Stories for December 2018
Sunday, December 30
The FTC's case challenging Qualcomm's licensing practices will go to trial on Jan. 4.
According to a press release, impacted cities include Carlsbad, San Jose, Reno-Tahoe, Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa.
Thursday, December 27
Cohu Inc., the Poway-based maker of test equipment for electronics factories, has named Ritu Favre to its board of directors, increasing the number of board seats from eight to nine, effective Jan. 2.
Gentry joined Kimpton Solamar Hotel as director of rooms in 2013.
Wednesday, December 26
Kelvin Crosby was thrilled when he rode in the driver’s seat of an autonomous car for the first time. An adaptive technology instructor for the San Diego Futures Foundation, Crosby was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas two years ago.
Andy Altman, co-founder of GigTown, has taken a seat on the board of directors at CourseKey Education. The latter company made the announcement in late December.
Miller-Coleman is set to start in her new role starting January.
Tuesday, December 25
PHARMA: FDA Designation, Early IPO Work in Co.’s Favor
Equillium went from founding to a Nasdaq listing in only 16 months, indicating a biotech moving at warp speed.
Fortis Therapeutics wants to treat late-stage cancers with unique science — and an uncommon business model: zero full-time employees.
The U.S. Navy announced it has awarded a $21.7 million contract modification to the San Diego office of Raytheon Co. The deal covers life cycle engineering and support services for the integrated shipboard electronic systems of the San Antonio-class amphibious ships.
Sunday, December 23
Evonexus opened a new round of applications for tech startups, with partnership from Cubic Corp. and Viasat Inc.
RETAIL: Carriers, Cases Both Protect and Stylishly Promote Products
It was the combination of a padded postal envelope and a pricey laptop that inspired Ethan Nyholm, founder and global CEO of STM Brands, to design his very first laptop bag back in 1998 while attending college for business marketing in Sydney, Australia.
Chilquinta Energía, the electric utility in Chile owned by Sempra Energy, has closed its acquisition of two major transmission lines for $225.5 million cash. The seller was a South American subsidiary of Virginia-based AES Corp.
Mike Guerra will succeed Sara Radcliffe as the president and CEO of the California Life Sciences Association, the trade group announced this week.
Thanks to its attorneys, according to Benchmark co-founder, Rachael Akin, the brewery will be able to remain in its headquarters, hopefully at least until the contract runs out in seven years.
STARTUPS: Community to Get Needed Business ‘Infrastructure’
San Diego’s tech sector is hitting its stride, with tech giants such as Amazon, Google and now Apple moving in. New accelerators and coworking spaces are cropping up downtown and in University City. But some parts of town have yet to reap the benefits.
It’s never been clearer. Our continued use of fossil fuels to power our lives will worsen climate change. The 4th National Climate Assessment warns of dire consequences by 2050 if climate-altering pollution isn’t drastically reduced.
As part of a 19-year-long holiday tradition, employees of Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego-based risk management and insurance brokerage firm, donated to those less fortunate in the community, giving more than $21,000 out of their own paychecks to a number of local nonprofit organizations.
Imagine a time 100 years ago when the city of Vista was a mere 1,000 or so residents and was just coming into its own. In 1923, water was finally being brought in from Lake Henshaw and settlers from all over the world were populating the area with agricultural and business pursuits.
Dan Yates and Steve Sefton accomplished quite a feat in 2018 by opening the first new locally based bank in San Diego County in more than a decade.
Silvergate Bank CEO Alan Lane took a gamble in 2014 when he decided to accept deposits from cryptocurrency exchanges. So far, that bet has paid off.
For the first time since Qualcomm Inc.’s founding, a member of the Jacobs family is no longer at the helm of the San Diego-based chipmaking giant.
Every month in 2018 seemed to bring a major development at Ionis Pharmaceuticals, from a $1 billion deal to hope in Huntington’s disease.
Dexcom soared to new heights after the rollout of its G6 diabetes monitoring system — a small patch on the abdomen that continuously beams glucose level data to a smartphone and notifies users of dangerous glucose levels.
Once the toast of the town, Human Longevity Inc.’s valuation sunk to $310 million, down more than 80 percent from early 2017.
Locally, billion dollar deals normally end with a San Diego firm being acquired. Tell that to Illumina.
