Brittany Meiling

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Ignyta Raises $160M on Cancer Drug’s Promise

San Diego drugmaker Ignyta Inc. is piggybacking off recent positive press by raising $160 million in a new stock offering. The fresh infusion of cash will go toward developing the company’s cancer drug.

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Suja Co-founder Lawless Launches Makeup Startup

Annie Lawless, the early co-founder of San Diego’s juice giant Suja Juice has launched a new venture in San Diego: a makeup company called Lawless. Like Suja Juice, this brand is also targeted to the health-conscious consumer. The company’s cosmetics are said to be free of carcinogenic, toxic, hormone and endocrine-disrupting ingredients, according to the company’s press release.

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Cosmetics Co. Seeks to Create Lasting Impression

Beauty Bakerie, a quirky cosmetics company in San Diego, has raised $3 million in a fundraising round led by Unilever Ventures, the investment arm of consumer goods giant Unilever.

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Diet Pill Maker Orexigen Losing Race to Profits

PHARMA: Unable to Go It Alone, Co. Pursues Strategic Alternatives

Diet pill maker Orexigen Therapeutics, one of San Diego’s struggling public companies, may soon auction itself off to the highest bidder in an attempt to fortify its finances.

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Ignyta Inc. Raises $160 Million in New Stock Offering

San Diego drugmaker Ignyta Inc. is piggybacking off recent positive press by raising $160 million in a new stock offering.

FDA Gives Special Classification to Neurocrine Biosciences Drug

Regulators with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have handed Neurocrine Biosciences a special classification for one of its drug programs, granting the company a number of perks.

Mirati’s Cancer Drug Lifts Stock, While Otonomy Hears Bad News

BIOTECH: Collectively Stocks Up 4% But Gains Not Spread Equally

The stock performance of San Diego’s public life science companies saw a modest gain in the third quarter, with a few high-performing drugmakers pulling up the region’s average.

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New Fitness App Brings Huge Body of Knowledge to Personal Workout

Analytics Guide Users; Co. Plans to Capitalize On Free App’s Audience Down the Road

When you get brilliant software engineers in the same room as fitness junkies, a workout app will inevitably be born.

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Former S.D. Juice Giant Co-founder Launches New Makeup Company

Annie Lawless, the early co-founder of San Diego’s juice giant Suja Juice has launched a new venture in San Diego: a makeup company called Lawless.

Leading Roles Can Be Personally Challenging for CTOs

TECH: Group Helps Them Take On Tasks Beyond Tech

Imagine your sharpest, most effective software engineers. They’re communicative and affable. Their charisma influences and inspires. They’re leaders of men and masters of code. Right?

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Arcturus Therapeutics Partnering With Pharma Giant on Infectious Diseases

Arcturus Therapeutics Inc., a small local biotech that reversed its way into the public markets a few weeks ago, has struck a comprehensive research deal with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson.

Ionis Earns $10M Milestone Payment From Biogen

Carlsbad drugmaker Ionis Pharmaceuticals has earned $10 million from its Big Pharma partner Biogen for taking one of its experimental drugs to the clinic.

Evofem Biosciences, Neothetics Announce Merger Agreement

Following its failure in the clinic, San Diego’s fat-busting biotech Neothetics is folding into a growing local company called Evofem Biosciences.

Illumina Ventures Raises $230M Fund to Support Genomics Startups

The venture capital firm founded by San Diego’s DNA instrument giant Illumina Inc. has raised a $230 million fund to fuel genomics startups.

Shelved Drug's Prospects Revived With $22 Million in Backing

Last year, a top San Diego executive snatched up a once-failed drug from pharma giant Sanofi and formed a new biotech startup around the medicine.

Shelved Drug's Prospects Revived With $22M

Last year, a top San Diego executive snatched up a once-failed drug from pharma giant Sanofi and formed a new biotech startup around the medicine.k

Business Calendar for Week of October 16, 2017

Some of the business events planned in the county for the week of October 16, 2017, and beyond.

AnaptysBio Plans to Raise $99M in Stock Offering

Local biotech AnaptysBio is capitalizing on its skyrocketing stock performance this week with an announcement that the company plans to raise $99 million in a stock offering this month.

S.D.-Based Cloudbeds Acquires San Francisco Software Firm OneRooftop

Local startup Cloudbeds has acquired San Francisco software firm OneRooftop, a website builder for vacation rentals, in a deal that expands the San Diego company’s offerings.

Algae Shoes Seen as Step Up From Petroleum Products

Entrepreneur Stephen Mayfield, that UC San Diego professor who’s always making products from algae foam, is developing an eco-friendly flip-flop to add to his product portfolio.

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Tijuana’s Dev Shops Target SoCal Startups

TECH: Coding Comes Cheaper, Closer and in Same Time Zone

It’s not unusual for tech startups to hire coders overseas, as tech talent is pricey and offshoring this kind of work can save a few bucks while budgets are tight. But hiring these remote workers can get tricky, and startups can end up hemorrhaging cash by outsourcing unwisely.

