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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.

Retrophin’s Stock Tumbles After Miss in Late-Stage Clinical Trial

Shares of Retrophin fell 27% after its rare disease drug candidate failed to work better than a placebo in a late-stage clinical study.

California Life Sciences Association Adds 9 Board Members

The California Life Sciences Association on Aug. 20 announced that it added nine board members, including from Amgen, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences and Ernst & Young.

Heron’s Pain Anesthetic Successful in Late-Stage Clinical Trial

A postoperative pain anesthetic from Heron Therapeutics reduced pain intensity and the use of opioids among hernia surgery patients in a late-stage clinical trial, the company reported Aug. 20.

SBP Lands $4.96M Grant In Hopes of Helping Oxygen-Deprived Newborns

A professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute landed a $4.96 million grant to further study a preclinical program for oxygen-deprived newborns at risk of neurological disorders.

Ra Medical Announces Leadership Change, Delays Results

BIOTECH: CEO Irwin Is Out; CFO Jackson Named Interim Leader

Amid legal, manufacturing and financial problems Ra Medical Systems delayed the release of second quarter results.

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Biotechs (And Other Small Companies) May Lose Association Insurance Option

In a July letter to insurers the California Department of Managed Care, or CDMC, fired a warning shot against association health plans, in what could have wide-reaching impacts for biotechs, life sciences trade groups and other industries.

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Renovation Caters to Biotech’s Researchers

PROPERTY: Execs’ Offices Take Back Seat to Workers’

Give the best views of the ocean and surrounding landscape to the researchers up front.

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Cell Therapy Company Changes Name and Relocates HQ to Carlsbad

Lineage Underwent Corporate Restructuring, Co. to Focus on 3 Programs

BioTime is getting a new name — and a new headquarters.

Lyford Named to California’s Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee

Shelley Lyford, the CEO of the nonprofit West Health, has been appointed to California’s Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

Telemedicine Blossoming at San Diego Hospitals Amid Payment Reforms

Virtual Care Opens Lines Of Communication, Healing

Telemedicine is by no means new. But lagging insurance coverage and infrastructure costs prevented wide adoption. That’s changing,

Ionis’ Spinraza Gets Some Competition From Novartis’ SMA Treatment

Ionis Having Good Discussions With FDA on Other Therapeutic

Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ drug for a muscle-wasting disease continues to be the company’s main driver of growth, with competition looming.

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Ra Medical Terminates CEO, Delays Q2 Results

Amid legal, manufacturing and financial challenges Ra Medical Systems delayed the release of second quarter results and fired its CEO.

Scripps Health Breaks Ground on $59M Cancer Center

A $59 million cancer center on the campus of Scripps Mercy Hospital that’s geared toward the central and southern parts of San Diego recently broke ground.

Q2 Life Sciences Footprint Expands By 263,399 Square Feet

Expansions By Some Of the Bigger Players Are Expected in Q3

The leasing footprint of San Diego life sciences companies grew by 263,399 square feet in the second quarter, according to report from the brokerage firm JLL.

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Halozyme Reports Q2 Results

San Diego-based Halozyme reported $39.1 million in second quarter revenue, an 11% year-over-year increase.