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Connect Invites Tech Startups to Apply for Coming Phase of CapitalMatch Program

San Diego’s early-stage technology companies are invited to apply for Connect’s upcoming CapitalMatch, a program designed to link companies seeking funding with interested investors.

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AMN Keeps Making Strategic Acquisitions

MEDICINE: Latest Buy Is Health Information Co.

San Diego’s AMN Healthcare Inc., the largest health care staffing company in the nation, has snatched up its fifth health care company in less than two years. The acquisition of Franklin, Tenn.-based Peak Health Solutions, a health information management company, is expected to immediately boost AMN’s revenue.

Astute Medical Gets FDA OK to Modify Test to Extend Shelf Life

Local diagnostic maker Astute Medical Inc. received the OK from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday to make improvements to its lead product. The tweaks to the product will extend the test’s shelf life, possibly improving the test’s marketability to hospitals trying to optimize inventory.

FDA Denies Application for S.D.-Developed Drug

The Food and Drug Administration said, “no thanks, maybe later” to deutetrabenazine, a drug with origins in San Diego that’s meant to treat symptoms of Huntington’s disease.

Sorrento Therapeutics Signs Deal with Chinese Pharmaceutical Co.

Sorrento Therapeutics Inc., a local biopharmaceutical company, has inked a deal with China-based Shenyang Sunshine Pharmaceutical Co. (3SBio) to develop and commercialize immunotherapies.

NuVasive Buys Medtech Firm Biotronic NeuroNetwork for $98 Million

San Diego’s NuVasive Inc. is acquiring medtech firm Biotronic NeuroNetwork for $98 million in cash, the company announced Monday.

AMN Healthcare Buys Peak Health Solutions

San Diego’s AMN Healthcare Inc., the largest health care staffing company in the nation, has snatched up its fifth health care company in less than two years. The acquisition of Franklin, Tenn.-based Peak Health Solutions, a health information management company, is expected to immediately boost AMN’s revenue.

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Scripps Opens New Seven-Level Medical Pavilion

Scripps Health has opened the doors to its latest multimillion-dollar facility – the John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion – in a move to unite resources previously disconnected at the hospital system.

Tennessee Company Acquires Tri-City Emergency Medical Group Operations

TeamHealth Holdings Inc., a physician services organization based in Knoxville, Tenn., announced the acquisition of the operations of Tri-City Emergency Medical Group in Oceanside. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Betting On Biotech

Life Sciences’ Need for Space Spurs Developers to Pursue Spec Projects

The high demand for biotech office space in San Diego is boosting the confidence of traditionally cautious landlords. Rather than waiting to build a project until a tenant is lined up, life science construction companies are building sprawling campuses based on speculation alone.

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Oncternal Therapeutics, Tokalas Merge and Form Biotech Company

San Diego-based companies Oncternal Therapeutics Inc. and Tokalas Inc. have merged and created a clinical-stage oncology company with two pipeline products.

Cognitive Medical Systems Partners with Accenture on Deal Worth Up to $22.3B

Cognitive Medical Systems, a San Diego-based company specializing in health IT software, announced May 31 that it will partner with Accenture on a multiple-award federal technology contract worth up to $22.3 billion.

BNBuilders Begins Remodel at Scripps La Jolla

BNBuilders, a general contractor with a San Diego office, announced the start of the remodel of the obstetrics unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla May 31.

Orexigen Co-founder Resigns From the Board of Directors

San Diego drugmaker Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. announced May 27 that Dr. Eckard Weber, the company’s co-founder and former chairman, has resigned from the board of directors.

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Phoenix House California Names New Executive Director

Phoenix House California named Shawna Morris its executive director over the nonprofit's California locations, including Phoenix House San Diego.