San Diego Biotechnology Network to Feature Sapphire Energy at November Event

The San Diego Biotechnology Network (SDBN), a new professional organization, announced its inaugural networking event will feature a meet-and-greet with Sapphire Energy, a San Diego-based green crude production company.

SDBN was formed by two local marketing professionals, Mary Canady of Comprendia, LLC and Todd Backus of Blue Horse & Trumpet to meet the need for more face?to-face networking among Biotechnology professionals in the San Diego area, via casual, bi-monthly after-work events. SDBN events will feature a local company that represents the excitement and innovation of the San Diego biotechnology industry, and will provide a venue for their team to connect with the community in a casual atmosphere. SDBN?s choice of Sapphire Energy reflects the overwhelming interest that the biotechnology community has for the company and its technology.

Sapphire Energy was founded to address the overwhelming inadequacies of current biofuel approaches. The company has built a revolutionary platform using sunlight, CO2 and microorganisms such as algae to produce renewable fuel products ? gasoline, jet fuel and diesel ? that meet ASTM standards. The final product is not ethanol or biodiesel. Sapphire is led by a team of entrepreneurs and experts in cell biology, plant genomics and algal production, as well as investors with long histories of taking innovative technology to market, including co-founder ARCH Venture Partners, along with the Wellcome Trust, Cascade Investment and Venrock. Sapphire?s scientific supporters include The Scripps Research Institute; University of California, San Diego; the University of Tulsa, and the Department of Energy?s Joint Genome Project. The company is located in San Diego. For more information, visit and

Contact for Sapphire Energy: Sarah Shahrabani,, ph. 206.268.2228.

Event Details (RSVP Required)
Who: Sapphire Energy, Inc., and biotechnology professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: San Diego Biotechnology Network November Happy Hour
When: Tuesday, November 11th, 5:30-8:00
Where: Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, La Jolla, 8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Cost: $10
For more information about the event:, registration and confirmation required. Contact: Mary Canady,, ph. 858.922.6640.