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West Coast Biotech Roundup: Theranos, Medivation, Juno, and More

April 15, 2016 – 6:36 am

Sean Parker, who made billions of dollars investing in Napster and Facebook, hosted a big party this week with Lady Gaga, John Legend, and a lot of movie stars. Oh, and Parker pledged $250 million to…

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Cydan, NEA’s Orphan Drug Accelerator, Targets Sickle Cell With Startup Imara

April 14, 2016 – 4:25 am

Cydan Development, New Enterprise Associates’s orphan drug startup accelerator, has taken a look at around 600 assets since it was formed some three years ago. Sifting through all these potential…

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EnsoData Raises $550K to Develop Software That Analyzes Sleep Data

April 13, 2016 – 3:45 pm

At an event last August featuring pitches from startups, EnsoData co-founder Chris Fernandez told audience members that his company was hoping to raise $300,000 in a seed funding round. EnsoData,…

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With Latest Startup, Harvard’s Verdine Again Aims at Elusive Targets

April 13, 2016 – 3:50 am

Harvard University chemical biologist and serial entrepreneur Greg Verdine has spent more than a decade trying to come up with different solutions for one critical problem in biotech: The majority of…

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Takeaways and Photos from Big Data Meets Big Biology in San Diego

April 12, 2016 – 8:39 am

In his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs talked about the path we follow in life, saying, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking…

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Elanco Gets FDA Nod on Biological Drug for Dairy Cows

April 12, 2016 – 5:00 am

A mastitis diagnosis in a cow spells trouble for a dairy farmer, who faces certain loss in milk production and possible loss of the cow. Antibiotics can treat this infection of the udder, but these…

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West Coast Bio Roundup: Pfizer’s BBC Ghosts, Gilead’s NASH, HLI’s Cash

April 7, 2016 – 3:30 am

The roundup was on hiatus last week for a little R&R in the California desert, which is an endless panorama of reminders that even the biggest slabs of rock eventually turn to sand. We returned…

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RiverVest Opens San Diego Office That’s Been 10 Years in the Making

April 6, 2016 – 9:01 pm

RiverVest Venture Partners has stayed mostly under the radar as a small-but-active investor in San Diego life sciences startups for the past 10 years or so. After making investments in San Diego’s…

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Announcing Xconomy Indiana—11th Region in Our Network

April 6, 2016 – 4:55 am

Just over two years ago, when we launched Xconomy Wisconsin as the ninth region in our network, I wrote: “There are no flyover zones in the United States. That’s the way Xconomy views the map,…

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Making the Price Right: Ideas To Change Drug Costs Gain Momentum

April 5, 2016 – 5:45 am

If the U.S. presidential primaries continue their current trajectories, the two contenders come autumn will have at least one thing in common: a stated desire to do something about high drug prices….

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