Fred Grier

Staff Reporter

Email: fgrier@sdbj.com
Phone: 661-428-2862

Recent Stories

Bringing AI To the Fight

DEFENSE: Hot Startup Now Valued at $200M

San Diego-­based Shield AI, a software company focused on bringing AI to the national security sector, is quickly becoming one of the hottest technology startups in the region.

UC San Diego Uses Tech to Slow COVID-19 Cases

EDUCATION: Bluetooth Technology Tracks Cases, Notifies and Maintains Privacy

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Airport Accelerator Recruits Fifth Group

Five Startup Companies Will Be Selected for Program

The San Diego International Airport (SAN) is seeking the fifth cohort for its Airport Innovation Lab, a startup accelerator program that it launched in 2018.

UC San Diego Uses Tech to Slow COVID-19 Cases

EDUCATION: Bluetooth Technology Tracks Cases, Notifies and Maintains Privacy

On Sept. 11, California gave University of California San Diego and University of California San Francisco the green light to launch its cellphone-based COVID-19 notification system pilot test to help better control COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Mission Edge Selects 9 Startups

Organization Has Worked With Over 125 Nonprofits

Mission Edge, a San Diego nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofit organizations and social enterprises maximize their impact, has accepted nine early stage companies for its City Social Enterprise Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL) virtual accelerator program.

Biota Technology Maximizes Performance

TECH: Co. Has 20 Customers Using Environmental Genomics

San Diego startup Biota Technology Inc., which uses DNA sequencing and data science to improve the economics and sustainability of energy production, has launched its environmental genomics platform to an expanded market base.

Dexcom Sees Return in Demand

Co. Reported 34% Revenue Jump Year Over Year Despite COVID-19

Dexcom Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), which makes continuous glucose monitors, posted strong revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter for its continuous glucose monitors.

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Nanome Partners With Fujitsu

Nanome a virtual reality software company has entered into an agreement with Fujitsu.

Women's Venture Summit Goes Virtual

Women's Venture Summit will host its seventh annual event virtual on Sept. 18-19.

South Korean Firm Purchases Systran

TECHNOLOGY: Deal Will Help Translation Co. Grow New Products

Systran, a leading provider of language translation software products, has been acquired by Korean institutional investors to further accelerate growth.

Tech Coast Angels Launches $4M Annual Fund

VENTURE CAPITAL: Network Invests in Promising Early Stage Companies

Tech Coast Angels’ San Diego network launched a new $4 million annual fund called ACE (Angel Capital Entrepreneur) 21 to invest in promising early-stage companies.

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Lume Cube Makes WFH Days Brighter

E-COMMERCE: Co. Has Over 100,000 Customers in More Than 70 Countries

Lume Cube, a Carlsbad-based company which sells portable lighting accessories, has found success with its latest product line after seeing growing demand propelled by shelter-in-place orders and employees working from home.

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Private Schools Tap Tech to Return to Campus

TECH: Schools Can Track Symptoms and Temperature Readings

Three of the largest private schools in the region have partnered with emocha Mobile Health to conduct daily health checks of students, faculty and staff as part of their return-to-campus plans.

Aegis Life Using Its Technology to Develop DNA-Focused COVID-19 Vaccine

BIOTECH: Company Received $4.2M in Grant Funding

San Diego-based Aegis Life, a biotechnology company developing vaccines and therapies for life-threatening diseases, has entered the race to combat COVID-19 with its DNA vaccine.

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Working to Erase Cancer

BIOTECH: Erasca Raises $236 Million

Erasca, a cancer therapeutics company seeking to eliminate cancer, has completed a $36 million extension of its Series B financing round, bringing its total Series B round to $236 million.

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Brainleap Technologies Launches Attention Arcade

Co. Aims to Help a Million Students in Next Five Years

BrainLeap Technologies, a software startup developing attention training games for people with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has launched an entire suite of games called the Attention Arcade.

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Co-Working Entrepreneur Launches Coffee Business

Company Plans to Enter Los Angeles and Chicago Market

When business slowed due shelter-in-place orders cause by the novel coronavirus, local entrepreneur Ray Hivoral, who operates San Diego-based VentureBeach CoWork, decided to start a new business.

