Brad Graves

Reporter & Special Sections Editor

Phone: 619-366-6627

Recent Stories

Port Finishes $24M Upgrade to 10th Avenue Marine Terminal

LOGISTICS: New Route Planned for Truck Traffic Related to Ocean Shipping

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GA-ASI Warbirds Gain New Capability

New System Lets Army Fly Aircraft Using a Laptop

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has developed a way for its U.S. Army customer to operate one of its 2 ton unmanned aircraft using a ruggedized laptop computer.

Convoy Pan Asian District in Line for Formal Recognition

The city of San Diego is poised to designate a dining and shopping destination in Kearny Mesa as the Convoy Pan Asian Business Innovation District.

Triton Program Finds Successes, Faces Budget Headwinds

DEFENSE: U.S. Navy Calls the High-Altitude Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft 'Invaluable'

Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) lifted the curtain on its high-altitude Triton unmanned aircraft program recently and offered a glimpse into several worlds.

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GA-ASI Gets $131M Unmanned Aircraft Deal

Gray Eagle Is the U.S. Army’s Version of the Remotely Piloted Predator

The U.S. Army awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway a $131.6 million contract modification covering Gray Eagle aircraft.

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Biotech Raises Profile Among San Diego’s Public Companies

FINANCE: In Some Cases, Market Caps Almost Quadruple

Every year, the San Diego Business Journal compiles a list of public companies with headquarters in San Diego County. This year’s list seems to tell a story. Call it Rise of the Biotechs.

Navy Awards Northrop Grumman $9M To Modify High-Flying Unmanned Aircraft

Building Deals Go to Burch, Heffler, I.E.-Pacific, Vander Werff

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Northrop Grumman Refines Plans for New Military Aircraft

DEFENSE: MQ-Next Program Also Attracts General Atomics Aeronautical

Northrop Grumman Corp., which runs its unmanned military aircraft programs in San Diego, has a new chance to be part of a significant U.S. Air Force program.

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Suburban Propane Takes 39% Stake in Oberon Fuels

ENERGY: San Diego Business Makes Alternative Fuel in Imperial Valley

Suburban Propane has taken a 39% stake in Oberon Fuels, a San Diego business that produces low carbon transportation fuel at a manufacturing plant in the Imperial Valley.

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Elliott Eyes Cubic Corp.

TECH: Buys 15% Stake in Co.

Cubic Corp. has a newfound suitor, but the $1.5 billion corporation — based in Kearny Mesa — doesn’t seem to be rushing into any sort of marriage.

Debut Bio Receives $1M Air Force Award

‘Grand Challenge’ Centered On Manufacturing Process

As he was building his biotechnology company, Debut Biotechnology CEO Joshua Britton drove for Uber to get money for legal fees and chemistry supplies. The gig had an advantage in that he could pitch the people riding in the passenger seat for funding.

LevitZacks Named Best Accounting Firm to Work For

LevitZacks has repeated its feat of being named the Best Accounting Firm to Work For in the small business category.

Carvana Goes Touchless With Used Vehicle Sales

E-COMMERCE: ‘Vending Machine’ Building Planned in Escondido

A hands-off approach to auto sales seems to be a concept whose time has come. Carvana Co., which is building a location in Escondido, operates on that model with a playful twist.

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Cubic Receives $193M, Five-Year Deal To Support P5 Combat Training System

Electronics Deals Go to La Jolla Logic, Forward Slope, Solute

The U.S. Air Force awarded Cubic Corp. (NYSE: CUB) a seven-year, $193 million firm-fixed-price contract for logistics support for the P5 Combat Training System.

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Maravai LifeSciences to Expand Manufacturing at TriLink

BIOTECH: Sorrento Mesa Firm Cites Growing Demand for its Products

Maravai LifeSciences has announced plans to expand the contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) capabilities at one of its companies, TriLink BioTechnologies, for the second time in less than a year.

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GA Designs Novel Rocket

TECH: Sends NASA Propulsion Concept

Nuclear-powered spacecraft may be moving from science fiction to reality, with General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems helping with the engineering details.

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Kratos to Help Build ICBM Replacement

Northrop Grumman Plans Some Local Work on Missile

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s new contract to build a replacement for the Minuteman III nuclear-tipped missile system includes work for San Diego-based Kratos Defense.

General Dynamics NASSCO Gets $35.6M Deal to Expand Berthing on Sea Bases

RQ Construction to Build Child Development Center at Miramar Base

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in July, August and September. The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics NASSCO a $35.6 million modification to a previously awarded contract.

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals to Acquire Remaining Stake in Akcea

BIOTECH: Boston Co. Was Spun Out of Ionis, Had IPO in 2017

Ionis Pharmaceuticals plans to acquire the remaining stake in Akcea Therapeutics that it does not already own for approximately $500 million cash.

