Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry


The enhanced version of Vibrio natriegens , a marine bacterium of a type known as Gram-negative, could potentially replace Escherichia coli as the workhorse host organism for the biotech industry, according to research published online today in Nature Methods. coli as a host organism.

CRISPR Organs? eGenesis Raises $38M For Pig-To-Human Transplants


One of the companies trying to revive the once-failed notion of xenotransplantation has raised a significant round of cash.

Trending Sources Aims To Connect Event Organizers, Consumers


San Diego-based --founded by one of the co-founders of The Active Network--is hoping to make it easier for event organizers and event goers better plan and find events, the company said this week. The company says it is targeting event planners running everything from marathons to races to pancake breakfasts with its platform. eventscom event organizer software mobile activenetwork active network startup launch

Is Your Organization Ready to Become an Ecosystem Driver?


It’s not yet an ecosystem driver in B2B, although the longer it takes for other business supply companies to catch up, the harder it will be to beat Amazon. Companies must learn to become ecosystem drivers – even if only for a subset of their customers – in order to survive.

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture


On a micro level, you can do your part to fix tech's gender problem by recruiting people with diverse backgrounds and place them in a company culture that rewards those who challenge the status quo. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Is Your Company Independent or Co-Dependent?


Employees are a critical part of any company’s backbone, no matter the size or industry of the business. They are the driving force that executes the company vision on a daily basis, and make decisions that make it possible to achieve its growth and goals. Steve Jobs was once famously quoted stating, “the secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.”

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company


There are a number of tasks you can perform that will allow you to train in the art of entrepreneurship while you are in school or working at a large organization. If you are networking to assist a startup you are advising, you can substitute the company’s pitch for your personal pitch.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling. In 2015 in the US there were $77 billion written into startup tech companies.

Blisters and Basketball – How to Boost Excellent Execution in Your Organization

Frank Addante

When we started our company, we were totally driven by the notion of excellence in execution. I admire John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach. He spent the first day of practice each year teaching his team how to put its socks on properly. Wooden’s reasoning?

Gates Grant Helps Sirenas Extend Hunt for Drugs From Sea Organisms


San Diego-based Sirenas , which has developed technology to rapidly isolate and synthesize potential drug compounds from marine organisms, said it has received a $775,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company now has 19 full-time employees, Esquenazi said. Raises $24M for “Pharma Markets” that Outsource R&D


San Diego’s set out in 2006 to disrupt part of the pharmaceutical business by providing an Amazon-like approach to the business of hiring contract research organizations (CROs).

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company


However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. Citrix politely approached us, told us they had an interest in acquiring our company and then asked us, “How much?”. Our response was that there was no “price” as our company was not for sale.

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta


More specifically it allows users to track and complete tasks, get relevant reminders, and create and organize spaces for different groups of people. Prior to working on WeDo, Mobrem founded and then later sold his company Lettuce to Intuit for $30 million.

Organize globally.


There are people and companies everywhere willing to work by the hour, providing great skill sets as needed, able to be shed when the job is complete. Some of the best companies I have become involved with are composed of a few critical people who have relationships with a number of service suppliers around the world to add to the team as needed. So why not organize from the start around such a strategy and hire those able to demonstrate those organizational skills?

Lessons Big Companies Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

Jason Nazar

Entrepreneurs often lament big companies, but most of us hope we’ll create just that. It’s hard to fully appreciate the complexity of keeping an organization with thousands of employees moving forward. Decisions that take entrepreneurs an hour, often take months at large companies.

How Planana Is Connecting Events To Sponsors, With Anna Sergeeva


What is the biggest issue that local event organizers--health and family fairs, sports events, and so on--have? We talked with organizers, walked through events with them, and planned events ourselves, to understand and find the problem.

5 Tips to Becoming a More Customer Centric Organization

Both Sides of the Table

Turn Your Organization Inside Out. The world has changed much since I started my first company in 1999. As organizations we have become more open and I believe this is great for businesses and their customers. In the first 4 years of running BuildOnline we were an “Outside In&# organization. The Outside In organization had a one-way flow. This was 2006 and we were now working on our second company.

