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Emulate Scores $12M to Shake Up Drug Testing With Organs on Chips

July 28, 2014 – 3:55 am | Edit Post
Emulate Scores $12M to Shake Up Drug Testing With Organs on Chips

It’s an age-old problem with drug development: no matter how good a drug looks when tested in animals or petri dishes, there’s no guarantee it’ll have the same effect on a person. That…

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Brazil: Ready for Future Growth in Health Care

July 9, 2014 – 9:39 am | Edit Post
Brazil: Ready for Future Growth in Health Care

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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Outside San Diego, Illumina Looks to Wisconsin for Key R&D

May 8, 2014 – 6:37 am | Edit Post
Outside San Diego, Illumina Looks to Wisconsin for Key R&D

When an acquisition occurs, the worst-case scenario for the community of the purchased company usually occurs when the buyer gobbles up the pieces it wants and shutters the local operations. But this…

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San Diego’s Synthorx Adds To Genetic Alphabet, Aims for Bio-Products

May 7, 2014 – 11:38 am | Edit Post
San Diego’s Synthorx Adds To Genetic Alphabet, Aims for Bio-Products

[Corrected 5/7/14, 2 pm See below.] A group of scientists in San Diego who found a way to insert synthesized nucleotides into DNA—and who succeeded in coaxing the synthetic DNA to replicate in…

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Organizing For Aging—An Investment Imperative

May 5, 2014 – 12:01 am | Edit Post
Organizing For Aging—An Investment Imperative

Starting now, venture capitalists should reflect on an opportunity that probably occupies them very little. They know they are in the medical progress business, having financed numerous hard-won…

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

May 2, 2014 – 6:52 am | Edit Post
San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Otonomy, Verdezyne, and IPOs

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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Wireless Health Summit: Barriers to Adoption and Tools for Change

May 1, 2014 – 2:31 pm | Edit Post
Wireless Health Summit: Barriers to Adoption and Tools for Change

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

May 1, 2014 – 4:00 am | Edit Post
At Two-Year Mark, JOBS Act Is Regulation Even A Biotech Can Love

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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Otonomy Raises $49M to Advance 3 Drugs for Treating Ear Diseases

April 30, 2014 – 4:30 am | Edit Post
Otonomy Raises $49M to Advance 3 Drugs for Treating Ear Diseases

Otonomy, the San Diego biopharmaceutical startup developing new treatments for diseases and disorders of the ear, has refined its strategy, raised capital, and advanced three drug candidates in the…

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BioPharma Learns From Marvel, Begins Real Life Search For “X-Men”

April 30, 2014 – 12:01 am | Edit Post
BioPharma Learns From Marvel, Begins Real Life Search For “X-Men”

Biopharma employees read, as you might expect, a wide spectrum of scientific journals and trade publications. What might be surprising is that their reading lists appear to have expanded recently to…

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