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  February 2006 
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  • GABA Events in February
  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups







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    GABA Events in February
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, February 2nd, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer hosts the new East Bay venue for GABA's monthly Stammtisch gatherings. We would like to extend the invitation to all spouses and children, so we can all get to know each other. For more information and to RSVP, please contact aschleyer02@yahoo.com.

    Decision-making in Early Drug Development
    Wednesday, February 8th, 6 pm
    Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, Four Embarcadero Center, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
    A panel consisting of a representatives from Genentech, Chiron and Exelixis will be discussing their criteria for funding drug development, presenting their process and expertise. This will provide some lively discussion post presentation. For more information, please visit GABA's website. To RSVP for this event, please contact events@gaba- network.org.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, February 15th, 7 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
    No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, February 16th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (www.wein-habel.de)
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact ulli-kohl@questico.de.

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, February 17th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14, Hamburg (www.hhbc.de)
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact holger.ritter@boeing.com.

    GABA-SoCal: Starting a Restaurant Business with Natural Whole Food
    Wednesday, February 22nd, 7-10 pm
    Good Mood Food Café, 5930 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, Tel 714 377 2028
    Restaurant owner and cook Ursula Horaitis will speak about her experience of starting and growing her successful restaurant business in Orange County. Learn more about the benefits of natural whole foods and taste for yourself how delicious healthy food can be!

    Sexual Harrassment
    Thursday, February 23rd, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Sexual Harassment has attracted increasingly public attention in recent years. Shifting demographics, globalization and an increasingly diverse workforce have all added to the mix of conflicts of this controversial and often confusing issue. Recent changes in the law, including some surprising court decisions, make managing employees and preventing legal problems in this area more challenging than ever. For more information, please visit GABA's website. To RSVP for this event, please contact events@gaba- network.org.

    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, March 2nd, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer hosts the new East Bay venue for GABA's monthly Stammtisch gatherings. We would like to extend the invitation to all spouses and children, so we can all get to know each other. For more information and to RSVP, please contact aschleyer02@yahoo.com.

    Visit GABA's website for more information about our events! »

    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    5th Annual Nanotechnology Investing Forum
    Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 7:00am to Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 2:00pm
    Lodge at Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, CA
    This conference unites venture capitalists, private equity investors, corporate investors, institutional investors, tech transfer & licensing executives, government and corporate research scientists, and nano company CEOs. For more information and to register, please visit www.ibfconferences.com/ibf/vie wdetails.asp?lstconfname=158.

    7th Annual Corporate Venturing, Strategic Partnering & IP Commercialization Conference
    Thursday, February 2, 2006, 7:00am to Friday, February 3, 2006, 2:00pm
    Lodge at Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, CA
    This conference unites corporate investors, new business development executives, venture capitalists, private equity investors, institutional investors, technology transfer experts, licensing executives, corporate counsel, CTOs, CIOs, CEOs and CFOs of emerging growth companies. For more information and to register, please visit www.ibfconferences.com/ibf/vie wdetails.asp?lstconfname=160.

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate Member
    Globalpress Connection Inc. (Ms. Irmgard Lafrentz) - www.globalpresspr.com

    Extended Corporate Member
    Haeckl & Partner (Mr. Reinhard Haeckl) - www.haecklundpartner.de
    Wellington Partners Venture Capital GmbH (Ms. Sabine Scherer) - www.wellington.de
    Paul Hobbs Wines (Mr. Michael Riel) - www.paulhobbswines.com
    OpVista (Mr. Karl May) - www.opvista.com

    Basic Corporate Members
    Spott, Lucy & Wall - www.SpottLuceyWall-CPAs.com
    SMA Technology AG Pierre Pascal Urbon - www.SMA.de
    CMK Consulting LLC (Pascal Etzol)
    Dieter Holzmann Consulting

    Individual Members
    Mr. Markus Anderle
    Mr. Markus Guehrs
    Mr. Markus Cremer
    Ms. Edda Mihaescu, Ph. D.
    Mr. Gregory Gorman
    Ms. Andrea Friese
    Ms. Helen Baron
    Mr. Erik Hasenbein
    Mr. Stafford Hemmer

    Student Members
    Mr. Alexander Safaric

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit our website or contact membership@gaba- network.org.

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    Member News
    The German Scholars Organization (GSO) invites companies looking for highly qualified German researchers with international work experience to participate in our Job & Career Fairs 2006: March 4th in San Francisco (Mission Bay Conference Center) and May 27 in Chicago (Allerton Crowne Plaza). The GSO is a unique nonprofit network of young German scientists from all academic disciplines pursuing their research at leading universities and academic institutions in the USA and Canada. Our members are interested in both academic and alternative careers in the academic and commercial sectors. The GSO is a direct connection at the fulcrum of the university - R&D nexus to up-and-coming innovators who are looking to take their next step. Contact: Dr. Ute Schulz, 510-848 2245, info@gsonet.org, www.gsonet.org

    Premium Corporate member Cooley Godward LLP served as legal advisor to Micromet AG, one of the leading privately held European biopharmaceutical companies focused on the development of antibody-based drugs, based in Munich, in its merger with CancerVax Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of novel biological products for the treatment of cancer, based in Carsbad, CA. To view the press release, click here: http://www.cooley.com/news/pr essreleases.aspx?ID=39376820.

