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Going Up: Some Firms Making Healthy Progress

FINANCE: Businesses Related to Health Care Showing Explosive Growth

Given the sheer amount of brainpower that’s concentrated on the local life sciences sector, it’s not too surprising that so many of San Diego County’s fastest-growing public companies are in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

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Companies List Heavy With Health Care at Top, Bottom

LIST: Several Firms Not in the Top 50 Still Made Some Good Gains

Just like the Top 50 in market capitalization, the roster of 22 publicly traded San Diego County companies that hadn’t reached that ranking at the end of 2010 is heavily weighted in favor of companies tied in some way to health care.

Some Local Contenders Have the Potential to Go for an IPO Trophy

FINANCE: Biotech Field Developments Could Spur Companies to Go Public

The year 2011 started out with January’s $564 million initial public offering of common stock by San Diego-based American Assets Trust Inc., among the largest U.S. IPOs in recent years by a real estate investment trust.

San Diego’s Largest Public Company Remains a Work in Progress

TECHNOLOGY: As 3G Gear Ages, Company Poised to Shift Shape Again

For San Diego’s largest and most successful public company, it’s not just about growing top line, or bottom line. It’s about growing the entire market.

Exiting Commodities Trading, Sempra Returning to Its Roots

ENERGY: Investors Fare Well Despite Market Cap Dip Over 5-Year Decline

For Sempra Energy, the San Diego-based holding company for San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co., the emphasis in recent years has been a return to focus on its main utilities businesses.

Life Technologies Creates the Biotech Tools of Tomorrow

LIFE SCIENCES: Firm Acts Quickly to Meet Changes, New Demand

Among public companies in San Diego’s booming life sciences sector, Life Technologies Corp. is by far the largest, especially in terms of sales.

Illumina Turns Profitable Corner on Quest to Decipher DNA

TECHNOLOGY: Company Takes Innovative Path With Genome Sequencer

Illumina Inc., which ranks No. 4 on the San Diego Business Journal’s list of Largest Public Companies, makes genetic analysis equipment that helps shed light on the innards of the human DNA. Among peers, it’s in the driver’s seat.

CareFusion Takes the Public Stage With a Wealth of Experience

MEDICINE: Firm Looks For Focused Expansion Of Medical Offerings

“It’s something old, but something new.” That’s a good way of describing public company CareFusion Corp., a provider of equipment used to reduce infections, manage medications in hospitals while preventing medication errors. The company has a history, but not on Wall Street.

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News and notes from communities around San Diego County

Corporate Giving Builds Connections and Community

PHILANTHROPY: Both Nonprofits and Companies Benefit From Relationships

Carlsbad-based Life Technologies Corp. and San Diego-based Sempra Energy are counted among the public companies that act as good corporate citizens in the communities where they reside.

Bridgepoint Helps the Symphony Play a Greater Community Role

Bridgepoint Education is the title sponsor of the San Diego Symphony Summer Pops series which opens June 30.

The REITs Give Us a Model For Actions in the Markets

There are three San Diego-based REITs eyeing the real estate market here and abroad. There are also many REITs that are located elsewhere but invest in San Diego. Many of the more than 200 listed REITs do business in San Diego.