George Lurie

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Phone: 559-308-8669

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Palomar Ranked Among Top Spine Surgery Hospitals

Palomar Medical Center Escondido ranks among the top 5 in California for spine surgery according to a new analysis released by Healthgrades, a leading resource that connects consumers, physician and health systems.

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Black Tie Gala Nets $1M for Father Joe’s

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Father Joe’s Villages’ signature black-tie event raised more than $1 million last week, a first for the annual gala, which benefits critical programs and services for children and families experiencing homelessness in San Diego.

Q&A: Ric Militi Keeps Growing His ‘Anti-Agency’

MEDIA: InnoVision Rolls Out New Hispanic Division; Notches 110% Growth

As he celebrates a decade in business and rolls out a new Hispanic division, InnoVision Founder and CEO Ric Militi is the calm in the eye of the creative storm. Or at least he tries to be.

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Castillo Named CEO at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

Casey Castillo has been named the new CEO at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The Food Bank’s board of directors announced the appointment on Monday.

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MaxLinear Buys Silicon Motion

TECH: $3.8B Deal to Double Firm's Revenue

Carlsbad-based MaxLinear, Inc. is dramatically scaling up its global operations with its proposed, $3.8 billion acquisition of Silicon Motion.

Palomar Health Makes Newsweek's List of Best Maternity Hospitals

Palomar Health has made Newsweek’s list of Best Maternity Hospitals 2022. The prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc.

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TCMC Wins 23 Health Care Communicators Awards

Oceanside-based Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC) took home 23 trophies, including the prestigious Best in Show award, at the Health Care Communicators of Southern California’s Finest Awards late last week.

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VW’s CARIAD Announces Partnership with Qualcomm

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING: Snapdragon Ride Chips to Power Software Platform

CARIAD, the Volkswagen Group’s software company has tapped Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to supply system-on-chips (SoCs) for CARIAD’s software platform designed to enable assisted and automated driving functions for VW vehicles expected to hit the market around 2025.

Callaway Pops on Q1 Beat, Raised FY Guidance

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY) reported stellar first quarter earnings Tuesday afternoon, driven by strong demand, improved supply and strength across all of its business segments.

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Supporting Diverse Neighborhoods

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The City of San Diego and Cal Coast Credit Union are partnering to provide $120,000 to local nonprofits, funding that will bolster a number of small but crucial organizations operating in some of San Diego’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

Leidos Reinvests in SD

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Leidos, the Reston, Virginia-based science and tech company and a member of the Fortune 500, held its groundbreaking ceremony in late April for its new R&D center at Campus Point in La Jolla.

Hispanic Chamber to Sign MOU with Volaris

The San Diego County Imperial Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will officially sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Latin-American airlines VOLARIS.

Handset Sales Drive Record Quarter for Qualcomm

Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM) on Wednesday announced record results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 27 -- and provided upbeat guidance for Q3.

Every Day is Earth Day

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This last issue of April wraps up the Business Journal’s special coverage of local companies decreasing their carbon footprints and increasing their sustainability efforts.

Conscious Capitalism Sponsoring Premiere of New Documentary

EVENTS: Film Focuses on High-Stakes Company Turnaround

The San Diego chapter of the global Conscious Capitalism movement is hosting a screening of the new documentary film ‘Beyond Zero’ on May 25 at the Cohn Restaurant Group’s Coasterra on Harbor Island Drive.

9am.health Closes $16M Series A

HEALTHCARE: Round to Fuel Fast-Growing Virtual Diabetes Clinic

San Diego-based 9am.health, a fast-growing virtual diabetes clinic that delivers personalized care directly to consumers, has closed a $16 million Series A funding round, bringing its total funding to date to nearly $20 million.

Big Names Opting for SDCP

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A number of high-profile local companies with a shared concern for the environment have inked partnerships with San Diego Community Power (SDCP), a new, not-for-profit ‘community choice’ energy provider.

