Network 9 Biology and Chemistry

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Colt Hall Forum

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Colt Hall Forum

5:00 p.m. Check-In and Pre-Networking
5:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Network with professionals from the following companies:


Isis Pharmaceuticals

Bethany Fitzsimmons, Research Associate

Bethany Fitzsimmons came to PLNU as a freshman in 1998.  She started out as a BioChem major, but quickly switched to Biology as she discovered that chemistry was not her passion.  Throughout the course of her education, Ms. Fitzsimmons came to realize that she loved learning about the body; the way it functions, the ways different animals adapt to their environments, and how our bodies respond in the face of injury and disease.  After she graduated in 2002, she accepted a position in the Anesthesiology Research Department at UCSD.  She was able to grow her abilities to design and carry out experiments and think critically about the results.  Ms. Fitzsimmons was responsible for training all new students, postdocs, and fellows in our surgical and behavioral testing techniques, and was still able to complete her own research projects, focusing on inflammatory pain.  Though quite busy with my day-to-day responsibilities, she was lucky enough to be part of a lab that supports its members, and was able to get her Masters in Physiology through SDSU.  She was at UCSD for almost 10 years before accepting her current position at Isis Pharmaceuticals.  Ms. Fitzsimmons runs the small (but growing) pain program at Isis Pharmaceuticals, in addition to supporting the rest of the neuroscience team in their endeavors.

University of California San Diego

Dr. Bassem Georgy, Assistant Clinical Professor of Radiology

Dr. Georgy is board certified in Radiology, Neuroradioloy and Interventional Pain Management . His area of interest is the field of minimally invasive spine procedures.  He is a partner radiologist in San Diego Imaging, a private radiology group that provide service to many hospitals across San diego county.  Dr. Georgy is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has authored numerous peer review scientific publications and book chapters.  

Dr. Georgy earned his medical degree from Cairo University, Cairo Egypt.  He completed his Radiology Residency in the university of S. Alabama followed by multiple fellowships in the fields of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Neuroradiology in the University of California, San Diego.  He is a past president of the American Society of Spine Radiology and San Diego Radiological Society. He is a reviewer of many scientific journals and hold title of Assistant  Professor of Radiology at the university of California San Diego.

San Diego Animal Hospital

Dr. Mary Gibbs, Veterinarian

Dr. Mary Gibbs received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987.  She was born and raised in California where she began her college education at Pierce College in Woodland Hills.  There she received an Associate of Science degree in Animal Health Technology and became licensed as an Animal Health Technician (AHT).  Dr. Gibbs earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she worked as an AHT in the Large Animal Veterinary Clinic on campus.  She also spent a year abroad at Lincoln College in New Zealand.  She continued her education at University of California, Davis where she was a Graduate Research and Teacher Assistant while obtaining her Masters of Science Degree in Animal Science.

After obtaining her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gibbs returned home to California where she has been practicing Small Animal Medicine ever since.  She practices canine and feline medicine and her special interests include internal medicine and geriatric medicine.  Dr. Gibbs is a member of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.  


Dr. Mike Hale, Associate Director of Research and Development

Dr. Michael Hale is currently an Associate Director of Research and Development at Quidel Corporation.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of California, San Diego.  His thesis focused on the atomic and electronic understanding of semiconductor device interfaces which was highlighted in Science.  Upon graduation he accepted a faculty fellowship position at UCSD which allowed him to continue to surf every day and enjoy the great year round weather San Diego has to offer.  During his fellowship his research shifted toward developing chemical and biological weapon sensors.  

In addition to research, Mr. Hale found that he had a passion for teaching; he could often be found at the local coffee cart interacting with students.  After leaving UCSD he joined Quidel Corporation where he quickly rose through the ranks and lead the assay development of Sofia Flu A+B, the first assay on an instrumented fluorescent lateral flow platform.  Mr. Hale has since launched a second assay, qualitative hCG, and has patented several inventions related to both qualitative and quantitative assays.  In his spare time Mr. Hale enjoys sailing, camping, hiking and other active outdoor activities with his wife of 15 years Cindy.


Dr. Jessica Ho, Senior Scientist

Dr. Jessica Ho is currently a Senior Scientist at Quidel Corporation.  She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Her graduate research focused on the characterization of a family of transcription factors, which are key players in regulating the immune response and cancer.  After graduation Dr. Ho accepted a Senior Scientist position at BPS Bioscience where she worked to develop novel Research Use Only products.  She was able to use her experience to land a position at Quidel Corporation within R&D.  Within the two years at Quidel, she has already launched her first FDA cleared product: qualitative hCG.  Although Dr. Ho spends much of her time in the laboratory, in her spare time, she enjoys thrill seeking activities as well as her new found love of hiking.


Leo Lee, Global Safety Manager

Leo Lee is currently a global clinical study manager at Amgen. Mr. Lee’s background includes an extensive experience in leading pre-clinical drug safety development programs through Phase II proof of concept at Pfizer, and in providing safety signal intelligent assessment to clinical/post marketed drug products and managing large scale external clinical collaborations at Amgen.  His academic training includes UCSD (BS cell biology and biochemistry), San Diego State University (MS Toxicology), and University of San Diego (MBA Executive Leadership).

In addition, Mr. Lee is a highly motivated individual who display a high level commitment to excellency and leadership.  He served on many leadership positions, such as Chairperson at the San Diego Biotech Discussion Group, Corporate Council at the San Diego Community College, Congressional District Advocate engaging with Congressmen and Senators in Sacramento and Washington D.C. on legislative issues related to pharmaceutical industries.

Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Max Moore, Executive Director of Manufacturing and Operations

Max Moore is the Executive Director of Manufacturing and Operations at Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. As a child he spent most of his days running free in the foothills of Mount San Jacinto where he developed a deep curiosity of biological processes, which led him to pursue a degree in Biology form Point Loma Nazarene College (PLNC). While earning his degree at PLNC, Mr. Moore began a career as an electron microscopist at the National Vision Research Institute (NVRI), where he contributed to the development of what is now known as lasik eye surgery.  After four years at the NVRI, Mr. Moore decided it was time for a change and moved to the Philippines where he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Upon completion of his Peace Corps service, Mr. Moore began his current 17 year career at Isis Pharamceuticals where he developed and patented a number of processes used in the manufacture of oligonucleotides. In his current capacity, Mr. Moore oversees the development of manufacturing processes, process scale-up and production of oligonucleotides in support of clinical trials and commercialization.

In his spare time, Mr. Moore enjoys surfing, snowboarding, hiking and doing anything in the outdoors with his three children and wife of 18 years.  In addition, Mr. Moore currently serves on the School Board of a small private school in Encinitas, advocates for families impacted by traumatic brain injury and is active as a foster parent.

Point Loma and Shelter Island Drug

Dr. Michael Saad, Pharmacist

Dr. Michael Saad graduated at University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1978 at age of 22. He spent two years as a Pharmacist in the South African Armed Forces before becoming Community Pharmacy owner of 2 Pharmacies in South Africa 1979 to 1990.  Eventually Dr. Saad immigrated to the USA in 1991 and opened two pharmacies currently in San Diego.

Additionally, Dr. Saad has been a Pharmacy Preceptor at UCSD School of Pharmacy in 2009 and a Pharmacy Preceptor at Pacific University School of Pharmacy in 2007.  The purpose of serving as a preceptor is to educate and show students the opportunities available to students seeking a career in Community Pharmacy and the benefits of business ownership!