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Most Admired CEO 2018 - Nonprofit Business: Joseph Panetta, President, CEO and Board Member, Biocom

Like the life-changing products developed by San Diego’s robust life science companies, the trade group that fights for them has been developed and polished over time thanks, in part, to its CEO Joseph Panetta.

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Most Admired CEO 2018 - Charitable Organization: Chris Sichel, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego

Since taking the helm of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego 13 years ago, Chris Sichel has successfully navigated the ups and downs of one of the most emotionally charged environments a CEO can be tasked with leading.

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Most Admired CEO 2018 - Family-Owned Business: Jeff Ambrose, President Woodstock’s Pizza

There is nothing groundbreaking about a pizza restaurant being supported largely by college students, but in the case of Woodstock’s Pizza the script has been flipped.

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Most Admired CEO 2018 - Overall Winner: Alessandra Lezama, CEO, AbacusNext

When Alessandra Lezama took over as CEO of AbacusNext in 2013, the family-owned company had been around for three decades, and it offered a single product – case management and billing software for legal firms.

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Most Admired CEO 2018 - Community Service Award: Foundation Executive Has Grown Along With Organization

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe Foundation CEO Christy Wilson knows more than a thing or two about the community service sector, having helped raise $73-plus million in grants over the past two decades. But the homegrown executive is humble enough to give credit where credit is due.

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Most Admired CEO 2018 - Lifetime Achievement Award: Caring Spirit Provides Path for Career of Business Success

Nursing and executive leadership don’t generally go together unless you are the San Diego Business Journal’s 2018 Most Admired CEO Lifetime Achievement honoree.

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CureMatch Takes Home MetroConnect Prize

HEALTH: Co. Heads to Tijuana to Help at Cancer Center

CureMatch, a digital precision medicine startup that uses artificial intelligence to guide oncologists as they select treatments for cancer patients, said a $35,000 award will help it provide Mexican children with services free of charge.

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San Diego Tops NYC, Unfortunately

San Diego has more barriers to apartment construction than New York City. That was among the findings of a recent pilot study by the National Apartment Association.

Serving Seniors’ Gala Makes 200,000 More Meals Possible

Serving Seniors announced that it raised $477,000 at its 5th annual Experience of a Lifetime Gala held recently at the Del Mar Country Club. With more than 350 people in attendance at the sold-out event, the funds raised will go toward nearly 200,000 meals for those in need.

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Business of Personal Data Has Major Implications

NBC 7 reported that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department had stored photos of 8 million license plates, many of them multiple photos of the same vehicle in different locations, enabling law enforcement to create a sort of digital road-map of one’s whereabouts. All this data is routinely shared with more than 500 local, state and federal agencies.

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SD 500 UPDATE: Bartell Elected Chair Of San Diego TMD

Two of San Diego’s longtime hoteliers have been elected to lead the San Diego Tourism Marketing District.

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China’s CROs Make Connection in S.D.

PHARMA: They’re Part of Growing Biotech Relationship

In San Diego, the last decade gave rise to biotechs farming out work to contract research organizations, or CROs. It’s an industry increasingly colored by China.

Conflicting Reports Leave Fate of Proposed Qualcomm Acquisition of NXP Unclear

Initial report sent price of NXP and Qualcomm stock up in after-hours trading June 14.

Benefunder Adds 2 New Execs to Leadership Team

Both new hires are Silicon Valley veterans, the company said.

Viasat Buys U.K. Firm

Viasat Inc. said June 13 that it acquired Horsebridge Defence and Security of Cheltenham, U.K.

Kearny Mesa Office Campus Sold For $100.3M

StoneCrest campus has four buildings

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San Diego Grantmakers Names New Director of Impact Investments

New hire Robert Foster was most recently COO at a local fintech startup.

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Growing Workforce Needs More Space, Office Solutions

Near record low unemployment levels in San Diego County are hitting the commercial real estate market by driving down vacancy rates and contributing to rising rents, primarily for office space.

Metacrine Raises $65 Million in Series C Round

San Diego biotech Metacrine, which is working on drugs for liver, metabolic and gastrointestinal diseases, last week closed a $65 million Series C round.

COMMENTARY: Healthy Equation Brings Benefits to Part-Timers

When I returned home from military service, I found myself in a hospital chair being treated for a debilitating illness I contracted on duty, watching medicine slowly drip into my IV bag. From that hospital chair, I wrote the business plan for Dickinson Farm.

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