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Company’s Eye Drops Could Be Replacement for Reading Glasses

PHARMA: Company May Seek Partnership During Final TrialsA small and low-key drugmaker in Coronado is making an eye drop product that may replace reading glasses.

By Brittany Meiling July 14, 2016 3:38 p.m.   $$ Share

Allergan Terminates Agreement With Adamis Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical giant Allergan Plc is backing out of its deal with San Diego-based Adamis Pharmceuticals Corp. to commercialize the firm’s epinephrine pre-filled syringe for the treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

AristaMD Raises $11 Million in Series A Financing

Local digital health company AristaMD raised $11 million in a Series A financing, the company announced Friday.

UCSD to Open Tokyo Office to Further Japanese Partnerships

The University of California, San Diego is opening an office in downtown Tokyo, where researchers will seek partnerships with Japan’s booming life science industry.

SpectraScience Inc. Signs Deal With Middle East Distributor

San Diego’s SpectraScience Inc., a medical device company using light technologies to detect and diagnose cancers, has signed a distribution agreement with Advanced Medical German Co. (AMG) in Kuwait to be its exclusive distributor in the Middle East.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Earns $10 Million From Janssen Biotech

Carlsbad drugmaker Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. has earned $10 million from Janssen Biotech Inc. by licensing out its gastrointestinal (GI) drug candidate, IONIS-JBI1-2.5Rx.

Illumina Is Seeking Candidates for Its Accelerator Program

Gene sequencing giant Illumina Inc. is calling for startups to apply to its business accelerator program for early-stage businesses in the genomics space.

AltheaDx Inc. Aims to Raise $6M in Debt Financing

San Diego molecular information firm AltheaDx Inc. has raised $2.2 million in debt financing, according to a form recently filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Summit on Precision Medicine to Feature Region's Genomics Leaders

Leaders in San Diego’s genomics industry will address challenges and ideas in the precision medicine space at a local conference in August.

Mexico OKs Arena Pharmaceuticals Weight-Loss Drug for Commercialization

Arena Pharmaceuticals’ weight-loss drug, Belviq, has been approved for commercialization in Mexico, gaining Arena a milestone payment of $1 million.

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A Commanding Presence

BIOTECH: NuVasive’s Lucier Sets Cadence for Co.’s March Toward Its Goals

Greg Lucier ranks high on my list of San Diego bigwigs, but the biotech executive has largely eluded me for the past two years.

Abreos Biosciences Raises $725,000 in Funding

San Diego’s Abreos Biosciences has raised $725,000 in a seed round of funding.

Oncternal Therapeutics Pediatric Cancer Drug Gets Orphan Drug Designation

San Diego’s Oncternal Therapeutics Inc. has been granted an Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its pediatric cancer drug candidate.

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Bill VanDeWeghe Named CEO of BioSurplus Inc.

BioSurplus Inc., a local company that buys and sells pre-owned lab equipment, has appointed Bill VanDeWeghe as its new president and chief executive officer.

NASA-Affiliated Group Overseeing Space Station Lab Opens Local Office

CASIS, the organization that manages the U.S. national lab on the International Space Station, is setting up a permanent office in San Diego, Mayor Keven Faulconer announced on July 12.