SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION
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INNOVATION: Company Designs Rotator Sprinkler To Minimize Water Waste
When your business is water, it’s easy to be passionate about even the smallest bit of waste.
Agriculture Remains Firmly Planted as North County Economic Force
Biotechs and craft breweries are the current darlings of the San Diego County economy, but there’s a stalwart player that has been packing an economic punch far longer than either of these relative newcomers.
INSURANCE: Verifying COIs and Knowing Limits Of Policies Are Musts
Whenever entities work with vendors, suppliers, or tenants, especially in the public sector, it’s important to make sure they are doing business with people who are properly insured.
MANUFACTURING: $10M Facility in Works Next to Firm’s Factory
A Rancho Santa Margarita-based manufacturer of catalytic converters and performance exhaust systems broke ground on a $10 million, 100,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in Oceanside late last month.
Palomar Health’s Board of Directors voted June 24 to close Palomar Health Downtown Hospital in Escondido.
PROPERTY: Hotels, Assisted Living Facility Still Need Approval
A Hacienda Heights developer has submitted plans for a project off Interstate 15 in Escondido, which officials say could help boost the city’s stock of hotel rooms while setting the stage for more job-creating businesses in the southern area of the city.
Memjet has new digs. The maker of printer components — print heads, microchips, software and inks — has consolidated its headquarters into new space on Technology Place.
La Jolla-based Avalon Ventures led a $17 million Series A round for Ankasa Regenerative Therapeutics, handing over $8.5 million of the funding to the upstart biotech working on new tech for reactivating stem cells and tissue regeneration.
BIOTECH: Current Scanners Cumbersome Costly and Overbooked
Local startup JAS Neuro Imaging has forged a partnership with Maryland-based Brain Biosciences to bring breakthrough brain technology directly to the doctor’s office.
The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego has been awarded a $2 million grant to revolutionize engineering education, USD said.
DEFENSE: S.D. Will Get 45% of Work on Aircraft Carrier System
General Atomics received a major contract this month for its electromagnetic aircraft carrier catapult as well as for a similarly powered arresting gear to catch the small jets landing on the carrier deck.
The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute has received a gift of $100 million from prominent San Diego developer and philanthropist Conrad Prebys.
Who in San Diego benefits if the Chargers bolt for Los Angeles?
ECONOMY: VC, Research, And Funding Fuel Growth
A new report from business accelerator CONNECT says 2014 was a banner year for San Diego’s innovation economy, with 446 new companies created in the region.
DEFENSE: GA ASI’s Craft On Refugee Rescue Missions
A humanitarian crisis playing itself out in Europe has Italian authorities hungry for information — and turning to 13 San Diego-built unmanned aircraft to get it.
PROPERTY: Pernicano’s Site, Other Spots Draw Bidders
Plans could be progressing next year on a mixed-use development that replaces the long-shuttered Pernicano’s restaurant building in Hillcrest — one indicator among several, observers said, of rising demand for commercial property in the popular San Diego neighborhood.
BIOTECH: Hybritech’s Story Is First Chapter of S.D.’s Biotech Biography
The name Hybritech is pinned to local resumes like a badge of honor, as if to say, “I was here in the beginning.”
San Diego State University College of Sciences and the University of San Diego School of Law are partnering on a new program that prepares students for upward career mobility in the growing life sciences industry.
HEALTH: Devices Could Be Game Changer for Health Care, Expert Says
Apple’s latest gadget ― the iWatch ― has spurred a massive influx of digital health companies to enter the already popular wearables market, industry analysts said.
Hospital Design’s Healing Power Changes The Relationship of Architecture and Medicine
An increasing number of architects are employing a new approach to building hospitals, combining evidence-based research in neuroscience with architectural design to promote health and healing.
The weather was picture perfect at Aquatica SeaWorld’s Waterpark recently as hundreds of enthusiastic “plungers” charged into the chilly waters of the park’s Big Surf wave pool to raise money for Special Olympics San Diego.
INVESTING: Startups Will Join Others Working At COI Pharmaceuticals
Avalon Ventures announced the launch of three new biotech companies formed through its collaboration with British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.
New development projects just keep on coming in downtown San Diego, especially in the red-hot East Village neighborhood. Among the latest being considered is a proposal by Lennar Multifamily Communities LLC for a two-building, mixed-use development with 368 residential units planned for a site at 460 16th St.
DEVELOPMENT: Report Touts Water Savings; Still Projects Often Opposed
With looming water cuts from state agencies, San Diegans should take another look at building homes in vacant or underused areas inside existing neighborhoods to significantly cut down on home water consumption, nonprofit Circulate San Diego said this month.
MARKETING: Some Say More Money Is a Must To Be Competitive
San Diego will spend at least $266,000 in the coming fiscal year to get the region back into the film and TV production game, following the 2013 demise of the city’s Film Commission, though some officials have called for much more to be invested.
MARKETING: HighTech Steering Plus Visibility Help Deliver the Message
The pitch of San Diego startup Wrapify is hard to resist: get paid about $500 per month for the time spent driving to and from work, as long as you agree to cover your car in a vinyl decal advertisement.
Chicago-based BizAir Shuttle started its new charter flights with service between Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
TECH: VP Goodwin Will Represent Company
ViaSat Inc. announced it has become a board member of the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE), a nonprofit that fosters collaboration among companies to establish San Diego as a worldwide center for cybersecurity products and services.