The city of San Diego in 2018 finally addressed the issue of short-term rentals only to have that progress upended by opponents.
After attempting for a decade to get the privately held commercial service airline off the ground, Ted Vallas’ California Pacific Airlines finally launched with its inaugural flight Nov. 2 out of Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport.
On Nov. 3, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the waterfront InterContinental San Diego hotel opened its doors. Despite joining the buzzing downtown area, which is saturated with nearly a dozen other steakhouses, business at the 16,650 square foot, $10 million, two-story restaurant is “as good as projected,” said a spokesperson.
Adam Robinson’s RAF Pacifica scored one of the biggest real estate deals of the year in October with the $170 million sale of 12 industrial and office buildings in North County and Temecula.
After more than a decade of planning and a flurry of lawsuits, developer Doug Manchester in June broke ground for construction of the $1.5 billion Manchester Pacific Gateway project to remake 13.5 acres of downtown San Diego.
A drive to expand the San Diego Convention Center sputtered when it was ruled that a count of eligible voters came up short, thus, failing to get a financing plan to pay for an expansion on the November ballot.
San Diego State University won big time in 2018 when voters gave the university the right to expand onto the Mission Valley site of the former Qualcomm Stadium.
C.W. Driver Cos. recently broke ground in Santee on what the company said will be the first-in-the-nation zero net energy building to maintain strict temperature and humidity conditions for storing archives.
San Diego County home sales were down significantly in November, continuing a trend that real estate agents started noticing at the end of summer.
Get ready for the day … and the year. A panel of specialists will offer their forecasts for business in 2019 when the San Diego Business Journal presents its Economic Trends breakfast.
This is my farewell column as I depart the San Diego Business Journal after 4½ years as Editor-in-Chief.
Friday, December 21
San Diego photo verification startup Truepic will acquire Fourandsix, a forensics company.
Thursday, December 20
Polish Oil & Gas Co. has signed a definitive agreement with San Diego-based Sempra Energy to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Sempra’s proposed Port Arthur, Texas liquefaction and export facility. The pact could lead to 20 years of exports.
FINANCE: Name Change Brings Diversified Services More Fully Into Operations
What does the word “internet” mean to you? For the average reader, it’s not quite what it meant during those heady dot-com days of 20 years ago.
High occupancy rates and rising rents are good news for San Diego apartment investors, but the flip side of that is that a good chunk of San Diego renters are looking to move elsewhere, indicating that apartment owners might have a growing turnover.
As the mortgage market gets more competitive and the wider economy grows more volatile, Mary Ann McGarry and her fellow investors at Guild Mortgage are taking things in stride.
Ionis Pharmaceuticals, one of San Diego’s largest drugmakers, will have a new CEO in 2020.
Cisco will acquire Luxtera, a Carlsbad semiconductor company, for $660 million.
A court in Germany ruled that Apple had violated a Qualcomm hardware patent, leading to a ban of the sale of certain iPhone models.
San Diego’s third quarter unemployment rate came in at 3.2 percent, down from 3.7 percent in the second quarter.
Wednesday, December 19
EcoATM Founder Bob Genthert will serve as the next head of EvoNexus' incubator in Irvine.
All Pacific Plastics employees, including all of its C-level executives, will remain post-acquisition.
A California court on Dec. 18 dismissed a lawsuit in which Human Longevity Inc. alleged that former CEO Craig Venter took trade secrets.
Digital technology and digital business tools are helping entrepreneurs succeed in ways that were unthinkable when I joined the corporate world 20 years ago.
Adamis Pharmaceuticals’ epipen alternative will launch nationally in the first quarter of next year, the company said in a recent update.
Downtown San Diego has a new hotel that “flips the conventional hotel service model on its head.”
A medical tourism campaign touting San Diego’s hospitals, genomics companies and sunny weather is trying to find its groove.
Fun fact: Did you know that the Queen Bee Market, the bi-annual two-day shopping event that features handmade items from more than 100 local and national artisans and is held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is owned by two San Diego-based sisters?
Kisco Senior Living doesn’t want to be the traditional, medical-facility-like convalescent home.
Tuesday, December 18
The Board of Directors, management and legal team and financial advisers have yet to make an official decision as to which direction the company will go in or what timetable it is considering, but the company did say it has had discussions with potential buyers.
