Thermo Fisher Scientific employs about 1,500 people at its facility in Carlsbad. Photo courtesy of Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific employs about 1,500 people at its facility in Carlsbad. Photo courtesy of Thermo Fisher Scientific

— The growing presence of Big Pharma and global life science firms in San Diego has been at the heart of an age-old debate: do they help or hurt the region’s economy?

Some postulate that global firms are gobbling up San Diego upstarts, digesting their intellectual property and spitting out the founders to fend for themselves...

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