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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Has Prescription for Success, Social Change

Retail: Dr. Bronner’s $122.5M in Revenue Expected to Grow 10% in 2019Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the Vista-based soap-making company founded in 1948, has long been known for its Fair-Trade and organic castile soaps, lotions, cleaners and other personal care and home care products.

San Diego Company Lands Deal with Walmart Through Open Call Initiative

According to a release, because of the on-the-spot deals, select Walmart stores will begin carrying products by Iron Fist in coming months.

Report: Qualcomm, Intel Lobby Against Huawei Ban

U.S. chipmakers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are lobbying against a ban on sales to Chinese electronics company Huawei.

Sempra Declares Dividends for Common, Preferred Stock

Sempra Energy, the San Diego energy services company, announced a dividend of 96.75 cents per share, payable July 15 to shareholders of record on July 5.

Vical to Merge With Colo.-Based Brickell Biotech

Co.to Operate as Brickell, Focus on Skin Conditions

After pulling the plug on a herpes vaccine program, San Diego-based Vical is set to merge with Colorado’s Brickell Biotech in an all-stock deal.

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SD 500: Holly Smithson

Holly Smithson leads a professional association dedicated to advancing women in the STEM workforce through leadership development, community investment and market research.

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Six San Diego Breweries Voted No.1 in 2019 California Beer Competition

The judging took place earlier this month and included only beers brewed and available for sale in California.

RF Industries Names Board Member

Sherry Cefali has been appointed to the board of San Diego-based RF Industries Ltd., the publicly traded business that specializes in electronic interconnect products.

Sustainable Chemicals Company Genomatica Makes First Acquisition

Genomatica acquired Renewable Energy Group's life sciences division on June 6.

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Escondido Company’s Respiratory Aid Gets More Federal Funding

Medical Devices: Kaer Biotherapeutics Receives SBIR Grant

Escondido-based Kaer Biotherapeutics received a $300,000 federal grant to help it develop medical technology that could potentially help premature babies and adults with respiratory problems.

Seismic Software

Be Selective; Raise Funds Before You Need Them

Seismic Founder and CEO Doug Winter closed on $100 million in funding for his company in December. With the additional funds, the company has been preparing to go public, including hiring a chief financial officer who helped take ServiceNow public.

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Pentagon Spends On Services for Navy, Marines

Funds Go Toward Unmanned Aircraft, Ship Repair and IT

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies during late May. The U.S. Department of Defense releases a digest of contract awards daily at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Tijuana Nurtures and Taps Tech Talent

Workforce: Costs, Benefits and Enthusiasm Draw Startups

After working for San Diego-based software firm ArkusNexus for two years, Lonnie McRorey and Jesus Romero set out to start their own company. They founded Framework Science in 2017 in a tiny office in Tijuana.

Jack’s Leader Faces Old, New Challenges With Decision Not to Sell

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Lenny Comma, CEO of San Diego-based Jack in the Box Inc., isn’t one for gossip. He won’t talk extensively about the NFA, or the National Jack in the Box Franchisee Association, which has called for the replacement of Comma multiple times in the last few months following a vote of “no confidence."

Tocagen Confident in Clinical Trial for Cancer Drug

Pharma: Analyst Says Main Targets Must Be Hit

Tocagen recently reported that a clinical trial of its brain cancer drug candidate will continue after an interim analysis. Afterward,its stock fell sharply, but company analysts were still mostly optimistic that the San Diego drug maker will deliver.

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Company Puts Beach in Most People’s Reach

Product Gives Wheelchairs Access Through the Sand

A San Diego entrepreneur is developing a solution to help adaptive surfers and other outdoors enthusiasts navigate bumpy surfaces, where wheelchairs often sink. Kelly Twichel, an occupational therapist, founded Access Trax last February.

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