    As a co-sponsor, MaCS, Inc. - Marketing Communication Services invites you to the BMA International Marketing Roundtable on February 15, 2006 at 7.30 am to 9.00 am in Palo Alto (Scott's Seafood Restaurant and Grill, 855 El Camino Real). Who has not heard about blogs, and about the great opportunities that this new vehicle brings to marketing communication? But how can this technology be helpful to your company's success? "What you need to know about successful corporate blogging - a success story by Mindjet". You'll learn how to motivate your team to write in the blog, the legal aspects of having a blog, blogging policies, and many tips and tricks on how to make your corporate blog a success. For more information please go to: http://www.norcalbma.org/ and RSVP to sk@macs-us.com latest on February 13.

    The 2006 Wainhouse Research European Forum (April 19-20-21 in Berlin) will focus on next-generation technologies for meetings as well as current trends in enterprise collaboration deployments. This exciting 3-day conference/exhibition, already dubbed the premiere event for the European conferencing/collaboration industry, will help business and IT leaders develop and implement a collaboration strategy while exploring the potential risks and rewards of different meeting, presentation, and training technologies and strategies. New this year is the participation of the EU-funded AMI project that includes presentations and demonstrations of technologies being researched for next-generation meetings. Full details available on www.wainhouse.com/berlin.

    The German International School of Silicon Valley, (310 Easy Street, Mountain View, tel. 650.254.0748, www.gissv.org) is holding an Open House on Saturday February 25th. From 10.00am to 1.00pm the GISSV Kindergarten (5/3 day German Immersion Program for children age 2-6 including Vorschule) and the school (grades 1-12) are open for interested parents and students. Teachers, parents and students are ready to show the school and inform you about the bilingual German-English program for our German, American and international students. The GISSV is accredited by the German Government and a pilot school for the German International Abitur.

    Premium Member Hotel Palomar announces brand new Sony flat screen televisions and DVD/CD players in all guest rooms! Special rates starting at $199.00 in February 2006 based on availability. Visit their new website @ hotelpalomar-sf.com for more information.

    GABA Member Benefit: Join the Productivity nano- Conference on March 2nd in Menlo Park at the Special Member Fee

    Productivity nano-Conference is designed for today's busy professionals and executives, to provide them with critical insights and valuable techniques for mastering handheld devices, better managing the time spent on e-mail, and effectively manipulating and presenting data and documents, in order to make a quantum leap in productivity and performance. This is a must-attend event for every professional and executive in today's information age, who wants to get more done in less time.
    The Theme is "You Can Choose": Yes, even in the midst of this unprecedented information and technology overload, you can still "choose" and be in control often enough, instead of feeling out-of-control most of the time.
    The nano-conference, will take place in "nano" time (5 hours), at a "nano" registration fee (starting at the special member fee of $45 for early registration-up to February 20th, and then the special member fee of $65 after February 20th), and you will be eligible to participate in the iPod nano raffle.
    For details and registration, please refer to: www.people- onthego.com/productivity-nano- conference.html.
    For questions, please e-mail training@people- onthego.com

    Job Board
    FXCM is looking for a Sales Associate. Please visit GABA Career Services for more details.

    Fujitsu Siemens has immediate open positions in Sunnyvale for experienced as well as junior engineers. Please visit GABA Career Services for more details.

    YES Partners is looking for a Technology Architect (DFM) and a Photo Chemist (DFM), both based in Munich, Germany.

    GABA Affiliates

    GABA aligns with non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, California an beyond to encourage international business, trade, and foster transatlantic knowledge-share.

    American Council on Germany (www.acgusa.org)
    British American Business Council Northern California (www.babcsf.org).
    California Association of Germany (www.caog.de)
    French-American Chamber of Commerce (www.faccsf.com)
    German Mixer (www.GermanMixer.com)
    Hamburg@Work (www.hamburg-media.net)
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (www.mbita.org)
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) (www.svase.org/international )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (www.svcwireless.org)
    Silicon Valley RFID Group (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/s v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (www.svcitd.org)
    Women's Calendar (www.womenscalendar.org)

    GABA Industry Groups

    GABA's industry groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

    Life Sciences IG
    Dedicated to enabling and fostering alliance networks between German and US life science companies. IG Life Sciences features an event series "Learn and Delight" in California Bay Area to facilitate the networking in the life science community. A panel discussion with industry experts highlights significant life sciences topics and is accompanied by a Gourmet tasting. Visit our website for more information.

    Semiconductor - IT IG
    Germany and the US are two of the leading manufacturers and consumers of semiconductors, with exciting opportunities for business development and exchange of knowledge, to build on existing relationships and shape new ones. Visit our website for more information.

    Telecommunications IG
    Dedicated to facilitating business, trade, and exchange between Californian and German companies in the areas of fixed and mobile communication and digital media, educating members of the business community on both sides of the Atlantic in telecom and communication-related topics, and deepening the understanding among them about the state and development of the markets in Europe and the U.S. More information coming soon to our website.

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.To find our more, please visit our website

    Human Resources IG
    The group's objective is to enable companies and individuals alike to stay abreast of current employment trends, compensation issues, corporate governance, legal developments, immigration/visa trends and "best practices". For more detailed information, please go to our website.

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