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Sansum Clinic now on state insurance exchange

By   /  Friday, November 22nd, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Sansum Clinic now on state insurance exchange

In a big step forward for Covered California’s ability to serve residents of the Tri-Counties, Sansum Clinic said late Friday afternoon that its 23 outpatient medical clinics will serve patients who buy Anthem Blue Cross coverage on the state’s online health insurance exchange. Sansum is one of the largest primary patient care providers in Covered California’s District 12, which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.

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With funds and new CEO, Neighborhood Clinics turn the corner

By   /  Thursday, November 21st, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Nonprofits, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on With funds and new CEO, Neighborhood Clinics turn the corner

The struggling Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics nonprofit is narrowing its funding gap and has a strategic plan and new permanent CEO in place, putting it on track to become financially sustainable at a time when it looks to expand service to Goleta.

“Six months ago, we were in danger of closing our doors,” said Mark Palmer, president of the board.

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Thousand Oaks cancer drug firm raises $9M

By   /  Friday, November 15th, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Thousand Oaks cancer drug firm raises $9M

Thousand Oaks-based ImmunGene, a cancer treatment firm led by a former Amgen scientist, has raised $9 million from Ally Bridge Group, an investment group with ties to Hong Kong.

ImmunGene’s so-called antibody-cytokine fusion technology could help improve the cancer-cell targeting in therapies. President and CEO Sanjay D. Khare was formerly the scientific director at Amgen, the biotech giant. Prior to the funding, ImmunGene had received several hundred thousand dollars in federal research grants.

Antibody technologies hold promise for creating cancer treatments that do less damage to healthy cells. Molecules are crafted to mimic the body’s own immune system and bind to specific defects in cancer cells.

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Gov. Brown vetoes Amgen-backed anti-biosimilars bill

By   /  Friday, October 18th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast Health Watch, Technology, Top Stories, Tourism, Tri-County Public Companies  /  Comments Off on Gov. Brown vetoes Amgen-backed anti-biosimilars bill

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill supported by Thousand Oaks-based Amgen and other biotechnology companies that would have made it more difficult for pharmacists to dispense so-called biosimilars, the biotech industry’s analogue to generic pharmaceuticals.

Senate Bill 598, approved by both houses of the legislature, looked mostly like a procedural change to state’s pharmacy laws. If it passed, the bill would have allowed pharmacists to fill prescriptions with biosimilars that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration deems “interchangeable” with brand-name counterparts.

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Cottage-Sansum merger on track as anti-trust filing nears

By   /  Friday, October 11th, 2013  /  Banking & Finance, Central Coast Health Watch, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Cottage-Sansum merger on track as anti-trust filing nears

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Sansum Diabetes Research Institute gets $2.3M grant

By   /  Tuesday, October 1st, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on Sansum Diabetes Research Institute gets $2.3M grant

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Thomas Aquinas sues over birth-control mandate

By   /  Friday, September 20th, 2013  /  Central Coast Health Watch, Latest news, Law, Nonprofits  /  Comments Off on Thomas Aquinas sues over birth-control mandate

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