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Steven Chen Joins Avelas Biosciences as VP of Clinical Affairs

Avelas Biosciences Inc., a cancer diagnostic company focused on improving cancer surgeries, announced Thursday that it has started a Phase 1b study of its lead fluorescent cancer illuminator, AVB-620, in women with primary non-recurrent breast cancer.

Receptos Reports Positive Results For Ulcerative Colitis Drug

Receptos Inc. stock was up 5 percent Thursday morning following the company’s announcement regarding its lead product candidate ozanimod.

UC Irvine to Conduct Clinical Trial of Aethlon Device

Aethlon Medical Inc., a medical device company developing therapies for infectious diseases and cancer, announced that it has entered into a clinical trial agreement with the University of California, Irvine.

Irvine Firm Buys Club Pilates Founded by S.D. Woman

Irvine-based LAG Fit Inc. has acquired Club Pilates, a franchised chain of 35 Pilates studios in the U.S. and Australia.

Ichor, Janssen Partner to Develop DNA-Based Vaccines

San Diego-based Ichor Medical Systems said Monday that it has partnered with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to develop DNA-based vaccines. The privately held biotech can earn up to $85 million under the contract, along with royalties on any product sales.

Cerner, Qualcomm Life Bring Health Monitoring into Home

Cerner Corp. and Qualcomm Life Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., announced Monday an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home.

Neothetics Begins Phase 3 Trials of Weight-Loss Drug

Neothetics Inc., a maker of cosmetic pharmaceutical therapies, announced Monday that it has initiated two Phase 3 trials for its drug candidate meant to reduce “abdominal bulging” in non-obese patients.

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Glass-Walled Ballrooms Highlight Marriott’s $206 Million Makeover

HOSPITALITY: Hotel Will Offer Most Event Space on West Coast

Owner Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. recently began work on the second phase of a $206 million makeover of its Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, an 80,000-square-foot events facility that also includes an adjacent Marina Walk, the latest in a series of new public elements transforming the face of the downtown waterfront.

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Fitness App Aims for Strength in Numbers

TECH: It Offers Access to Network of Studios, Classes

The Internet’s middleman economy continues to shake up brick-and-mortar businesses in every industry.

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Help Wanted: Bug Busters

HEALTH: S.D. Startups Working to Find Newer, More Powerful Antibiotics

The rising number of drug-resistant “superbugs” ­– and the lack of new therapies to fight them ­– has prompted concerned public health officials to offer incentives to drugmakers to lure them back into the abandoned field of antibiotics.

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Three Local Nursing Facilities Part of $80 Million Portfolio Deal

MedEquities Realty Trust Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., has purchased a portfolio of buildings housing four skilled-nursing facilities, including three in San Diego County, for $80 million, according to CoStar Group and public data.

Dexcom Glucose Monitoring Platform Paired With Apple Watch

Dexcom Inc., a company that makes continuous glucose monitoring devices for patients with diabetes, announced that its Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitor System with Share will support the Apple Watch when it ships to customers April 24.

DJO Global Appoints Kestler as New Chief Human Resources Officer

Vista-based DJO Global, Inc., a manufacturer of orthopedic and medical devices, announced the appointment of Jeanine Kestler as the company's new executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

Arena Receives Patent for Weight-Loss Drug Belviq

Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. said it has received another patent for its weight-loss drug Belviq.

Qualcomm Life Launches HealthyCircles Mobile App

Qualcomm Inc. announced Wednesday that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Life Inc., launched an enterprise care management app for patients managing chronic disease.