San Diego Business Journal


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Platform Gives ERs a New Cardiac Device Tool

HEALTH: Co. Just Signed an Enterprise Deal With Sharp

Geneva Health Care Inc., a San Diego-based medical technology company has developed a platform that receives data from cardiac devices and converts it into usable information for health care providers. The data is presented in a dashboard that is integrated into the provider’s internal computer system so that physicians and medical staff can quickly identify the urgency of a patient’s needs.

Stone Gathers a Crowd and Funds With Beer Offering

The region is crazy with new business activities. As of early last week, Stone Brewing Co. had raised close to $1.9 million from about 11,160-plus funders at crowdfunding site to underwrite its inventive “Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations” pre-sale event.

Looking to Grow, Co. Returns to S.D. Roots

FOOD: Kashi Given Some Independence From Kellogg

Kashi, the San Diego homegrown natural cereal business that had its local office closed last year by owner Kellogg Co. and moved to Michigan, is returning to its roots.

Triton Put Through Paces By Northrop

DEFENSE: Navy to Buy 68 of the Rugged Aircraft

As the people of Rancho Bernardo went about their business Aug. 19, an operator in one of Northrop Grumman Corp.’s secure office buildings there took control of a U.S. Navy Triton — a large unmanned aircraft — during the middle of its flight over the western United States.

Biotech Property Deals Will Soon Surpass 2013

REAL ESTATE: Life Sciences Activity, IPOs Create Demand

A potent blend of initial public offerings, merger and acquisition activity and steady venture capital funding have made life-science properties the hot commodity in San Diego real estate leasing so far in 2014.

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Co. Plays a Part in New Plane Production

AVIATION: Edge-Tech Supplies Molds and Parts

Edge-Tech Design and Manufacturing has a seat on Icon Aircraft Inc.’s sporty little A5 aircraft — and it hopes to see revenue take off if aircraft sales do.

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Port of Commerce?

PROPERTY: Businesses Ready to Defend Turf as Port Shapes Its Big Picture

A view of the Port of San Diego from 10,000 feet shows a diverse place, with small businesses, heavy industry, hotels and restaurants, U.S. Navy installations, parks, wetlands, marinas, cargo terminals and more.

Children’s Museum Project Brings Art, Creativity to the Masses

The New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego will continue its popular Mass Creativity project for a third year in 2015, supported by a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Museum announced.

Whistleblower Laws Call for Sound, Clearly Defined Policies

LAW: Proliferation of Lawsuits Emphasizes Scope of the Problem

A tidal wave of new lawsuits claiming retaliation against so-called whistleblowers has been hitting business owners in recent years.

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LAW: Trade Secret Agreements Are a Must to Protect Assets

When it comes to protecting trade secrets, the biggest obstacle businesses often face is overcoming their employees’ inability to keep their work confidential. It’s human nature to share information, especially when you’ve learned something new and exciting, said Ned Israelsen, managing partner of the San Diego law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP.

Procopio Partner Elected to Lead San Diego Chapter of ACG

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP partner Dennis Doucette was elected board president of the Association for Corporate Growth. Doucette, who leads Procopio’s corporate and securities practice group, has been on the ACG’s board for five years and has chaired its programs committee for the past 18 months.

Silvergate Shifts Strategy to Make More Nonqualified Mortgages

Silvergate Bank changed its lending strategy from making qualified mortgages to making nonqualified ones, or those that aren’t bought by the two major government-sponsored entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Qualcomm Working to Keep Sixth-Grade Girls Steeped in STEM

Hats, hats and more hats. Nope, this is not opening day at Del Mar. We’re on the top floor of one of Qualcomm Inc.’s buildings in Mira Mesa. The room is alive with the energy of a few dozen sixth-grade girls. They’re assembling short-crowned, wide-brimmed hats with imaginative decorations on top — and computer controls.

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CEO Gathered Leadership Lessons Along Unusual Career Path

HEALTH: Van Gorder’s Book Is About Building Up a Place and People

Chris Van Gorder has earned a reputation in San Diego as an influential leader in health care management, frequently receiving national attention for contributions to the profession. Now the Scripps Health CEO has permanently added his name in the history books of leadership and management by putting his name on the shelf with them.

