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SD 500 Update: Retiring Types & Bragging Rights

Sempra Energy CEO Debra Reed becomes the fifth member of the SD 500 in 2018 to choose retirement. Her successor, current Sempra CFO and EVP Jeffrey Martin, also is in the SD 500.

Creating A New Dynamic in Dining

DINING: Kitchen Staff’s Fresh Role Chef-to-Table Concept

A new Italian restaurant, Maestoso, has begun offering a unique dining experience: chefs will both cook and serve guests their meals, a concept called “chef-to-table.”

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Reed’s Retirement Puts Spotlight on Diversity

WORKFORCE: Sempra CEO Was Role Model and Mentor

Word this month that Debra Reed will soon retire as president and CEO of Sempra Energy is being received by local business leaders as good or not depending on how they view progress toward gender diversity in the top echelons of corporate leadership.

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Heron Therapeutics’ Stock Rises on Data for Opioid Alternative Anesthetic

A Heron Therapeutics postoperative pain anesthetic billed as an alternative to opioids achieved positive late-stage trial results, boosting the San Diego company’s stock.

Goodwill Industries of San Diego Gets New CEO

Toni Giffin has been chosen as the new chief executive officer and president of Goodwill Industries of San Diego County.

Kratos System Approved for International Marketing

Kratos’ Mako is an unmanned aircraft that carries and operates weapons and advanced sensor systems.

Best Real Estate Deals Finalists Announced

Finalists and winners in 16 categories will be recognized at a special networking and awards program April 18 at The Westin Gaslamp Quarter.

Kimberly Herrell Appointed Schubach Aviation President

Former vice president promoted to top spot.

Solana Beach Building Sold For $2.4M

Building combines retail/office and apartments.

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Phenix Salon Suites, Encinitas-Based Franchise, Gets PE Investment

The salon suite franchise, which provides individual stylists with individual suites, has more than 200 locations - but plans to grow to 1,000 sites in the next five years.

Business Calendar for Week of March 19, 2018

Business events planned in the county for the week of March 19, 2018, and beyond.

San Diego International Airport Launches Retail Delivery Service to Gate

AtYourGate allows passengers the ability to order food or retail items via mobile devices to be delivered at their gate.

Twist Bioscience Opens Carlsbad Office

San Francisco-based Twist Bioscience Corporation has opened a 2,500-square-foot office in Carlsbad.

La Jolla Casino Taps Co. to Provide Management System

Win Technologies USA will provide a casino management system for the new La Jolla Trading Post Casino.

Daré Bioscience Enters into Development Agreement

Daré Bioscience, a San Diego biopharmaceutical focused on women’s reproductive health, has partnered with Orbis Biosciences to develop long-lasting injectable contraceptives.

Making Machines Work for Co., Clinic

BIOTECH: Illumina SVP Tackles Challenges

Susan Tousi doesn’t practice medicine, unlike many in her family tree. But Illumina’s senior vice president of product development is making her mark on health.

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Qualcomm’s $100 Question

Co. Faces Many Challenges to Boost Languishing Stock Price, Fulfill Pledge to Stockholders

The San Diego chipmaking giant is preparing to face shareholders at its previously postponed annual shareholders meeting, scheduled for March 23.

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SDBJ Insider: Leaders Find Urgent Need to Address Issues

Steven Jones founded his diversity and inclusion consulting firm in 1993, and while there has never been a shortage of need for its services, there hasn’t always been this much demand.

Bridgepoint Splits with Schools to Pursue OPM

EDUCATION: Universities To Be Nonprofits; Co. to Offer Management Services

Bridgepoint Education Inc. (NYSE: BPI) is taking a step back from its role as a higher education provider to become an Online Program Management (OPM) company, helping colleges and universities adapt to emerging technologies and other changes.

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Deal Gives Vividion Small Molecule War Chest

BIOTECH: Co. to Take on Previously ‘Undruggable’ Proteins

Even by startup standards, Vividion Therapeutics CEO Diego Miralles makes bold claims. He said the venture marks a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to build a transformative company in San Diego.

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