Helix to Bolster Offerings at Illumina Accelerator

The startup accelerator founded by San Diego’s DNA tech giant Illumina Inc. is teaming up with Helix, a fast-growing Illumina spinout, to better help early-stage genomics companies.

Rastetter Brings Impressive Credentials, Clout to Grail

BIOTECH: New CEO Replaces Former Google Exec Huber

A heavyweight in local biotech is taking over the reins at San Francisco startup Grail, assuming the role of chief executive officer from ex-Googler Jeffrey Huber.

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From Hair Removal to Assays, Co. Plays Big and Small Roles

BIOTECH: Use of Nanoparticles May Aid Organ Donation

NanoComposix Inc. is growing on the strength of some very small products.

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Trovagene Puts One Problem Behind It

BIOTECH: Legal Settlement Is Costly; Other Hurdles Remain

Local biotech Trovagene Inc. has resolved a year-long legal dispute between the company and two of its former executives, a resolution that cost Trovagene and its insurers more than $2 million.

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CureMatch Gets Seed Funding

San Diego software startup CureMatch Inc. has received an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Midwest venture capital firm Serra Ventures and tech entrepreneur Phil Trubey.

Federal Grant to Power Development of Morphine Sensor

CARI Therapeutics, a business in residence at UC San Diego, has received federal funds to develop an implantable biosensor that could detect opioids in the bodies of patients recovering from drug problems.

NuVasive Appoints New CFO

San Diego medical device maker NuVasive on Wednesday announced the appointment of a new executive vice president and chief financial officer, the latest change to its executive team following a recent restructuring.

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Marcos Milla Joins Synthorx

Synthetic biology startup Synthorx Inc. has brought on Marcos Milla, an executive with an academic and Big Pharma background, to serve as the company’s senior vice president of research.

Cheap Backwoods Assay Would Pinpoint Insidious Disease

Encounters with ticks are a bad byproduct of a pleasant walk in the woods. A San Diego company is harnessing technology found in home pregnancy tests to help hikers and outdoor enthusiasts determine if a tick bite presents a risk for Lyme disease.

Avalon Ventures Loses Key Player

A long-time venture capitalist and active player in San Diego’s startup community has resigned from his near-decade post as a venture capitalist for Avalon Ventures.

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Construction Starts on New Medical Office Complex in Escondido

Construction has started on the first of what will be a three-building, privately financed medical office complex on the campus of Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

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Halozyme Receiving More Royalty Payments

Local drugmaker Halozyme Inc. is seeing an uptick in royalty payments from the company’s Enhanze technology, which is partnered with several Big Pharmas.

Two Venture Capitalists Named to Sirenas Board

Sirenas LLC, which uses deep data mining to advance drug discovery, has appointed two directors with venture capital experience to its board.

Parallel 6 Acquired by North Carolina Co. for $39.4 Million

Publicly held contract research organization PRA Health Sciences Inc. recently acquired San Diego's Parallel 6 Inc. (P6), which provides enterprise software for clinical trial management, for $39.4 million.

Aya Healthcare Acquires Indiana Staffing Company

In a move expanding the presence of San Diego-based Aya Healthcare in the Midwest, the provider of travel nursing and hospital workforce solutions announced Tuesday that it acquired RN & Allied Specialties (RNS), a nurse and allied staffing agency.