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Merck Bets $15M on Ambrx’s “Smart Bomb” Antibodies

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 18th, 2012 .
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Merck is making its first move into one of the hotter corners of biotech, by forming a partnership to make “smart bomb” antibody drugs with San Diego-based Ambrx. The Whitehouse Station, NJ-based…

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Three Good Things About BIO 2012, and Four Not-so-Good

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 18th, 2012 .
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People from all over the world are gathering in Boston today to talk about biotech dreams. Like most years at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s international convention, at least 15,000…

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SD Biotech Roundup: Life Technologies, KFx Medical, Shire, & More

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 15th, 2012 .
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From dollops of cash to big project announcements, here is our roundup of San Diego life sciences news for the past week. —Waltham,MA-based Alere (NYSE: ALR) recalled an additional 650,000 Triage…

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Join Us for BIO Tweetchat at 12:30 pm ET with John Maraganore

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 15th, 2012 .
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[Updated: 7:07 am ET 6/18] One year ago, I felt the need to say that Twitter was no fad, that it was truly here to stay in biotech. Now it has become such a mainstream tool for information sharing in…

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SD at Center of Shire’s Plan for Regenerative Medicine Business

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 14th, 2012 .
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Shire plans to spend more than $100 million to develop a new campus in San Diego, where the Irish specialty pharmaceutical wants its regenerative medicine acquisitions to coalesce into a $1 billion…

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Dental Implant Startup Wins Top Prize at UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 12th, 2012 .
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Nasseo, a medical device startup with new technology for dental and orthopedic implants, won the sixth annual UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, a competition for seed-stage startups. The challenge…

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JOBS Act: Important Benefits for Startups Not on the IPO On-Ramp

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 12th, 2012 .
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The JOBS Act is probably best-known for creating an “IPO on ramp” intended to reduce the cost and complexity of going public, but the act also contains important benefits for startups that are years…

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Shire Unveils Plan for SD Campus, Regenerative Medicine Expansion

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 11th, 2012 .
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Shire (NASDAQ: SHPGY), the Irish drug giant that acquired San Diego’s Advanced BioHealing a year ago, says today it has been working with San Diego-based BioMed Realty Trust to develop a corporate…

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Ready or Not, Genomics is Coming to a Hospital Near You

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 11th, 2012 .
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First came genomics for scientists. Then came genomics for Big Pharma. But this year, at a faster pace than many industry insiders anticipated, we’re seeing genomics enter the world of real-life care…

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SD Biotech Roundup: Astute Raises $40M, Correlation Tries New VC Model

Posted by sandiegobiotech June 7th, 2012 .
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Here’s a short, but interesting roundup of life sciences news over the past week. —San Diego-based Astute Medical, which targets certain biomarkers to rapidly diagnose sepsis and other acute…

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