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Kristiina Vuori joins WebMD Board of Directors

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 10th, 2014 .
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Sanford-Burnham’s President and Interim CEO Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., recently joined WebMD’s Board of Directors.

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West Coast Biotech Roundup: Scripps, Trounson, Versant, Gilead, & More

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 10th, 2014 .
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The big news out west this week revolves around institutional drama. In San Diego, the faculty at The Scripps Research Institute has taken issue with merger talks that the president and board have…

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Big Late-Stage Deals and Unicorns Drive U.S. Venture Activity Higher

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 10th, 2014 .
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Two years ago, VC firms shrugged off sluggish economic conditions to invest $8.1 billion in 812 U.S. deals in the second quarter. It was the highest total in more than a decade—and represented…

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Charles E. Daniels to be Honored for His Leadership in Health-System Pharmacy

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 9th, 2014 .
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The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has named Charles E. Daniels, PhD, FASHP, as the recipient of the 2014 John W. Webb Lecture Award. The Webb Award honors health-system pharmacy practitioners or educators who stand…

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Stem cell boss joins board he funded

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 9th, 2014 .
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One week after leaving, former CIRM president Alan Trounson joins agency-funded company.

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Scripps Research kills takeover by USC

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 9th, 2014 .
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Faculty opposition leads board to scuttle deal with University of Southern California.

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Brazil: Ready for Future Growth in Health Care

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 9th, 2014 .
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The eyes of the world are on Brazil. It is one of the most dynamic countries in the southern hemisphere; the sixth-largest economy in the world; and host of the World Cup, now drawing to a close. In…

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No extra mutations in modified stem cells, study finds

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 8th, 2014 .
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LA JOLLA—The ability to switch out one gene for another in a line of living stem cells has only crossed from science fiction to reality within this decade. As with any new technology, it brings with it both promise—the hope of fixing disease-causing genes in humans, for example—as well as questions and safety concerns. Now, Salk scientists have put one of those concerns to rest: using gene-editing techniques on stem cells doesn’t increase the overall occurrence of mutations in the cells. The new results were published July 3 in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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Beetham Appointed CEO at Cibus

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 8th, 2014 .
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Peter Beetham has taken the CEO’s job at Cibus, the Mira Mesa-based biotech announced July 8.

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Oh Canada! Versant’s Strategic Shifts Lead to $300M Fund

Posted by sandiegobiotech July 8th, 2014 .
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Versant Ventures, based in the San Francisco Bay Area but growing in Europe and especially Canada, is a few million dollars away from closing a new US$300 million fund, according to a regulatory…

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