Pacific Defense Acquires Spear Research


El Segundo-based Pacific Defense , which is backed by private equity investors Emerald Lake Capital Management and HCI Equity Partners, has acquired New Hamphire-based Spear Research. pacific defense spear research merger acquisition private equity aerospaceFinancial terms of the acquisition were not announced.

ProSciento Finds Funding For Clinical Research


San Diego-based ProSciento , a clinical research organization (CRO) which focuses on non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), diabetes, obesity, and related metabolic diseases, has raised a round of funding, the company said this week. prosciento clinical research organization venture capital diabetes metabolic


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Terrakan Launches Real Estate Research Site


Los Angeles-based Terrakan said today that it has launched an online platform, aimed at helping homeowners and realtors to generate reports, perform listing research, and network with other people. property realestate realtor homeowner research estate real terrakanThe company is targeting real estate developers and investors, single family buyers, owners, or "flippers", and others with its service. The company's website says it currently only serves Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.

Synthorx Names Research VP


as its Senior Vice President of Research. Milla was most recently at Adaptive Biotechnologies, and also has served at GlaxoSmithKline, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Roche Palo Alto, and Janssen Research & Development. synthorx protein therapeutics biotech synthetic biology lifescience executive marcos milla research

NantWorks Backs Genos Research


Culver City-based NantWorks , the collection of companies run by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon Shiong, has backed gene sequencing startup Genos Research , the companies disclosed today. The company said it will give consumers the option to sell or provide their data to researchers for specific diseases, or for other uses. genos research biotech biotechnology natnworks venture capital lifescience gene sequencing

Caltech Gets $750M For Climate Research


university, the California Institute of Technology has received a massive, $750M pledge from entrepreneurs Stewart and Lynda Resnick, to go to environmental sustainability research. The entrepreneurs--who own The Wonderful Company--will go towards research into what Caltech says are the "most pressing challenges" in environmental sustainability. The gift is the largest ever received in Caltech's history, and the largest ever for environmental sustainability research.

Wave Neuroscience Acquires Newport Brain Research Laboratory


Newport Beach-based Wave Neuroscience , a newly formed startup, says it has acquired a number of assets from Newport Brain Research Laboratory (NBRL), along with "many different onshore and offshore holding companies" owned by NBRL, as part of its efforts to provide non-invasive neuromodulation technology. Financial details of the acquisition of Newport Brain Research Laboratories were not announced. wave neuroscience newport brain research laboratory nbrl

Marcus Hutchins, malware researcher and ‘WannaCry hero,’ sentenced to supervised release

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Marcus Hutchins, the malware researcher who became known as an “accidental hero” for stopping the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017, has been sentenced to supervised release for one year on charges of making and selling the Kronos banking malware. Since the attack, however, Hutchins received additional acclaim for his malware research on new infections and botnet activities.

Maravai LifeSciences Buys Glen Research


San Diego-based Maravai LifeSciences announced this morning that it is acquiring Glen Research Corporation , a Sterling, Virginia-based provider of reagents used in the synthesis of DNA and RNA. Maravai LifeSciences is a provider of specialty reagents to the research, biotherapeutics, and OEM market, and is owned by private equity firm GTCR. maravai lifesciences glen research merger acquisition biotherapeutics

MFour Mobile Research Raises $5M


Irvine-based MFour Mobile Research , a developer of mobile survey and research software, announced today that it has raised $5M in a new funding round. According to the company, the funding will go towards scaling technology and research staff. market panel fund ventures newroad kaynew capital venture survey research mobile mfour

Kensh?, ‘the antithesis of Goop,’ launches a research-based guide to natural medicine

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The startup has also collected information to construct a research-backed guide to holistic health, something the team believes has been missing from the natural health sector. then affirms the providers use research-backed methods and that they have vetted peer references and clients who can provide positive feedback. Goop is cashing in on pseudoscience and, in the process, giving natural health practices a bad name.

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SuperMetalix Names Research Head


Los Angeles-based SuperMetalix , a UCLA technology spinout developer super-hard metals, said today that it has named Dr. Kesh Keshavan as the company's Director of Development, to head up the company's research and development efforts. supermetalix research development metals metallurgy materials spinout ucla executive

SoCalGas Gets $7.1M for Zero and Near-Zero Emissions Vehicle Technology Research


GTI and West Virginia University Research Corporation, which will advance fuel cell technology for on-road trucking and transit, near-zero emissions natural gas technology for rail locomotives, and best practices to reduce maintenance costs for alternative fuel vehicles. SoCalGas said it will supply an additional $730,000 in funding via its Research, Development, & Demonstration department for those efforts. socalgas energy emissions vehicle research grant department

MemComputing Joins Air Force Research Lab Space Accelerator


San Diego-based MemComputing , a startup working on high performance computing technology, says it has been selected to join the Air Force Research Laboratory's Catalyst Space Accelerator , being held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. memcomputing force research accelerator afrl military defense startup software

Agilent Funds Biotech Research Center At USC


Scientific equipment maker Agilent is funding a new scientific research center at the University of Southern California , focused on biomedical research, through a new scientific collaboration. lifescience michelson research biotech instrumentation scientific agilentAccording to Agilent, it is working with the University of Southern California (USC) Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience to create an Agilent Center of Excellence (CoE) in Biomolecular Characterization.

