Scientist Given $10.8M Grant to Study Treatment for Addiction to Cocaine, Nicotine

A local scientist has received a $10.8 million grant to pursue research that may result in a new class of medicine to treat cocaine and nicotine addiction.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Appoints Chief of Staff

One of San Diego’s largest medical research institutes has hired a new vice president and chief of staff out of Texas.

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Proton Therapy Center to Get New Owner, Management

MEDICINE: Court Must OK Change; Center Failed To Attract Needed Patients

An agreement calls for a new owner and new clinical provider for San Diego County’s only proton therapy center amid patient volumes not meeting projections.

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Exagen Secures $48 Million for Push on Lupus Diagnostic

BIOTECH: Capital Will Fund Studies; Co. To Expand Sales Team

Exagen Diagnostics Inc., a Vista-based company that makes tests to diagnose lupus, has received $48 million from investors and lenders to boost commercialization. The dollars come on the promise of a new product, despite the company’s rocky track record for product development.

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Chip to Provide Digital Diary Of an Addict’s Use or Abuse

BIOTECH: Co. to Rely On Federal Funding; Insurance Coverage Will Be Acid Test

Patrik Schmidle holds up a clear plastic box with a tiny microchip, hardly visible, at its center.

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Compounding Practice At Center of Lawsuit

PHARMA: Allergan, Imprimis Trade Accusations in Dispute

A Goliath in the biotech industry is suing San Diego drugmaker Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company is selling new drugs without regulatory approval. Imprimis said the claims are bogus and a move by the biotech giant to quash competition.

TruMed Releases Automated Vaccine Management System

San Diego-based TruMed Systems has released its AccuVax vaccine system that the company says streamlines vaccine workflow, saves nurses time and protects against medical errors.

Chula Vista and Santee Locations Will Be Part of Kaiser, Target Major In-Store Clinic Expansion

Kaiser Permanente in November will launch two additional Kaiser-staffed retail clinics in regional Target stores.

Abide Therapeutics Appoints Chief Financial and Strategy Officer

San Diego-based drug developer Abide Therapeutics has hired Sapna Srivastava as its chief financial and strategy officer.

Women’s Reproductive Health Products Face Financing Wall

BIOTECH: Risks, Reward And Need Often Too Much Of a Mystery to Investors

In the field of women’s reproductive health, it can be very difficult to get the startup capital a company needs to get from concept to market.

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Lymber Inc. Technology Going National Following Acquisition By Mindbody Inc.

Technology developed by San Diego startup Lymber Inc. is deploying nationwide later this month following the company’s acquisition by Mindbody Inc.

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UC Cancer Consortium to Pool Resources, Talent and Data

HEALTH: Five-Center Effort to Boost Efficiencies Including Trials, Treatments

Five-Center Effort to Boost Efficiencies Including Trials, Treatments

Industry Looks to Derail the Return Of Medical Device Tax

A 2.3 percent excise tax on all medical devices sold in the U.S. could resume in 2018, sparking a renewed push among San Diego’s medtech hub to scrap the measure.

Eastridge Workforce Solutions Acquires Operon Resource Management

San Diego staffing company Eastridge Workforce Solutions has acquired Operon Resource Management, which provides staffing solutions for health care product manufactures.

Research Institutes Are Now Searching For Cures and Profits

BIOTECH: Commercial Focus May Slow Wider Innovation

As public funding for medical research grows scarce, academics in San Diego are increasingly turning to Big Pharma to help them translate science into dollars.

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