Brittany Meiling

Staff Reporter

Email: bmeiling@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-634-4625 Extension: 3114

Recent Stories

C-Suite Shuffle Underway At AristaMD

Local medtech startup AristaMD is undergoing an executive shuffle this summer after the loss of its founder and chief executive Rebecca Cofinas in June.

Empyr Launches Major Expansion

San Diego tech startup Empyr has launched a major expansion that includes doubling the company’s office space and its staff.

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Former Annie’s Exec Takes Reins at S.D. Startup

A company making baby food and applesauce doesn’t really fit the startup stereotype, but if fast growth is an indicator of startup status then Once Upon a Farm certainly fits the bill.

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Exagen Secures $48 Million for Push on Lupus Diagnostic

BIOTECH: Capital Will Fund Studies; Co. To Expand Sales Team

Exagen Diagnostics Inc., a Vista-based company that makes tests to diagnose lupus, has received $48 million from investors and lenders to boost commercialization. The dollars come on the promise of a new product, despite the company’s rocky track record for product development.

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Compounding Practice At Center of Lawsuit

PHARMA: Allergan, Imprimis Trade Accusations in Dispute

A Goliath in the biotech industry is suing San Diego drugmaker Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, alleging the company is selling new drugs without regulatory approval. Imprimis said the claims are bogus and a move by the biotech giant to quash competition.

MemComputing's Computation Engine Said to Bring Speed That's Hard to Believe

The engineer behind ecoATM, one of San Diego’s most successful startups, has launched a new venture that he says will disrupt the artificial intelligence and machine learning industries.

Tourmaline Labs Gets $1M in Follow-On Round and a New CEO to Push Commercialization

Tech startup Tourmaline Labs has brought in $1 million in seed money — and a new chief executive — to help the company scale.

Tracing the Startup Resources

These Groups Bring Various Levels of Clout, Capital and Skills to Their Missions of Serving Companies

San Diego startups depend heavily on a handful of nonprofit groups that help entrepreneurs get on the path to growth.

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Women’s Reproductive Health Products Face Financing Wall

BIOTECH: Risks, Reward And Need Often Too Much Of a Mystery to Investors

In the field of women’s reproductive health, it can be very difficult to get the startup capital a company needs to get from concept to market.

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Empyr Launches Major Expansion

San Diego tech startup Empyr has launched a major expansion that includes doubling the company’s office space and its staff.

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Lymber Technology Going National Following Acquisition By Mindbody

Technology developed by San Diego startup Lymber Inc. is deploying nationwide later this month following the company’s acquisition by Mindbody Inc.

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Grolltex Inc. Gets $600K To Further Scale Operations

Local investors have forked over an additional $600,000 to San Diego startup Grolltex Inc. as the company begins to scale its operations.

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Lymber Inc. Technology Going National Following Acquisition By Mindbody Inc.

Technology developed by San Diego startup Lymber Inc. is deploying nationwide later this month following the company’s acquisition by Mindbody Inc.

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Startup Grolltex Inc. Gets $600K To Further Scale Operations

Local investors have forked over an additional $600,000 to San Diego startup Grolltex Inc. as the company begins to scale its operations.

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Empyr Launches Major Expansion, Doubling Company Space

San Diego tech startup Empyr has launched a major expansion that includes doubling the company’s office space and its staff.

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Halozyme Inc.'s 2 deals with Big Pharma worth $135M now and nearly $2B in potential future income

San Diego drugmaker Halozyme Inc. has bagged two separate deals to partner its technology with Big Pharma drugs, adding $135 million to the company’s coffers and nearly $2 billion in potential future income.

Research Institutes Are Now Searching For Cures and Profits

BIOTECH: Commercial Focus May Slow Wider Innovation

As public funding for medical research grows scarce, academics in San Diego are increasingly turning to Big Pharma to help them translate science into dollars.

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Sophiris Bio Borrows $7M to Extend Its Runway, Conduct Trials

La Jolla-based Sophiris Bio Inc. has borrowed $7 million from Silicon Valley Bank to help finance late stage clinical trials and to extend the company’s cash runway through 2019.

Ionis Subsidiary Seeks OK to Sell Drug in Canada

Akcea Therapeutics, a spinout and subsidiary of Carlsbad drugmaker Ionis Pharmaceuticals, has asked for the green light from regulators to sell one of its drugs in Canada.

Zavante Teaming With NIH to Try and Crush Deadly Bug

Local biotech Zavante Therapeutics is teaming up with the National Institutes of Health to see if its antibiotic will fight nasty infections acquired in hospitals.

Imprimis Statement Blasts Allergan Over Lawsuit

Global pharmaceutical giant Allergan is suing small San Diego drugmaker Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, claiming the local company is illegally selling unapproved new drugs.

Pfenex Inc. Losing Two Execs From Its C-Suite

Public drugmaker Pfenex Inc. is losing two of its top executives Chief Financial Officer Paul Wagner and Chief Manufacturing Officer Steve Sandoval.

Pfenex Losing Two Execs From Its C-Suite

Public drugmaker Pfenex Inc. is losing two of its top executives: Chief Financial Officer Paul Wagner and Chief Manufacturing Officer Steve Sandoval.

Venture Summit’s Growth Shows Evolution of Local Scene

Due in part the cameo appearance of a former Google executive, San Diego Venture Group saw record attendance at its annual Venture Summit late last month. The crowded two-day affair was markedly different from previous years, signaling the local startup scene is picking up steam.

