Julie Gallant

Healthcare/Cleantech Reporter

Email: jgallant@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-634-4626

Recent Stories

Hospital District to Review Big-Picture Issues

The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on issues affecting the Grossmont Healthcare District during a strategic planning meeting set for 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the district’s conference center at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa.

Portability Is a Selling Point For Patient Monitoring Device

TECHNOLOGY: System Replaces Spot Checks, to Be Linked to Medical Records

The ViSi Mobile System developed by San Diego’s Sotera Wireless Inc. is likely to be one of the next desirable hospital upgrades.

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Pharmaceutical Deal Could Fetch $430M

BIOTECH: Sunovion Sees Promise in COPD Candidate

Elevation Pharmaceuticals Inc., a local biopharmaceutical company developing a treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is being acquired by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Massachusetts in a deal worth up to $430 million.

Approvals Put Wind In Tule Project’s Sails

ENERGY: Iberdrola Plans 67 Turbines, Considers Expansion

Iberdrola Renewables Inc. could begin construction of a wind farm in San Diego’s East County by next year, now that 67 turbines have been approved for its Tule Wind Power Project.

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Firm Meeting Goals, Challenges In Sepsis Fight

MEDICINE: Aethlon Is Creating Device to Prevent Blood Poisoning

Aethlon Medical Inc. is ahead of schedule on a five-year, $6.8 million government contract to develop the technology that would prevent sepsis from occurring.

Sequenom to Distribute Tests in Europe, Asia

San Diego-based Sequenom Inc. is expanding access to its prenatal testing services outside the U.S.

Medical Device Confab Crosses Borders

A guided bus tour of two medical manufacturing facilities in Baja California, Mexico, is being hosted by the Tijuana Economic Development Corp. in conjunction with the MEDevice Forum San Diego.

Invention Gives Spinal Surgeons a New Option

MEDICINE: System Is Part of Minimally Invasive Procedure

Spinal Elements Inc., a Carlsbad-based spine technology company, has passed an important milestone: doctors have begun to conduct surgeries with the company’s new minimally invasive surgery lumbar system.

Envision Ramps Up to Plant Its Solar Trees

GREEN: Pre-Cast Columns Make for Faster Installation

Envision Solar International Inc. anticipates its latest technology will help it keep pace with growing demand for its solar-shaded parking products.

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Self-Health Experience

HEALTH: Golden Door Spa Finds Its Niche in Nirvana

In a region known for its fast-paced attractions and opulent resorts, it’s refreshing to see a local destination like Golden Door Spa encouraging guests to slow down and focus on managing their personal health and well-being.

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Mail Pharmacy Expansion Brings Nearly 300 Jobs to the Region

HEALTH CARE: Firm To Process Half Billion Prescriptions Annually

UnitedHealth Group plans to add 250 jobs to a new pharmacy order processing facility in Mission Valley as it transitions 12 million of its members from contract vendor Medco to its subsidiary OptumRx.

Incubator to Back Innovators of Cost-Saving Health Care

TECHNOLOGY: West Health Will Soon Invite Companies to Participate

Startups aspiring to lower the cost of health care will soon be invited to join a new incubator getting established under the West Health umbrella.

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Creating a Patient-Centered State-of-the-Art Environment

REAL ESTATE: New Office Brings Welcome Upgrades to Services

Often an unexpected ending can lead to a welcome fresh start.

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Illinois Investor Commits to Buy MediciNova Stock

MediciNova Inc., a publicly traded San Diego biopharmaceutical company, is entering into a multimillion-dollar common stock purchase agreement with Chicago-based institutional investor Aspire Capital Fund LLC.

Critical Diagnostics Adds Distributors in Asia

San Diego-based Critical Diagnostics is expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific region by adding two distribution partners.

Mail Pharmacy Expansion Brings Nearly 300 Jobs

UnitedHealth Group plans to add 250 jobs to a new pharmacy order processing facility in Mission Valley as it transitions 12 million of its members from contract vendor Medco to its subsidiary OptumRx.

