San Diego Business Journal

SDBJ WEEKLY EDITION

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Bringing New Life to San Ysidro

As work chugs along on more than $740 million in federal improvements at the San Ysidro crossing between the U.S. and Mexico, business owners such as Sunil Gakhreja wonder whether the traffic-streamlining benefits might spread two blocks north to the border town’s older commercial district.

By Lou Hirsh June 1, 2017 2:08 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Sees NXP As Key to New Pursuits

Qualcomm Inc. is midway through its attempt to acquire NXP Semiconductors N.V. — a marathon effort that has the potential to reshape the company founded in 1985 in Irwin Jacobs’ seaside La Jolla home.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 1:50 p.m. share »
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Robotic Finger Brings Humanlike Touch to Its Work

It was bound to happen. Someone has invented a robotic finger that can swipe left or right.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 1:45 p.m. share »
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Hydroflight Industry Poised For Takeoff

For FlyDive Inc. CEO Christos Nicolaidis, the biggest challenge facing his company isn’t how to lead the hydroflight industry; it’s how to build it.

By Mark Carpowich June 1, 2017 1:35 p.m. share »
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OFFICE | Big Winners Will Be Those Who Repositioned Properties

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the office segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:53 p.m. share »
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RETAIL | Provide Experience in Prime Locations or Be Left Behind

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the retail segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:48 p.m. share »
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MULTIFAMILY | Expect Upticks in Sales, Deliveries and, Yes, Rents

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the multifamily segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:42 p.m. share »
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INDUSTRIAL | Softening from Uncertainty Will Give Way to High Demand

Excerpts from midpoint 2017 assessments from local experts in the industrial segment:

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:36 p.m. share »
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Landlords Still Hold Favorable Cards

As the early months of 2017 unfold, it’s clear that demand for San Diego County commercial real estate remains strong, even if most sectors aren’t exhibiting red-hot characteristics like those seen during the past two years, particularly in the multifamily and industrial segments.

By Lou Hirsh May 25, 2017 2:30 p.m. share »
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ViaSat-2 in Crucial Countdown for Co.

With its anticipated launch on June 1, ViaSat-2 will complete its journey from the concrete aerospace fortresses of El Segundo to the cold of space. There will be a lot riding on the satellite’s launch.

By Brad Graves May 25, 2017 2:10 p.m. share »
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A Lean Approach To News

Robert Herring Sr. is a man on a mission. “What’s the breaking news?” he asked on a recent weekday as he ushered guests into a cozy, darkened room adjacent to One America News Network’s television studio floor where a handful of young men sat monitoring a series of televised news feeds.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 25, 2017 1:32 p.m. share »
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Battery Safety Concerns Power Innovations

The new style of batteries powering automobiles, smartphones and military vehicles are certainly capable. And they pack more power than other options.

By Brad Graves May 18, 2017 2:20 p.m. share »
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Hotels Make Room For Robots on Staff

Forgot to bring toothpaste? Need an extra towel? Craving a snack?

By Lou Hirsh May 18, 2017 1:51 p.m. share »
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Sleep Clinic Co. Makes House Calls

Timing and technology. Those are the keys factors driving growth at Sleep Data LLC, said company President Bretton Hevener.

By Jessica King May 18, 2017 1:48 p.m. share »
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New Ambitions For Design District

The area of Solana Beach known as the Cedros Avenue Design District looks nothing like it did in the 1940s, when Quonset huts housed airplane parts from a manufacturing plant that operated there.

