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SPORT: Aqua Lung Looks To Pass Competitors With The Help of Michael PhelpsQuick. Name one of the biggest French companies in San Diego’s North County. One that balances showy, high-stakes athleticism with the silence of military covert operations. One built on a legacy of undersea exploration.

By Brad Graves October 20, 2016 3:08 p.m.   $$ Share

Palomar Health Opens a New Birth Center

Palomar Health has opened a new birth center at Palomar Medical Center Escondido, replacing a similar facility it has long operated in the city’s downtown.

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Capital Flows to New Blood Work Diagnostic

BIOTECH: Doctors Would Do Tests, Get Results in Minutes

With the media spotlight on the failure of the notorious (and now-disgraced) unicorn Theranos Inc., you would expect the company’s competition to suffer by association.

Assisted Living Meets Sharing Economy

HEALTH: Open Units Used for Short-Term Stays

Short-term stays are not a big focus for Cornerstone Senior Living and other assisted living community operators. But that could change if things go well with the local rollout of a service similar to Airbnb for seniors in need of limited-time, “respite” care.

Edico Genome to Partner With Amazon Web Services

La Jolla’s tech startup Edico Genome Inc. has landed a partnership with Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon that offers a suite of cloud computing services.

Viracta Therapeutics Acquires Potential Drug Candidate From U.K. Firm

San Diego biotech Viracta Therapeutics Inc. has purchased a scientific asset from United Kingdom-based Chroma Therapeutics.

Sorrento Therapeutics Secures $75 Million Loan

Sorrento Therapeutics announced it has secured a loan of up to $75 million from Palo Alto-based Hercules Capital Inc.

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Synthorx Names Patrick Doyle Chief Business Officer

San Diego synthetic biology company Synthorx Inc., founded based on discoveries made at the Scripps Research Institute, has hired Patrick J. Doyle as chief business officer.

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Gateway Founder Ted Waitt Named Chairman of Salk Institute's Board

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies named computer entrepreneur Ted Waitt as chairman of its board, effective immediately.

The Gym Store Acquired by Manufacturer Johnson Health Tech

Taiwanese fitness equipment manufacturer Johnson Health Tech has acquired San Diego-based specialty retail chain The Gym Store Inc.

Sharp HealthCare, Nurses Avert Strike With Last-Minute Agreement

A nurses union has called off a three-day strike that had been set to begin Nov. 28 at three Sharp HealthCare hospitals.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center First California Hospital to Use Kidney Injury Assessment Test

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center has become the first hospital in California to adopt a new test to identify patients at risk of developing acute kidney injury, a potentially deadly condition estimated to cost the U.S. health-care system as much as $10 billion per year.

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Combatting the Health Care Cost Conundrum

Besides the annual flurry of holiday planning, November ushers in the busy employee benefits open enrollment season. Nearly 40 percent of California companies renew their benefit plans on Jan. 1. In the last quarter of the year, HR departments are rushing to prepare and distribute employee notices, communicate benefit program changes and facilitate the enrollment process. While most employees appreciate their benefits, open enrollment may not be the most wonderful time of the year for those whose medical plan costs have gone up — once again.

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StemoniX’s ‘Micro Organs’ Create Safe Way for Toxicity Tests

BIOTECH: Illness Inspired Founder To Tackle Problem

Ping Yeh was 36 years old when his doctors recommended maximum-potency chemotherapy — a treatment so strong that he may not survive it.

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Creating an Opening For Healing

HEALTH: Scripps Assumes a Financial Risk In Expanding Patient Access to Proton Therapy n By JOHN COX

Frustrated with insurance delays, Scripps Health recently increased the number of patients it treats without prior health-plan approval at the $225 million proton therapy center it manages in Mira Mesa.

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Genalyte Inc. Receives $36 Million in Latest Funding Round

Local life science firm Genalyte Inc. has landed $36 million in funding to accelerate the development of its blood testing technology.