Brad Graves

Reporter & Special Sections Editor

Email: bradg@sdbj.com
Phone: 619-366-6627

Recent Stories

Cubic Receives $193M, Five-Year Deal To Support P5 Combat Training System

Electronics Deals Go to La Jolla Logic, Forward Slope, Solute

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Maravai LifeSciences to Expand Manufacturing at TriLink

BIOTECH: Sorrento Mesa Firm Cites Growing Demand for its Products

Maravai LifeSciences has announced plans to expand the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) capabilities at one of its companies, TriLink BioTechnologies, for the second time in less than a year.

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GA Designs Novel Rocket

TECH: Sends NASA Propulsion Concept

Nuclear-powered spacecraft may be moving from science fiction to reality, with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems helping with the engineering details.

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Kratos to Help Build ICBM Replacement

Northrop Grumman Plans Some Local Work on Missile

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s new contract to build a replacement for the Minuteman III nuclear-tipped missile system includes work for San Diego-based Kratos Defense.

General Dynamics NASSCO Gets $35.6M Deal to Expand Berthing on Sea Bases

RQ Construction to Build Child Development Center at Miramar Base

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in July, August and September. The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $35.6 million modification to a previously awarded contract.

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Remaining Stake in Akcea

BIOTECH: Boston Co. Was Spun Out of Ionis, Had IPO in 2017

Ionis Pharmaceuticals plans to acquire the remaining stake in Akcea Therapeutics that it does not already own for approximately $500 million cash.

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Contractor Rules in Flux

EMPLOYMENT: State Voters Mull Drivers’ Fate

The rules governing whether and how California businesses may use independent contractors changed Sept. 4 when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation clarifying contractors’ roles. The evolving rules may change again.

Citadel Defense Gets $12.2M Contract for Anti-Drone Tech

Specific Defense Department Customer Was Not Disclosed

Omnitracs to Buy Vehicle Tech Provider SmartDrive for $450M

TECHNOLOGY: Two Companies’ Systems Complement Each Other

SmartDrive Systems, which offers video safety and telematics technology to operators of big-rig trucks and transit vehicles, has agreed to be bought by Dallas-based Omnitracs LLC.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Gets $15.5M Contract

BD to Help Military’s COVID Fight by Providing Automated Medication Dispensing Cabinets

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in July and August.

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WestPac Wealth Partners Develops its Associates While Helping its Customers

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Medium Company Winners

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Medium Company Winners

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Navy, Space Force Projects Occupy General Atomics

Propulsion Technology for Ships, Submarines Studied

Propulsion Technology for Ships, Submarines Studied

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LevitZacks Dots its I’s and Crosses its T’s When Engaging its Employees

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Small Company Winners

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Small Company Winners

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$25M Private Placement to Help Kintara With Clinical Trials

BIOTECH: Newly Merged With Adgero, Co. to Evaluate Novel Treatments

Kintara Therapeutics, a San Diego company with two potential cancer drugs headed for late-stage trials, announced on Sept. 1 that it received a $25 million private placement.

Best Places to Work 2020

San Diego Business Journal Honors San Diego’s Top 100 Companies

San Diego Business Journal Honors San Diego’s Top 100 Companies

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La Jolla Institute Gets $6.4M for COVID Research

BIOTECH: Investigations to Focus on Understudied Part of Antibody

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $6.4 million to Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., a professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, to support research toward COVID-19 antibody therapeutics. The local organization announced the award on Aug. 20.

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Diomics Developing Test to Reveal SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies

BIOTECH: Skin Patch Resembling Nicotine Patch Contains Special Polymer

LS Power Builds Big

ENERGY: Battery is World’s Largest

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Two New Leaders Step Up to Run Navy’s Information Technology Command

DEFENSE: NAVWAR Is Also Looking Toward Major Redevelopment

NAVWAR, the U.S. Navy command responsible for awarding an estimated $1.56 billion in defense contracts to San Diego County businesses in 2019, has new leadership.

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Eric Jenny

Winner: Private Company, Small - SOCi, Inc.

