STAT+: Biotech is practically in San Diego’s DNA. Here’s how it got there — and how it might evolve

SAN DIEGO — More than 40 years ago, Ivor Royston, a brash young assistant professor at University of California, San Diego, made an odd pitch to scientists and pharmaceutical executives across the country: Ditch your jobs and join a fledgling firm working on a new, unproven way to use antibodies to diagnose and even treat deadly diseases.

Turns out it wasn’t an easy sell.

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