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said on Dec. 18 that it received a contract award for products and hardware supporting military electronics. The deal is worth approximately $4 million and the business did not name its client.
Financing rounds since 2013 have grown larger in San Diego life sciences. A look at annual median deal size shows an increase, from early-stage seed financing to Series A, C and D rounds. Only Series B rounds have remained flat in recent years.
One of the challenges facing Bill Walton and the San Diego Sport Innovators when they spun out of Connect in 2010 was how to define the Sports and Active Lifestyle (SAL).
Two former Silicon Valley investors have launched a San Diego-based tech fund.
PROPERTY: High-Density Development Reshaping Area
Before there was Mission Valley, there was El Cajon Boulevard. It was the place to go in San Diego to shop and dine. It was the main route into the city from the east.
Aristea Therapeutics emerged Dec. 18 with a $15 million series A round and mission revolving around inflammatory diseases.
According to a press release, the closure will make way to a brand new employee parking lot as a result of the loss of the existing employee parking due to construction of a new stormwater infiltration system.
Monday, December 17
STARTUPS: ThinkTank Launched First Cohort In December
Already a hub for San Diego’s startups, University City has landed a new coworking space and a new startup incubator.
The acronym is K.I.S.S. Or, “keep it simple, stupid.” But, simple doesn’t necessarily mean easy. Just ask Burger Lounge’s President and CEO J. Dean Loring.
Cubic Corp.’s newest technology acquisition, Trafficware, celebrated the expansion of its space in Texas during ceremonies on Dec. 17.
According to Ryan DiVita, the company’s director of sales and marketing, the airline will also add a spare aircraft, to be parked at Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, starting at the end of the year as a precaution for the future.
Flores Financial Services, a San Diego-based accounting and HR business for restaurants and grocery stores, added a new service that lets its clients better track costs.
Shares of Evofem rose on Dec. 17 after the company reported that its birth control gel worked as intended in late-stage clinical trials.
According to a WARN filing, the company will be permanently closing starting Jan. 26, leaving 211 without jobs.
Serial biotech entrepreneur Jonathan Lim is back at it.
Seismic's $100 million series E round pushed its valuation above $1 billion.
Sunday, December 16
Aethlon Medical, a San Diego company, named Timothy Rodell as interim CEO, it was announced Dec. 13.
Tech Coast Angels San Diego created a new, $2.2 million fund.
Nex3 will launch a new digital health accelerator in San Diego.
Technology, Talent Keep Area’s Agriculture Growing Strong
Decades ago on North County farms, the Ecke family turned the poinsettia into a top-selling Christmas plant. From former Ecke land, Cibus again wants to put the region on the map.
Technology, Talent Keep Area’s Agriculture Growing Strong
Bright green avocado trees dot the hills surrounding San Diego County, while tens of acres of multicolored ranunculus flowers bloom each year in Carlsbad.
Mission Federal Credit Union announced on Dec. 14 that it has moved its administrative offices to Scripps Ranch.
Some of the business events scheduled in the county.
By the end of January, retail giant Walmart will have 360 floor scrubbers powered by Brain Corp.’s AI technology. The BrainOS platform teaches commercial cleaning machines to become self-driving.
Netradyne, a San Diego-based startup that makes software for commercial fleets, will work with its longtime partner to develop HD maps for self-driving cars.
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace has received a $2 million donation from Darlene Marcos Shiley. This is the largest cash gift ever received by OLP.
Friday, December 14
According to the SEC filing by SeaWorld, the U.S. Justice Department notified the company that it has decided not to take actions against the company.
Thursday, December 13
Demand for rental apartments has reached near record highs in San Diego, even as the market for single family home sales continues to soften.
Looming above University City at the edge of the Westfield UTC mall, the 23-story UTC Residential Tower passed a construction milestone in November with the topping off of the building.
When it comes to keeping up with the latest trends in urban designs, the San Diego lifestyle plays a major role in what comes to fruition.
San Diego saw seven IPOs in 2018, largely dominated by life sciences companies.
Sempra Energy announced on Dec. 13 that it wrapped up its sale of U.S. solar assets to Consolidated Edison for $1.6 billion in cash.
San Diego-based Neurocrine’s drug for Tourette syndrome failed to meet its primary goal in a mid-stage clinical trial, the company reported Dec. 12.
