San Diego Roundup: Qualcomm, Philter, Stella Labs, VC Funding & More

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Let’s catch up with the latest tech news in San Diego. —San Diego’s AON Devices was among 10 startups selected to compete at a recent pitch competition hosted by the corporate venture capital arm of Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ). AON Devices, headed by former Qualcomm engineer Mouna El Khatib, is developing semiconductors that use ultra-low-power artificial intelligence algorithms for voice and audio recognition by battery-powered applications.

Study: Cybersecurity Industry Growing In San Diego

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A nonprofit organization focused on promoting cybersecurity and related jobs in San Diego, the Cyber Center of Excellence , says it has commissioned a study which has found that cybersecurity related jobs have grown in San Diego by 11 percent since 2016, with the industry generating $2.2 cybersecurity industry growth diego jobs employment economy

San Diego's Express Logic Acquired By Microsoft

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San Diego-based Express Logic , a developer of real-time operating systems (RTOS) used heavily in industrial settings, has been acquired by Microsoft , in a bid to extend Microsoft's footprint into the real time OS arena. According to Microsoft, it will use the acquisition of Express Logic to expand its support for IoT devices, and as a complement to its security offering for microcontrollers, Azure Sphere.

Viasat Backs New UC San Diego Data Science Institute

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Carlsbad-based satellite communications company Viasat says it is backing a new institute at the University of California, San Diego, focused on data sciences. According to Viasat--which both operates it own satellite communications networks, as well as the equipment used to connect to those networks--it is a "Founding Industry Partner" for the new UC San Diego Halicioglu Data Science Institute (HDSI).

San Diego International Airport To Install Battery Storage System

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The San Diego International Airport (SAN), has installed a high tech, energy storage system from Engie Storage , a developer of battery-based energy storage systems, to help it reduce its energy charges and power bill. According to Engie, San Diego International Airport has installed a 2 MW/4 MWh energy storage system, which is tied to the airport's existing photovoltaic solar system.

San Diego's Seismic Snags $100M, Joins Unicorns

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San Diego-based Seismic , a developer of sales and marketing software, has raised $100M more in a funding round, which values the company at $1 billion, the company said on Tuesday. The startup, led by CEO Doug Winter, develops software used to enable sales and marketing efforts in the enterprise.

Nominations Open for San Diego’s Inaugural Xconomy Awards

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San Diego is one of the top U.S. Researchers and entrepreneurs here are leaders in developing the next generation of medicines and medical devices. Hundreds of companies. Dozens of research institutes. Billions of dollars in economic impact.

Bose Develops Prototype “Sleepbuds” After Buying San Diego Startup

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Bose , the privately held maker of headphones, loudspeakers, and other electronics for audiophiles, has acquired Hush, a San Diego startup founded by three undergraduate engineering students to develop “smart” noise-masking earbuds designed to help users sleep.

Raken Expands In San Diego

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San Diego-based construction compliance and reporting software developer Raken announced this morning that it is expanding its footprint in San Diego, and has moved into a new space at make (cq) in Carlsbad. raken diego construction compliance reporting software growth expansion headquarters

Beacon Discovery Expands in San Diego

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San Diego-based Beacon Discovery , a company focused on orphan GPCR drug discovery, says it is expanding its San Diego facility, as part of a partnership with Escient Pharmaceuticals. According to Beacon Discovery, the expansion in San Diego is being driven by Escient's recently $40M Series A funding, which will go towards development of therapeutics targeting Mas-Related G-Protein Receptors (Mrgpr).

Amazon Expands Tech Hub In San Diego

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Online e-commerce giant Amazon announced this morning that it is expanding at its "tech hub" in San Diego, and plans to create 300 new high tech jobs at the location. According to Amazon, it has opened up a new, 85,000 square foot office as its San Diego Tech Hub, where employees will work in the areas of software development, machine learning, cloud computing, and digital entertainment. The new San Diego office is led by General Manager Nate Wiger.

