The Rady School Blog

  • Rady School Alumni Startup Wins a San Diego MetroConnect Prize

    July 2, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    On July 1st, Cypher Genomics was announced as one of the San Diego MetroConnect Prize winners by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Cypher Genomics, one of the leading genome informatics companies, was founded by Rady School alumni Ashley Van Zeeland (MBA ’12) using the business model Van Zeeland developed during the Rady School’s Lab to Market capstone course series. In 2013, Van Zeeland was named a “Young Influential” for her work at Cypher Genomics by the San Diego Daily Transcript. The MetroConnect prize will assist in expanding Cypher Genomics and its business development efforts to improve healthcare around the globe.

    The below news was previously posted on Cypher Genomics’ blog.

    About the MetroConnect Prize

    The MetroConnect Prize is part of San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC’s) Go Global San Diego Initiative, whose mission is to aid in increasing the region’s economic competitiveness and prosperity by helping companies strategically expand to implement global economic engagement.

    Funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co., MetroConnect grants 15 winning company, including Cypher, with $10,000 in matching funds to cover up to 50% of the costs associated with the company’s next step to going global. Read more here about why companies are going global.

    Why Cypher Genomics?

    The award was announced today at a press conference featuring San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other key elected officials and business leaders. Cypher’s President and COO, Adam Simpson,accepted the award and spoke at the event.

    Simpson explained why San Diego is the city for genomics, with Cypher’s neighbors including industry leaders The Scripps Research Institute, from which Cypher was founded, Hank Nordhoff, former chairman and CEO of Gen-Probe, who leads Cypher’s board of directors to the teams at Celgene, Illumina, Lockheed Martin and Sequenom, who are among Cypher’s collaborators.

    Although San Diego is one of the field’s key “hometowns”, genomics is a global industry with global impact, which means San Diego has the potential to be the center of advancing genomics for the world.

    Cypher is working to solve a large problem facing the genomics industry – genome interpretation. How do you take the 3.2 billion base pairs that makes up your genome and turn that into information that can be used to deliver better healthcare?

    With Cypher’s genome interpretation technology, there is an opportunity to improve how diseases are diagnosed and enable more successful development by pharmaceutical companies by getting the right drug to the right patient. Cypher’s technology can also help advance large-scale genomics studies, like the UK’s 100,000 Genome Project.

    Why #GoGlobal?

    Cypher plans to use the prize from MetroConnect to continue to advance business development efforts around the globe including in United Kingdom, Japan and China, countries that can benefit from using genomics to improve health and healthcare.

    Cypher Genomics, San Diego Regional EDC and the community supporting global San Diego also took to Twitter to share their excitement for the MetroConnect winners.

    MetroConnect Press Release 1

    MetroConnect Press Release 2

    MetroConnect Press Release 3

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    Lauren Herr is the Social Media Manager for the Rady School. In her free time she can be found snapping landscape pictures and taking advantage of San Diego's amazing beaches and coffee shops.

  • Travel and Study Abroad Opportunities at the Rady School

    June 30, 2015
    by Aleena Karamally

    In an increasingly-globalizing economy international experience is becoming more and more important for emerging entrepreneurs. Almost all MBA graduates will either work in a foreign country or with a foreign business at some point in their careers. The Rady School of Management offers a variety of travel and study abroad experiences, which help students develop a broad perspective, build connections, gain experience and learn about foreign cultures and their business practices.
  • StartR Spotlight: Hydroceuticals

    June 25, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Hydroceuticals is an enhanced water beverage to help people better manage their diabetes.
  • San Diego Leads the Way to a Sustainable Future

    June 23, 2015
    by Kimberly Gossard

    On Thursday, May 28th, UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy hosted Councilman Todd Gloria at the Rady School to discuss San Diego’s Climate Action Plan and projections for a sustainable future.
  • StartR Spotlight: Genrix

    June 18, 2015
    by Andrew LeBlanc

    Genrix (formerly Insilico Scientific) works at the forefront of cancer bioinformatics and precision medicine.
  • Thank You, Rady School of Management