Products, People and Culture Bring Arnette to Encinitas

RETAIL: Headquarters Looks To Create Place For Brand Interaction

An Arnette opening in Encinitas not only brings a retail store where action sports athletes can shop for eyewear, but also a focal point for community gatherings for surfers, skateboarders, and snowboarders.

Medical Center Makes Its Debut in Escondido

HEALTH CARE: Innovation Plus Design Equals Efficiency

Art and science, nature and technology merge to create a state-of-the-art healing environment at the recently opened Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

It’s Better Knee Replacements Through Chemistry, Literally

BIOTECH: Formula Is Expected to Slow Oxidation in Joint Part

There are vitamin-enriched foods, bottled water with added vitamins and now — taking it several steps further —vitamin-fortified knee replacements.

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Elcelyx Plans Clinical Trials With Series B Funds

Elcelyx Therapeutics of Carmel Valley plans to use $4 million of a $7 million extended series B private equity financing to advance clinical trials of its two product candidates Lovidia and NewMet.

Meritage Delves Into Phase 2 Pharmaceutical Study

Meritage Pharma Inc., a San Diego company with six employees, is initiating a Phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate oral budesonide suspension, or OBS, for treating adolescents and young adults with an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus.

Murphy to Help Choose Baldrige Winners, Again

Dr. Michael Murphy, chief medical officer at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, is among a panel of experts involved in selecting the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients.

Sharp Finds a Higher Calling for Castoffs

HEALTH CARE: Kitchen Scraps Turned to Compost

Volumes of food that churn through hospitals is fodder for greener landscapes now that Sharp HealthCare is participating in the city of San Diego’s food waste composting program.

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Health Care Reform Comes Into Play for Employers

INSURANCE: Companies Deal With Rebates and The New Regulations

Employers are getting on board with implementing changes required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as two health reform provisions begin to take effect.

NIH Grant Gives OrPro More Than Just Money

MEDICINE: Award Draws Interest to Firm’s New Drug

A monetary ripple in the funding waters could bring a wave of change to OrPro Therapeutics Inc.

Dean Puts Resources to Work For Business’s Next Generation

EDUCATION: College of Business Administration Adapts to Budget Climate

There was a time when it was easy enough for Michael Cunningham to apply classroom theory at New York University to his printing business, Cunningham Graphics

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The Business of Beauty

SERVICES: Academy’s Curriculum Covers Both Services and Operations

What most people don’t see when they’re enjoying a luxurious spa experience or salon pampering is the work that goes into training the service providers.

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Accumetrics Product Gaining Foothold in Canada

Two deals under way are making Sorrento Valley-based Accumetrics Inc.’s VerifyNow System more widely available in Canada.

MEI Strikes Deal for Singapore Firm’s Cancer Therapy

MEI Pharma Inc. is moving forward with plans to purchase exclusive worldwide rights to S*BIO Pte. Ltd.’s investigational therapy, Pracinostat, an oral histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor with potential to be best-in-class.

Clinical Trials Specialist Verum Opens in Carlsbad

German-based contract research organization Verum is opening a new office in Carlsbad to make its clinical trial services more readily available to biotech and pharmaceutical clients in the region and throughout the nation.

Viterbi Family Makes Major Gift to Medical Research

A $1 million gift by Andrew and Erna Viterbi and family is enabling Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute to pursue a two-year neuroscience research initiative.

Genomatica Raises $41.5M in Series D Round

Genomatica Inc., a San Diego company that delivers new manufacturing processes to enable its partners to produce intermediate and basic chemicals from renewable raw materials, has raised $41.5 million in a Series D round of preferred stock financing.

Ensign Group Grows Presence in County

The Ensign Group Inc. of Mission Viejo made its move to acquire the real estate and other assets of Palomar Vista Healthcare Center in Escondido after leasing the property for the better part of a decade.

New Enzyme Could Be a Rock Star

BIOTECH: Its Heat Tolerance Makes It Promising for Fracking

Locally based Verenium Corp. expects to introduce an addition to its line of eight products later this year now that the Environmental Protection Agency has given regulatory authorization to market its new cellulase enzyme for nonfood applications.

