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San Diego’s leadership in making the blue economy greener was highlighted last week by a pair of stories in the zero-emission boat space. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s fleet will be the first to have a hydrogen-hybrid research vessel after the American Bureau of Shipping approved its design. The ship, now known as the California Coastal Research Vessel, is designed by naval architecture and marine engineering firm Glosten and will feature an innovative hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system that will allow it to operate with no greenhouse gas or other emissions for 75% of its missions.

Last week also saw the christening of the eWolf at the Port of San Diego. Made by Crowley, eWolf is the very first electric tugboat to be deployed in the U.S. Port Chairman Frank Urtasun described the first-of-its-kind tugboat as a “game changer” that “checks all the boxes by providing environmental, economic, and operational benefits for our communities and maritime industry.”

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La Jolla MJ Management CEO Jack McGrory recently increased his support for the Burnham Center for Community Advancement. McGrory is currently in his third year of a five-year, $125,000 gift – a donation of $25,000 annually. He has now extended this annual giving another five years, bringing his commitment to BCCA to $1.25 million.

McGrory, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has been one of San Diego’s most prolific philanthropists, donating both money and time to regional organizations and projects. He currently chairs the USS Midway Foundation’s capital campaign committee for the $65 million Freedom Park project that recently broke ground at Navy Pier. The campaign is tasked with raising the $36 million needed to complete the park project to add to the $29 million committed by the Port of San Diego, the USS Midway Museum and Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, McGrory headed the successful fundraising effort for the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.

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Childcare solutions company TOOTRiS was in the national spotlight last week at the first ever National Child Care Innovation Summit held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The one-day conference in Washington D.C. looked at the impacts lack of childcare has on the economy. TOOTRiS Chief Technology Officer Jerome Fodor joined Mazda Toyota Manufacturing GM of Administration Jason Pickering to share how TOOTRiS’ partnership with MTM helped the car maker attract employees to its 4,000-person plant in Alabama.

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Lineage Cell Therapeutics hosted its second SCI Investor Symposium last week. The event, which grew to two days this year, gathers researchers, investors and patients from around the world to share lived experiences of and the latest treatment developments in spinal cord injuries.

Lineage CEO Brian Culley told the Journal that he hopes to continue to grow SCI Symposium into the event for companies to share data and get in front of investors because there are not many similar opportunities for the spine community. This year’s event already attracted heavy hitters like pharma giant AbbVie and Elon Musk-founded Neuralink.

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