CONNECT Weekly Roundup – 2.11.16

Feb 11, 2016

Didn’t have time to read all of the business highlights in San Diego this week? You’re in luck! Your high level dose of some of the top headlines in San Diego business and innovation is here.

  • ViaCyte Aquires Rights to BetaLogics Assets: ViaCyte, Inc., a leading, privately-held regenerative medicine company with the first pluripotent stem cell-derived islet replacement therapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes in clinical-stage development, announced last week that ViaCyte and Janssen Biotech, Inc., one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, have agreed to consolidate the assets of the Janssen BetaLogics group into ViaCyte. Read more
  • Springboard Graduate Supramed Acquired by Florida Company NextechNextech, a company in Palm Beach, FL, that develops software used to manage physicians’ medical practices, has acquired San Diego-based Supramed, which specializes in medical practice management software for plastic surgeons. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read more
  • Liver Tissue Bioprinted from Stem CellsAn all-UC San Diego research team reports using stem cells to rapidly create ‘bioprinted” miniature sections of human liver tissue, using cells arrayed in a lobule pattern that more closely resembles natural liver tissue than previous attempts. Read more
  • 12 San Diego Life Sciences Startups to Watch in 2016: A whole new crop of life sciences startups are germinating in San Diego, which is good news for the regional cluster of established companies that are focused on innovation in biotechnology, medical devices, healthcare technologies, and medical diagnostics. Read more
  • Scripps Enlists Private Boaters to Help with Ocean ResearchThe Scripps Institution of Oceanography plans to work with private boaters in future ocean research after signing an agreement with the Florida-based International SeaKeepers Society. The deal calls for SeaKeepers — a yachting society with a mission to promote oceanographic research, conservation, and education — to tap into its database of yachting vessel owners willing to offer their ships for marine research and exploration. Read more
  • How This STEM School is Shattering StereotypesAt STEM3 Academy, sticking to the norm doesn’t work. In fact, the school was launched to do just the opposite. “Our emphasis is on learning versus teaching,” said Dr. Ellis Crasnow, the school’s director. “Our students learn by doing, experiencing and constructing rather than just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher.” Read more 

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