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Sequenom Inaugurates New Diagnostic Test for Down Syndrome

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 17th, 2011 .
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San Diego-based Sequenom (NASDAQ: SQNM) says today it’s making a prenatal test for fetal Down syndrome available in 20 U.S. cities, 2 1/2 years after the company shelved the debut of an earlier…

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Genomics 2.0: Ten Years After the Bubble, it’s Getting Really Interesting Again

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 17th, 2011 .
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What do 10,000 people with autism, 50,000 people in some remote islands in the North Atlantic, and 1,000 healthy old folks in southern California have in common? They are on the front edge of one of…

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Ford Developing Wireless Health Apps for Motorists on the Go

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 14th, 2011 .
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K. Venkatesh Prasad has been working in Detroit for the past five years on an innovation that could be described as the next big crazy idea that might just work. As the senior technical leader in…

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Greenpeace and Michele Bachmann’s Joint Campaign to Stop Science

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 13th, 2011 .
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I took the family to Boston on vacation in September. During the time away, I read Patrick Moore’s book “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible…

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San Diego’s Economic Engine Boosted by High-Tech Jobs, Wages

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 13th, 2011 .
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San Diego’s high-tech sectors did not escape unscathed from the great recession of 2007-2009, but a new study says local technology industries have had a disproportionate effect in boosting the…

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Sequenom Plans $19M Lab in North Carolina, Illumina Shares Plunge, PatientSafe Advances Device, & More San Diego Life Sciences News

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 12th, 2011 .
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It was a full and busy week for life sciences news in San Diego, with interesting advances in wireless health and a variety of deals. I’m planning at least one more report from the Wireless…

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Five Things Industry Can Do to Support True FDA Reform, and Restore Public Confidence

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 10th, 2011 .
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The FDA is one of the easiest punching bags in American politics. Depending on your point of view, it’s either too hard on business with its unreasonable demands, or too soft on those predatory…

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When Will Software for the Genome Take Off? Find out Oct. 24

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 7th, 2011 .
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Illumina CEO Jay Flatley memorably called the bioinformatics industry “road kill” in an interview with Xconomy about 18 months ago. But have new opportunities started to emerge for…

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FDA Adopts New Initiative, Scripps Health Begins Longevity Study, & More San Diego Life Sciences News

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 6th, 2011 .
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What was the biggest life sciences news over the past week? It might be that five San Diego companies landed financing deals, grants, and payments. Here are our highlights. —The U.S. Food and…

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The Essential Steve Jobs for Today’s Pharmaceutical Executive

Posted by sandiegobiotech October 6th, 2011 .
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It is hard to overestimate the importance of Steve Jobs on the American psyche. The co-founder and guiding force of Apple has died, succumbing to a long illness after only recently stepping down as…

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