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.

Cybersecurity Firm Iboss Expands in Boston, Not Abandoning San Diego

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Iboss, a San Diego-based cybersecurity firm that opened a small satellite office in Boston last year , has expanded its presence in Massachusetts and decided to designate the local outpost as its corporate headquarters. Iboss held an event Wednesday to announce that it’s moving into a new 20,000-square-foot space in downtown Boston and naming it the company’s head office. Massachusetts Gov.

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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

Xconomy Special Report: 12 San Diego Tech Startup to Watch in 2017

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View the Slideshow A little more than a year ago, amid a resurgence in San Diego’s software sector, Xconomy identified a baker’s dozen of local tech companies to watch in 2016. I started with a list of companies already screened by the San Diego Venture Group’s annual venture summit, and consulted with investors and startup mentors to refine the list.

Colorado’s Webroot Buys CyberFlow Analytics, Expands in San Diego

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Not long after ViaSat (NASDAQ: VSAT ) acquired San Diego-based LonoCloud in 2013 , former LonoCloud executives Tom Caldwell and Hossein Eslambolchi met for coffee at the Specialty’s Café and Bakery in University City. Webroot also plans to expand in San Diego, and Caldwell said he plans to stay on. San Diego represents a major growth area for Webroot. The San Diego office is going to become one of Webroot’s centers of analytic software, Nye added.

Favor Plans Expansion Into San Diego, Gets $13M

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Favor , a on-demand, mobile delivery app developer, said today that it will be expanding into San Diego in the coming months, thanks to a new, $13M funding round. San Diego will be the company''s first foray into California. Favor--think an "Uber" for delivery of goods from local stores--actually came out of an idea when co-founder Ben Doherty was attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. favor diego uber startup delivery hothouse

Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego

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Startup Week San Diego, like a lot of other places that host similar events, has been billed as a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship. This year’s Startup Week also has added five new tracks intended to highlight San Diego’s strengths as a startup ecosystem.

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.

Q2 VC Funding Soars in San Diego (After Revisions), and Top 10 Deals

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After the national MoneyTree Report was released last week, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Ryan Spencer said he spent time on a call with Thomson Reuters, which provides the raw data, trying to figure out a change in the numbers for venture capital activity in San Diego. San Diego.

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).

San Diego’s KnuEdge, Stealthy Since 2005, Unveils Neural Tech

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After operating in the shadows for the past 11 years, a San Diego neural technology company founded by former NASA administrator Dan Goldin is stepping into the light to introduce two commercial products intended to advance the frontier of human-machine interaction.

New San Diego Biotech Looks to Open Way for Anti-Cancer Drugs

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In early 2002, the Finnish-born scientist Errki Ruoslahti stepped down as CEO of what is now San Diego’s Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

At “The Vine,” Developer Builds a Vertical Campus for Tech Startups

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In downtown San Diego, a private real estate company best known for its master-planned communities in suburban Southern California has posed some existential questions for regional tech hubs looking to build their own startup ecosystems. 101 West Broadway tower in downtown San Diego.

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.

Tocagen Plans IPO to Finance Trials of Gene Therapy in Brain Cancer

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Gene therapy developer Tocagen is preparing an initial public stock offering to finance clinical trials of its experimental treatment for a form of brain cancer.

eBay Launches Local Shopping App In San Diego

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eBay has launched a new, local buying and selling app called Close 5 this week in San Diego, aimed at helping users buy and sell products to other local users. The new app comes thanks to eBay''s recent acquisition of Rumgr, which was developing social selling apps very similar to Close 5. eBay said the app offers up user profiles and is a safer option to traditional, anonymous classifieds. The free app runs on iPhone and Android.

As Big Cancer Trials Ramp Up, Grail Goes Global, Merges With Cirina

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Grail, the Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN ) spinout aiming to develop a blood test that can detect cancer at its earliest stages, has gone global.

Mobile Roadie Powers San Diego Zoo Safari Park App

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Los Angeles-based Mobile Roadie , the developer of a mobile app development platform being used by brands, celebrities, companies, and others to easily create their mobile apps, is powering a new app today from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

CODA Automotive Lands San Diego Dealer

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Los Angeles-based CODA Automotive , the electric vehicle developer, said today that it has named Marvin K. Brown as an exclusive dealer partner in San Diego County. coda automotive auto dealer electric cleantech diegoCODA said that Marvin K. Brown is its first anticipated dealer partner, which will operate CODA-branded showrooms throughout the county. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

