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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.

UK Agency Asks Illumina and Pacific to Address Its Concerns

Failure of Merging Cos to Comply Would Result In a More In-Depth Analysis

A U.K. competition watchdog said on June 18 that Illumina’s planned $1.2 billion acquisition of Pacific Biosciences raises anti-competitive concerns, at a minimum delaying the deal.

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Cannabis VC Invests $10M in San Diego Startup Working to Increase Crop Yields

Canopy Rivers Inc. invested in ZeaKal, a San Diego startup developing technology to make plants more photosynthetic.

Oska Wellness Takes in $5.5M Seed Round

Oska Wellness — maker of a portable device that’s pitched as a drug-free alternative for pain management – raised $5.5 million in seed funding.

Kura Gets Promising Results in Mid-Stage Clinical Trial

Co. Expects to Close $100M Public Offering to Support Oncology Therapeutic

Kura Oncology’s lead drug generated promising results in mid-stage clinical trial, the company recently said.

Kroger Deal Expands CV Sciences’ Retail Presence

CV’s CEO Says Deal Will Boost Acceptance Of CBD Products

CBD is no longer relegated to coffee shops and health food stores.

Acutus Medical Lands $170M Financing

Acutus Medical – maker of 3-D imaging technology for heart procedures – on June 20 netted $170 million.

Element Biosciences Emerges with $15M Round

Element Biosciences, another San Diego startup led by ex-Illumina talent, raised $15 million in a series A round.

UK Agency Says Illumina-Pacific Biosciences Deal Raises Concerns

A U.K. competition watchdog said on June 18 that Illumina’s planned $1.2 billion acquisition of Pacific Biosciences raises anti-competitive concerns, at a minimum delaying the deal.

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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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Arcturus Nets $30M in Expanded Collaboration with Ultragenyx

Ultragenyx paid San Diego’s Arcturus Therapeutics $6 million in cash and is poised to invest $24 million in the company following an expanded research agreement.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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