Debut Bio Receives $1M Air Force Award

‘Grand Challenge’ Centered On Manufacturing Process

As he was building his biotechnology company, Debut Biotechnology CEO Joshua Britton drove for Uber to get money for legal fees and chemistry supplies. The gig had an advantage in that he could pitch the people riding in the passenger seat for funding.

$1.5 Billion Life Science Campus Planned

DEVELOPMENT: Manchester Pacific Gateway Property to Become Research District

A more than eight-acre chunk of the downtown San Diego waterfront property that had been part of the Manchester Pacific Gateway project will instead become a life science campus with an estimated price tag of about $1.5 billion.

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Jumpcode Genomics Sees Opportunity with Kits

BIOTECH: Carlsbad-based Company Emerges from Stealth Mode

Jumpcode Genomics has emerged from stealth mode with technology that aims to turn down the background noise in next-generation sequencing libraries.

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Libra Therapeutics Raises $29M

Company Aims to Restore Cellular Balance

Libra Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on developing novel disease-modifying therapeutics, has officially launched with $29 million in Series A financing to restore the cellular balance lost in neurodegenerative diseases.

Horton Plaza Ideal for Life Science Firms

REDEVEOPMENT: Former Mall Has Desired Infrastructure, Essential Elements

Stockdale Capital Partners is actively wooing life science firms to move to the reimagined Horton Plaza as work is about to begin on redevelopment of the former Nordstrom building.

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Maravai LifeSciences to Expand Manufacturing at TriLink

BIOTECH: Sorrento Mesa Firm Cites Growing Demand for its Products

Maravai LifeSciences has announced plans to expand the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) capabilities at one of its companies, TriLink BioTechnologies, for the second time in less than a year.

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Cos. Develop COVID-19 Antibody Treatments

BIOTECH: Allele Biotechnology Using Nanoantibodies from Llamas

Dr. Jiwu Wang was thinking ahead when he purchased a plot of land in Fallbrook to raise llamas about 12 years ago.

Agragene Annouces $4M in Additional Funding

AGRICULTURE: New Investment Again Comes from Ospraie Ag Science

The agriculture-tech sector is growing and Agragene Inc. is attracting attention from investors.

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Remaining Stake in Akcea

BIOTECH: Boston Co. Was Spun Out of Ionis, Had IPO in 2017

Ionis Pharmaceuticals plans to acquire the remaining stake in Akcea Therapeutics that it does not already own for approximately $500 million cash.

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Aegis Life Using Its Technology to Develop DNA-Focused COVID-19 Vaccine

BIOTECH: Company Received $4.2M in Grant Funding

San Diego-based Aegis Life, a biotechnology company developing vaccines and therapies for life-threatening diseases, has entered the race to combat COVID-19 with its DNA vaccine.

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Working to Erase Cancer

BIOTECH: Erasca Raises $236 Million

Erasca, a cancer therapeutics company seeking to eliminate cancer, has completed a $36 million extension of its Series B financing round, bringing its total Series B round to $236 million.

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La Jolla Institute Gets $6.4M for COVID Research

BIOTECH: Investigations to Focus on Understudied Part of Antibody

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $6.4 million to Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., a professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, to support research toward COVID-19 antibody therapeutics. The local organization announced the award on Aug. 20.

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Inhibrx Gains $125.7M in IPO, Has Cancer in its Sights

BIOTECH: Firm Uses Protein Engineering to Develop Drug Candidates

Inhibrx Inc. completed its initial public offering on Aug. 20, gaining an estimated $125.7 million to push its business forward.

San Ysidro Health Front-Line Staff Receives Donation of Meals from Frontline Foods

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, several San Ysidro Health rural clinics in East County received a donation of meals for the organization’s front line staff from Frontline Foods as a thank you for their fearless dedication during this pandemic.

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Diomics Developing Test to Reveal SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies

Diomics, a San Diego-based biotech company, announced on Aug. 19 that it is developing the Diocheck Antibody Indicator, which provides a simple way for individuals to monitor for the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 over an extended period of time.