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Arena Pharmaceuticals' Drug Candidate Granted Orphan Status From FDA

Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that the Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug status to the company’s drug candidate for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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Proposition 45 Being Opposed By Insurers

HEALTH: Govt. Would Get Veto Power on Rate Increases

Health insurance companies may suffer a caustic blow by a currently popular ballot initiative that would expand the state’s authority to regulate health insurance rates.

Seragon Announces Closing of Its Acquisition By Genentech

San Diego-based Seragon Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced the closing of its acquisition by Genentech Inc., a member of the Roche Group.

Mapp Biopharmaceutical CEO Discusses Ebola Fight

The elusive CEO of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., the company that delivered an experimental Ebola drug to American aid workers in West Africa, spoke at a panel discussion yesterday afternoon hosted by The Scripps Research Institute.

Tocagen Fills Key Positions in Clinical Development

San Diego-based Tocagen Inc. announced Wayne Saville has been named vice president of clinical development and Mary Rose Keller has been named vice president of clinical operations.

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ITC Judge Rules in Favor of ResMed in Patent Infringement Case

An administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission ruled in favor of San Diego-based ResMed against Chinese medical device maker BMC Medical Co. Ltd. in a patent infringement case.

Telik Receives $1.5 Million Contract From National Cancer Institute

Telik Inc., a San Diego-based oncology drug development company, announced it has received a $1.5 million contract from the National Cancer Institute.

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Illumina Inc. Partners With Pharma Companies for Oncology Test System

Illumina Inc. announced it has formed collaborative partnerships with AstraZeneca, Janssen Biotech Inc. and Sanofi to develop a universal next-generation sequencing oncology test system.

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ViaCyte Gets $20M for Rights Agreement With Janssen

San Diego-based ViaCyte Inc. announced that it has entered into a rights agreement with Janssen Research & Development LLC, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

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Potential Matches Put Under A Microscope at New Dating Site

SERVICE: DNA Analysis Is Used to Find That Special Someone

San Diego is home to countless institutes, laboratories and research collaborations aiming to find better uses for advancements in genetic sequencing. Yet, there is one market that seems an unlikely match for DNA analysis — online dating.

Nisen Named to CEO Post at Sanford-Burnham

HEALTH: He Sees Need for ‘Constellation’ Of New Relationships

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute announced that the board of trustees has appointed Perry Nisen as CEO and holder of the Donald Bren chief executive chair for the institute’s La Jolla-based headquarters.

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Platform Gives ERs a New Cardiac Device Tool

HEALTH: Co. Just Signed an Enterprise Deal With Sharp

Geneva Health Care Inc., a San Diego-based medical technology company has developed a platform that receives data from cardiac devices and converts it into usable information for health care providers. The data is presented in a dashboard that is integrated into the provider’s internal computer system so that physicians and medical staff can quickly identify the urgency of a patient’s needs.

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Batu Biologics Completes $100,000 Crowdfunding

A San Diego-based immunotherapy company has successfully completed $100,000 of financing by utilizing an unusual fundraising approach — crowd funding.

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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Names Nisen CEO

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute’s board of trustees has appointed Perry Nisen as CEO and holder of the Donald Bren chief executive chair for the institute’s La Jolla-based headquarters.

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Cytori Appoints Girão VP and CFO

San Diego-based Cytori Therapeutics Inc. announced that Tiago Girão has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer.