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BIO Picks S.D. To Host 2016 World Congress

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced that its 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held April 17-20, 2016, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Pharma Firm Skips Partnership Route

BIOTECH: It Plans to Take Drug to Market on Its Own

For local pharmaceutical companies, drug development is often a relay race. Local firms hand off the baton to a late-stage partner with the muscle to take it all the way to market.

The Baupost Group Invests in Orexigen Therapeutics

Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. announced Thursday that funds managed by The Baupost Group are in the process of purchasing 25 million shares of its common stock that will raise $60 million for the biotech firm.

GreatCall Announces Appointments of CFO and VP

GreatCall, a company offering wireless products to aging consumers, announced the appointments of Brian Berning as chief financial officer and Jeff Polizzotto as vice president commercial sales.

Skylight Healthcare Acquired by GetWellNetwork Inc.

San Diego’s Skylight Healthcare Systems, a tech company that provides an interactive patient care system for hospitals, has been acquired by Bethesda, Md.-based GetWellNetwork Inc.

John D. Harris Joins Cytori Therapeutics as VP/GM of Cell Therapy

Cytori Therapeutics, a cell therapy company in San Diego, named John D. Harris as vice president and general manager of cell therapy, a newly created role to be based in Tokyo.

BIO to Hold 2016 World Congress at S.D. Convention Center

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced that its 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held April 17-20, 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Federal Appeals Court Voids a Judgment Against Millennium Health

A federal appeals court voided a district court's judgment against Millennium Health Sept. 3, stemming from an earlier claim that the San Diego company violated laws against kickbacks by giving physicians free urine testing cups.

Tri-City Announces Appointment of Nygaard as Finance Committee Chairwoman

Tri-City Medical Center announced Sept. 3 that Julie Nygaard has been appointed finance committee chair by the Association of California Healthcare Districts.

Neurocrine Biosciences Makes Board Appointment

Neurocrine Biosciences Inc., a biopharma company in San Diego, announced that it has appointed Dr. Alfred W. Sandrock, Jr. to its board of directors.

Internet of Medical Things to Change Care Model, Compensation

Qualcomm Life Inc., the health-tech subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., drew hundreds of leaders in digital health to its annual conference in San Diego last week to address the bugs and boons of connected care.

Investment Fails to Fuel Biomed Boom

BIOTECH: Other Factors Weigh Down Sector

More and more public money is being spent on biomedical research to improve human health, but the work appears to be yielding fewer gains — in new therapies and life expectancy, according to a study by two researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Genomic Variation

BIOTECH: From Tools to Personal Testing, Cos. Look To Profit From Expertise

Nearly two decades after a team of international scientists unlocked the goldmine of data in the human genome – to the delight of science-minded entrepreneurs — mountains of genetic information continue to be pumped into San Diego’s life science community with increasingly high-tech instruments.

Sequenom Partners With Perinatal Quality Foundation

San Diego’s Sequenom Inc. announced that it will partner with the Perinatal Quality Foundation to spread education about prenatal testing.

Scripps Researchers Complete Enrollment for Wireless Health Sensor

Researchers with the Scripps Translational Science Institute have completed enrollment in the first clinical trial of the Scanadu Scout, a wireless health sensor that measures four vital signs in a few seconds by touching the device to the forehead.