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Battery Safety Concerns Power Innovations

Companies Are Making Progress in Preventing Danger of Fire and ExplosionThe new style of batteries powering automobiles, smartphones and military vehicles are certainly capable. And they pack more power than other options.

By Brad Graves May 18, 2017 2:20 p.m.   $$ Share
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Co. Gains Momentum in Building Genomics Ecosystem in China

Illumina Inc.’s top executives are building ties with the Chinese government as the San Diego company expands into the massive Chinese health care market. The scientific instrument company already has a campus in Shanghai, where it set up shop back in 2010. But business is suddenly booming. The company’s Shanghai office grew its headcount by 40 percent in 2015, and shipments to China increased by more than 60 percent in 2016.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:26 a.m. share »
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The Instrumental Players of Medtech

San Diego is internationally known as a hub for medicine makers, often saluted for the drugs being developed on the Torrey Pines Mesa. But when it comes to homegrown companies that employ thousands of San Diegans, many of the top performers over the last half-decade are not making drugs at all.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:22 a.m. share »
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Biotech Turns to China

Local biotechs are increasingly teaming up with deep pockets in China, tapping flush investor groups that only recently became safe bets for companies guarding trade secrets. In the past 18 months, deal after deal has been announced with involvement from Chinese investors — a new trend for local life science companies that historically received very little cash from that part of the globe.

By Brittany Meiling May 15, 2017 10:17 a.m. share »
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Plot Your Patent Steps Carefully

Get a patent, sell the product. Easy-peasy, right?

By Sarah de Crescenzo May 8, 2017 2:27 p.m. share »
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Qualcomm’s IP and Licensing Strength Targeted in Disputes

It’s a fairly straightforward process. Modern-day Thomas Edisons dream up the invention. Their lawyers draw up the patent. And the technical splendor of that patent leads to a licensing agreement with Consumer Product Manufacturer X, which wants to use the invention in cutting-edge devices such as smartphones.

By Brad Graves May 4, 2017 2:23 p.m. share »
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Big-League Plays Give AleSmith A Winning Edge in the Market

Among local brewers apparently benefiting from a go-bigger strategy — on a local, national and global basis — is San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Co. Owner Peter Zien said the Miramar-based company in 2016 saw approximately 30 percent growth from the prior year in both revenue and barrels brewed, reaching about 35,000 barrels.

By Lou Hirsh April 27, 2017 12:50 p.m. share »
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Sober Assessment Time For Craft Brewing

Brewers like Jim Crute, who has owned and operated Poway’s Lightning Brewery for the past decade, are finding that this is a critical time to assess their place in a craft beer industry where growth is slowing, and where retail shelf and tap space is getting increasingly tough to conquer.

By Lou Hirsh April 27, 2017 12:43 p.m. share »
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Food Is the New Retail Attraction in Downtown La Mesa

Among the latest additions to La Mesa’s burgeoning downtown restaurant scene is the full-service Farmer’s Table, billed as a “farm-to-fork” eatery with a menu emphasizing locally sourced meats and produce.

By lou April 20, 2017 1:32 p.m. share »
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Casinos Are Betting Big

The East County casino scene is experiencing a burst of activity.

By Brad Graves April 20, 2017 1:28 p.m. share »
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Chemical Company’s Success in Sustainability Put It in Demand

What San Diego company shares the industrial process of the craft brewing sector, the genetic engineering know-how of the local University of California campus and the business model of a big local wireless company — all while offering a sustainable alternative to petrochemicals?

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:37 p.m. share »
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Design, Build and Operate

Swinerton Builders didn’t see itself operating and maintaining renewable energy plants when it entered the solar industry nine years ago. As a general contractor, it just wanted to build them.

By Brad Graves April 13, 2017 2:28 p.m. share »