REGEN Energy Finds Funding, Sets Up San Diego Office

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Canadian smart energy management product developer REGEN Energy said today that it has raised $5.5M office in San Diego. REGEN, which develops wireless demand management and demand response products for the utility industry, said the funding came from NGEN Partners and BDC Venture Capital, and will go towards rapidly expanding its marketing activities across North America. regen energy diego smart wireless cleanteach clean demand response

Dauntless Takes Flight with New Business Model for Starting Biotechs

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First came Inception Sciences , a holding company for spinning out biotech startups established by Versant Ventures and Peppi Prasit, the veteran San Diego drug developer. We really have a development focus,” Martin told me. “We

Todd Hylton Adds Neural Tech Expertise to UCSD Robotics Institute

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UC San Diego has named Todd Hylton, a veteran tech industry manager and expert in neural-based processing technology, as executive director of its new Contextual Robotics Institute. a Qualcomm-backed startup founded in 2009 to develop computer systems and software based on algorithms that emulate the “spiking neuron” processes of the human brain. Hylton’s appointment comes less than two months after UC San Diego named Henrik Christensen as director of the robotics institute.

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RNA Specialist Arcturus Therapeutics Gets $3M R&D Grant for CF Drug

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San Diego-based Arcturus Therapeutics said today Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics has agreed to provide $3 million to fund research and development of a new messenger RNA drug that could be broadly used to treat cystic fibrosis patients.

San Diego Sees Strong Cybersecurity Growth As Firms Seek Talent

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San Diego’s cybersecurity workforce has grown by nearly 15 percent over the past two years, according to a study released today by the Cyber Center of Excellence, a nonprofit industry group created to boost cybersecurity jobs and technologies in the region. The center commissioned the report to help quantify the economic impact of the cybersecurity industry in San Diego, and to assess how employers view their prospects for growth and needs for future hiring.

San Diego Startups Band Together For Job Fair

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Highlighting the continued growth in demand for technical talent, a group of ten San Diego startup is banding together to attract job seekers to their companies, According to San Diego's SweetLabs , the software developer behind Pokki and OpenCandy, it and another nine startups will run an event December 1st called 10 Startups, $100 Million in Funding, 100 New Jobs. diego startups fair employment

San Diego Entrepreneur's Milk Jug Of The Future Gets Backing Of GE

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A San Diego entrepreneur is getting the backing of GE to help develop the "Milk Jug of the Future", after winning a competition launched by product development site Quirky. chicceo softare smart milk entrepreneur diego

Sofinnova, With Offices In San Diego, Lands $650M For Biotech Investments

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Biotech venture capital investor Sofinnova , which has offices in San Diego, announced that it has raised $650M in its newest fund, Sofinnova Venture Partners X. Sofinnova says it invests in biotechnology companies that are developing drugs that address high unmet medical needs and improve the lives of patients. sofinnova diego biotech lifescience venture capital investor investments financial

Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry

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Scientists from Synthetic Genomics, the San Diego-based industrial biotech, have re-engineered a fast-growing microorganism found in salt marsh mud to maximize its production of proteins and to optimize other common bio-based processes.

Avelas Bio Raises $20M to Push Cancer-Illuminating Biologic Agent

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San Diego’s Avelas Biosciences , founded in 2009 to advance a fluorescing biologic agent intended to help surgeons differentiate cancerous tissue from healthy tissue, has completed a $20 million Series C round of venture funding. and San Diego’s Avalon Ventures.

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Xconomy Q&A: Vuforia, Pokémon Go, and Augmented Reality

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It’s been less than a year since Needham, MA-based PTC (NASDAQ: PTC ) shelled out $65 million to acquire Vuforia, the augmented reality technology created by San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM ). JW: Vuforia’s mission is to democratize augmented reality development.

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Sony Slashes Staff At San Diego Game Studio

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Sony has cut more than 50 employees in San Diego, at its Sony San Diego Studio , which develops videogames such as Kill Strain and MLB. Gamasutra reported the moves are possibly a move away from "live games" development at Sony. sony diego studios videogame studio layoff jobs employment online gamesAccording to reports , the layoffs are part of a wider cut in its videogaming operations which also included workers in London.

Qualcomm and AT&T Partner to Use Wireless Network for Drone Flights

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After signaling that it plans to operate drones via cellular technologies, San Diego-based Qualcomm says today it is working with AT&T to use commercial wireless networks for test flights beyond an operator’s visual line of sight.

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Dragonfly, Tyler Jacks’s Disney-Backed Startup, Gets $33M in Celgene Deal

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Celgene, of Summit, NJ, is paying Dragonfly $33 million up front for the chance to co-develop up to four blood cancer drugs.