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Lysulin Inks Distribution Deal With Walmart

STARTUP: Nutritional Supplement Co. Aims to Expand Through Retail Verticals

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‘We Tha Plug’ Launches Incubator

Organization Will Select 10 Companies

Qualcomm Starts Small Business Accelerator Program

TECHNOLOGY: Selected Businesses Come From Variety of Industries

Qualcomm, Inc. has selected 33 small businesses for its accelerator program to help them better adapt to remote work and a digital business structure caused by the global pandemic.

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Kinnate Raises $98M

BIOTECH: Co. Plans Clinical Trials Next Year

Otonomy Moves Forward With Clinical Trials

BIOTECH: Co. Sees Billion Dollar Opportunity for Treatment of Tinnitus

Amazon Expands its San Diego Workforce

TECH: Company to Hire 200 Additional Employees

Online shopping giant Amazon said on Aug. 18, it will create 3,500 new tech and corporate jobs, expanding its office space by more than 900,000 square feet across six U.S. cities.

CARI Gets $4M in Grant Funding

Company Tackling Opioid and Pain Epidemic

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Carlsbad Co. Uses RFID to Better Manage Inventory

TECH: Designs, Manufactures Healthcare Supply Chain Solutions

Startup San Diego Selects Five For Inaugural Program

Startup San Diego, the nonprofit that puts on the largest startup conference in the region, has launched its Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program and selected five local entrepreneurs for its inaugural cohort.

Sony Sees Opportunity

TECH: Co. To Build Out Education Line

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Runway Growth Expands to San Diego

INVESTMENT: Firm Aims to Deploy Capital to Life Science Companies

PetDesk Helps Vet Practices Go Online Amid COVID-19

TECHNOLOGY: Co. Has 2 Million Users and 2,500 Veterinary Practices on its App

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Carlsbad Medtech Firm Finds Success with IPO

Company Raises $183Million in Offering Last Week

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Sharing Medical Rides

TECH: Veyo Disrupts NEMT Industry

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Qualcomm Wins Appeal

TECH: Reversal Ends Five Year Battle with FTC

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Child Care Co. Launches Learning Hubs

STARTUP: TOOTRiS Working With San Diego’s Five Largest Employers

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Trust & Will and Fifth Third Bank Join Forces

San Diego-based Trust & Will has joined a strategic relationship with Fifth Third Bank

Flock Freight Sees B Corp. Certification as Competitive Advantage

STARTUP: Co. Has Hired 30 Staffers Since Pandemic Started

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GoSite Raises $16M Series A to Expand its Global Footprint

Co. Has More Than 6,000 Merchants Using Its Platform

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Biotechs Move the Needle for COVID-19 Testing, NIH Funding

BIOTECH: Cos. Reel in More Than $100M in Grant Funding

ProciseDx Raises $10.5M In Series A

BIOTECH: Co. Making Progress in Gastrointestinal Tests

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Padres Plan Tech Upgrades

SPORTS: Team to Add 5G To Petco Park

Aethlon Medical Receives $3.5M NIH Grant

Aethlon Medical has been awarded a grant ($3.5 million) for studies in head and neck cancer.

TOOTRiS Launches Learning Hubs Program

San Diego-based TOOTRiS, a service provider that connects parents to high-quality child care, has launched its Learning Hubs program.

Technology Cos. Tap AttackIQ To Beef Up Infrastructure, Security

Co. Launched In EvoNexus and Employs 100 Staffers

Local Corporate Lifestyle Concierge Co. Pivots To Offer Virtual Team Building Activities

STARTUP: Fit City Plans To Hire Eight More Employees, Expand Offerings

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AseptiScope Launches Novel Stethoscope Aseptic Barrier System

New Disk Cover Prevents Pathogen Transmission

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BioAtla Raises $72.5M Series D Round Led By Soleus Capital

BIOTECH: Co. Has Two Drugs In Clinical Trials With Plans to Expand

Contact Tracing Startup Gives Local Cos. Peace Of Mind

STARTUP: Co. Helps Employers Track Symptoms And Reduce Contact

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DNAVisit Enhances Genetic Counseling With Technology Platform

STARTUP: Co. Assists Dozens of Clients in Healthcare Space

Truvian Gains EUA Approval From FDA

Truvian Sciences has received federal emergency approval for its COVID-19 antibodies.

Exalys Gets $15M to Treat Postoperative Delirium

BIOTECH: Startup Plans to Grow From 4 to 20 Staffers

Container Co. Helps Businesses Remain Sustainable During Pandemic

Offering Pilot No Waste Meals Donation Program with San Diego Restaurants

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