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.

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.

Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital

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A new study released earlier this month has ranked the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area among the top ten markets for venture capital activity. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara; 2.

San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

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Venture Capital investments in San Diego startups fell by roughly a third during the three months that ended September 30, according to data released recently by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. million in 49 startups in San Diego County during the third quarter, according to a breakout of data provided by PitchBook as part of the inaugural “Venture Monitor” report. San Diego. $35 San Diego. $20

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 VC Funding at $426.6M in Third Quarter; Plus Top 10 Deals

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The San Diego artificial intelligence company Brain Corp. topped the chart for raising the most venture capital in San Diego during the third quarter that ended September 30, according to Venture Monitor data released Tuesday. As Xconomy reported in July, Brain Corp. raised $114 million in a Series C funding round led by Softbank’s new $100 billion Vision Fund.

San Diego, Irvine Tops For Engineering Job Demand, Says Report

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Two, Southern California markets-- San Diego and Irvine --are among the top ares for engineering job demand, according to a report today. listings monster technology engineering employment jobs irvine diego

Raken Aims for Growth in Mobile App for Construction Site Reporting

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SD Venture Funding Tops $1.9B in 2017; and Q4 Top 10 Deals

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Venture capital activity ended the year with a strong finish in San Diego, as investors poured $498.4 The strength of fourth-quarter deals, lifted by a $125 million financing in November for the molecular diagnostics company Progenity, brought total venture investments in San Diego to nearly $1.92 billion into 231 startups in the greater San Diego region, according to Venture.

Amid Gender Gap Talk, Mentor Network Emerges For Women In Health, Bio

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It’s been more than a year since an infamous party with hired models in cocktail dresses captured the biotech community’s attention at the 2016 J.P. Morgan conference. There has been plenty of talk since about closing biotech’s notable gender gap. At this year’s J.P

Report: Biotech VCs Perpetuate Boardroom Gender Gap

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If power in the business world is centered in the boardroom, women in biotech have a long way to go to get their fair share—and the venture community deserves much of the blame.

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Two San Diego Sites Rank Tops In Rising Social Networking Interest

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A report issued this week by Experian Marketing Services has identified two, San Diego niche social networking sites as being among the fastest growing sites between July of 2011 and July of 2012.

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.

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. According to reports , the layoffs are part of a wider cut in its videogaming operations which also included workers in London. Gamasutra reported the moves are possibly a move away from "live games" development at Sony. sony diego studios videogame studio layoff jobs employment online games

The Painfully Poor Record of New Pain Drug Development: BIO Report

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Some key points from the report: Pain drug developers have managed a meager 2 percent chance of gaining FDA approval for novel drugs, if they make. With the opioid epidemic showing little sign of letting up, new ways of treating chronic pain are desperately needed.

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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Arcturus Terminates CEO, Names Mark Herber as Interim President

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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.

Gottlieb Reportedly On Tap to Lead FDA, and Biopharma Exhales

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According to several news reports, the Trump administration will nominate Scott Gottlieb to be the new commissioner of the FDA, a selection that had the life sciences industry breathing a sigh of relief Friday afternoon.

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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. David Kabakoff, a Sofinnova partner in San Diego, also is a Dauntless board member.

Raken Gets $2M For Construction Reporting Software

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San Diego-based Raken has raised $2M in a funding round, for the company's construction reporting and compliance software. raken venture capital construction reporting softwareThe funding was led by Rincon Venture Partners , and also included Eniac Ventures and Spider Capital. Raken is led and was co-founded by CEO Kyle Slager and CTO/CPO Dr. Sergey Sundukovskiy.

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Websense, After Move From San Diego, In Acquisition Talks

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Former San Diego-based security software developer Websense > --one of a number of companies acquired by private equity investor Vista Equity Partners and moved out of San Diego--is now in talks to be acquired by Raytheon , according to a report. Bloomberg reports that the companies are in talks to sell Websense to Raytheon in a deal worth more than $1 billion.

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.

Cybersecurity Firm Illumio’s Alan Cohen on the Tech Backlash of 2017

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One of the largest and most consequential data breaches in 2017 afflicted credit reporting agency Equifax, and it was hardly the only victim. Any year-end review of technology news must also include reports on Russian hacking of the 2016 election campaign, and the manipulation of social media channels to spread false and divisive political messages.

Social Web Startup Signs Deal with AP to Distribute Sports Scores

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ScoreStream, a San Diego area startup providing a crowdsourced social media platform for reporting high school sports scores, said Thursday it has agreed to distribute high school game scores under a new collaboration agreement with The Associated Press. ScoreStream said it also will report high school basketball scores for both boys and girls in 33 states.

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Immunotherapy Clinical Tests Spur Hope, and Plenty of Headaches

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“A number of patients are sick and tired of chemo, so they’ll roll the dice, knowing they won’t stay on the study” if they are assigned to take chemo, says Andrew Ko, a gastrointestinal cancer specialist at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Bio Roundup: ASCO Digested, Juliet Unveiled, PTC Slated & More

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The New York Times Magazine wrote a few weeks ago about the extraordinary metabolic changes in a python after it gulps down a 50,000 calorie meal. The biomedical world was like a postprandial python this week; after extending its maw around the supersized meal of news and data from the American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting over the weekend, life science info flow nearly came to a halt. James Comey might have had a wee bit to do with that, as well.)

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VC Confidence Holds Steady in Quarterly Survey, But Reasons Change

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That Q4 2016 edition of a quarterly survey by University of San Francisco business professor Mark Cannice rated the overall confidence of the VCs at 3.81

ASCO Roundup: Checkpoint Combos, Tumor Profiling, Financial Toxicity

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[ Note: Ben Fidler coauthored this report.] The American Society of Clinical Oncology conference is wrapping up, and the closely-watched medical meeting-slash-hype machine produced its usual array of data.

ASH 2017 Highlights: CAR-T Competition, Myeloma, Hemophilia & More

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Note: Ben Fidler co-authored this report.] The annual American Society of Hematology meeting is nearly over. For now, we’ve chosen updates from three disease areas to highlight, plus the more notable market movements. No surprise, there’s a lot about the genetically engineered cell therapy known as CAR-T. Gene therapy and more standard forms of care are up for discussion, too.

Nervana’s $400M+ Buyout Reflects Key Tech Trend in Machine Learning

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On the day after Intel announced its acquisition of San Diego machine learning startup Nervana Systems, investor Steve Jurvetson told me he was feeling a sense of satisfaction about a call he made three years ago, and how it has been playing out.

Texas Looks To Steal Away Another San Diego Company, Omnitracs

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According to reports, Omnitracs is in the midst of negotations to move its operations out of San Diego, and to Austin, following the recent sale of Omnitracs by Qualcomm to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. If the deal goes through, the company will be the second Vista Equity owned company in San Diego to move to Austin, after the move last week of computer security software WebSense --also owned by Vista Equity. texas diego omnitracs jobs employment

San Diego's Mapp Bio Behind Experimental Ebola Drug

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A San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals startup, Mapp Biopharmaceuticals , is the source of the experimental Ebola treatment that has been given to the two Americans who are being treated for the dreaded disease, according to CNN. According to the report, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were both in Liberia, have both been treated using the experimental, treatment, which had not yet been tested in humans, and have "significantly improved" due to the drug.