SD HEALTHCARE

New Surgical Services Director Named at Palomar Medical Center Poway

Dawn Laundrup, who has 20 years of nursing and leadership experience, has been appointed director of surgical services at Palomar Medical Center Poway, a 107-bed acute care facility.

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Otonomy's Stock Plummets Over 80 Percent After Failed Clinical Trial

Following a truly dismal clinical trial flop, San Diego drugmaker Otonomy Inc. watched its stock nosedive over 82 percent by close of market Wednesday.

Atyr Pharma Lands $46 Million in New Capital

Atyr Pharma, a public biotech in San Diego, has inked a $46 million equity deal to fund the development of its lead drug.

Ten Finalists Named to Compete at Quick Pitch

Ten startups have made it past the first round of judging and will soon compete onstage for the finals at the John G. Watson Quick Pitch, the largest competition of its kind in San Diego.

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FDA Approves Tandem’s Latest Insulin Pump With Dexcom Technology

San Diego medical device company Tandem Diabetes Care announced FDA approval and the launch of a new touchscreen insulin pump with continuous glucose monitoring from Dexcom, another local company.

Ted Waitt Stepping Down as Chair of Salk Institute's Board

Ted Waitt, chair of the board of trustees at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, announced today he will be leaving his post, the timing of which he said was unrelated to recent lawsuits facing the scientific research institution in La Jolla.

Illumina Spins Out a Forensics Startup

Local genomics giant Illumina Inc. is spinning out a new forensics startup, and (unlike previous spinouts) this upstart will be based in San Diego.

Nurses Clash With Hospital Districts Over Pay, Other Demands

HEALTH: Palomar, Tri-City Are in Difficult Negotiations With Union

Nurses at North County’s two flagship hospital operators — Tri-City Medical Center and Palomar Health — say they remain far apart with management in negotiations of new four-year contracts and that strikes are possible.

Nisen to Retire From CEO Post at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Perry Nisen, the top executive at one of San Diego’s most well-known research institutes, is retiring at the end of September.

MabVax Therapeutics to Explore Strategic Alternatives

MabVax Therapeutics, a tiny public biotech in San Diego, has waved a white flag august 22 following poor performance on the public market.

From Assays to Hair Removal, Co. Plays Big and Small Roles

NanoComposix Inc. is growing on the strength of some very small products.

Helix to Bolster Offerings at Illumina Accelerator

The startup accelerator founded by San Diego’s DNA tech giant Illumina Inc. is teaming up with Helix, a fast-growing Illumina spinout, to better help early-stage genomics companies.

Rastetter Brings Impressive Credentials, Clout to Grail

BIOTECH: New CEO Replaces Former Google Exec Huber

A heavyweight in local biotech is taking over the reins at San Francisco startup Grail, assuming the role of chief executive officer from ex-Googler Jeffrey Huber.

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From Hair Removal to Assays, Co. Plays Big and Small Roles

BIOTECH: Use of Nanoparticles May Aid Organ Donation

NanoComposix Inc. is growing on the strength of some very small products.

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Trovagene Puts One Problem Behind It

BIOTECH: Legal Settlement Is Costly; Other Hurdles Remain

Local biotech Trovagene Inc. has resolved a year-long legal dispute between the company and two of its former executives, a resolution that cost Trovagene and its insurers more than $2 million.

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