San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

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AMN Keeps Making Strategic Acquisitions

MEDICINE: Latest Buy Is Health Information Co.

San Diego’s AMN Healthcare Inc., the largest health care staffing company in the nation, has snatched up its fifth health care company in less than two years. The acquisition of Franklin, Tenn.-based Peak Health Solutions, a health information management company, is expected to immediately boost AMN’s revenue.

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Tipping The Pay Scale

VOTE: Poll Results Change Playing Field for Businesses; Attention Turns to November

San Diego city voters on June 7 clearly favored a minimum wage increase that was vehemently opposed by much of the local business community.

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Betting On Biotech

Life Sciences’ Need for Space Spurs Developers to Pursue Spec Projects

The high demand for biotech office space in San Diego is boosting the confidence of traditionally cautious landlords. Rather than waiting to build a project until a tenant is lined up, life science construction companies are building sprawling campuses based on speculation alone.

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A New Health Threat

MEDICINE: Ransomware Attacks Target Hospitals, Holding Critical Patient Data Hostage

T here’s a new threat bearing down on hospitals. Hackers are infiltrating systems, locking patient data in virtual vaults, and demanding money in exchange for the key.

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Cubic’s Transport Arm Ready for Battle in NYC

TECH: City Contract Renewal May Be Big Driver of Growth

Matt Cole has New York on his mind. Cole runs the transportation equipment business at Kearny Mesa-based Cubic Corp., a company that wants to use the world of fare cards and subway gates as a stepping stone toward bigger things.

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Pro-Growth Plans

PROPERTY: Discount Retailers and Eateries Look to Add Locations

Seven years after the official end of the Great Recession, there’s still a distinct discount-minded focus among nationwide retail and restaurant chains looking to expand their footprint in the coming year.

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Bold, Brash and a Bash: Welcome to Startup Week

Biz: Entrepreneurial Spirit Lets Loose in Unusual Biz Event

Thousands of aspiring, neophyte and seasoned entrepreneurs will head downtown next week for the city’s biggest — and most popular — startup event: San Diego Startup Week.

Battling the Laws of Nature

Court Rulings on IP May Threaten Future of Genomics Research

Life sciences companies in San Diego and around the nation are working to cope with legal decisions that restrict how they can secure patents for discoveries that involve the laws of nature.

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Stopping Slippery Imitators

WD-40 Counters The Counterfeiters Around the Globe

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s a headache for WD-40 Co.

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Brand Theft

Taylor Guitars Among Premium Manufacturers Battling Trademark Violations

Musicians buy high-end guitars for their craftsmanship and superior performance, but overseas counterfeiters are deceiving some consumers with cheaply made copies.

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Avalon, GSK Launch Their Eighth Startup

DRUGS: Tougher Times in Pharma Add to Challenges

Avalon Ventures LLC is launching an additional startup out of its venture capital incubator in La Jolla. The firm, called PDI Therapeutics Inc., is jointly backed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline plc and San Diego’s Avalon as part of an ongoing partnership.

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Performing Under Pressure

BIOTECH: Exec Brings Co. to S.D. To Work on Stroke Treatment Device

Kleanthis Xanthopoulos, a veteran of San Diego’s biotech community, is heading up a new venture in La Jolla.

Quarterly Reports: Nuisance or Benefit?

FINANCE: Some Say The Process Limits Company Focus

Quarterly earnings results grab the attention of nearly everyone in the financial world — investors, analysts, competitors, even reporters. They’re a brief glimpse into the inner workings of major corporations, with earnings per share even a few cents higher or lower than expected leading to serious stock spikes.

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The Big Leadership Decision

Implementing a CEO Transition Involves Many Complicated Factors for A Company

CEOs have tough jobs. There are many ways to go wrong and many ways to make stakeholders unhappy.