By Lou Hirsh May 18, 2017 1:39 p.m. share »
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Co. Gains Momentum in Building Genomics Ecosystem in China

Illumina Inc.’s top executives are building ties with the Chinese government as the San Diego company expands into the massive Chinese health care market. The scientific instrument company already has a campus in Shanghai, where it set up shop back in 2010. But business is suddenly booming. The company’s Shanghai office grew its headcount by 40 percent in 2015, and shipments to China increased by more than 60 percent in 2016.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:26 a.m. share »
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The Instrumental Players of Medtech

San Diego is internationally known as a hub for medicine makers, often saluted for the drugs being developed on the Torrey Pines Mesa. But when it comes to homegrown companies that employ thousands of San Diegans, many of the top performers over the last half-decade are not making drugs at all.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:22 a.m. share »
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Biotech Turns to China

Local biotechs are increasingly teaming up with deep pockets in China, tapping flush investor groups that only recently became safe bets for companies guarding trade secrets. In the past 18 months, deal after deal has been announced with involvement from Chinese investors — a new trend for local life science companies that historically received very little cash from that part of the globe.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:17 a.m. share »

Short-Term Rental Issue Comes to North County

Just three years ago, debates over short-term vacation rentals booked through sites like Airbnb and VRBO were confined primarily to the nation’s largest tourism-focused cities, including San Diego. That’s no longer the case in San Diego County.

By Lou Hirsh May 15, 2017 9:35 a.m. share »
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Feds May Have Nixed Sale of Hotel Del

Six months after its planned sale of Hotel del Coronado to a Chinese insurance company was apparently scuttled by scrutiny from federal officials, the iconic property remains in the portfolio of owner Blackstone Group LP.

By Lou Hirsh May 15, 2017 9:32 a.m. share »
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These 3 e-Learning Companies Want You to Know…

Would-be CPAs studying into the night. Doctors wanting to keep their skills current. Corporate executives trying to turn mandated training into something palatable … maybe even entertaining.

By Brad Graves May 15, 2017 9:23 a.m. share »
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Families Merge, Create $4B Meat Empire

The Leavy family knows their meats. Earlier this year, National City-based Harvest Food Distributors, run by brothers Jay Leavy and Kevin Leavy, was trucking more than 14 million pounds of meat to independent grocers and ethnic markets each week.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 15, 2017 9:20 a.m. share »
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Plot Your Patent Steps Carefully

Get a patent, sell the product. Easy-peasy, right?

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 8, 2017 2:27 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm’s IP and Licensing Strength Targeted in Disputes

It’s a fairly straightforward process. Modern-day Thomas Edisons dream up the invention. Their lawyers draw up the patent. And the technical splendor of that patent leads to a licensing agreement with Consumer Product Manufacturer X, which wants to use the invention in cutting-edge devices such as smartphones.

By Brad Graves May 4, 2017 2:23 p.m. share »
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Providing Tech Tool Belt For Construction

San Diego is seeing a boomlet in startups targeting the construction industry, which continues to lag behind other businesses in adopting technology.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 4, 2017 1:38 p.m. share »
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Projects Near SDSU Could Redefine Area

The recent opening of San Diego State University’s $143 million South Campus Plaza has business owners in the adjacent College Area optimistic that the neighborhood could be next in line for an urban revival.

By Lou Hirsh May 4, 2017 1:32 p.m. share »
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Diagnostic to Guide Late-Stage Cancer Treatment

Armed with $40 million in fresh capital, Epic Sciences Inc. is ramping up development of tests that show how well cancer patients will respond — or not respond — to anti-cancer treatments.

By Brittany Meiling May 4, 2017 1:28 p.m. share »
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Coffee With A Perk

Running a digital marketing agency and starting a new company — not to mention preparing to get married — doesn’t faze Brandon Fishman.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 4, 2017 1:22 p.m. share »
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Big-League Plays Give AleSmith A Winning Edge in the Market

Among local brewers apparently benefiting from a go-bigger strategy — on a local, national and global basis — is San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Co. Owner Peter Zien said the Miramar-based company in 2016 saw approximately 30 percent growth from the prior year in both revenue and barrels brewed, reaching about 35,000 barrels.

By Lou Hirsh April 27, 2017 12:50 p.m. share »
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Sober Assessment Time For Craft Brewing

Brewers like Jim Crute, who has owned and operated Poway’s Lightning Brewery for the past decade, are finding that this is a critical time to assess their place in a craft beer industry where growth is slowing, and where retail shelf and tap space is getting increasingly tough to conquer.

By Lou Hirsh April 27, 2017 12:43 p.m. share »