Founder Departure Not Only Setback at Human Longevity

2018 Newsmakers

Once the toast of the town, Human Longevity Inc.’s valuation sunk to $310 million, down more than 80 percent from early 2017.

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Ionis Succession Plan Puts New CEO at Helm in 2020

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, one of San Diego’s largest drugmakers, will have a new CEO in 2020.

Judge Dismisses HLI Lawsuit Accusing Venter of Trade Secret Theft

A California court on Dec. 18 dismissed a lawsuit in which Human Longevity Inc. alleged that former CEO Craig Venter took trade secrets.

Epipen Alternative to Bring Good News to Price Sensitive Users

Adamis Pharmaceuticals’ epipen alternative will launch nationally in the first quarter of next year, the company said in a recent update.

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Medical Tourism Still Needs A Shot in the Arm

A medical tourism campaign touting San Diego’s hospitals, genomics companies and sunny weather is trying to find its groove.

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Life Science Funding Shows Increase in Most Rounds

Financing rounds since 2013 have grown larger in San Diego life sciences. A look at annual median deal size shows an increase, from early-stage seed financing to Series A, C and D rounds. Only Series B rounds have remained flat in recent years.

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Aristea Therapeutics Launches with $15M Round

Aristea Therapeutics emerged Dec. 18 with a $15 million series A round and mission revolving around inflammatory diseases.

Evofem’s Stock Rises on Positive Late-Stage Trial Data

Shares of Evofem rose on Dec. 17 after the company reported that its birth control gel worked as intended in late-stage clinical trials.

Former Ignyta Talent Launch Erasca with $42M Round

Serial biotech entrepreneur Jonathan Lim is back at it.

Aethlon Medical Appoints Interim CEO

Aethlon Medical, a San Diego company, named Timothy Rodell as interim CEO, it was announced Dec. 13.

New Accelerator Marries San Diego’s Strengths in Life Sciences, Software

Nex3 will launch a new digital health accelerator in San Diego.

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Local Strengths Like Genetics, Big Data and Talent Power Agbio Scene

Technology, Talent Keep Area’s Agriculture Growing Strong

Decades ago on North County farms, the Ecke family turned the poinsettia into a top-selling Christmas plant. From former Ecke land, Cibus again wants to put the region on the map.

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Seven San Diego Companies went Public in 2018

San Diego saw seven IPOs in 2018, largely dominated by life sciences companies.

Neurocrine’s Tourette Syndrome Drug Misses Primary Goal

San Diego-based Neurocrine’s drug for Tourette syndrome failed to meet its primary goal in a mid-stage clinical trial, the company reported Dec. 12.

Following the Local Biotech VC Funding Trail

The San Diego Business Journal frequently chronicles local funding rounds and the big dreams that accompany them. But what about the largest venture capital sources locally?

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