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Convention Center’s New CEO Ready to Talk

TOURISM: Town-Hall Meetings to Address Expansion

Prospects for an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center — contiguous, noncontiguous or none of the above — are likely to remain among much-debated city priorities in an election year filled with heated talk over possible hotel tax hikes and a proposed downtown football stadium.

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Sharing Economy Puts On White Lab Coat

BIOTECH: Key Resource Offered in Co.’s Lab Rentals

Two entrepreneurs in San Diego are applying “sharing economy” principles to a new frontier: science.

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A Cool Innovation

ScaleMatrix Offers To Put Its Highly Efficient Data Center Technology On-Site

Executives at ScaleMatrix think there might be more than one path to growing their company.

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Expanding The Business Universe

The Computer Revolution Keeps Reinventing Itself As the Possibilities of Progress Continue to Increase

With each passing year, computers get more capable. The rapid development of the technology continues to shape business — all business, even those far from the heart of the technology sector.

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Global Pharma Firms Both Take And Give

BIOTECH: Cos. Swallow Up Startups But Grow Presence

The growing presence of Big Pharma and global life science firms in San Diego has been at the heart of an age-old debate: do they help or hurt the region’s economy?

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Good Views

Local Real Estate Experts See Strong Demand and Low Vacancy Rates Pushing Up Commercial Rents

As nearly 40,000 new positions were created regionwide during the past year, job growth continued to fill San Diego County’s office, industrial and retail buildings during the first quarter of 2016.

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Paying The Price

Low Vacancy Rates and High Demand Are Pushing Apartment Rents Higher, And the Trend May Continue

Arecent report on rising rents, by the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California, painted a clear good news/bad news picture of San Diego County’s apartment property market so far in 2016.

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Birth of a Blockbuster?

PHARMA: Acadia Prepares To Launch Drug to Treat Parkinson’s Psychosis

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. has earned the greenlight from regulators to sell a valuable antipsychotic drug. The medication, potentially worth billions, quells the hallucinations and delusions experienced by Parkinson’s disease patients. And it’s the first of its kind.

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Paving The Way

Border Region Puts Transportation Infrastructure In Place to Support Free-Flowing Trade, Business and Commutes

Government leaders from both sides of the border recently marked what they said were major milestones impacting the long term-economic viability of the region where Otay Mesa meets Mexico’s Baja California.

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After Weight-Loss, Arena Has Options

PHARMA: New Painkiller And Other Drugs Being Tested

It’s been a rocky year for Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., but things are looking up with its latest experimental drug: a painkiller that mimics cannabis without the head high.

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Daily Dose

Adult Day Health Centers Among New Models for Aging Care

Every day in the U.S., 10,000 baby boomers reach age 65, about twice the rate of the prevous generation. By 2030, 18 percent of Americans will be at least 65, according to Pew Research Center projections.

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Aging Well

Senior Housing Developments Include Wine Bars and Salons

A 309-unit senior community set to break ground later this year in Carlsbad is among the latest examples of developers adding resortlike amenities to attract the baby boomer generation into its next phase of housing.

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How Startups Stand Out Despite Overcrowding

FINANCE: Competition On Funding Platforms Intensifies Challenges

San Diego startups are finding that crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo are getting rather, well, crowded.

Qualcomm Shows It’s Still in the Fight

TECH: Q2 Tops Forecast; Restructuring Is on Track

One year ago, everyone was down on Qualcomm Inc.

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Gulls’ Return A Hit On Ice, at Box Office

SPORT: Teams Ranks 2nd In League Attendance

Even as Chargers fans gear up for an election battle to keep the football team in San Diego and the Padres struggle to come back from record-setting early-season futility, there is a bright spot in professional San Diego sports:

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Sempra Mexican Unit Meets With Resistance

ENERGY: Regulators Reject 3 Pipeline Proposals

Sempra Energy’s Mexican arm has lost three bids in as many weeks to build and operate natural gas pipelines in Mexico, as the country’s state-owned electricity utility said Sempra’s proposals did not meet its standards.