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San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Otonomy, Verdezyne, and IPOs

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 2nd, 2014 .
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It was another busy week for San Diego’s life sciences sector. Here’s my roundup. —The federal Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that was enacted two years ago has made it easier for…

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Ability to isolate and grow breast tissue stem cells could speed cancer research

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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LA JOLLA—By carefully controlling the levels of two proteins, researchers at the Salk Institute have discovered how to keep mammary stem cells—those that can form breast tissue—alive and functioning in the lab. The new ability to propagate mammary stem cells is allowing them to study both breast development and the formation of breast cancers.

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Wireless Health Summit: Barriers to Adoption and Tools for Change

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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As a co-founder and CEO of the San Diego-based Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, Rob McCray has spent the past decade or longer shepherding the convergence of innovative wireless technologies and…

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Otonomy raises $49 million

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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The San Diego biotech company is developing drugs for ear diseases.

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UC San Diego Researcher to Lead First-of-Its-Kind NASA Identical Twins Study

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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Brinda Rana, a professor at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, has been awarded NASA funding to study fluid flows in the brains of identical twin astronauts—one of whom will spend a year in space, while the other is left on Earth.

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Chancellor Shares Strategic Plan Outcomes at Town Hall

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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UC San Diego is embarking on an era of transformation – one that will improve our campus and increase our societal impact – thanks to the collective creation of our first-ever Strategic Plan. That was the message Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla shared at the April 24 Town Hall at the Faculty Club.

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Welcoming the ‘Leaders of the Future’

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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Nashaya Ross remembers walking home from Lincoln High School, thrilled that she had gotten into her top college choice: UC San Diego. But her excitement soon turned to anxiety. “I started thinking, ‘How am I going to pay for college?’ ” said Ross. “I had never felt so stressed. I had the grades and the knowledge, but there’s nothing you can do about money. I felt so powerless.”

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UC San Diego Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Raza Resource Centro

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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More than 250 campus and community members gathered in Matthews Quad to celebrate the dedication of the Raza Resource Centro (RRC) on April 23. The newest resource center at UC San Diego, it was developed to suppor…

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At Two-Year Mark, JOBS Act Is Regulation Even A Biotech Can Love

Posted by sandiegobiotech May 1st, 2014 .
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It’s been two years since President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law and revamped the rules that govern private companies trying to raise money from all types of…

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Salk scientists reveal circuitry of fundamental motor circuit

Posted by sandiegobiotech April 30th, 2014 .
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LA JOLLA—Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered the developmental source for a key type of neuron that allows animals to walk, a finding that could help pave the way for new therapies for spinal cord injuries or other motor impairments related to disease.

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