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By Paolo Vicini and Scott Fountain

Paolo Vicini-finalFountain-finalThe history of biotechnology and life sciences in the greater San Diego area can be traced back over half a century, with the establishment of technology centers such as The Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute California, and The University of California San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1978, Ivor Royston and collaborators launched Hybritech, sparking the broader multibillion dollar San Diego life sciences industry to follow.

Today, Southern California and the greater San Diego area are home to a competitive and vibrant life sciences corridor and community, bringing together industry, academic institutions, hospitals, and technology innovators in a region the locals and BioSpace refer to as Biotech Beach. Research at institutions such as The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and Moores Cancer Center are just a few examples of the region’s commitment to innovative and applied life sciences.

Linking investors and entrepreneurs, organizations such as BIOCOM and Connect pursue and coordinate forums in the community to gather thought leaders, creating opportunities for collaboration and sponsorship, all in a culture steeped in inspiration and innovation.

We hope you enjoy your visit to San Diego and our community of life science, innovation, and partnership.

Paolo Vicini is a Translational Modeling and Simulation Research Fellow in the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, and Metabolism Department of Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, La Jolla, California. He is an AAPS Fellow.
Scott Fountain is executive director of Biotherapeutics and Translational Research in the Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics, and Metabolism Department of Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, La Jolla, California. He is a member of AAPS and is currently vice chair of the AAPS BIOTEC Section.