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Viking Therapeutics Prices Planned IPO

September 12, 2014 – 3:05 pm | Edit Post

San Diego-based Viking Therapeutics Inc., a biotech company developing treatments for diabetes and metabolic disorders, has announced the estimated pricing of its initial public offering at $55 million – 5 million shares at a price range of $10 to $12.

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.

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

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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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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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

A modern cultural hero, Grandin became famous for understanding the minds of animals.