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Evofem at Critical Stretch with Potential New Birth Control

BIOTECH: Contraceptive Gel Is Part of CEO's Health Mission for WomenEvofem Biosciences wants to be the next big thing in birth control. After a long road, the San Diego biotech finds itself in a pivotal stretch.

Illumina Prevails in Patent Lawsuit Against Ariosa Diagnostics

A U.K. court today ruled that Roche subsidiary Ariosa Diagnostics infringed on an Illumina prenatal testing patent, the latest in the legal saga between the two companies.

Tech Startups Tackle Mental Health Care

HEALTH CARE: Reimbursement Codes Open Door for Revenue

The mental health system is often called broken or fragmented. That’s created an opening for San Diego tech companies.

MappBio Awarded $16.5 Million For Work on Ebola-Like Viruses

BIOTECH: Antibody Was Isolated in Lab

MappBio — a once-little known San Diego biotech that captured worldwide interest with experimental drugs for Ebola and other viruses — landed another big contract.

Facing a Physical Problem, She Made It Her Business to Tackle It

RETAIL: Co-Founders Create Treatments For UTIs

Jenna Ryan co-founded Uqora with her fiancé in 2017. She had hoped to find a better solution for a common problem, the frequent urinary tract infections that had disrupted her life.

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CV Sciences Inks Distribution Deal with Kroger

CV Sciences’ CBD oil will be sold in 945 Kroger-owned stores across 17 states, it was recently announced.

Synthorx, Equillium And Turning Point Discuss IPOs

Investors Said Going Public Would Bring Increase in Investments

For biotechs, what’s the path to an initial public offering like? The CEOs of San Diego companies that took the IPO plunge weighed in on this question and others during a recent Biocom panel.

Ionis Appoints Joan Herman to its Board

Joan Herman was recently named to the board of Carlsbad’s Ionis Pharmaceuticals.

NeuraLace Medical Closes $3.85 Million Seed Round

BIOTECH: Pain Relief Device Uses Magnetic Field

NeuraLace Medical, the medical device startup that won last year’s Quick Pitch competition, recently closed on a $3 million seed funding round.

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Promising Results Boost Share Price of La Jolla Pharma

No New Treatments for Targeted Condition in More Than a Decade

La Jolla Pharmaceutical’s stock recently jumped after its drug candidate for regulating iron overload showed promise in preliminary clinical trial results.

Reverse Merger To Support Co.’s Cancer Candidates

Oncternal Retains CEO, Will Remain In San Diego

On the heels of auspicious clinical trial results, San Diego-based Oncternal Therapeutics completed a reverse merger with Tennessee’s GTx, it was announced June 10.

Float Business Complements Yoga Studio

Poway Biz Covers Mind, Body With Its Offerings

For years, when Lillian Markowitz went for her float therapy sessions, she noticed she just couldn’t get out of her own head.

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Life Sciences Employment Shows Strong Growth

Average Wage Is $115,000; Economic Impact Put at $39B

Employment in San Diego’s life sciences industry increased 12.5% from 2013 to 2018, states a new report.

Evofem Closes $80M in Financing for Contraceptive Gel

After securing $30 million in a private stock placement in April, Evofem on June 10 closed a second tranche of $50 million.

UC San Diego Health Opens Primary Care Facility in Encinitas

UC San Diego Health opened an Encinitas facility as part of a bid to expand beyond hospital walls.

Sustainable Chemicals Company Genomatica Makes First Acquisition

Genomatica acquired Renewable Energy Group's life sciences division on June 6.

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