    June 16, 2015
    by Keith Louie

    Well, just like that, two years have quickly gone by. Looking back at my experience, I have certainly learned a lot of valuable life lessons and technical/leadership skills both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • StartR Spotlight: CB Therapeutics

    June 11, 2015
    by Sher Ali Butt

    CB Therapeutics is a startup developing a novel process for the production of non-psychoactive cannabinoid compounds.
  • Exec Ed Program Recap: Managing Distributed Teams using VirBELA Virtual World

    June 9, 2015
    by Joanie Connell

    On May 21, the first Rady School Center for Executive Education (CED) course was taught completely in a virtual world.
  • A Message to Incoming Students: Welcome to the Rady Family!

    June 4, 2015
    by Keith Louie

    After taking a deep breath and having numerous discussions with friends and family, you signed your name on the admissions portal and made your acceptance deposit. Congratulations, you are done with the admissions process!
  • StartR Spotlight: Aira.IO

    June 2, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Aira.IO is a remote assistive technology platform that combines wearable smart device technology with personalized service to help the blind and visually impaired.
  • Entrepreneur's Toolbox: MBA Student Seeks CTO for L2M Startup Through "" for Entrepreneurs

    May 28, 2015
    by Leszek Lisowski

    A tool to make the process of putting together a startup team a little bit easier.
  • A Dynamic Intersection: How Rady's Location Drives Novel Business Ventures

    May 26, 2015
    by Christina Littler

    ew regions exemplify this effect more clearly than the extensive community of thriving life sciences and biotech companies near the Rady School of Management.
  • Faculty Research Spotlight: Feared Second Screen May Prove Valuable to Television Advertisers

    May 19, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    In the midst of growing fear of the second screen by television advertisers, Rady School Assistant Professor of Marketing, Kenneth C. Wilbur's new study seeks to answer if and how television ads drive web traffic and sales from multitaskers.
  • One of Rady School’s First Ph.D. Students to Teach at Harvard Business School

    May 21, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Keenan’s background in the natural sciences ultimately led her to become interested in applying for a Ph.D. in the social sciences. Now, a few short weeks away from graduation, Keenan feels well prepared to begin her Assistant Professor position at Harvard Business School.
  • Leading With Service at the Rady School

    May 14, 2015
    by Will Bigham

    How Rady's Leading With Service Club is encouraging philanthropic involvement and school unity through volunteering and fundraising efforts.
  • From Manager to Entrepreneur: My Rady MBA Story

    May 12, 2015
    by Rajdeep Sidhu

    How one Rady School student fulfilled his dream to transition to entrepreneurship and establish a startup, all within the two-year duration of earning his MBA.
  • Oh, Where to Go this Weekend?

    May 8, 2015
    by Jay Zollmann

    As I’m sure you are already aware, San Diego is an absolutely wonderful place to attend business school. So much to do, so little time. However, occasionally, you just want to venture out and explore the surrounding area. Fortunately, within a half a day’s drive there are other fun and entertaining must sees for every student.
  • Work-Life-School Balance: My Integrative MBA Experience

    April 5, 2015
    by Lauray MacElhern

    By day, I am running meetings and teaching people about harnessing every opportunity for health and wellbeing through nutrition and lifestyle at our Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM). By night, I am a Rady MBA student learning things like business analytics, operations and management strategy.
  • Rady Alumni Silvia Mah Wins Pinnacle Award for Fostering Success for Entrepreneurial Women in San Diego

    May 1, 2015
    by Lauren Herr

    Last night, Rady School alumni Silvia Mah (MBA ’10) won the “Individual in Services” award at the 2015 Pinnacle Awards for her support of female founders and funders to launch, grow and sustain successful female-owned businesses
  • Which Rady MBA Program is the Right Fit for You?

    April 28, 2015
    by Jay Bryant

    There are a few industry vocabulary terms that applicants should be familiar with