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Virtual Exercise System Must Find Its Own Legs in Market

HEALTH: Product Offers Needed Care, Monitoring, And at Home Access

As pre-marketing activity goes, things look great for digital health-care company Reflexion Health Inc.: Its virtual exercise system scored a competitive federal grant, $18 million in new financing and demonstration projects in two states.

Tracon Pharmaceuticals Licenses Two Potential Cancer Therapies

Tracon Pharmaceuticals, a local public company, has licensed two potential cancer therapies from Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

U.S. HealthWorks Offers to Bring Flu Shots to Businesses

Starting Oct. 1, San Diego-area employers with 25 or more workers may schedule a visit from a U.S. HealthWorks clinician who can provide on-site flu vaccinations and educational information.

Like BIOCOM, California Life Sciences Association Extends Reach into L.A.

Local trade group California Life Sciences Association is expanding its footprint to Los Angeles, with a new L.A. office and partnerships with LA BioMed and Lab Launch.

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Franz Och Leaves Human Longevity for Illumina's Grail

Franz Och, a former Google executive recruited in 2014 by J. Craig Venter’s Human Longevity, has left the firm for an opportunity with Illumina-backed Grail.

Fortis Therapeutics Raises $18 Million in Series A Round

San Diego life science upstart Fortis Therapeutics Inc. has closed an $18 million Series A round led by local venture capital firm Avalon Ventures.

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to Fate Therapeutics Product

Fate Therapeutics Inc.'s lead investigative product, ProTmune, has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

National University, San Diego Co. Are Part of Telehealth Project

La Jolla-based National University announced it is collaborating with a pair of telehealth companies, including a locally based wireless device developer, to connect patients in Los Angeles County with nurse practitioners working remotely.

Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Cuts Staff, Closes Texas Facility

San Diego’s Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, a maker of compounded drugs, is reducing its expenses in hopes of reaching near-term profitability, the company announced Monday.

Scripps' Barbey Family Emergency and Trauma Center Set to Open Sept. 26

Scripps Health unveiled a $33 million, 33,000-square-foot emergency and trauma center set to open Sept. 26 on the first floor of the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Allergan Buys Akarna Therapeutics for $50M

Pharmaceutical giant Allergan Plc has acquired Akarna Therapeutics Inc. for $50 million.

Apricus Biosciences Inc. Plans to Raise $4.6M in Direct Offering of Common Stock

San Diego biopharma Apricus Biosciences Inc. is expected to raise $4.6 million in a direct offering of its common stock to institutional investors, the company said Sept. 23.

Mast Terminates Clinical Development of Sickle Cell Drug Following Poor Results; Co.'s Stock Plunges

The stock of local biotech Mast Therapeutics Inc. has plummeted nearly 80 percent following news of lousy clinical trial results.

Xencor Expanding L.A. County Operations Into San Diego

L.A. County-based Xencor Inc. is expanding its operations into San Diego, the company announced Thursday.

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Medicine, Motivation Mix in New Network

Care: Incentives, Employer Participation Part of Coverage

An alternative to conventional health insurance is being marketed to San Diego-area employers with the promise of transparent medical costs, greater focus on physician-managed preventive care and potential savings to be shared by virtually everyone involved.