Acacia Research Shuffles CEO


Newport Beach-based patent licensing firm Acacia Research Corporation reported late Friday that it has shuffled its CEO. In a statement, Acacia Research said that Ryan recently turned 68, and has been at Acacia Research for the last thirteen years. Vella joined Acacia in 2006, having previously served at such firms as ATI Research and Nortel Networks. executive property intellectual licensing patent research acacia

Ethereum Researcher Arrested, Charged In LA With Aiding North Korea


A researcher behind the popular Ethereum cryptocurrency has been arrested in Los Angeles, and charged with helping North Korea to evade sanctions, according to CNN on Tuesday. The researcher--Virgil Griffith--had been arrested on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport. Griffith is a researcher with the Ethereum Foundation in Switzerland. ethereum researcher arrest crime criminal justice department cryptocurrency brock pierce bitcoin

UCLA, Leica Team On Microscopy Research Center


ucla leica microscopy research scientific discovery university california angeles educationThe California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA and scientific equipment developer Leica Microsystems said on Friday that the two have linked together with a new "center of excellence in microscopy".

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Arrowhead Research Names General Counsel


Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research , which is developing targeted RNAi biopharmaceuticals, said late Thursday that it has named Patrick O''Brien as the company''s new General Counsel. arrowhead research general counsel rnai biopharma lifescience executive legal O''Brien had most recently been Group Vice President, Legal, for Shire, and also had served at Johnson & Johnson, at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and in private practice. READ MORE>>.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Plans French Research Center

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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced plans today to open a research and development center in Toulouse, France

Esri Expands In India With New Research Center


Redlands-based geographical information systems (GIS) and mapping software developer Esri , best known for its flagship software, ArcGIS, said this morning that it has opened up a new research and development center in India. esri india expansion research jobs employment development software arcgis

SpaceX Wins $3M For Moon, Mars Exploration Research


spacex moon mars development nasa research grant fueling fuel marshall aerospace rocketHawthorne-based SpaceX has received a $3M contract from NASA, to go towards some of its work aimed at space exploration on the Moon and Mars, NASA said this week. The award was one of a number of awards given to 14 companies, announced by NASA for its Tipping Point program.

Acacia Research Appoints President


Newport Beach-based patent storehouse Acacia Research said today that it has named Matthew Vella as President of the firm. Vella has been at Acacia Research Group since 2006, and has been serving as Executive Vice President since October of last year. Prior to Acacia, Vella had served at ATI Research and Nortel Networks. acacia research patent legal executive president

Aerie Pharmaceuticals Names New Research VP


as its new Vice President of Clinical Research. Erickson was previously Senior Director Clinical Sciences Ophthalmology at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and also has served at Unigene Laboratories and Opthalmic Research Associates, in addition to experience at Tufts University Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. aerie pharmaceuticals research executive medical lifescience kristine erickson

UCLA Granted $9.75 Million for Battery Research

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million grant from the United States Department of Energy of to advance research in rechargeable batteries University of California–Los Angeles has received a $9.75

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San Antonio Makes Pact to Commercialize Military, Academic Research


San Antonio — Life science groups, city officials, and research institutes in San Antonio are organizing an effort to commercialize more scientific developments coming out of the city’s military organizations. Army Institute of Surgical Research University of Texas at San Antonio University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio VelocityTX

Acacia Research Names New VP


Newport Beach-based Acacia Research , the patent licensing firm, said today that it has named David Witt as Vice President of Acacia Research Group LLC. Acacia Research acquires and aggressively licenses technology patents. semiconductor executive legal patent research acaciaWitt joins the firm from Texas Instruments, where the company said he was involved in architecture and development of TI's OMAP2, OMAP3, and OMAP4 application processors.

Arrowhead Research Names COO


Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research , which develops biotherapeutics and other technology, announced today that it has named Bruce Given, M.D., Sandoz Research Institute, and Schering-Plough Corporation. arrowhead research executive biopharma pharmaceutical lifescienceas its Chief Operating Officer. Given was previously CEO of Leonardo Biosystems, and also has been on the board of Calando Pharmaceuticals, one of Arrowhead's subsidiaries, as well as ICON plc.

CALIENT Technologies Links With University Research Effort


Santa Barbara-based optical circuit switching technology devleoper CALIENT Technologies said today that it has linked up with a 10-university research organization, to expand the use of optical circuit switching in software defined data center and metro networks. The company said it has linked up with the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) to help bolster research in optical networks. calient technologies university research optical networking network

UberAIR to take flight with help from UT Austin and U.S. Army Research Labs

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Army Research Laboratory to develop new rotor technology for vehicles that the company will use in its uberAIR flying taxi network. At UT, a research team led by Professor Jayant Sirohi, one of the country’s experts on unmanned drone technology, VTOL aircraft, and fixed- and rotary-wing elasticity will examine how the efficacy of a new flying technology, which uses two rotor systems stacked on top of one another and rotating in the same direction.

