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Supreme Court Should Scale Back Securities Class Actions

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 4th, 2014 .
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Class-action lawsuits against publicly traded companies, which ironically are meant to protect investors like me, have officially jumped the shark.  That was the only conclusion I could come to after…

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PacBio, the Post-Hype Sleeper of Genomics

Posted by sandiegobiotech March 3rd, 2014 .
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Hype and biotech go hand in hand, but genomics takes exaggeration up a few extra notches. When genomics companies fail, they tend to crash especially hard. Yet every now and then, a company that’s…

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How to Tell When a Startup Is Ready for Investment

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 28th, 2014 .
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Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice, and product focus. However, accelerator Demo Days are a combination of graduation ceremony and pitch…

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“All Hat, Ton of Cattle…”

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 22nd, 2014 .
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Had a remarkable day Friday in Houston crawling around the Texas Medical Center. I was in town to speak at the Xconomy Healthcare Summit—an incredible roster of speakers and attendees, I must…

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San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Lithera, CardioCell, and More

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 21st, 2014 .
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ResMed founder Peter Farrell was characteristically outspoken, funny, and acerbic as he talked about the origins of Carlsbad-based ResMed at a luncheon in his honor. I have the details, along with…

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Lithera Raises Additional $8M for Injectable Drug to Melt Belly Fat

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 18th, 2014 .
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San Diego-based Lithera says it has secured an additional $8 million to close its Series C round of financing that began more than a year ago. The aesthetic biotech, founded in 2007, has been…

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San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Cadence, Mast, Illumina, and More

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 14th, 2014 .
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Last year’s biotech buyout spree continued apace last week with the acquisition of San Diego’s Cadence Pharmaceuticals. I’ve got the details, along with the rest of the local life sciences news….

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MD Revolution Raises $7M for Web-based Health and Fitness Program

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 13th, 2014 .
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MD Revolution, a San Diego startup that has developed online technology to help people improve their health, says today it has closed on $7 million in a Series B round of funding. All of the funding…

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Illumina, Yuri Milner Open Genomics Startup Accelerator in SF

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 12th, 2014 .
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Entrepreneurs who want to use high-powered DNA sequencers for, say, a new way to diagnose cancer, are in much the same boat as infotech entrepreneurs a decade ago. Before they can even develop a…

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The Young and Proven Biotech VCs From 2012. Where Are They Now?

Posted by sandiegobiotech February 10th, 2014 .
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One of the old saws in journalism is to “follow the money” when you’re looking for a story. But sometimes you learn even more by following the people. The people, in this case, are biotech venture…

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