4 mergers and acquisitions, several rounds of venture financing, one joint venture. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at UCSF and an active mentor at UCSF’s Entrepreneurship Center, California Life Sciences Institute’s FAST Program, and OneStart Americas.