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Quidel Corp. Finally Closes Key Deal

Quidel Corp. has managed to close a previously precarious deal with East Coast diagnostic firm Alere Inc. that could potentially double Quidel’s annual revenue.

AnaptysBio's Stock Soars Following Good News on Eczema Drug

The stock price for San Diego drugmaker AnaptysBio has more than doubled in a matter of hours following news that the company’s experimental drug performed well in a recent study.

New S.D. Private Equity Firm Aims to Fund Startups Serving Cannabis Industry

A new private equity firm has set up shop in San Diego to fund startups that are serving the cannabis industry.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Getting Crystal Bioscience in $35.5M Deal

San Diego drugmaker Ligand Pharmaceuticals is acquiring Emeryville-based Crystal Bioscience in a deal worth up to $35.5 million.

S.D. Startup Wins 1st Place, $30K in Contest

A local startup that makes stretchable batteries took home first place and a $30,000 check Thursday night at San Diego’s biggest competition for entrepreneurs.

S.D. Startup Wins 1st Place, $30K in Competition

A local startup that makes stretchable batteries took home first place and a $30,000 check Thursday night at San Diego’s biggest competition for entrepreneurs.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Acquiring Crystal Bioscience in $35.5M Deal

San Diego drugmaker Ligand Pharmaceuticals is acquiring Emeryville-based Crystal Bioscience in a deal worth up to $35.5 million.

Acadia Pharmaceuticals Working to Expand Use of its Lead Drug

Local drugmaker Acadia Pharmaceuticals is going back to the labs this month to expand the use of its lead product Nuplazid, which currently fights psychotic episodes.

City Picks Connect for Accelerator Program

ECONOMY: S.D. Uses $2.5M Grant; Space Provided By Center

Local nonprofit Connect, San Diego’s oldest startup accelerator, has won a contract to partner with the city on a new publicly-funded accelerator program for startups.

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WeWork Ratchets up Coworking Spaces Race in S.D.

The competition among local coworking spaces just kicked up a notch.

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Connect Partners with S.D. in $2.5M Public Accelerator Program for Startups

Local nonprofit Connect, San Diego’s oldest startup accelerator, has won a contract to partner with the city on a new publicly-funded accelerator program for startups.

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Zogenix's Success No Longer Shared With San Diego

Drugmaker Zogenix Inc. saw its value more than double over the weekend, so those following San Diego biotech might think the local company is making a comeback.

Carlsbad Tech Startup among 6 from 5 Nations in Accelerator’s Cohort for Logistics Companies

Airspace Technologies, a tech startup in Carlsbad, has been accepted into the third cohort of a specialized business accelerator for logistics companies.

Viking Therapeutics Inks Deals Giving it Access to $16.25 Million

Local drugmaker Viking Therapeutics has inked two agreements with a Chicago-based investor that will give the La Jolla company access to $16.25 million in funds.

GroGuru Wins 1st Place, $25K in Pitch Competition

GroGuru, a startup in the EvoNexus technology incubator, took home first place and $25,000 in cash Sept. 28 at the Get Started San Diego pitch competition

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GroGuru, an EvoNexus Technology Incubator Startup, Wins 1st Place, $25K in Pitch Competition

GroGuru, a startup in the EvoNexus technology incubator, took home first place and $25,000 in cash Thursday night at the Get Started San Diego pitch competition.

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Viking Therapeutics Inks Deals Giving it Access to $16.25M

Local drugmaker Viking Therapeutics has inked two agreements with a Chicago-based investor that will give the La Jolla company access to $16.25 million in funds.

Discrimination Charges At Synthetic Genomics

Synthetic Genomics, a titan in the local biotech scene, is being sued by a former executive who says the company’s “boy’s club” leadership team routinely discriminated against women.

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Aquam Wins $5K and Valuable Mentoring at Hera Venture Summit

Cleantech startup Aquam LLC took home first place — and $5,000 in prize money — at this year’s Hera Venture Summit.

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Baby ‘Book’ Co. Qeepsake Takes Big Step With Help of Accelerator Techstars Anywhere

In a city sometimes criticized for its lack of startup resources, tech company Qeepsake is leveraging virtual programs to help it grow.

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EvoNexus Gets Six New Board Members

Six tech executives have joined the board of San Diego’s technology incubator EvoNexus.

Arcturus Therapeutics Merging with Israeli Pharmaceutical Company

Arcturus Therapeutics, a small San Diego biotech company, has maneuvered onto the public markets by merging with a public (and near-defunct) pharmaceutical company in Israel.

VC's advice for Startup Pitch Events: Distill Your Story, Attend Sparingly

Pitch competitions are common in startup land, and San Diego has two such events on the books for this week and next.

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Scientist Given $10.8M Grant to Study Treatment for Addiction to Cocaine, Nicotine

A local scientist has received a $10.8 million grant to pursue research that may result in a new class of medicine to treat cocaine and nicotine addiction.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Appoints Chief of Staff

One of San Diego’s largest medical research institutes has hired a new vice president and chief of staff out of Texas.

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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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