EY Names 6 Startup Leaders as San Diego Entrepreneurs of the Year

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Six San Diego business risk-takers have been inducted into the pantheon of EY Entrepreneurs of the Year, joining over 10,000 people around the world who have been honored over the last 30 years by the multinational professional services firm.

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

Xconomy

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. This is a good next chapter for the [CyberFlow] product,” Caldwell said. 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.

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Kyocera Consolidates Operations Into San Diego

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Kyocera said Thursday that it is consolidating two of its North American business units into a single location in San Diego. According to Kyocera, it has consolidated the North American sales and technical operations of Kyocera SLC Technologies Corporation and Kyocera Circuit Solutions USA into the Organic Products Sales Group of its San Diego-based Kyocera America unit. The impact on Kyocera''s local employment and employee base in San Diego was not announced.

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.

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

San Diego Gets Live Bus Updates From Google

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Google said today that it has enhanced its online mapping service, to provide live, real time updated transit updates for San Diego and a number of other cities. Other cities with the new, live updates include Boston, Portland Oregon, San Francisco, Madrid, and Turin.

Synthetic Genomics Creates Host Organism Optimized for Bio Industry

Xconomy

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.

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 ). Talk about auspicious timing.

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Evolving Empyr Unveils Way to Link Online Ads with Offline Sales

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Beginning with eHeaven, an e-commerce website that he founded in 2000 as a student at San Diego’s Point Loma Nazarene University, Carder has ridden a series of enormous waves as consumers moved online to shop, search for home loans, and find businesses in their neighborhoods.

Tealium Adds $35M to Expand Technology, Sharpen Customer Focus

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Tealium, a San-Diego startup that provides online advertising tag management and marketing services for enterprise customers, has raised $35 million in a growth financing deal intended to expand its technology and market reach. Tealium also unveiled a new “executive briefing center” (pictured above) at its expanded San Diego headquarters. The company’s workforce has grown to about 270, including 80 in San Diego.

Phoenix Shops Its Cancer Drug as Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

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San Antonio — George Perry, a scientist at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has long proposed that drug developers and researchers need to look earlier into the roots of Alzheimer’s disease.

Qualcomm Making Inroads with Wireless EV Charging Technology

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The San Diego company sees many reasons why wireless charging will eventually become a robust global market, according to Steve Pazol, a Qualcomm vice president who took over the company’s wireless charging business in 2014.

Echo Labs Wins “Quick Pitch” Contest with Digital Hybrid Microscope

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By popular acclaim, San Diego-based Echo Laboratories founder Eugene Cho claimed top honors, and a $15,000 check, for his two-minute presentation last week in the 10th annual “Quick Pitch” competition, hosted by San Diego’s Tech Coast Angels.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs

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A recent Wall Street Journal article that raised the possibility of Biogen as the target of another huge pharma buyout cited the lack of productivity as a major driver of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry. The authors made the point that, given the size of companies today, a single garden-variety blockbuster hardly moves the needle. The increasing need for new drugs is intense. The industry can only go so far with growth through hyper-inflated pricing and mega-M&As.

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

Xconomy

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

With GreatCall Deal, GTCR Looks to Expand Healthtech for Boomers

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GreatCall operates a virtual telecommunications network that provides healthtech products and services for more than 800,000 older consumers throughout the United States. With this week’s buyout of GreatCall , the Chicago-based private equity firm GTCR just placed a big bet that healthtech for the aging wave of baby boomers will be a big business.

ViaCyte Working with Gore to Improve its Synthetic Pancreas Device

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San Diego-based ViaCyte said today it is collaborating with W.L. Gore & Associates, the privately held company that makes Gore-Tex fabrics, medical devices, and other products, in a bid to improve its stem cell-derived treatment for diabetes.

With $18M, Reflexion Health Expands Physical Therapy Technology

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Reflexion Health, a San Diego startup founded in 2012 at the nonprofit West Health Institute, is moving to commercialize Vera, its physical rehabilitation system based on Microsoft Kinect’s motion tracking technology.

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Wrapify Q&A: Adhesive Giant Puts $3 M in Car Advertising Schtick

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After the adhesive products maker Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY ) recently made a $3 million investment in San Diego-based Wrapify , we tracked down Wrapify CEO James Heller, and stuck him with a few questions about the deal. Heller started at San Diego’s EvoNexus incubator, working with Glendale, CA-based Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 company that makes adhesive vinyl films that can be applied to motor vehicles, conform neatly to automotive curves and corrugations, and can.

