Category: Portfolio

BIOTECH CLIP: Out of the Shadows

This was an exciting piece on a stealthy private biotech with a valuation that sounds too good to be true. First broken by Forbes Reporter Matthew Herper, I followed with a local in-depth look at Samumed’s larger-than-life valuation. This story won Third Place in the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Awards put on by the San Diego Press Club.

Lede: ” Osman Kibar is nonchalant, as billionaires go, but he’s nothing if not confident. Dressed in a fading polo shirt and old jeans, he leans back in his chair, intertwines his fingers and fights a knowing smile. He knows why I’m here.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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DIAGNOSTICS CLIP: The Holy Grail

Everyone jumped on the story of GRAIL, the exciting new spinout of sequencing giant Illumina Inc. Due to our weekly publishing cycle, I took more time to consider what other reporters hadn’t: the concept is exciting, but can they do it? What challenges will they face?

Lede: “Illumina Inc., a major force in San Diego’s genomics industry, launched a spinout last month loaded with both cash and cachet. But experts say its destined for challenges on its quest for oncology’s “holy grail.””

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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INFOGRAPHIC CLIP: Pharma’s Capitol Expenditure

Our design team worked with me to create the first-ever infographic to run in the San Diego Business Journal. This article took lots of diving into data, but the result was a fun detour from what the business journal usually produces. The design team had so much fun creating it that its now a regular option for SDBJ reporters, should they choose to put the work in.

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