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French Pharmaceutical Giant Partners with CureMatch

BIOTECH: Local Co. Gains Global Reach In Sales, MarketingCureMatch, a San Diego-based software startup that helps oncologists identify treatment options for patients, recently landed a big corporate partner.

Ad Astra Ventures Launches Third Cohort with Three San Diego Founders

San Diego accelerator program Ad Astra Ventures welcomed three female-led startups into its third cohort this summer.

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Salk Institute Receives $35M for Plant Initiative Fighting Climate Change

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is set to receive $35 million to develop plants that suck up large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere to fight climate change.

Turning Point Therapeutics Raises $166.5M in Public Debut

Cancer drug developer Turning Point Therapeutics raised $166.5 million in its public market debut, an amount that surpassed original company expectation.

Viracta Therapeutics Receives Orphan Drug Designation

Viracta Therapeutics will receive tax credits and other benefits under a recent orphan drug designation, the latest from a company that’s been in the news lately.

SDBJ Insider: Jacobs School Continues to Rise in Rankings

U.S. News and World Report has ranked UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering at No. 11 among the nation’s graduate engineering schools.

SD 500: Lada Rasochova

SDBJ 500 recap:Lada Rasochova has been involved with the commercialization of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products for the past 20 years.

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PhaseBio Drug Garners Breakthrough Designation

PhaseBio’s drug that aims to stop bleeding events received a breakthrough drug designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

SD 500: Kara Bortone

SDBJ 500 recap: As head of JLabs San Diego, Kara Bortone helps translate science and technology findings into marketable consumer goods, from pharmaceuticals to medical devices.

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Biotech Startup Cullgen Raises $16M Series A

San Diego biotech startup Cullgen raised $16 million from Sequoia Capital China and Highlight Capital.

Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine Adds 6 Board Members

A division of Rady Children’s Hospital that deploys quick-turnaround genomic sequencing in puzzling cases has added six board members.

MedImpact Announces Layoffs

San Diego-based MedImpact Healthcare Systems will lay off up to 64 employees, citing business consolidation.

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Turning Point Therapeutics Lays Out Terms for $125M IPO

Turning Point Therapeutics — which is developing drugs for treatment-resistant cancers — set terms for an initial public offering.

Sorrento Therapeutics Files Lawsuit Against Soon-Shiong

San Diego’s Sorrento Therapeutics has accused biotech entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong of a “catch and kill” scheme to keep a drug off the market, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Evofem Expects to Raise up to $80M in Private Stock Placement

Through a private stock placement Evofem Biosciences raised $30 million and said a second tranche is expected to provide up to $50 million more as the company gets closer to asking for regulatory approval of its birth control gel.

EDs Deal With Shortfalls In Mental Health Care

MEDICINE: Local Hospitals Try To Mitigate Stresses on System

An emergency department director with UC San Diego Health, Dr. Gary Vilke keeps a close eye on trends. One that leaps out: more patients in the throes of a mental health crisis.

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