KBS Acquires Kimco Facility Services

INDUSTRIAL: Deal is 15th Acquisition in 4 Years for Oceanside Firm

Oceanside-based Kellermeyer Bergensons Services (KBS), which partners with leading operations and facility managers across North America, has acquired Kimco Holdings and Kimco Facility Services.

St. Paul’s Launches $17M Capital Campaign

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St. Paul’s Senior Services is in the midst of a $17 million capital campaign to fund extensive renovations to St. Paul’s Manor, the independent living community in Bankers Hill that has supported area seniors of modest means for over 60 years.

USD Graduate Schools Jump in National Rankings

EDUCATION: Knauss Business School MBA Program Ranked #9 in State

The University of San Diego jumped in Graduate School rankings in the 2023 U.S. News and World Report’s latest look at major American universities.

Rubio Joins Scripps Research Board

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Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jennifer Rubio has been named to the board of directors at Scripps Research.

‘Net Zero’ Energy Target Debuts in Vista

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Target has unveiled its first-ever ‘net zero’ energy store – and its located right here in North County.

Palomar Health Makes Newsweek's List of Best Hospitals

HEALTHCARE: State’s Largest Public Health District Recognized for Third Straight Year

Palomar Health has made Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals – again.

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SD IoT Firm Shines at SXSW

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Wiliot, the San Diego-based IoT pioneer enabling trillions of everyday “things” to gain intelligence and cloud communicate, has been recognized at the 2022 SXSW event as an Innovation Awards finalist in the “Smart Cities, Transportation & Delivery” category.

Palomar Partners With SD Children’s Discovery Museum

HEALTHCARE: New Interactive Exhibit Spotlights Healthcare Heroes

Palomar Health has partnered with San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum to present Healthcare Heroes, an interactive exhibit that celebrates Palomar Health’s healthcare workers and their relentless efforts to keep the community safe during the pandemic while educating children on the world of healthcare and medicine.

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Palomar Health Makes Newsweek's List of Best Hospitals

Palomar Health has made Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals – again.

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CSUSM Senior Experience Survey Coming

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Cal State San Marcos’ Senior Experience program is in full swing this semester, as teams of five senior business students work with for-profit and nonprofit firms to complete projects of significance for local organizations.

More Businesses Race to Insure Against Cyber Losses

INSURANCE: Companies Adjusting Coverages as Threats Skyrocket

In 2022’s increasingly digital world, companies must safeguard their data against a menacing array of dangerous — and constantly evolving — cyber threats.

Finalists Make Their Pitch to be CFO of the Year

FINANCE: March 24 Event to Celebrate Financial Achievements, Business Acumen

Chief financial officers are typically the backbones of their companies, providing the financial acumen and fiscal discipline that keep their businesses healthy, strong and, hopefully, profitable. And yet, CFOs tend to be among the most unsung and low-profile of all C-level executives.

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Chamber Marks 151st Anniversary

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The San Diego Regional Chamber celebrated its 151st anniversary late last month at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Amazon Taps National University to ‘Upskill’ Workforce

EDUCATION: 750,000 Amazon Employees Eligible for ‘Career Choice’

San Diego-based National University (NU) has been selected by Amazon to serve as a national provider for the company’s Career Choice program, which offers Amazon hourly employees full tuition at NU to learn new career skills.

Amazon Taps National University to ‘Upskill’ Workforce

San Diego-based National University (NU) has been selected by Amazon to serve as a national provider for the company’s Career Choice program, which offers Amazon hourly employees full tuition at NU to learn new career skills.

Biocom Week in La Jolla

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Late last week, Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom California, called California’s booming life science industry “a key economic driver” across the Golden State. Panetta’s organization, which represents more than 1,500 members of California’s life science community, hosted its annual three-day global conference in La Jolla.

Air Canada to Resume SD Flights, Add New Non-Stop to Montreal

Air Canada announced Tuesday the airline will resume flights to Toronto and add nonstop service between Montréal via Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and San Diego International Airport.