7 Guidelines For Funding New Research & Development

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As an advisor to new business owners, and an occasional angel investor, I see new business proposals daily, many seeking investors to fund early research and development (R&D) of a new product idea. Unfortunately, most entrepreneurs don’t realize that the words “research” and “development” are red flags to investors, and all such proposals are routinely discarded. Funding new product research and development is just too risky, with a large time delay before any return is likely.

Market Research: The Fuel For Marketing Strategies

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 -- Market Research: The Fuel For Marketing Strategies. As a result, market research is a key method for providing data and learnings that fuel marketing strategies. American Marketing Association (AMA). We dive into the crucial process of gathering and analyzing information about markets, industries, and products in their competitive spaces. Consumer insights are used to discover areas of opportunity by identifying trends in the market.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Sets Up New Research Site In San Diego


Vertex said the site is one of its three global research hubs, where the company's three breakthrough cystic fibrosis (CF) medicines were discovered. About 70 percent of the facility is lab and research space, and Vertex said it also has a 4,000 square foot incubator suite for external collaboration. vertex pharmaceuticals research diego cystic fibrosis expansion torrey pinesbiotech lifescience

USC Gets $200M From Oracle's Larry Ellison For Cancer Research


The University of Southern California has just received a huge, $200M donation from Oracle founder Larry Ellison , to create a new cancer treatment research center. larry ellison cancer research medicine transformative gift donation nonprofit oracle founderAccording to the school, the donation will create the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC , a multi-disciplinary center focused on the prevention and treatment of cancer.

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HG Insights Powers New Forrester Market Research Offering


Santa Barbara-based software developer HG Insights is powering a new market research offering from research and advisory giant Forrester, to power Forrester's new Business Technographics Service. Technographics is a new industry buzzword which is being used to show market segmentation and breakdown of consumers, using market research and analysis.

uSamp Updates Market Research Service


According to the firm, the enhanced service allows users to add multiple suppliers of survey respondents to their market research projects, including both SampleMarket-sourced panelists as well as external sources; new toools to remove duplicate, fake, and other low-quality respondents from research samples; and more. uSamp's services are used by companies to conduct market research and surveys. usamp sampling market research self service

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Get Research Funding


ACADIA said the new funds will go towards research being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl of UCLA. acadia pharmaceuticals venture capital biotech lifescience multiple sclerosis ucla research biomedical

Illumina Targets Cancer Research With New Tools


The new products include a product for analyzing RNA; a panel for identifying somatic mutations in myeloid malignancies; plus software apps specifically aimed at cancer research. The company said the goal of the new products is to expand use of its sequencing systems beyond basic research and into clinical research for oncology. illumina lifescience genetic genomic oncology cancer research sequencing gene genes

iSuppli Buys Research Firm


El Segundo-based iSuppli announced Thursday that it has acquired UK-based Screen Digest , a firm which provides market research covering film, television, broadband media, mobile media, cinema, home entertainment, TV technology and video games. iSuppli said that Screen Digest and wholly owned subsidiary Adams Media Research (AMR) will help bolster its analyst and sales presence in Europe. iSuppli provides market research on the electronics industry.

Snapchat Sets Up Secret Research Lab In Utah


snapchat snap research jobs employment utah siliconslopes silicon slopesVenice, California-based Snap, Inc. , the parent firm of Snapchat , has reportedly set up a new, secret location in Lehi, Utah, according to a report this week. The report says that the new lab is being headed up by former co-founder Kirk Ouimet, who founded out of Brigham Young University, and sold that to Snap for the basis of its Scancodes product.

SpaceX Engineer, Caltech Researcher Join Astronaut Ranks


In an unusual addition to the list of recruits to NASA's astronaut program, NASA said this week that a SpaceX engineer, and a Caltech researcher, are both among the list of twelve new candidates at a chance for future space exploration with the agency.

Newegg Hails Patent Win Over Acacia Research


NewEgg said that Digitech Image Technologies LLC--a subsidiary of Acacia Research--had sued Xerox, Toshiba, Fujifilm, Ricoh,, and Newegg for patent infringement over the patent, which had previously been owned by Polaroid. Acacia Research is based in Newport Beach, and acquires patents and aggressively licenses them to companies; the company is no stranger to patent infringement lawsuits and countersuits.

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FindTheCompany Launches Online Business Research Tool


FindTheCompany , a new business research site started by DoubleClick co-founder Kevin O''Connor, launched out of beta today, saying that it has created an online resource to let users check on the reputation of a business before buying products and services, and to learn more about companies such as balance sheets, income statements, and more. The new service is a sister site to Santa Barbara-based FindTheBest , the online product research site also started by O''Connor.