SD BUSINESS JOURNAL DAILY ENEWS

New Palomar CEO Takes on Financial, Medical And Staffing Challenges

The word “interim” in a job title implies caretaker. Not to Diane Hansen, evidently.

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Sempra, Activists Agree on 2 Board Members

Sempra Energy, working in conjunction with an activist investor group, named Cynthia L. Walker and Michael N. Mears to its board of directors on Oct. 11.

Xenco Medical CEO Named to California Workforce Development Board

Jason Haider, the CEO of San Diego-based Xenco Medical, has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Workforce Development Board.

Planet Home Lending Opens in Chula Vista

Connecticut-based Planet Home Lending LLC announced on Oct. 11 that it has opened a branch office in Chula Vista’s Eastlake district.

Business Calendar for Week of October 15, 2018

Business events planned for the county.

COMMENTARY: A Styrofoam Ban Would Hurt San Diego

In light of recent scientific discoveries and economic analysis, this grim portrayal is wholly unjustified.

COMMENTARY: It’s Time to Upgrade Containers and Protect Businesses

By limiting harmful single-use food containers in our restaurants, it is possible for San Diego’s City Council to support healthy business and a healthy community all at once.

Add Notre Dame to JMI’s Winning Record

MARKETING: Boutique Firm Does Multimedia, Innovation

Earlier this year, when the University of Notre Dame was looking to hire a company that could help with its unique marketing and multimedia initiatives, the Indiana-based university didn’t tap major players in the collegiate world like IMG College or Learfield. Instead, it put its trust in and bet its money on San Diego boutique-style underdog, JMI Sports.

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Navy Contractor Finds Off-Road Opportunity

DEFENSE: Particle Separator May Save Filters and Engines

Lily Aragon’s company has Southern California written all over it.

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Open Boardrooms Good for Players And Perspectives

News from the board room: Viasat recently invited one of its longtime investors, Baupost, to take part in its board meetings as a non-voting observer. Why might they do such a thing? Baupost is an investment fund with about $30 billion in assets under management. A recent filing states they have a 23.06 percent stake in Viasat and are an active investor as opposed to a passive investor.

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Analysts Eye New Leaders, Next Moves at Mitek

TECH: Co.’s Core Business Is Solid; It Rejects Merger

Mitek Systems Inc.’s stock has not fully recovered since the company announced the departure of two of its top executives, CEO James DeBello and chief financial officer Jeff Davison, on Aug. 28.

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Ionis Gets Good News With FDA Approval

Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ drug for a rare genetic disorder recently gained regulatory approval, a relief to investors worried about a denial, and pitting the company against Alnylam Pharmaceuticals.

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AMN Healthcare Says HQ Will Remain Local

San Diego’s AMN Healthcare is not relocating to Dallas, ending speculation raised by the CEO’s new home and twin datelines.

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MappBio Wins Contract To Combat Viruses

San Diego’s MappBio recently received a $14.8 million contract to advance a treatment for Sudan virus.

Viasat’s Radio Project Puts Pentagon Procurement in Fast Lane

DEFENSE: Viasat Gets System in Hands Of Troops in 17 Months

Viasat Inc. did not take the conventional path to developing the handheld radio known as BATS-D, which soldiers on the ground use to call in airstrikes on enemy positions.

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Contest Aims to Be Catalyst for Creating More Angel Investors

San Diego leaders are looking to build a pipeline of angel investors through a new pitch contest. Comparing angel investors, which often consist of well-connected individuals, or an entrepreneur’s friends and family, and venture capitalists, which make much larger, organized investments, San Diego sees a smaller ratio of angel investment to venture capital than the national average.

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E-Commerce Startup Asks Users to Play Favorites

Say you had a friend visiting from out of town. Where would you tell them to stay, shop and eat? Jordan Glazier, founder of San Diego-based Wildfire Systems Inc., is counting on these recommendations for a new e-commerce platform that incentivizes users to share their favorites.

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Ohio Co. Casts Its Vote for Everyone Counts

Everyone Counts, a San Diego company for voter registration and online voting, was acquired by Cleveland-based Votem Corp. on Oct. 3 for an undisclosed amount.

With Trade Path Cleared, Cos. Partner for Otay Industrial Park

Intense demand for industrial property has drawn the return of a player to the South County industrial market — Majestic Realty Co.

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MLS to Offer a ‘More Customized Experience’

The Greater San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR) went online in September with its San Diego MLS multiple listing service used by real estate agents throughout San Diego County.

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