15 San Diego Companies Chosen for Defense Innovation Program

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Technology developed in San Diego for defense purposes has helped to seed the region’s private sector with employees who have skills in fields like cybersecurity, engineering, and biotechnology, as well as spur commercial innovation, according to a report published in October by the San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC).

San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: ResMed, Alexandria GradLabs & More

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Spring has sprung, and it’s shaping up to be another busy season for San Diego’s life sciences community. As we head into the weekend, crossing our fingers that the seemingly endless rain showers will be replaced by our usual sunshine, here’s a quick rundown of some recent news developments. —ResMed (NYSE: RMD ) acquired a South Korea-based medical equipment provider, the company said Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Tesla Buys San Diego's Maxwell Technologies For Energy Storage Tech

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Tesla Motors , the electric car-and-solar panel company led by Elon Musk, is acquiring San Diego-based technology developer Maxwell Technologies , in a deal worth approximately $218M, the companies announced on Monday. ACcording to the two, the merger agreement calls for Tesla to pay $4.75 per share for all of the outstanding stock of Maxwell Technologies. Maxwell is publicly traded on the Nasdaq as MXWL.

Economic Study Ranks San Diego Near Top in Genomics Innovation

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An economic impact study of San Diego’s emerging genomics industry counted 115 genomics-related companies operating in the region that directly employ over 10,000 people, and drive about $5.6

Experian Expands In San Diego

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Experian said Tuesday afternoon that it is expanding in San Diego, and has opened up a new data and innovation lab in the city to help focused on advanced data analysis processes, research and development. According to Experian, San Diego has become a "hot bed for data scientists", and that it "couldn't find a better place" in the United States for an environment for its data scientists. experian diego growth data analytics expansion business

San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: MedCrypt, LunaDNA, Dynacure & More

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Let’s catch up with the latest life sciences news in San Diego. The company says it will use the new funds to hire new salespeople and engineers and further develop its technology, which medical devices vendors use to secure data traveling between or stored on devices. — Cybersecurity company MedCrypt, which makes software to protect medical devices, raised a $5.3 million Series A funding round.

Charles River Labs Says It Will Close San Diego Research Facility

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Contract research organization Charles River Labs is shutting down its San Diego-area operations, moving the work done there to one of its two Northern California sites.

San Diego Startup Raises $2.3M to Advance Enzymatic DNA Synthesis

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Molecular Assemblies , a San Diego startup developing a new enzymatic method for synthesizing DNA, said today it has raised $2.3 million in a seed financing round.

Viracta, Neurelis & More: The Latest in San Diego Biotech

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Even as all eyes were on the American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference in downtown San Diego this week, other biotech companies were staying busy. Let’s get caught up with the latest life sciences news in San Diego. The San Diego biotech is developing therapies for cancers related to the Epstein-Barr virus.

Oncolytics Biotech Opens San Diego Office

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Canadian biotech developer Oncolytics Biotech has opened up a new office in San Diego, the company said this morning, to tap into the area's reputation as a biotech hub. According to Oncolytics Biotech, the new office will support investor relations, business development, and clinical operations functions. oncolytics biotech office expansion diego growth economy jobs lifescience pharmaceutical biopharmaceutical biopharma cancer

Study Stakes San Diego’s Claim in Genomics: $292M in 2016 VC Deals

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Preliminary findings from an economic impact study show that genomics is emerging as a distinct innovation cluster in San Diego. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp.

Teradata Moving Headquarters to San Diego as Part of Consolidation

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Teradata (NYSE: TDC ), a specialist in data warehousing, business analytics, and consulting services, disclosed this week that it plans to move its corporate headquarters from Dayton, OH, to San Diego by the end of the year.

Lilly Adds Chemistry Capabilities in San Diego Lab Expansion

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Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY ) has completed a $90 million expansion of its biotechnology R&D center in San Diego, added new automated synthesis equipment, and plans to build out its next-generation chemistry capabilities here over the next two years.

