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School Makes Its Mark With Educational Excellence

The San Diego Jewish Academy Golda Meir Lower School was named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. SDJA GMLS was awarded for being an Exemplary High Performing School.

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Playing an Instrumental Role in Music Education

Classics 4 Kids, a nonprofit founded in 1994 to fill the gap in music education in the nation’s schools, recently kicked off its 25th anniversary season with a fall garden party in Rancho Santa Fe.

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San Diego Seeks Startups for Smart City Projects

San Diego is looking for startups to build everything from parking apps to a hazard alert system.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Closes Acquisition of Vernalis

San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals closed its acquisition of Vernalis Plc in a deal that Ligand said will add “shots on goal” to its portfolio.

Kratos Expands Military Training Projects

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said Oct. 11 that it received more than $30 million in scope increases on multiple existing military training contracts.

Report: Mitek Rejects Takeover Bid from Florida IT Company

Mitek Systems reportedly rejected a takeover bid from ASG Technologies, a portfolio company of Elliot Management Corp.

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Institutes Take Cues From Business for Funding

FINANCE: Quest for Private Money Brings New Models, Partnerships

UC San Diego’s drug research arm in recent years took a new tack with investors and pharmaceuticals: Tell us what we’re doing wrong.

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Qualcomm Adds Two Board Members to Appease Shareholders

Qualcomm added two independent directors on Tuesday

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Jamul Casino Names New President

Mary Cheeks was named new president and general manager of the property.

S.D. Sustainable Chemical Manufacturer Raises $90M

Genomatica, which manufactures plant-based chemicals, raised $90 million in an equity offering.

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U.S. Bank Names Manuel Rodriguez as Market President

U.S. Bank has promoted Manuel E. Rodriguez to San Diego market president. Rodriguez, 38, was previously vice president within commercial banking at U.S. Bank in San Diego.

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Companies Plan to Boost Exports Despite Trade Uncertainty

Nikia Clarke’s mission is to boost San Diego’s trading ties with other countries. As executive of the World Trade Center San Diego, which relaunched in 2015, Clarke has spent the past four years bringing opportunities to companies that have a product ripe for export, and helping them build connections both local and abroad to navigate the logistics of selling overseas.

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Solana Center Recognized For Food Waste Solutions

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Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, or the Solana Center, was recognized for the 2018 Distinguished Program, “EMIES UnWasted Food Award” by the San Diego Food System Alliance for its commitment to food waste diversion programs in San Diego County. Solana Center’s Executive Director Jessica Toth received the award recently at the alliance’s annual Food Waste Solution Summit.

S.D. Angel Conference Pairs Experienced Investors With First-Timers

The conference will give participants a chance to try their hand at investing, and entrepreneurs a chance to compete for $200,000.

Investor Gets Observer Status on Viasat Board

Viasat Inc. said on Oct. 3 that a major investor, the Baupost Group LLC, will get a presence on its board as a non-voting observer. As of Oct. 4, Baupost had an $861 million stake in the Carlsbad company.