Co.’s Fluid Conversation Makes for More Meaningful Market Research

For a guy in the market research business, Rasto Ivanic has an unusual disdain for consumer surveys. Even the word “survey” makes him cringe.

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Investors Betting on HouseCall’s B2B Efforts

SOFTWARE: More Manageable Model Brings $11M in Funding

Local software startups don’t often score venture money, but HouseCall is bucking that trend after closing an $11 million deal late last month.

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MEI Pharma Buys Exclusive Global Rights to Anti-Cancer Drug

Local drugmaker MEI Pharma has agreed to pay $2.9 million upfront to Presage Biosciences for exclusive global rights to a potential new drug.

Likely Last Drug From Ardea Biosciences Approved for Sale

Ardea Biosciences, the local biotech now owned by AstraZeneca, got the green light from regulators to sell a new drug developed in San Diego labs. It’s the second medicine to make it from Ardea’s labs to the market, and will likely be the last.

Miralles Named CEO of Vividion; Co. Names Rich Heyman to Its Board

Vividion Therapeutics, a biotech startup that received $50 million in backing earlier this year, just recruited a top biotech executive as CEO and appointed industry heavyweight Rich Heyman to its board.

Faheem Hasnain Appointed Chairman of Vital Therapies Board

Faheem Hasnain, a well-respected biotech executive in San Diego, has been appointed chairman of Vital Therapies Inc.’s Board of Directors.

Human Longevity Develops Algorithm That Can Predict Physical Features Using Genetic Sequencing

San Diego’s DNA intelligence company Human Longevity has developed an algorithm that can predict what people look like using only their genome sequence.

Venture Summit Shows Continuing Evolution of San Diego Scene

Due in part the cameo appearance of a former Google executive, San Diego Venture Group saw record attendance at its annual Venture Summit last week.

Company's Fertilizer Deal Accidentally Grows Sales By ‘31,500%’

An accidental move by local startup Upcycle resulted in the company selling over half its inventory overnight and ranking in the top 1 percent of all related products on Amazon.

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Co.’s Fertilizer Deal Accidentally Grows Sales By ‘31,500%’

An accidental move by local startup Upcycle resulted in the company selling over half its inventory overnight and ranking in the top 1 percent of all related products on Amazon.

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Venture Summit Shows Continuing Evolution of S.D. Scene

Due in part the cameo appearance of a former Google executive, San Diego Venture Group saw record attendance at its annual Venture Summit this week.

Cool Perks Are Icing on The ‘Coworking Cake’

Now that we got the serious considerations out of the way, it’s time to give the perks some attention.

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Coworking: What Will Work for Your Startup?

This Checklist Can Guide You On Search for the Right Site

As local coworking spaces compete for new tenants, some facilities are offering sweet perks such as in-office hot tubs and kombucha on tap to help fill desks. But when deciding on a coworking space to call home, should perks be a determining factor?

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Startup San Diego Looking for Brick-And-Mortar Home After City Rejects Bid

Local nonprofit Startup San Diego, the mostly-virtual organization that puts on Startup Week each year, is looking to put down roots and open a physical location in Downtown San Diego.

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Otonomy's Stock Plummets Over 80 Percent After Failed Clinical Trial

Following a truly dismal clinical trial flop, San Diego drugmaker Otonomy Inc. watched its stock nosedive over 82 percent by close of market Wednesday.

Tech Co. Hookit Raises $16 Million

Sports analytics company Hookit has raised $16 million in growth capital to build out technology in machine learning and predictive analytics.

Atyr Pharma Lands $46 Million in New Capital

Atyr Pharma, a public biotech in San Diego, has inked a $46 million equity deal to fund the development of its lead drug.

Ten Finalists Named to Compete at Quick Pitch

Ten startups have made it past the first round of judging and will soon compete onstage for the finals at the John G. Watson Quick Pitch, the largest competition of its kind in San Diego.

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Great Jones Street Could Get Big Market Reach From Medium Deal

Local app startup Great Jones Street has partnered with Medium, the online publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, to share content. The move will likely drive new users to the San Diego company’s platform.

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New Drug Application Acceptance Gives La Jolla Pharmaceutical Some Momentum in the Market

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Co.'s stock is climbing following good news from regulators.

Barbo Bounces Back With a New Company and Same Tenacity

Cody Barbo, the former CEO and co-founder of Industry, is launching a new software venture just one month after being forced out of his last startup.

Barbo Bounces Back With New Company and Same Tenacity

Cody Barbo, the former CEO and co-founder of Industry, is launching a new software venture just one month after being forced out of his last startup.

Illumina Spins Out a Forensics Startup

Local genomics giant Illumina Inc. is spinning out a new forensics startup, and (unlike previous spinouts) this upstart will be based in San Diego.

Cox Business Announces Pitch Contest, Get Started San Diego

A new pitch competition for startups is coming to San Diego, where entrepreneurs and small business owners can compete to win $20,000 in cash and $5,000 in technology services.

Sidecar Fund Could Boost, Or Eclipse, Quick Pitch Winner

Startups who applied to San Diego’s biggest pitch competition may get more than they bargained for, as the event’s cash prize could be tripled for one of the finalists. But there are some caveats attached to the new cash.

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Data Storage Solution May Be in the DNA

TECH: Co. Targets Data Overload and Longevity Issues

A local startup is developing technology that could one day replace your laptop’s hard drive with strands of DNA.

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