According to a press release, the San Diego Strike Force will play at the Pechanga Arena San Diego, formerly known as the Valley View Casino Center, beginning in late February, when the 2019 IFL season launches.
Apple Inc. plans to open a new site in San Diego, that will add 1,000 jobs over three years.
Wednesday, December 12
Last year after a holiday dinner, Marina Qutab’s father asked her what she hopes her legacy would be.
The San Diego Business Journal frequently chronicles local funding rounds and the big dreams that accompany them. But what about the largest venture capital sources locally?
PROPERTY: Creating An Inviting Vibe for Millennials Part of Plan
When Patty Brutten and Marc Brutten’s Brixton Capital real estate investment firm bought Del Mar Plaza in February 2017, they were surprised at what they found.
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. said on Dec. 12 that it is a subcontractor to Space Vector Corp. on a rocket project that may last up to seven years. The financial implications to Kratos (Nasdaq: KTOS) were not immediately clear.
Recently proposed legislation would further push back a 2.3 percent excise tax on medical device makers, San Diego’s ResMed, NuVasive and Ra Medical Systems among them.
JMI Equity raised $1.2 billion for its ninth fund. It will continue to invest in fast-growing software companies.
Tuesday, December 11
ECONOMY: Craft Beer, Tourism and Overall Picture Remains Bright
Although big beer has been lurking around the craft beer neighborhood lately, it seems the latter isn’t too worried about the presence of the former just yet.
2020 will be the end of an era as manufacturing at Chula Vista’s major aerospace plant — now overseen by the Collins Aerospace unit of United Technologies Corp. — winds down.
Analytics Ventures, a San Diego venture studio, added an AI platform for stock trading to its portfolio.
Viasat Inc. has entered an agreement with Sandler Partners that will let Sandler resell the Carlsbad company’s satellite internet service to business customers. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
San Diego IoT startup Sensemetrics closed a series A round led by X2 Equity.
Monday, December 10
Connect, San Diego’s oldest startup accelerator, recognized seven companies with ground-breaking technologies on Nov. 29. This year’s winners designed products that are better, faster and stronger than the competition.
SERVICE: Satellite Imagery Helps Detect General Location
The drinking water flows from a source in the mountains to the customer’s tap, but somewhere in the sprawling network of pipes, part of it disappears.
SPORT: Golf Still Strong Suit, While on Acquisition Course
Callaway Golf Co. is taking a shot.
HEALTH: Grossmont Makes Move; Palomar Considers Election Change
Under the threat of a lawsuit from a Malibu attorney, one San Diego hospital district is moving to a new type of election system, while another will consider doing so.
Mission Federal Credit Union has named Jojo Seva as its chief information officer, making the announcement on Dec. 10. Seva is a recognized leader in core banking system technology, artificial intelligence, enterprise digital transformation and information security.
Pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer is set to close a South San Francisco site and relocate 100 jobs to its research and development campus in La Jolla.
China banned the sale of several older iPhone models after a court found Apple violated two of Qualcomm's patents.
Attorneys William F. Small and John A. Schena will be joining Schwartz Semerdjian Cauley & Moot as partners starting Jan. 2, 2019.
Mitek Systems will cut its chief operating officer in January. Mitek also received a bigger offer from ASG Technologies, which has been looking to buy the company.
Sunday, December 9
Human Longevity Inc.’s latest valuation: $310 million, down more than 80 percent from early 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The city will receive approximately $40,000 per year from the Naming Rights Agreement, or approximately $63,000 if the term expires in 2020.
Qualcomm will cut 125 employees from its offices in San Diego and Raleigh.
The U.S. Navy awarded BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair in Barrio Logan a $78.8 million fixed-price contract to maintain, modernize and repair the USS Shoup.
PROPERTY: SuperBlock to Offer Classic, Large Space
The former home of Jerome’s Furniture — an East Village landmark in downtown San Diego for nearly 50 years — will be transformed into a new landmark of sorts.
From the dot-com bubble burst to selling her company, Kim Perell has seen a little bit of everything as an entrepreneur.
One of my must-reads every December is the Hotel Guru’s Top 10 Hospitality Market Trends, in which Robert Rauch of RAR Hospitality predicts what will be making news in the coming year.
