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Executive Q&A: Greg Lucier

September 12, 2014 – 12:52 pm | Edit Post

In a single decade Greg Lucier transformed a small biotech startup, Invitrogen Corp., with 1,500 employees into Life Technologies Corp., an international giant with more than 12,000 employees, 5,000 patents, 50,000 products and nearly $4 billion in sal…

When Funds Flow

September 12, 2014 – 12:45 pm | Edit Post

Venture capital investment in the biotechnology sector of San Diego continues to climb despite the industry’s reputation of being volatile and risky.

In Rats and Men, Nicotine Withdrawal Casts Similar Pall

September 12, 2014 – 8:34 am | Edit Post

In a set of novel experiments involving both humans and rats, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), University of Pittsburgh, Washington University and Harvard Medical School report that the brain’s response to reward – its ability to recognize and derive pleasure from natural stimuli such as food, money or sex – is measurably reduced after nicotine withdrawal.

West Coast Biotech Roundup: Gates, Orexigen, Medivation & More

September 12, 2014 – 4:30 am | Edit Post
West Coast Biotech Roundup: Gates, Orexigen, Medivation & More

The West Coast news of the past seven days was dominated by approvals. The FDA was responsible for two of them. In San Diego, Orexigen Therapeutics traveled a long, long road with its weight-loss…

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How to Attract Smart People, Smart Ideas, and Smart Money

September 12, 2014 – 3:00 am | Edit Post
How to Attract Smart People, Smart Ideas, and Smart Money

North Carolina entrepreneurs are attracting attention all over the nation—and all over the world—across the tech, life science, and advanced materials sectors. The proof is in the…

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Hope and frank talk on autism from Temple Grandin

September 11, 2014 – 9:03 pm | Edit Post

Autism expert enraptured more than 600 people at the University of San Diego.

Scientists Discover Neurochemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

September 11, 2014 – 9:00 am | Edit Post
Scientists Discover Neurochemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California, San Diego have discovered that neurons from patients with schizophrenia secrete higher…

After Prolonged Review, FDA Approves Orexigen’s Weight-Loss Drug

September 10, 2014 – 6:52 pm | Edit Post
After Prolonged Review, FDA Approves Orexigen’s Weight-Loss Drug

The FDA today approved a new weight-loss drug for people who are obese and unhealthy, easing a burden that San Diego’s Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ: OREX) has been carrying for a long time. Orexigen…

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FDA OKs Orexigen’s weight loss pill

September 10, 2014 – 6:45 pm | Edit Post

Orexigen drug spent years in clinical testing to resolve health concerns.

Ferrara Receives Champalimaud Award for Role in Eye Disease Therapy

September 10, 2014 – 11:06 am | Edit Post

Napoleone Ferrara, MD, Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and senior deputy director for basic sciences at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, was named today as one of seven recipients of the António Champalimaud Vision Award in Lisbon, Portugal.