Imprimis Statement Blasts Allergan Over Lawsuit

Global pharmaceutical giant Allergan is suing small San Diego drugmaker Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, claiming the local company is illegally selling unapproved new drugs.

Fitbit Partners with Dexcom on Glucose Monitoring Initiative

San Diego’s Dexcom and Fitbit announced a partnership to develop and market products that aim to help people better manage diabetes and overall health.

MEI Pharma Buys Exclusive Global Rights to Anti-Cancer Drug

Local drugmaker MEI Pharma has agreed to pay $2.9 million upfront to Presage Biosciences for exclusive global rights to a potential new drug.

Likely Last Drug From Ardea Biosciences Approved for Sale

Ardea Biosciences, the local biotech now owned by AstraZeneca, got the green light from regulators to sell a new drug developed in San Diego labs. It’s the second medicine to make it from Ardea’s labs to the market, and will likely be the last.

Miralles Named CEO of Vividion; Co. Names Rich Heyman to Its Board

Vividion Therapeutics, a biotech startup that received $50 million in backing earlier this year, just recruited a top biotech executive as CEO and appointed industry heavyweight Rich Heyman to its board.

New CEO Named for Susan G. Komen San Diego

Susan G. Komen San Diego, the county’s largest funder of breast health services, has tapped Shaina Gross as the nonprofit’s new president and CEO.

NuVasive Wins FDA Approval for Redesigned MAGEC System

NuVasive announced on Wednesday that it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its spinal implant system to treat early onset scoliosis.

Faheem Hasnain Appointed Chairman of Vital Therapies Board

Faheem Hasnain, a well-respected biotech executive in San Diego, has been appointed chairman of Vital Therapies Inc.’s Board of Directors.

Human Longevity Develops Algorithm That Can Predict Physical Features Using Genetic Sequencing

San Diego’s DNA intelligence company Human Longevity has developed an algorithm that can predict what people look like using only their genome sequence.

NuVasive’s Former President Takes New Job With Mainstay Medical

In a move announced Sept. 5, Jason Hannon, until recently NuVasive’s president and COO, will take the reins as the CEO of Mainstay Medical International, a medical device company.

3 Local Hospitals Fined for Patient Safety Violations

The California Department of Public Health on Thursday issued fines totaling $233,650 for three San Diego hospitals after investigations that found severe patient safety violations.

Three Life Science Companies Get Funding

Three local life science companies reported incoming cash during August, although none announced the deals publicly.

Tri-City Healthcare Will Switch to District Elections

HEALTH: Demand Letter From Lawyer Spurred District’s Action

Tri-City Healthcare District is among the government bodies in the region switching to district elections in the face of legal action from a Malibu lawyer. In the past, all voters in the public healthcare district elected the seven-member board.

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NuVasive Expansion Aims to Be Catalyst for Innovation

BIOTECH: Training, R&D Programs Get More Space

San Diego-based NuVasive Inc. in January will begin expanding its headquarters, including creating an innovation center to showcase the company’s efforts in training surgeons in its latest spine surgery procedures and technology.

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Local Cos. Ride Wave of Travel Nursing Demand

Health: Need May Slow, But Demographic Trends Are in Its Favor

Nationally, more travel nurses hit the road in 2016, 2015 and 2014 compared with the prior three years, a boon for local companies.

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