RF Industries, which makes specialized electronic connectors, said it increased annual sales 87 percent in the recently ended fiscal year. Fiscal 2018 sales were approximately $58 million, compared to $31 million in fiscal 2017.
This home on the bluff in Encinitas embodies everything the term “luxury beach house” conjures up.
Defense Secretary James Mattis called for continued, robust defense spending during a Dec. 1 appearance at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, and appealed for help from California’s advanced technology sector. I
Oxeia Leading the Pack on Potential Concussion Treatments
Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded a $10,000 grant from the USS Midway Foundation to support its Hand Up Food Pantry, which provides groceries, diapers and other essentials to local military families and other San Diegans in need.
When small business fails, we are all impacted but rarely understand why.
From new coffee shops to a new mezcal (or mescal) bar and tasting room, San Diego continues to grow its food and beverage scene with a bushel full of openings starting this holiday season through 2019.
Although definitely not new to the neighborhood, some others around town are getting some pretty noteworthy facelifts.
Friday, December 7
Thursday, December 6
TECH: Subscription Model Connects Vendors And Builders to Utilities
A lack of competition in bidding for utility projects drove Glenn Oliver to create his own business.
Sunroad Enterprises of San Diego went on a buying binge in November, scooping up apartment complexes in Arizona, Nevada and Washington state. Sunroad declined to say how much it spent on the acquisitions.
Precision health factors in a person’s genes, medical history, environment and more for diagnosis and treatment.
Planning is underway for up to $3 billion worth of improvements to San Diego International Airport, including replacement of the airport’s aging Terminal 1 building, construction of a new road onto and off the property, more parking and an additional taxiway for commercial airliners, as well as a new administration building.
The full-service business and litigation AmLaw 200 firm’s downtown San Diego and Del Mar Heights offices now have a combined 62,000 square feet of space that was either added or refurbished.
French software company Inside Secure plans to acquire San Diego-based Verimatrix for $143 million.
LunaDNA’s first-of-its-kind platform giving shares for contributing DNA data got approval earlier this week from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Lam Research CEO Martin Anstice left the company due to misconduct allegations. The newly elected member will also leave Qualcomm's board.
"Lick the Plate" will air Monday through Friday during the first commercial break from 7pm to 10pm.
Biogen exercised a licensing option and will pay Carlsbad’s Ionis Pharmaceuticals $35 million for a drug candidate aimed at amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
Wednesday, December 5
Netradyne, a San Diego AI startup focused on fleet safety, will partner with Hyundai to make HD maps for autonomous vehicles.
ViaCyte recently hauled in an $80 million Series D round to advance therapies that the company called a potential “functional cure” for Type 1 diabetes patients.
After closing a $20 million funding round, Airspace Technologies Inc. is getting ready for takeoff. The San Diego-based logistics startup closed a series A round led by Scale Venture Partners on Nov. 15.
TECH: CEO Says Too Early for Any IPO Decision
Seismic is laying the groundwork for big moves in the future. The fast-growing San Diego software company named its first chief financial officer in October.
The U.S. Air Force, acting on behalf of the French Air Force, awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. a one-year, $26.7 million contract for logistics support for France’s MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft.
Xema Jacobson, who was involved with the construction of the facility and its 2001 expansion, will serve as 2019 board chair.
Filed in Los Angeles, the breach of contract and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing lawsuit alleges Jack in the Box failed to perform its contractual duties.
Center was 93 percent leased at the time of sale.
Tuesday, December 4
RETAIL: College Outlets Are Path to Growth in Crowded Marketplace
While some students his age might have been more inclined to explore the culture of alcohol consumption on campus, it was a whole other type of beverage that then 21-year-old Kevin Gelfand was craving.
Gary Levitt darted from building to building, weaving his way amid the scaffolding that frames an apartment building that’s still under construction as he talked grandly of what’s still to come on the San Marcos project that he’s been working on for the past 15 years.
Pendulum Property Partners and The Seligman Group acquire portions of the former Naval Training Center.
Viasat Inc. reported Dec. 4 that the U.S. Army has certified one of the company’s modems — the Mobile Broadband Router 4020 — for use on the military’s Wideband Global SATCOM network.