How to Make Sure Professional Services Don’t Take Over Your Software Company

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So when I meet with GRP portfolio companies that do enterprise sales I try to emphasize the following: 1. But you do need to be sure your company doesn’t just become the internal R&D department for a large corporation. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

YP Launches New Organic SEO Service


Los Angeles-based YP , which offers up online directories and services to help businesses get their companies online, has lauched a new offering, called ypWebsite Pro. According to YP, the new product will help local businesses earn top rankings in their organic search results. yellowpages organicYP runs the site.

Activyst Wants to Change the World, One Girl at a Time Through Sports

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What began as a pit stop vacation in a third world county, led to an epiphany, which turned into a passionate pursuit, and eventually a new social enterprise company that fundraises to bring sports to girls worldwide through the sale of athletic bags.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Companies In Southern California


Who are the companies in Southern California that are part of this growing industry? Air Force and Central Intelligence Agency, along with a myriad of other military organizations, since 1995. Most of the company's drones are of the smaller, tactical variety.

Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks


A silver lining has emerged in the wake of the massive and well-publicized denial-of-service attack launched less than two months ago by hackers using millions of IoT devices to cripple the websites of major companies like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter.

Organovo to Test Pre-Clinical Drugs on Bio-Printed Kidney Tissue


Since then, the San Diego company has built a thriving business as a contract research organization (CRO) that tests experimental drug compounds on bio-printed liver tissue. As Murphy put it recently, “We don’t think of ourselves as a bio-printing company any more.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

Jason Nazar

I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies. I have some pretty specific thoughts on the differences between companies in the two cities, as I wrote about in my previous post A Tale of Two Tech Cities.

Why Big Data Security is a Must (Even Before Big Data Use Cases)

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That’s why we’ve seen so many companies adopt big data solutions and platforms in recent years. Big data analytics provides unprecedented capabilities and insights as organizations spend more effort collecting valuable information about everything from customers to logistical concerns.

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Conference Organizers Suck at Name Tags

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If you agree with me, please forward this post to people organizing conferences to save us all the future hassle. It is really impractical to try and glance at somebody’s name / company when it’s by their belly. Make the company name just as big.

Bio Roundup: Graham-Cassidy, Axovant Fail, SpringWorks Launches & More


The Pharmaceutical Industry Association of Puerto Rico lists 22 manufacturing sites on the island, operated by companies such as Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ), Pfizer (NYSE: PFE ), Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY ), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ). After drug pricing, count drug shortages among the hot button issues sparking patient ire. Last year, the FDA says, 23 drug shortages were reported , down from 26 the previous year (and 251 in 2011).

Duchenne Lessons: Advocates For Rare Spinal Disease Have Eyes on FDA


According to Cure SMA CEO Kenneth Hobby, his organization has been in contact with the FDA for some time about the disease and its impact on families and patients. Heather and Jessica Tomko will tell you that they’re nothing alike.

Once Upon A Farm Harvests $3.1M For Organic Baby Food


San Diego-based Once Upon A Farm , a maker of "cold-pressed, organic, non-GMO" baby food, has raised $3.1M in a Series A funding, the company disclosed this week. The funding came from Cambridge Companies SPG, Seed 2 Growth Fund, and Harbinger Ventures. The company was co-founded by Ari Raz (CEO) and Cassandra Curtis (COO). once upon farm onceuponafarm baby food organic retail

Respect is the Foundation of Client and Employee Relationships


How do You Organize Your Morning? Barring that, I keep a to-do list on the side of my calendar, organize it by priority and bang out those tasks top to bottom. Culture company culture Employee employees Morale positive relationships

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What Mattered in 2012: Kevin Winston, Digital LA


Kevin Winston , is the organizer of Digital LA , the popular and widely attended networking organization for the Los Angeles startup, web, movie, music, marketing, and social media community. What are the technologies, companies, or things we ought to watch in 2013?

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. Since the inception of the Pasadena Angels in 2000, members have invested over $50 million in over 120 companies. The companies are in an array of industries such as telecommunications, consumer products, healthcare, logistics, co-working office space, biosciences, data analytics, and software technology.

Ginkgo Builds Out Robot Labs as Microbe Design Business Grows: Photos


Today the synthetic biology company announced an expansion of its headquarters in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood, including a second, larger lab space for designing and making custom yeast and other microbes.