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Inhibrx Gains $125.7M in IPO, Has Cancer in its Sights

BIOTECH: Firm Uses Protein Engineering to Develop Drug Candidates

Inhibrx Inc. completed its initial public offering on Aug. 20, gaining an estimated $125.7 million to push its business forward.

Lockheed Martin, Subcontractors to Share F-35 Aircraft Work

Heffler Gets Nod for Heavy and Civil Engineering on San Diego Bases

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in July and August.

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Naveed Hakim

Winner: Private Company, Large - Plum Healthcare Group

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Gyms, Hair Salons, Restaurants May Reopen at Reduced Capacity

Several types of businesses may begin indoor operations — though at limited capacity — under new guidance released by San Diego County on Aug. 31. These include gyms and fitness centers, restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons.

Battery Maker Flux Power Gains $11.4M in Stock Offering

MANUFACTURING: Co. Changed Listing to Nasdaq as of Mid-August

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: David Forster

Winner: Private Company, Medium - ChefWorks Inc.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Makes $189M Sale to Belgium

DEFENSE: Contract Closely Follows U.K. Deal Announced in July

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BAE Systems Receives Ship Repair Deal Worth $104M, Or $118M With Options

Carlsbad’s RQ Construction Gets More Work at Camp Lejeune

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Ashlee Micale

Winner: Business Non-profit - San Diego County Credit Union

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Andre Douzdjian

Winner: Government Agency - The San Diego Association of Governments

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Quentin Blackford

Winner: Public Company, Large - Dexcom Inc.

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Ligand Inks $516M Deal

BIOTECH: Agrees To Purchase Pfenex

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: James Howell

Winner: Non-profit - The San Diego Foundation

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Change Remains a Constant in East Village

Developers Still See Potential Among Its Warehouses

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Matt Abernethy

Winner: Public Company, Medium - Neurocrine Biosciences

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Qualcomm Is on a Mission to Mars

Snapdragon 801 Processor Runs Ingenuity Helicopter

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NASSCO to Repair USS Lake Erie in $37M Deal; Award Could Grow to $63M

GA to Provide Submarine Components; Construction Deals Announced

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COVID-19 Test in Demand

BIOTECH: Hologic On Track to Double Its Factory Capacity

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Quarterly Revenue Almost Doubles at Turtle Beach

ELECTRONICS: Gaming Accessory Maker Ups Its 2020 Guidance by 28%

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Genasys to Buy Canadian Tech Firm Amika Mobile

Acquisition Specializes in Critical Communications

Sempra Energy Reports Net Income Of $2.2B in Quarter

Gain From South American Utility Sale Spurs Results

Evofem Reports Results, Readies Product For September Debut

PHARMACEUTICALS: FDA Approved New Form of Birth Control in May

Cubic to Provide Up to $172M in GATR Antennas to Special Operations Command

Other Recent Deals Include Building for Ship Simulator

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Leo Lens Sees $300M Opportunity in its Future

BIOTECH: Contact Lens Delivers Pharmaceuticals

Leonardo DRS Has $120M Contract For Laser Tech

System Foils Heat-Seeking Missiles By Dazzling Them

Cubic Satellite Gear Deal Worth Up to $172M

The U.S. Special Operations Command announced on Aug. 3 that it awarded the GATR Technologies subsidiary of Cubic Corp. a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quality contract that could be worth as much as $172 million.

Religious Services, Group Workouts OK’d in County Parks

San Diego County Supervisors on Aug. 5 approved the concept of opening certain parks overseen by the county government for religious services, cultural ceremonies and organized fitness activities.

With San Diego Expertise, ASML Makes Microchips Smaller

TECHNOLOGY: Extreme Ultraviolet Laser Light Makes It Possible

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RQ and DPR Get $144M Deal to Rebuild Hurricane-Damaged Camp Lejeune

Eight Construction Firms to Split as Much as $100M

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Unmanned Aircraft Concept Could Be Payday for Contractors

DEFENSE: Up to Three Businesses Look for Work on Skyborg Program

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