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Startup TaxJar Gets Some Big-Name Backing in Funding Round

San Diego-based startup TaxJar has received $600,000 in investment from some top tech industry angels, the company announced Wednesday.

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MD Revolution Raises $7 Million in Series B Round of Financing

MD Revolution Inc. has raised $7 million in a series B round of funding and named two appointments to its board of directors, the company announced.

Ligand to Receive $1 Million Milestone Payment From Onyx

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced that it has earned $1 million commercial milestone payment from Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

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Biocom Announces New Executive Director

The Biocom Institute announced that Kristie Grover has resigned as executive director, effective Feb. 28.

United Way Chooses Former Fire Chief As New President, CEO

The United Way of San Diego County has named Kevin Crawford as its president and CEO.

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EU Gives Conditional Approval for Acquisition of Life Technologies

The European Union gave conditional approval to the purchase of Carlsbad-based Life Technologies Corp. by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

5BARz Opening Innovation Center in Sorrento Valley

A company that creates booster technology for strengthening weak cellular signals for voice, data and video reception on cellphones and other such devices announced the opening of an innovation center in Sorrento Valley.

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Executive Profile: Keri Robinson

Keri Robinson is the general manager of The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter and the area managing director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Southern California. Robinson is directly responsible for the Westin hotel and provides operational support to the Starwood managed hotels in San Diego and Orange County. She has been with Starwood/ITT Sheraton for 27 years and held various corporate and property level leadership roles in Southern California and the state of Washington.

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Professional Profile: Daniel Ryan

Daniel J. Ryan is executive vice president – regional market director (San Diego) and strategic operations for Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.

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EXECUTIVE PROFILE: Denise Pirrotti Hummel

Denise Pirrotti Hummel is the CEO and chief strategist for Universal Consensus LLC, a cross-cultural management consulting firm in San Diego, serving Fortune 100 companies, government, military operations, and global organizations worldwide.

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