With $30M Infusion, Certona Aims for Bigger Share of Digital Retail

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After raising $30 million, San Diego-based Certona said it is moving to accelerate its product development, expand its sales and marketing team, and improve its client services as an e-commerce technology vendor. Unlike many of its rivals, Sheik said Certona had raised a total of only $7 million in venture capital (in 2008) from ABS Ventures of Waltham, MA, and San Diego’s Express Ventures. “We’ve

As Drone Navigation Advances, SlantRange Focuses on Farm Analytics

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For example, at Xconomy’s Robo Madness forum in San Jose, CA, last month, three companies each presented a different approach to intelligent navigation: — PreNav , founded in San Carlos, CA, in 2013, has developed a separate, ground-based system that uses a pulsed laser (formally known as Light Detection and Ranging, or LIDAR) to precisely determine the flight path for a quadcopter.

What Is Causing Startups to Go Bankrupt?

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Many startups have a great product that’s viable, marketable, and ripe with potential. The annals of startup history wouldn’t be littered with instances of companies like Friendster or Color that had fantastic products, but eventually sank.

IBM Watson Health Launches Imaging Effort for Cancer, Other Diseases

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Watson Health is teaming up with 16 partners, which include imaging and diagnostics company Hologic; Sentara Healthcare; Sheridan Healthcare; UC San Diego Health; University of Miami Health System; and Merge Healthcare, which was acquired by IBM last year and is now part of Watson Health.

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JOT Automation Sets Up In San Diego

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JOT Automation , a firm providing automation and test products for the electronics industry, said today that it has set up its U.S. headquarters in San Diego. The firm--which is based in Finland--said it will be expanding its team in the San Diego location as a part of the move. since 1995, but moved to the area due to work with San Diego commercialization and defense support company Diagnostics and Defense Technology Analysts (DTA).

Bio Roundup: Skinny Cuts, Genomic Approvals, Unfrozen FDA & More

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The NIH is looking at a 22 percent cut and the FDA 31 percent, although the administration wants to backfill the FDA loss with a huge boost in user fees, which drug and device companies pay to have their products reviewed for market. Team Trump unveiled its 2018 federal spending proposal—the so-called “ skinny budget ”—with health and science in the crosshairs.

How a War on Climate Change Could Restore Economic Growth in America

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Secondarily, Gordon asks why the productivity gains that drove these advances tailed off after 1970. What’s the biggest, scariest threat facing the United States right now? I know for sure that it’s not immigration, free trade, or “radical Islamic terrorism.”

With New Program, DARPA To Encourage Safety “Brakes” For Gene Editing

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“We should couple innovation with biosecurity,” DARPA program manager Renee Wegrzyn, said Tuesday at the SynBioBeta conference in South San Francisco. Before they can test their products in humans, they will have to show regulators that the CRISPR-Cas9 scissors don’t cut a patient’s DNA in the wrong places—or that if they do, the risk to the patient (triggering cancer, for example) is outweighed by the potential benefit of the therapy.

Connect Hands Out 8 Most Innovative New Product Awards

Xconomy

Connect, the San Diego nonprofit supporting local innovation and entrepreneurship, handed out its Most Innovative New Product Awards at a dinner last night in La Jolla—recognizing innovations that range from an inflatable satellite antenna to a mobile app for art museums. The list was winnowed to about 30 finalists who presented their products last month to a panel of judges seleecting the winner in each category.

New Data Show Biogen, Ionis Drug Might Help More With Rare Spine Disease

Xconomy

It’s an RNA-based drug meant to help boost production of the SMA protein, which in turn is supposed to help improve patients’ motor function.

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Kyocera Gets Manufacturing Certification In San Diego

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Kyocera International said today that its semiconductor assembly services in San Diego have received a new certification, specifically covering the packaging of products for space applications. According to Kyocera, it received Class Y certification for its semiconductor assembly services in San Diego, which certifies ceramic non-hermetic semiconductor packages for use in space applications. kyocera manufacturing diego space satellite aerospace

Biogen Buys Ionis Spine Disease Drug For $75M, Eyes FDA Filing

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Nusinersen is an RNA-based drug meant to help boost the production of the SMN protein, which in turn is supposed to help improve patients’ motor function. Spinal muscular atrophy affects over 25,000 people in the U.S. and stops many of them from ever being able to walk.

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Riding Moonshot, FDA Will Revamp Its Cancer Practice. To What End?

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“Sure, we’d like to see more drugs available for patients,” said Scott Lippman, director of the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.