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TECHNOLOGY: Qualcomm Moves on Automotive Business as Smartphone Sales Slow

Look closely enough, and you might see Qualcomm Inc. testing self-driving cars on its Sorrento Valley campus. The San Diego-based chipmaker acquired a testing permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles in 2017, and converted a vacant parking lot into a roundabout to take its technologies out for a spin.

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With Market Intelligence, Co. Hits the Beach Running

RETAIL: Sand Cloud Changed Business Plan to Maximize Growth

In the words of famous musician Jay-Z: men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.

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Boutique CROs Find Themselves in Demand

BIOTECH: M&A in the Air at Contract Research Organizations

A crop of San Diego companies quietly play niche roles in drug development. But suitors have taken notice.

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Cellular Aquaculture Co. Seeks to ‘Grow’ Seafood

ENVIRONMENT: BlueNalu Puts A Biotech Twist on Catching Dinner

To satisfy the world’s growing appetite for seafood, one San Diego company is exploring laboratories rather than the ocean.

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New EvoNexus Round Targets Defense-Tech

STARTUPS: San Diego Accelerator Teams Up With Viasat, Cubic for Program

San Diego tech accelerator EvoNexus has gained a new corporate backer. Cubic Corp., a San Diego company that develops defense and transportation systems, will join the accelerator for the first time to launch an application round with Viasat Inc.

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SDBJ Insider: Book Offers Advice From a Woman Who’s Been There

Robin Toft has accomplished what she thought she would do way back when: Be an inspirational speaker. She’s penned a 147-page book which essentially sets you up with solid advice from a seasoned head hunter.

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Startups: Software Startup Looks to Get the Lion’s Share of Real Estate

San Diego sales software companies started 2019 off strong, with Seismic reporting $100 million in revenue, another notch toward a potential IPO. A younger software startup, LionDesk, also has ambitious plans.

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LIfe Sciences: Analysts Skeptical of Smith & Nephew Acquiring NuVasive

A recent report stated that Smith & Nephew Plc has held talks to buy San Diego spine surgery company NuVasive. But analysts largely said the deal doesn’t make sense for the British firm.

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Life Sciences: Oncology Conference Puts Ideas Into Action

The 350 attendees are proven men and women of action.

Gossamer Bio Goes Public with Upsized $276M Offering

Gossamer Bio — a closely watched San Diego biotech during the government shutdown — made its public debut Feb. 8 with an upsized $276 million offering.

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Tourism & Hospitality: Cannabiniers Wants Piece Of The Pie

According to The State of Legal Marijuana Markets report, released mid-2018 by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics, the legal cannabis business in the United States is projected to be a $23 billion industry by 2022. And, Little Italy-headquartered Cannabiniers, a cannabis brand management company, wants a piece of the pie.

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Tourism & Hospitality: Angel Shave Club Hopes To Empower Women

For Iskra Tsenkova, launching a women-focused shave club wasn’t just about providing girls with inexpensive, female-centric shaving tools, but a way to use the universal platform of shaving to inspire women around the world.

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Defense & Technology: Viasat Grows Revenue, Takes $10.4M Loss, Places Order for Third ViaSat-3 Satellite

Grow, grow, grow. Satellite communications specialist Viasat Inc. set revenue records for all three of its business segments during the quarter ended Dec. 31.

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Defense & Technology: Northrop Grumman Gets Fire Scout Work

The U.S. Navy is buying five additional MQ-8C Fire Scout helicopters from Northrop Grumman Corp., as well as two lightweight fuel cells, under a $55.1 million contract modification awarded on Jan. 30.

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Commercial Real Estate: North County Campus Coming to Life, Billed as Model for Disabled Services

A 20-acre site in what was once farmland in the Twin Oaks Valley Region of San Marcos is being transformed into a campus for what will become a model development for providing services to the developmentally disabled.

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Commercial Real Estate: Multifamily Growth Prompts New Sudberry Division

Sudberry Properties is building so many apartment projects so fast that it is creating its own residential development division to oversee them.

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Commercial Real Estate: Real Estate Investors Eyeing S.D.; Growth Rate of 15 Percent Predicted in 2019

San Diego will be one of the 10 hot spots in the nation in 2019 for commercial real estate investment, according to a company that provides environmental reports on commercial real estate property.

Philathropy: Tea by the Sea Supports Artistic Expression

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, or SMSC, partnered with The Marine Room to host the annual Tea by the Sea celebration recently. The event hosted 210 guests and raised more than $19,000 to fund SMSC’s art program, where students can explore their creativity through a variety of artistic mediums at Sophie’s Gallery.

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Philanthropy: Bank Enriches Lives With Support of Music Program

U.S. Bank announced that it awarded $5,000 to the San Diego Center for Children’s Music Enrichment Program. The music program empowers youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders to overcome the challenges they are experiencing and the obstacles that keep them from achieving their greatest potential.

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Philanthropy: Feed the Kids Food Pantry Gets Stocked Up

GBOD Hospitality Group, the team behind Mezé Greek Fusion, Havana 1920, El Chingon, Prohibition Liquor Bar, Monkey King and Mezé at Liberty Station, presented It’s All About The Kids foundation with a check for $17,500 at its holiday party for kids at the Feed The Kids Food Pantry.

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