San Diego-based Viracta Therapeutics intends to bring a cancer therapy candidate to China through a recently inked partnership with Chinese drug company Salubris
Monday, December 3
LEGAL: AMN Loses Bid to Limit Ex-Recruiters’ Actions
A recent ruling involving competing health care staffing firms headquartered in San Diego makes it tougher for employers to restrict past employees from soliciting former clients.
Branding run amok: Marriott International now has 30 brands among its hotel and resort properties.
Qualcomm Inc. and Nokia announced they passed another milestone on the road to commercializing fifth-generation wireless service — or 5G — by early 2019. Service is contemplated in the United States, Europe, South Korea, Japan, China and Australia.
San Diego-based firm HCAP Partners is raising a $150 million fund to help small- and medium-businesses add jobs.
Neurelis has acquired Aegis Therapeutics, bringing together two San Diego companies.
ResMed will plunk down $225 million to acquire Propeller Health, marking the San Diego company’s third acquisition announcement this year.
Brain Corp. will install its AI technology in hundreds of cleaning robots for a big national retailer.
Sunday, December 2
TECH: Makes Connections, Money Supporting Ecosystem
Qualcomm's core business relies on its ability to innovate and anticipate future technologies. But even a company of Qualcomm’s size can’t build everything. That’s where Quinn Li comes in.
His appointment comes after an extensive nationwide search was done, says the release.
The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019.
NASA announced on Nov. 29 that nine teams will be able to bid for work under its Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. General Atomics is part of the team led by Draper.
Daniel and Phyllis Epstein, La Jolla residents and local philanthropists, have committed $1 million to UC San Diego.
Connect honored seven companies with its "Most Innovative Product" award on Nov. 30.
Qualcomm Inc.'s busy week included reports of a potential settlement with Apple, Paul Jacobs' hopes to take the company private, and a new $100M AI fund.
Kilroy Realty has latched onto two major tenants for the two office buildings it’s constructing as part of the company’s 23-acre One Paseo mixed-use development in Carmel Valley.
Made in America? That seems to be an old-fashioned idea. The assertion that the United States imports more than it exports seems to hold true when consumers look at their clothes hampers or their electronic gadgets.
A little bit of extra space will allow San Diego law firm Procopio to expand its incubator for tech startups.
Silvergate Bank, a San Diego-based bank with a focus on digital currencies, is looking to go public. Parent company Silvergate Capital filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Nov. 16 to raise $50 million through an initial public offering.
DEFENSE: BACN Potentially Worth $4.7B For Battlefield Management
An essential communications conduit on the battlefield in Afghanistan. A multibillion-dollar business opportunity. And a channel for fraud. A defense electronics project run out of Northrop Grumman Corp.’s San Diego offices has proven to be all three, and like a character in a novel, it presents a multifaceted and complicated profile.
Another European country is getting in line to buy aircraft from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. The Poway business said Nov. 19 that the Belgian government wants to begin negotiations on a purchase.
TRAVEL: Runway Extension A Key Part Of 20-Year Master Plan
The county of San Diego has approved a new master plan for McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad which calls for new safety measures as well as extending the runway’s length by up to 800 feet.
Designed as a work of art as well as a functional, comfortable residence, the home on Paseo Dorado in La Jolla stops passersby in their tracks. Elevated well above the street, its sensuous curves and otherworldly architecture is unlike any other along the white sandy beaches of La Jolla Shores.
The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded $83,000 to 20 programs that benefit Rancho Bernardo at the group’s 30th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.
San Diego’s Dexcom will pay $250 million in stock to Verily — a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet — as part of an amended deal. One analyst called the revision a financial and strategic win for Dexcom.
California was one of 10 states selected to participate in a new federal program that promises to bring drone policies into the 21st century, and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is already testing drones that could help combat fires.
The economic impact of the San Diego Convention Center is anything but small.
More and more, businesses are turning to immersive entertainment events — mostly through the holiday season — versus traditional billboards and radio ads to drive traffic to and grow revenue for their properties. For the last three years, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel has also jumped on that sleigh.
What started as a passion project in 2016 for corporate-executive-turned-designer Jillian Sassone is now a full-blown craftsman jewelry business. Today, Marrow Fine boasts clients like reality star and designer Lauren Conrad, Natalia Cordova Buckley from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Coco, Karrueche Tran from TNT’s Claws and San Diego Business Journal’s very own life sciences and health care reporter, Jared Whitlock.