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California Accelerators Enroll Startups Targeting Cannabis Industry

Xconomy

On Monday, nine startups began a 16-week program at Canopy San Diego , a new accelerator program for seed-stage companies developing new technologies, products, and services to support the legal cannabis industry.

A16Z Bio Fund’s Pande Sees A.I. as Way to Ride Bio Innovation

Xconomy

As Andreessen Horowitz begins to invest the $450 million the bellwether venture firm recently raised for its second bio fund , general partner Vijay Pande has been talking increasingly about the use of artificial intelligence in the life sciences.

With $6M Investment, Histogen Aims to Grow Hair Business in China

Xconomy

Histogen, a San Diego-based regenerative medicine company with technology for growing skin cells and related products, said it has raised $6 million from an affiliate of Huapont Life Sciences, a healthcare products company based in Chongqing, China.

As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics

Xconomy

For example, at Xconomy’s Robo Madness forum in San Jose, CA, last month, three companies each presented a different approach to intelligent navigation: — PreNav , founded in San Carlos, CA, in 2013, has developed a separate, ground-based system that uses a pulsed laser (formally known as Light Detection and Ranging, or LIDAR) to precisely determine the flight path for a quadcopter.

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Biogen Buys Ionis Spine Disease Drug For $75M, Eyes FDA Filing

Xconomy

Neither company provided any specifics beyond the announcement, though Biogen said it will present the data in detail at a future medical meeting. Overall, 14 companies overall are investing in SMA programs, compared to zero in 2000, according to data from Cure SMA.

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PacketSled Raises $5M for Automated Cybersecurity Monitoring System

Xconomy

PacketSled, a cybersecurity startup based in suburban San Diego, has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round led by Keshif Ventures, a local angel investment fund that has put money into dozens of tech startups in the San Diego area.

Bio Roundup: Trump’s Triumph, Election Fallout, CRISPR Arguments & More

Xconomy

The Phase 3 results will be presented at a future medical meeting. —A month after Cambridge, MA-based Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: MACK ) restructured and its CEO resigned , Reuters reported that the company has hired investment bankers to explore a possible sale. The presidential election ended with Donald Trump’s stunning victory and Republican retention of the House and Senate. Now, the U.S. healthcare sector will try to figure out what it all means.

Biotech Roundup: Biogen Rumors, Theranos, Electro-Drugs & More

Xconomy

That story and plenty more—including a bevy of gene therapy news, the latest on the Zika virus, and a long-awaited presentation from an embattled CEO—below: —Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes spoke at a conference for laboratory scientists this week in Philadelphia. —Meanwhile, scientists from San Diego-based Synthetic Genomics and the J. Biogen was once again all over the biotech newswire this week.

Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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I owe ya’ a 20 minute call (or in person next time I’m in San Diego). Brad on blogging. How did you start blogging? “My The value of Pitch Decks; Brad’s personal preferences on deal presentation; and Brad’s practice of accepting cold approaches via email.

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This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Went on to present at TechCrunch 50. And the broader question of whether VC’s will continue to invest in the Twitter ecosystem. Discussion: Had a long chat about PicClick , a company founded by Ryan Sit in San Diego.

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Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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