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Quidel Has Strong Q4, COVID Tests in Demand

BIOTECH: Firm Reports Selling 65 Million QuickVue Coronavirus Antigen Tests

Six days after the close of the year, diagnostic test maker Quidel Corp. (Nasdaq: QDEL) offered a preview of fourth quarter and annual financial results.

Escient Pharmaceuticals Appoints Joshua Grass as New CEO

BIOTECH: Company Co-Founder Dr. Alain Baron Retires

San Diego-based Escient Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage company focused on discovering and developing therapies to address serious, unserved medical needs, has named Joshua Grass as the company’s new chief executive officer.

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Nucleix Closes $55M Funding Round

LIFE SCIENCES: Company’s Liquid Biopsy Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment

San Diego-based Nucleix, a company revolutionizing cancer treatment by detecting the disease earlier via liquid biopsy, has secured $55 million from a syndicate of leading life science investors in an oversubscribed financing round.

Codex DNA Releases Synthetic Genome for Omicron

BIOTECH: Company Expanding Catalog of COVID-19 Tools for Researchers

San Diego-based Codex DNA (Nasdaq: DNAY), a pioneer in automated benchtop synthetic biology, has announced the release of a new full-length synthetic genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus for the highly mutated and contagious Omicron variant.

Area Hospitals Innovate to Offset Workforce Shortages Compounded by COVID

With the Arrival of Omicron, Pandemic’s Second Winter Takes on a Different Tone

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 races across San Diego County infecting record numbers of residents, healthcare leaders are battling to keep their facilities staffed and fully operational.

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Iridia Pursues Information Storage on DNA

BIOTECH: At Carlsbad Co., Life Sciences Meets Information Technology

Iridia Inc., a Carlsbad firm working to harness biology as a better way to store data, began the new year with another $6 million in venture funding.

Riding Center Gives Way to Senior Living

Westmont Redevelops Former Seabreeze Farms Property

La Jolla-based Westmont Living is building a new senior living complex in Carmel Valley, its fifth in San Diego County.

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AMR Tabs Kevin Mercer to Lead San Diego County Region

HEALTHCARE: Will Oversee More Than 700 EMTs, Paramedics, Dispatchers

Kevin Mercer, who began his career with American Medical Response (AMR) as a field paramedic 27 years ago, has been named the company’s new director for the San Diego County/Imperial County region.

Pardes Bioscience Nets $199M in SPAC Merger

BIOTECH: Carlsbad Company Trialing COVID-19 Pill

Another one of San Diego’s promising young biotechs has gone public via Wall Street’s SPAC merger route. In late December, Carlsbad-based Pardes Biosciences merged with special purpose acquisition company FS Development Corp. II.

Independa's New Partnership Brings Ecosystem of Telehealth Services to Millions

SOFTWARE: Firm’s Platform Provides Remote Healthcare Management Via TV

San Diego-based Independa, an award-winning TV-based platform providing remote engagement, education and tele-healthcare, is teaming up with South Korean electronics giant LG to launch the Independa Health Hub — an integrated ecosystem of health offerings.

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XIFIN Expands into Pharmacy Market with OmniSYS Acquisition

HEALTHCARE: OmniSYS Deal Bolsters Link Between Providers and Payers

San Diego-based XIFIN has acquired OmniSYS, a leading provider of technology solutions for the retail pharmacy industry.

BICO Buys SD’s Biosero for $165M

LIFE SCIENCE: First Software Acquisition for Swedish Firm

San Diego-based Biosero, a top provider of lab automation software, has been acquired by Swedish life science firm BICO for $165 million.

New VC Firm Targets Early Life Science Startups

FINANCE: SeedFolio Fund 2 Raises $16M

SeedFolio, a new San Diego-based seed-stage venture capital firm launched in March 2021, is already well on its way to raising its first $20 million.

Quidel Buying Ortho Clinical Diagnostics for $6 Billion

HEALTHCARE: Deal Highlights Red-Hot Diagnostics Sector

San Diego-based Quidel (NASDAQ: QDEL) has agreed to acquire Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Holdings (NASDAQ: OCDX) for $6 billion.

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Bloom Science Raises $12M in Series A

BIOTECH: Company Developing Treatments for Neurological, Inflammatory Diseases

San Diego-based biotech company Bloom Science has closed a $12 million Series A financing round with a syndicate of life science investors led by Leaps by Bayer, the impact investment arm of Bayer AG, and the ALS Investment Fund.