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Three Physician Associations Form New Group

Three locally based independent physician associations have joined to create a new, for-profit administrative organization allowing San Diego County employers to negotiate directly with more than 800 doctors covering most medical specialties.

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Mike Eklund Named COO/CFO at DJO Global

Vista-based medical device maker DJO Global Inc. has recruited former Dell executive Mike Eklund to serve as the company’s new chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Leadership Changes Announced at Three Life Science Cos.

Three San Diego life science companies made leadership changes over the holiday weekend.

Arena Pharmaceuticals Launches Independent Incubator

Local drugmaker Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc. has launched a new and independent incubator called Beacon Discovery, the company announced Sept. 1.

Sharp Chooses System to Integrate Its Electronic Health Record System With Affiliated Group

Sharp HealthCare has agreed to extend its Cerner Corp.-developed electronic health record system to Sharp Community Medical Group, one of the San Diego-based health system’s affiliated medical groups.

Zavante Therapeutics Secures $10 Million Loan

Zavante Therapeutics, a San Diego startup launched by biotech veterans last fall, has secured a $10 million loan from Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank.

Scripps Health Acquires Assets of Pacific Coast Women’s Health Medical Group

Scripps Health has acquired the assets of Pacific Coast Women’s Health Medical Group, whose physicians become part of Scripps Coastal Medical Group under a transaction announced Sept. 1.

Halozyme Therapeutics Names Gergen COO

San Diego biotech Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. has appointed Mark J. Gergen as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Qualcomm Life, Philips Partnering on Connected Health Devices, Informatics

San Diego wireless medical device company Qualcomm Life Inc. will leverage the health-care data management expertise of Netherlands-based Royal Philips under a partnership announced Aug. 31.

Salk Institute to Co-Lead Effort to Find Treatments for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder

San Diego research facility Salk Institute for Biological Studies is co-leading a $15.4 million stem cell-based effort to find drugs that work against schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Nobel Prize Winning UCSD Professor Roger Tsien Dies

Roger Tsien, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine professor who shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died at the age of 64.

Palomar Health Joins American Joint Replacement Registry

Palomar Health announced it has joined the American Joint Replacement Registry, a move that will give the Escondido-based health-care system reports and a database allowing it to compare its own performance with national benchmarks, ideally leading to better patient care.

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Ignyta Hopes Its Drug Results Will Trump Previous Bad Timing

PHARMA: Precision Medicine Therapeutic Shows Promise

Few biotechs were untouched by the gloomy market conditions of the past year, and local drugmaker Ignyta Inc. was no exception. But despite the company’s fall from the limelight, Ignyta could be nurturing a valuable asset — and one that analysts believe is being overlooked.

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UC San Diego Health Delivers a Timely Investment in Care

MEDICINE: New $943M Medical Center to Fill Growing Need in County

The $664 million UC San Diego Health originally expected to spend building a new hospital in La Jolla would have been quite a bargain, even if it didn’t look that way when the plan was announced April 1, 2010. (And no, it wasn’t an April Fools’ joke).

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‘Probiotics’ for Skin Germinate Partnership

BIOTECH: Xycrobe, J&J Enter Research Deal

San Diego’s Xycrobe Therapeutics has landed a sought-after partnership with Johnson & Johnson to research how “good bacteria” can be harnessed for skin care products.