January 5, 2018

San Francisco: Home of Innovation

My TSP teammates and I will head to San Francisco next week for two exciting events: the J.P. Morgan 36th Annual Healthcare Conference and the Biotech Showcase. At both events, individuals from the Bay Area and beyond will show off new technology and innovation to each other and to investors. Either of these conferences could spark the next big thing in healthcare, biotechnology or life sciences.

I'm a fan of trivia – so I started researching other times San Francisco has played catalyst for significant inventions. Here are some of the best:


Bendy straws: People have used straws for a very long time, but they didn't bend until a man in San Francisco wanted to make it easier for his daughter to drink a milkshake in the 1930s. I have two sons, so I really respect that this inventor changed his entire life because he wanted his kid to make less of a mess.

Waterbeds: A master's student at San Francisco State University designed these in 1968. Before filling it with water, he actually tried out starch and Jell-O. They were undeniably cool in the '70s, but I hope they aren't a trend that anyone decides to bring back.

Popsicles: An 11-year old boy in San Francisco left a drink with a stirring stick outside overnight by mistake. In the morning, he found a delicious frozen drink on a stick. He patented the creation about 20 years later. I guess this is the opposite of the bendy straw story; it might be the only documented time when it was a better that a kid didn't clean up after himself. 


I'm excited to learn more about the amazing companies and innovators in our industry while I'm in San Francisco At TSP, our job is to help people build great companies with great people. Reach out to learn how we can work together. 

Tags: conferences, pharma / biotech

Mike Gamble

Mike doesn’t fit the typical “sales guy” mold. At first blush he might be the last person you’d expect but he’s the best person to lead business development. With a background in science, he knows the industry and our clients’ business from the inside. With a quiet demeanor he’s a great listener, capable of really hearing and understanding the problem that needs to be solved. Plus, like his deep-seated passion for his sports teams, Mike has an unyielding loyalty to the relationships he’s built over the years, always staying in touch and connected.

Mike’s extensive staffing background and even his sense of humor help him infuse different ways of looking at situations, welcomed by clients and colleagues looking for a creative, collaborative solution.

Mike has nearly 20 years of experience designing comprehensive talent acquisition solutions for leading healthcare and life science focused organizations. In his role, he is responsible for leading the sales effort across TSP’s full suite of offerings. Prior to TSP, Mike worked for Yoh, a leading staffing and workforce solutions organization where he held various leadership and sales executive positions. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Ursinus College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University.

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