Special Coverage Continues

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The San Diego Business Journal presents its third week of special coverage of Black History Month this week, with reporter Karen Pearlman continuing her profile series of unique and successful Black entrepreneurs in San Diego.

St. Paul's Senior Services Names New President, CEO

St. Paul’s Senior Services has chosen Michael McHale as its new president and chief executive officer.

Practicing What They Preach

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Anyone who’s driven San Diego’s highways knows work zones can be dangerous places – for both drivers who dart and weave around lane closures and workers repairing and maintaining roadways as vehicles speed past, sometimes at more than 75 miles per hour.

Excellos Launches to Speed Cell, Gene Therapy Innovation

LIFE SCIENCES: CDMO Led by San Diego Blood Bank Veterans

San Diego-based Excellos, Inc., which was incubated within the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), announced its official corporate launch in late January. The launch announcement also detailed the closing of $15 million in growth funding from Telegraph Hill Partners (THP).

Outlook Cautiously Upbeat at SDBJ’s 2022 Economic Trends Summit

ECONOMY: Experts Forecast Higher Interest Rates, Tight Labor Markets

More than 200 people attended the 2022 Economic Trends Summit, presented by the San Diego Business Journal and held Jan. 27 in La Jolla at the Hyatt Regency.

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Five.Ten.Thirty Coming to Petco Park

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San Diego nonprofit Connect will hold the largest regional “innovation celebration” in San Diego history later this spring.

Palomar Health Medical Group Named ‘Most Improved’ by IHA

Palomar Health Medical Group has been recognized as a ‘Most Improved’ provider organization by IHA (Integrated Healthcare Association). The recognition is based on Palomar’s performance in the AMP Medicare Advantage program for measurement year 2020 by IHA.

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Spotlight on San Diego

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Last week, the San Diego Tourism Authority launched a new advertising campaign with a TV spot promoting the area that debuted during the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament telecast live nationally from Torrey Pines.

Providing On-Demand Childcare

TECH: TOOTRiS Platform Now Available Nationwide

San Diego-based TOOTRiS has expanded its on-demand childcare platform to all 50 states and now offers the nation’s largest network of available, real-time childcare options.

Imperial Beach Community Clinic Gets New CEO

San Diego-based Health Center Partners (HCP) of Southern California has named Santos Vera as the new chief executive officer of Imperial Beach Community Clinic (IBCC), a member organization of HCP that serves communities in San Diego’s South Bay region.

What’s in a (Nick) Name?

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In 2022, what is the best nickname for San Diego, a city clearly on the rise and increasingly punching above its weight on the national and international stage?

Ken Weixel Joins Procopio as Senior Growth Advisor

LIFE SCIENCES: Hire Bolsters SD’s Largest Law Firm’s PBA Subsidiary

San Diego’s largest law firm announced this week that Kenneth Weixel has joined Procopio Business Advisors (PBA), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Procopio law firm, in the newly created position of senior growth advisor.

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Sony Electronics President Neal Manowitz Joins North San Diego Business Chamber Board

The North San Diego Business Chamber has elected Neal Manowitz, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics, to its board of directors.

Escient Pharmaceuticals Appoints Joshua Grass as New CEO

BIOTECH: Company Co-Founder Dr. Alain Baron Retires

San Diego-based Escient Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage company focused on discovering and developing therapies to address serious, unserved medical needs, has named Joshua Grass as the company’s new chief executive officer.

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Meet the Team

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In our first edition of 2022, I introduced myself to Business Journal readers. Now, I want to put the spotlight on the engine that powers the publication, the newsroom’s veteran editorial staff.

Nucleix Closes $55M Funding Round

LIFE SCIENCES: Company’s Liquid Biopsy Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment

San Diego-based Nucleix, a company revolutionizing cancer treatment by detecting the disease earlier via liquid biopsy, has secured $55 million from a syndicate of leading life science investors in an oversubscribed financing round.

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