Recent and archived news stories on: Biotechnology, Doctors, Drugs, Health Insurance, HMO's/PPO's, Hospitals, Medical Devices, Nursing...

Evofem at Critical Stretch with Potential New Birth Control

BIOTECH: Contraceptive Gel Is Part of CEO's Health Mission for WomenEvofem Biosciences wants to be the next big thing in birth control. After a long road, the San Diego biotech finds itself in a pivotal stretch.

SGI-DNA Pulls in $25M Series A Round for DNA Printer

San Diego’s SGI-DNA, a spinout of Synthetic Genomics, has raised a $25 million series A round.

Company Has Instrument of Change for Dermatology

MEDICINE: DermTech’s Patch May Change Skin Cancer Diagnostics

Could that suspicious mole be cancerous? DermTech wants doctors to reach for a patch, not a scalpel.

Tease photo

SDBJ INSIDER: The Wait May Soon Be Over

Obalon Therapeutics Inc. announced Dr. Helmuth Billy as medical director for its first company-owned weight-loss treatment center.

$161B Market Seen in ‘Functional Foods’

HEALTH: Consumer Focus On Nutrition Drives Demand

More and more, San Diego-based food companies are placing focus on including functional ingredients in their “better for you” offerings.

Tease photo

Turning Point Therapeutics Raises $202.5M in Follow-On Offering

BIOTECH: Cancer Drug Developer Plans To Build Its Pipeline

After raising $175.2 million in an initial public offering this spring, Turning Point Therapeutics has returned to the public market.

Tease photo

Tocagen’s Brain Cancer Therapy Fails Clinical Trial

Shares of Tocagen fell Sept. 12 after its brain cancer therapy failed a late-stage clinical trial.

Turning Point Therapeutics Raises $202.5M in Follow-On Offering

The cancer drug developer on Sept. 10 raised $202.5 million in a follow-on offering. Turning Point sold 4.5 million shares of common stock at a price of $45 a share.

Capping Off An Unusual Pact, GlaxoSmithKline Buys Sitari Pharmaceuticals

GlaxoSmithKline announced it will acquire San Diego’s Sitari Pharmaceuticals – a deal induced by an unusual pact.

Health Systems Try Ride-Sharing Solutions

MEDICINE: Getting Patients to Appointments or Home Is Goal

An increasingly common destination for Lyft and Uber drivers: San Diego hospitals.

Center Is S.D.’s ‘First Academic-Industry Drug Discovery Incubator’

UC San Diego Offering Space to Pharma Industry To Help Develop Drugs

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is offering up space on its campus to the pharmaceutical industry in a bid to translate research into medicines for cancer patients.

Tease photo

Cidara’s Deal for Antifungal Drug Could Be Worth $568M+

Mundipharma’s Backing Will Extend Runway, Provide Well-Positioned Support

Clinical trial results have yielded a major payout for Cidara Therapeutics, a San Diego company developing an antifungal drug.

Acadia’s Stock Shoots Up After Late-Stage Results

Shares of Acadia Pharmaceuticals rocketed up 63% on Sept. 9 after its drug in a late-stage clinical trial achieved “robust statistical superiority” over a placebo for dementia-related psychosis.

Zeakal Closes $15M Funding Round

Zeakal raised $15 million in funding from Canopy Rivers, Finistere Ventures and Middleland Capital.

One Medical Debuts San Diego Office, Two More Locations Slated to Open

One Medical – a provider of what it touts as tech-centric primary care – opened the first of its three San Diego locations.

DermTech Goes Public Through Reverse Merger

BIOTECH: Co. to Have $29M to Scale Its Skin Cancer Assay

DermTech has gained a Nasdaq listing through a reverse merger with Constellation Alpha Capital.