Imagion Biosystems Moves US Operations To San Diego

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Imagion Biosystems Limited , a company developing early cancer detection testing tools, said this morning that it will relocate its U.S. business operations to San Diego. According to Imagion Biosystems, it made the move because San Diego is one of the largest biotechnology hubs in the U.S., Imagion said it expects to be fully operational in San Diego in the second quarter of the year.

San Diego Life Sciences Roundup: Evofem, Cullgen, BrainLeap & More

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Get the details on these developments and more in San Diego life sciences news: —Evofem Biosciences (NASDAQ: EVFM ) struck a deal to raise up to $80 million in a private placement. Locally based biotech companies receive fresh funding from investors. A software startup launches games that it says may help children with disorders that cause attention difficulties.

UC San Diego Engineers' Glove Understands American Sign Language

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A new, "smart glove" developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego , understands and translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text, the school said last week. UC San Diego released a video of the glove in action.

BlueNalu Expands In San Diego, Aims To Grow Fish Tissue For Food

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San Diego-based BlueNalu , a developer of cellular technology being applied to the aquaculture and sustainable seafood industry, said it is expanding in San Diego, with a move to a larger research facility. Blue Nalu says it is developing "cellular aquaculture" technology, where living cells are isolated from fish tissue, placed into culture media for proliferation, and then assembled into fresh and frozen seafood products.

Sony Slashes Jobs In San Diego

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Sony''s massively multiplayer online game division, Sony Online Entertainment , is cutting jobs in San Diego, as part of a cost reduction move, Sony disclosed Wednesday. sony online entertainment jobs employment diego mmorpg videogame development

San Diego Firm's Pokemon Go Drone Hack

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San Diego drone technology developer Spark Aerial has something easier: it used a quadcopter drone to play Pokemon Go , using a remote control and cloned smartphone, strapped to the quadcopter, to capture pocket monsters--all from the convenience of their rooftop. pokemon diego sparkaerial pokemongo pocket monster hack hacking gadget cheatTired of slogging all over town in the hot sun to gather Pokemon creatures?

Twist Bioscience Expands In San Diego

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San Francisco-based synthetic DNA developer Twist Bioscience Corporation is in a big expansion, saying it has opened up a new office in Carlsbad. twist bioscience diego growth expansion lifescience employees jobs sequencingTwist is venture backed by such investors as Biomatics Capital, plus Reinet Fund S.C.A., F.I.S., NFT Investment Limited, KANGMEI Group, Bay City Capital GF Xinde Life Science Investment Fund, 3W Partners Capital and Ditch Plains Capital Management LP.

San Diego Innovation Economy Extended Gains in 2015: Connect Report

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San Diego’s innovation clusters continued to grow in 2015, as local startups, funding deals, and job growth extended an economic growth spurt that began in 2013. Innovation Companies in San Diego (Courtesy Connect Innovation Report).

Mobile Roadie, San Diego Zoo Launch App

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Los Angeles-based mobile app developer Mobile Roadie and the San Diego Zoo said Thursday that they have launched a new, official app for the zoo. Mobile Roadie is a developer of a wide range of mobile apps, ranging from celebrities, newspapers, brands, artists, and more.

Dutch Biotech Raises $19M to Develop Psoriasis Drug Near San Diego

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Escalier Biosciences BV, a biotech developing drugs for psoriasis and other autoimmune disorders, said it has raised $19 million in a Series B financing led by Forbion, a Dutch life sciences investor.

Walmart Labs Plans Major San Diego Area Expansion

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Walmart Labs , the technology arm of retail giant Walmart , is planning a major expansion in San Diego--hoping to tap into the area's deep depth of technology talent. According to Walmart, it is planning to triple its headcount in San Diego, as it expands into a new office which is triple the size of its existing operation in the city. carlsbad retail tech talent technology diego growth employment jobs labs walmart