A Stroke of Luck Brought Financial Adviser to Golf Franchise

SPORT: Players’ Swings Evaluated With Motion Sensors, Video

Suzanne LaTour was looking to improve her golf game and ended up owning a national franchise that provides golf lessons.

App Maker Brings Human Touch to Technological Twists, Turns

TECH: Medium- and Small-Sized Businesses Are Targeted Customers

Wide open. That is how Nathan Keating of BuildFire describes the opportunity for creating smartphone apps.

Scripps Research Names Paulson Acting President

Aqua Sphere — a swimming equipmeThe Scripps Research Institute appointed James Paulson as acting president and CEO, the institute’s board of trustees announced Aug. 11.

Mirati Narrows Focus to Fewer Forms of Cancer

BIOTECH: FDA Grants Orphan Drug Status to Promising New Therapy

Mirati Therapeutics Inc., a public company in San Diego developing medicines for targeted oncology, is one step closer to achieving regulatory approval for its cancer drug Mocetinostat.

Calif. Tribes Put Off Pushing Internet Poker Bill

Gaming: Viejas, Brown Agree on New Compact To Change Revenue Sharing

The likelihood of an Internet poker bill passing the California Legislature decreased as the days of August passed, meaning that California’s American Indian tribes will have to stick with conventional revenue sources — traditional casinos — until at least the 2015 session.

Cardiff-based Raken Raking In Kudos for Latest Mobile App

Here’s another information technology success story with that unique San Diego twist. Friends who grew up with Kyle Slager in Ohio have two reasons to be jealous of the Buckeye native.

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‘Field Goal’ Linked To Convention Center

TOURISM: 2 Proposals By JMI Include Chargers’ Stadium

The developer of Petco Park has joined the convention center fray with its own proposals for a downtown facility that could double as convention space and a new home for the San Diego Chargers, as city officials weigh their options to salvage the existing $520 million plan to expand the convention center.

Co. Gathers Partners, M-Health Momentum

TECH: Attendance Doubles at Qualcomm Life Industry Event

Qualcomm Life Inc., the mobile health-focused subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., drew nearly 300 leaders in mobile health care to its annual conference in San Diego last week aimed at brainstorming, collaborating and forming partnerships in a burgeoning industry.

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‘Tactical Urbanism’ Taking Hold in San Diego

Development: Concept Bringing Vacant Lots to Life

Slowly but noticeably, “tactical urbanism” is playing out in San Diego and other large cities where young people are flocking to high-density core neighborhoods in search of their desired quality of life.

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Fresh Start

RETAIL: Amazon’s New Delivery Service Gives Local Food a Lift

With retail giant Inc. now delivering goods to many of its loyal customers, San Diego-based Venissimo Cheese Inc. doesn’t need to depend solely on walk-in customers craving gourmet items such as the fresh goudas, cheddars and prosciuttos sold in its local stores.

Commentary: Level Field for Aviation Contractors Serves State

We’ve all heard the news about companies fleeing California for greener pastures in more “business-friendly” states. It’s no different for our colleagues in the aerospace and defense industry. In recent years, several aerospace companies have picked up stakes and moved operations out of California.

These ‘Lights’ Are a Shining Example of Caring, Compassion

The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that fulfills special requests for hospice patients and their loved ones, held its annual celebration of inspirational people recently at Old Poway Park.

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Executive Q&A: SCPMG Chief Administrative Officer Jim Malone

Jim Malone is the chief administrative officer for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group — SCPMG — in San Diego, which consists of more than 1,100 physicians and 4,700 ancillary staff who provide care to more than 534,000 Kaiser Permanente members.

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Kaiser’s New Hospital to Bring 450 Beds to San Diego Market

MEDICINE: Increasing Demand to Be Met By New Facility, Upgrades

Kaiser Permanente’s new 450-bed hospital in Kearny Mesa will feature cutting-edge technology and innovative communication strategies while relieving the growing pressure on its current facilities.

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Operation Changes

Walking through the old mansion-converted City Hall in Amsterdam, N.Y., a young Tim Moran climbed into the gated elevator and braced himself when the elevator shook and creaked to a halt — stalled between floors.

City Planning Director Fulton Is Joining the Exodus to Texas

As the city of San Diego gets busy updating the community plans for neighborhoods such as Mission Valley, it will also be searching for its next top planning official.