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Company’s Algae Strain May Be Relative ‘Gusher’

BIOTECH: Higher Oil Yield Opens Up Possible UsesThose still rooting for the biofuel industry got a glimmer of hope June 12 when local firm Synthetic Genomics announced a potential breakthrough in how algae is produced for fuel.

By Brittany Meiling June 22, 2017 12:52 p.m.   $$ Share

Eton Pharmaceuticals Inc. Raises $20M in Private Placement

Eton Pharmaceuticals Inc., a spinout from San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc., has raised $20 million in a private placement of preferred stock.

By Brittany Meiling June 23, 2017 2:05 p.m. share »
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S.D. Startups Chasing a Good Cause

Ever since the success of TOMS shoes — and the rise of "social impact ventures" — startups have been leveraging social and environmental causes to drive sales.

By Brittany Meiling June 22, 2017 5:48 p.m. share »

Robert D. Dawson Named President/CEO at RF Industries

RF Industries, the San Diego electronic component maker, has hired Robert D. Dawson as president and CEO.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 20, 2017 10:42 a.m. share »

San Marcos' Hunter Industries Acquires Dispensing Dynamics

Hunter Industries of San Marcos said on June 16 that it bought Dispensing Dynamics International, based in the City of Industry.

By Brad Graves June 19, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »

Report: San Diego Tops U.S. Markets for Number of Active Breweries

San Diego is the nation’s top market for the number of operating craft beer breweries.

By Lou Hirsh June 15, 2017 1:37 p.m. share »
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Kratos to Premiere Two Ultra-Fast Drones at Air Show

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. plans to introduce two jet-powered unmanned aircraft at the Paris Air Show, scheduled to run June 19-25.

By Brad Graves June 13, 2017 3:39 p.m. share »
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3 Startups Quietly Raised Money This Quarter

Three interesting startups in San Diego have raised capital over the past two months without announcing the deals publicly.

By Brittany Meiling June 13, 2017 1:59 p.m. share »

Senomyx Announces Resignation of CFO

The chief financial officer of public biotech and flavor enhancer company Senomyx Inc. has resigned, the company announced June 9.

By Brittany Meiling June 9, 2017 4:51 p.m. share »

From Beer to Banjos: MetroConnect Seeks New Cohort to Export

MetroConnect, World Trade Center San Diego’s flagship export assistance program, would love to see America’s Finest City catch up with the state’s next largest exporting area – the region of San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 8, 2017 2:07 p.m. share »
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Algae-Based Foam Gives Manufacturing a Green Path

Shoes made with algae-based foams developed by Solana Beach-based BLOOM Holdings LLC will go on sale this summer as part of the startup’s partnership with London-based shoe company VIVOBAREFOOT.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 8, 2017 12:57 p.m. share »

Spirits Were High and Professional Pride Was Even Higher at ViaSat's Impressive Launch Party

ViaSat Inc. means it literally when it says it’s throwing a launch party.

By Brad Graves June 5, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »

Lightning Brewery Owner May Go ‘Nano’ After Selling Equipment to Cismontane

Lightning Brewery owner Jim Crute may continue brewing on a smaller scale, after selling his Poway company’s manufacturing equipment to Santa Ana-based Cismontane Brewing Co. for an undisclosed price.

By Lou Hirsh June 5, 2017 3:11 p.m. share »
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Survey Shows Local Craft Brewers Not Crying in Their Beers

Competition for shelf and tap space may be tightening amid slowing growth, but business optimism among San Diego County’s craft beer brewers has not gone flat.

By Lou Hirsh June 1, 2017 1:59 p.m. share »
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Watch Co.’s Designs Are In-the-Park Home Runs

A San Diego-based watch company started by two 20-something brothers from Oregon is poised to grow its revenue by 150 percent this year following a partnership with Major League Baseball that led to the production of limited-edition watches using wood from old Yankee Stadium seats.

By Sarah de Crescenzo June 1, 2017 1:53 p.m. share »

Tech Startup BLOOM Partners With London-Based Manufacturer

Solana Beach-based tech startup BLOOM, which uses algae harvested from lakes and other freshwater sources to make flexible foam for consumer and industrial products, has partnered with a London-based shoe manufacturer to develop shoes made from the sustainable material.

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 30, 2017 11:22 a.m. share »