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General Dynamics NASSCO Begins Work on Support Ship

General Dynamics NASSCO said on Oct. 14 that it started construction on the fourth in a series of expeditionary warfare support ships. The U.S. Navy signed a $498.1 million deal to build the ship in June.

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Elcelyx’s New Formulation of Old Drug Targets Big Population

PHARMA: About 40% Of Type 2 Diabetics Not Using Current Drug

Elcelyx Therapeutics has raised $40 million in a Series E financing to drive its lead drug candidate — a tweaked formulation of a popular diabetes medication — to market.

County's Agricultural Value for 2014 Pegged at $1.82 Billion

San Diego’s agricultural output dropped slightly last year, falling about 2 percent to $1.82 billion, county officials said Wednesday.

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With Patagonia On Board, Co.’s Green Wetsuit May Catch On

SPORT: Yulex Corp. Gets Natural Rubber From Guayule Plant

San Diego is not only home to the first “green” surfboard made from algae, but it also claims a wetsuit made from desert shrubs. It smells like pine trees and eucalyptus, a far cry from that hot rubber smell of a neoprene suit left in the backseat of a surfer’s car.

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Surfing's Clean Break

SPORT: An Entrepreneur and a Scientist Look to Re-Shape Surfboard Making With an Algae-Based Board

The wave of algae products ― from baby formula to biodiesel ― has a new application: surfing.

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Brothers See Protection in Their Products, Distribution System

MANUFACTURING: Optifuse Finds Growth In Loyalty, Relationships

OptiFuse, a manufacturer of circuit protection components that was formed in 2000, has found steady growth by forming close alliances with distributors throughout North America.

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Co. Counts on Technology in Effort to Build a ‘Better Ballot’

SOFTWARE: Looks to Update Process From Registration to Voting

It could be the end of paper ballots, hanging chads and outdated, arcade-style voting machines thanks to San Diego-based cloud developer Everyone Counts. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) company has raised $20 million to push its electronic voting technology into more government elections. If the company’s founder has her way, the technology may even spread to elections in less developed countries ― where voting is dangerous and corruption prevalent.

Suja Juice Is Moving to New Oceanside Location

Popular beverage company Suja Juice is moving from Miramar to Oceanside, and more than doubling its corporate space along the way, according to commercial real estate group Cushman &Wakefield.

SDG&E Seeks Approval to Recover Some 2007 Wildfire Costs Through Rates

San Diego Gas & Electric asked the California Public Utilities Commission for approval to recover in rates the remaining costs — about $379 million — to settle the 2,500 lawsuits related to the 2007 wildfires.

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RCP’s Old School Approach Still Works Well for Company

RETAIL: Manufacturing, Brick and Mortar Retail Are Its Past, Present and Future

The concrete blocks at RCP Block & Brick, destined to be part of a homeowner’s retaining wall, roll down the assembly line resembling large cookies, some crumbling to the touch before a curing process that will strengthen the material.

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The Art of Parts

PRODUCTION: Company Molds Its Own Success By Taking On Manufacturing, Design Challenges of Others

Diagenode, a Belgian life sciences company that makes DNA testing tools, had developed a method to more efficiently split DNA strands and was on the hunt for a way to mass produce the required parts.

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Production Values

PRODUCTION: San Diego’s Manufacturing Scene Is More Suited for the Advanced Jobs

Bob Grande started what would become Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. out of his garage in 1978, using a conventional lathe and mill to machine parts for larger manufacturers.

Technology Aims to Help Drones ‘Learn’ to Share Airspace

NASA continues to experiment with collision-avoidance technology using Ikhana, the agency’s remotely piloted unmanned aircraft from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.

SDSU Creates Institute to Develop Wearable Health Solutions

San Diego State University is delving into the booming market for wearable sensors, creating an institute that will develop wireless devices that diagnose and monitor a person’s health.

Defense Contractor to Hold Open House

General Atomics is opening the doors of one of its factories to the public on National Manufacturing Day, Oct. 2.