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Surfing's Clean Break

SPORT: An Entrepreneur and a Scientist Look to Re-Shape Surfboard Making With an Algae-Based Board

The wave of algae products ― from baby formula to biodiesel ― has a new application: surfing.

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Production Values

PRODUCTION: San Diego’s Manufacturing Scene Is More Suited for the Advanced Jobs

Bob Grande started what would become Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. out of his garage in 1978, using a conventional lathe and mill to machine parts for larger manufacturers.

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Rallying The Forces

BIOTECH: Experienced Scientists, a Revolutionary Platform With an Assist from the Immune System Help to Take On Potentially Fatal Fungal Infections

Over the past decade, many drugmakers stopped trying to fight superbugs, citing high research costs, poor returns and too much red tape.

Four Programs Aim to Accelerate Review Process for Drugs

PHARMA: FDA Categories Helpful to Companies and Patients

Speeding the availability of drugs that treat serious conditions is in the best interest of both patients and drug companies, especially when the drugs meet unmet needs in the medical field.

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Executive Q&A: Magda Marquet of Althea Technologies and Alma Life Sciences

Magda Marquet sits across from me, eyes twinkling above a porcelain mug.

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Seeking a Different Slice of the Commercial Lending Pie

FINANCE: Credit Unions Say Easing Loan Regulations Will Help Small Businesses

After the credit union industry’s regulator in June proposed rolling back some of its rules for business lending, bankers wrote hundreds of letters warning that loosening the restrictions could imperil the economy.

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SBA’S TALE OF 2 PROGRAMS

FINANCE: While 7A Loans Flourish, 504 Loans Struggle With Bureaucracy

The SBA reached its $18.75 billion guarantee cap in July, prompted a weeklong shutdown of the program as Congress scrambled to pass a $5 billion extension with two months left in the government’s fiscal year.

Business Confidence Falls Slightly in July, Chamber Reports

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Forecast fell in July to its lowest point in a year, though the Chamber said the decline from June was statistically insignificant.

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Co. Acts as Patients’ Guide for Medical Tourism to Mexico

MEDICAL: Vetting Of Services Provides Key Information, Safety

South Doctors Inc, a downtown startup focused on medical tourism, is vetting the legitimacy of health care treatments sought across the border.

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Looking For A Venture

LEADERSHIP: Entrepreneur Keeps an Eye Out for Opportunity and Helps Others Discover the Business World

Al Darnell Jr. is a serial entrepreneur. In the past decade, he’s started a half-dozen companies, including a cleaning service, a mortgage brokerage and a network of 25-cent gumball machines.

Tenants Weigh Costs of Cool Lifestyle Space at Work

WORKPLACE: Millennials Seek Office Buzz But Also Private Areas

Dan Khabie got exactly what he was looking for when he moved his digital marketing firm from the Gaslamp into 18,000 square feet of space in East Village’s DiamondView Tower in 2011.

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Bringing Out Their Best

PROPERTY: Walls Are No Longer the Limit as Developers Add Outdoor Workspaces and Amenities to the Office Mix

In the past two decades, San Diego County shoppers have been visiting malls converted into open-air “lifestyle centers” designed to take advantage of the region’s year-round friendly climate. Lately they’ve also been furnishing their homes’ patios and backyard decks with a growing array of furniture and appliances designed to bring their indoor living rooms to the outdoors.