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Defense, Clean-Tech Sectors Join Forces for Sustainability

GREEN: San Diego Positioned to Support Navy’s Efforts

Common goals for achieving energy independence are uniting the local clean-tech sector and the defense industry.

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DJO Takes New Tack In Arthritis Relief

HEALTH CARE: Novel Material Makes OA Nano Light and Strong

DJO Global is adding to its long line of nonsurgical orthopedic rehabilitation devices with the introduction of the OA Nano

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SDG&E Takes Award for Smart Grid Deployment

Power Magazine is recognizing San Diego Gas & Electric Co.’s smart grid deployment programs with the 2012 Power Smart Grid Award.

OneRecovery Chooses New Name to Reflect Widening Focus

OneRecovery Inc. in Solana Beach is changing its name to OneHealth Solutions Inc. to more accurately reflect its focus on helping people improve their health and well-being beyond addiction recovery.

Verenium Moves to New Office Space Near UC San Diego

Biotech: Company Downsizes Due to Sale of Business Unit

Verenium Corp., an industrial biotech company that develops environmentally friendly high-performance enzymes, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new office and laboratory building in Torrey Pines.

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Chiropractic Franchise Makes Some ‘Market Adjustments’

HEALTH CARE: Outlets Tap Successful Model of Regular, Walk-In Visits

Maintaining a healthy spine can be as routine as a visit to a gym now that The Joint Corp. is introducing its chiropractic franchises to San Diego.

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Firm’s Software Brings Together Resources for Patients’ Recovery

MEDICINE: Clinical Trials Are Under Way to Test Effectiveness, Cost Savings

When Naser Partovi’s wife, Ioana, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2008, he took time off from running a wireless company in San Diego called Sky MobileMedia and took on the role of caregiver.

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IT Improvements Contribute to Quality Care at Center

TECHNOLOGY: Firm Tailors System to Needs Of Doctors and Patients

Locally based centrexIT keeps the San Diego Cardiac Center running in top condition with periodic updates and recent upgrades to its information technology systems.

Power Analytics Participates in SunShot Program

Local software company Power Analytics is participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, a collaborative effort to make solar energy costs competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.

Kinder, Gentler Tanning Bed Delivers ‘Customized Rays’

TECHNOLOGY: System Adjusts Intensity Based On User’s Melanin Levels

For those who extol the virtues of moderation even when it comes to getting a tan there’s a system new to the United States and made available locally by iTAN Sun Spray Spa that virtually eliminates overexposure to ultraviolet rays.

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Smithson Named President of CleanTech San Diego

Holly Smithson is taking charge of CleanTech San Diego as president and chief operating officer through unanimous appointment by the organization’s Executive Committee of the board of directors.

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Verenium Moves to New Space Near UC San Diego

Verenium Corp., an industrial biotech company that develops environmentally friendly high-performance enzymes, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new office and laboratory building in Torrey Pines.

New Tool Tackles Alzheimer’s Diagnoses

MEDICINE: Local Center Is One of First to Use Procedure

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is leading the way locally and is among the first nationally to offer a brain imaging system to detect Alzheimer’s disease in patients.

New Tool Tackles Alzheimer’s Diagnoses

MEDICINE: Local Center Is One of First to Use Procedure

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is leading the way locally and is among the first nationally to offer a brain imaging system to detect Alzheimer’s disease in patients.

Buy Brings More Diagnostics to Life

BIOTECH: With Navigenics, Firm Gains Specialized Lab

Carlsbad-based Life Technologies Corp. has taken the first step toward expanding its molecular diagnostics business by acquiring Navigenics Inc., a San Francisco-based company that provides genetic testing and analysis services.

Hospitals Have Finger on Pulse of Technology

MEDICINE: ‘Most Wired’ Designation Recognizes Three Local Institutions

Sharp HealthCare, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and UC San Diego Health System are making strides to improve quality of patient care on an unexpected level — through their information technology systems.

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