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Contractor Rules in Flux

EMPLOYMENT: State Voters Mull Drivers’ Fate

The rules governing whether and how California businesses may use independent contractors changed Sept. 4 when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation clarifying contractors’ roles. The evolving rules may change again.

Citadel Defense Gets $12.2M Contract for Anti-Drone Tech

Specific Defense Department Customer Was Not Disclosed

Omnitracs to Buy Vehicle Tech Provider SmartDrive for $450M

TECHNOLOGY: Two Companies’ Systems Complement Each Other

SmartDrive Systems, which offers video safety and telematics technology to operators of big-rig trucks and transit vehicles, has agreed to be bought by Dallas-based Omnitracs LLC.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Gets $15.5M Contract

BD to Help Military’s COVID Fight by Providing Automated Medication Dispensing Cabinets

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in July and August.

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WestPac Wealth Partners Develops its Associates While Helping its Customers

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Medium Company Winners

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Medium Company Winners

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Navy, Space Force Projects Occupy General Atomics

Propulsion Technology for Ships, Submarines Studied

Propulsion Technology for Ships, Submarines Studied

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LevitZacks Dots its I’s and Crosses its T’s When Engaging its Employees

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Small Company Winners

SDBJ's Best Places to Work 2020 Small Company Winners

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$25M Private Placement to Help Kintara With Clinical Trials

BIOTECH: Newly Merged With Adgero, Co. to Evaluate Novel Treatments

Kintara Therapeutics, a San Diego company with two potential cancer drugs headed for late-stage trials, announced on Sept. 1 that it received a $25 million private placement.

Best Places to Work 2020

San Diego Business Journal Honors San Diego’s Top 100 Companies

San Diego Business Journal Honors San Diego’s Top 100 Companies

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La Jolla Institute Gets $6.4M for COVID Research

BIOTECH: Investigations to Focus on Understudied Part of Antibody

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded more than $6.4 million to Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D., a professor at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, to support research toward COVID-19 antibody therapeutics. The local organization announced the award on Aug. 20.

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Diomics Developing Test to Reveal SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies

BIOTECH: Skin Patch Resembling Nicotine Patch Contains Special Polymer

LS Power Builds Big

ENERGY: Battery is World’s Largest

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Two New Leaders Step Up to Run Navy’s Information Technology Command

DEFENSE: NAVWAR Is Also Looking Toward Major Redevelopment

NAVWAR, the U.S. Navy command responsible for awarding an estimated $1.56 billion in defense contracts to San Diego County businesses in 2019, has new leadership.

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Eric Jenny

Winner: Private Company, Small - SOCi, Inc.

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Inhibrx Gains $125.7M in IPO, Has Cancer in its Sights

BIOTECH: Firm Uses Protein Engineering to Develop Drug Candidates

Inhibrx Inc. completed its initial public offering on Aug. 20, gaining an estimated $125.7 million to push its business forward.

Lockheed Martin, Subcontractors to Share F-35 Aircraft Work

Heffler Gets Nod for Heavy and Civil Engineering on San Diego Bases

The following are selected defense contracts awarded to San Diego County companies in July and August.

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Naveed Hakim

Winner: Private Company, Large - Plum Healthcare Group

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Gyms, Hair Salons, Restaurants May Reopen at Reduced Capacity

Several types of businesses may begin indoor operations — though at limited capacity — under new guidance released by San Diego County on Aug. 31. These include gyms and fitness centers, restaurants, movie theaters, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons.

Battery Maker Flux Power Gains $11.4M in Stock Offering

MANUFACTURING: Co. Changed Listing to Nasdaq as of Mid-August

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: David Forster

Winner: Private Company, Medium - ChefWorks Inc.

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General Atomics Aeronautical Makes $189M Sale to Belgium

DEFENSE: Contract Closely Follows U.K. Deal Announced in July

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BAE Systems Receives Ship Repair Deal Worth $104M, Or $118M With Options

Carlsbad’s RQ Construction Gets More Work at Camp Lejeune

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Ashlee Micale

Winner: Business Non-profit - San Diego County Credit Union

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Andre Douzdjian

Winner: Government Agency - The San Diego Association of Governments

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Quentin Blackford

Winner: Public Company, Large - Dexcom Inc.

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Ligand Inks $516M Deal

BIOTECH: Agrees To Purchase Pfenex

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: James Howell

Winner: Non-profit - The San Diego Foundation

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Change Remains a Constant in East Village

Developers Still See Potential Among Its Warehouses

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2020 CFO of the Year Awards: Matt Abernethy

Winner: Public Company, Medium - Neurocrine Biosciences

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Qualcomm Is on a Mission to Mars

Snapdragon 801 Processor Runs Ingenuity Helicopter

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NASSCO to Repair USS Lake Erie in $37M Deal; Award Could Grow to $63M

GA to Provide Submarine Components; Construction Deals Announced

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