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Measuring Marketing Performance: Setting Goals and Keeping Score

It’s a simple question. Was your organization’s 2018 marketing plan a success? Your honest answer may be “Our company did well,…

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2019 Marketing Plan: Defining Core Marketing Messaging

One important step in the development of a 2019 strategic marketing plan is alignment on marketing messaging. While your corporate positioning…

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Marketing Tips: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now for Next Year

Incredibly, 2019 is almost here, which means along with year-end budget and project reporting you need to lay out your 2019…

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Essential Steps to Launching Your 2019 Marketing Plan

Back in the days, before CG Life, I was actually on the client side, heading up marketing for a specialty chemicals…

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CORElaborating at CG Life: Understanding The Core (Lab) Marketing Challenges

Core labs play a critical role in scientific discovery and development. These centralized laboratories offer state-of-the-art facilities, programs and highly skilled…

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PR Life Hacks I Learned from Google

I had the good fortune to attend the 2018 GV Comms Summit in San Francisco recently. This unique, annual conference brings…

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Out Of The Black And Into The Blue

I still recall fondly the many times that friend, business partner, and Altered Stage founder Jeff Bergau suggested that I “jam…

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Best Podcast Shows Life Science Public Relations Professionals Should Listen To

In the public relations world, knowing what is happening in the industry is vital to establishing and maintaining the ‘relations’ part…

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23andMe Sold Your Genetic Data to GSK: What this Means for You, Your Data, and Your Health

Earlier this summer, the often-scrutinized at-home genetic testing company 23andMe sold genetic data from five million customers to the pharmaceutical company…

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Have your ever gone to a networking event only to be trapped once there? Perhaps it was the infomercial-like presentation you had to sit through, or the endless stream of consultants trying to “sell” you, or maybe it was the hefty entry fee you paid only to talk to someone you already knew all evening. Whatever the reason, let’s face it: most networking events can really suck. Those were our frustrations, too, back in 2011 when we decided to try to rethink networking. After attending yet another boring networking event, we asked ourselves “Why can’t we just skip to the fun part of networking events?” You know; the part where people actually get to connect, learn from others, start real relationships, enjoy a beverage or two, listen to some great music, and try delicious food (hey, as much as we love cheese platters and hotel lemon chicken, the culinary has many options)? Why can’t we? WE CAN. WE DID. Since that first humble event that featured a few pizzas, a cooler of beer, an iPod on shuffle and a few score of our life science friends, UNWIND has grown into a massive annual event with a wonderful following that reflects the life science and healthcare ecosystem. Last week’s UNWIND 2018 organized by CG Life in partnership with Women In Bio (WIB) saw nearly 500 life science professionals come together to network and chill. Great street tacos from Tacquizas el Unico, delicious craft beer from 32 North Brewing, and live music from The Manic Brothers. Moreover, even after its growth and duration, we have managed to keep the event free to attend thanks to sponsors like BASF, California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), EBD Group, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), MacDougall Biomedical Communications, Rady School of Management at UC San Diego and STAT. What does it take to pull off an event like this? Well, beyond a positive attitude and an amazing team of people to organize and manage it, it takes 480 pounds of ice, 232 bottles of wine, 4 kegs, 1,400 tacos, 975 solo cups, 2,610 handshakes, 4,011 hugs, 88 Diet Cokes, a service dog, and 1 name tag stuck on the floor. These days, it seems as though everyone is searching for a tribe to belong to. We stopped searching. Instead, we started our own: cool people who live and love science. Join us, won’t you?
UNWIND 2018 – Not Your Father’s Life Science Networking Event

Have your ever gone to a networking event only to be trapped once there? Perhaps it was the infomercial-like presentation you…

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