HOT COMPANIES / Decision Makers 2008
International Lottery & Totalizer Systems Inc., - Vista: (OTC: ITSI), has received an order valued at approximately $800,000 from Sports Toto Malaysia Sd Bhd. The company provides computerized wagering systems, equipment and services to lottery and racing organizations worldwide.
Security Weaver - A provider of application controls management software for use with SAP and Oracle applications, unveiled a new training center to accommodate growing demand from customes and partners for its technical training. The new training center is located in downtown San Diego. Security Weaver will offer weekly two-day courses held each Thursday and Friday.
Blue Sky Network - A provider of mobile asset management and fleet management solutions using GPS tracking, announced the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has selected Blue Sky Network to provider flight tracking and voice capabilities aboard selected government aircraft. The new equipment will streamling fleet management and enhance the security of its passengers, while improving the communication capabilities of aircraft in flight.
Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc., - San Diego: Is being awarded a $51,262,290 multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical shipboare alteration services for maintaining fleet operational and material readiness of hull, mechanical and electrical system, and equipment on U.S. naval vessels.
SAIC - Has been awarded the Joint Network Management Systems (JNMS) contract by the U.S.Army’s Office of the Project Manager - Current Force to provide network planning and software support.
Mad Catz Interactive Inc., - Is a third party interactive entertainment accessory provider, has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with Nintendo of America, Inc., whereby Mad Catz has secured the rights to produce and distribute peripherals for the critically acclaimed Rock Band video game for the Wii system. The agreement provides Mad Catz these rights worldwide, outside of Asia. The products to be produced under the agreement are a bass guitar and a portable drum percussion set. Mad Catz expects these products to be available in 2009.
Illumina Inc., - Unveiled a new product for mulecular cytogeneticists: The Infinium High-Density (HD) HumanCytos SNP-12 DNA Analysis BeadChip. The HumanCytosSNP-12 BeadChip contains nearly 300,000 genetic markers per sample that target all known cytogenetic abnormalities found in genes and disease pathways linked to mental retardation, autism and other common chromosome anomalies.
Who’s Your Daddy Inc., - Carlsbad: Is an energy drink company, and has finalized a consulting agreement with Net Vertex New York Inc. Net Vertex, which specializes in developing strategic distribution relationships, business partners and joint venture collaborations, will perform consulting services related to corporate organization and business development in Japan.
enXco Service Corp - Escondido: an EDF Energies Nouvelles Co., has signed a multi-year operations and maintenance agreement with MidAmerican Energy Co. The contract puts the total number of megawatts under contract to 3,186, representing over 4,500 turbines. This solidifies enXco’s position as the leading third-party O&M provider for wind-energy projects in North America, the company said in a release.
SAIC - Has been awarded a task order by the Dept of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information & Technology, Office of Enterprise Development to provide support to Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) Health Data Systems Repositories. The task order has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options and a total value of more than $56 million if all options are exercised.
SAIC - Announced that Michael Wells has joined SAIC’s Information Technology & Network Solutions Group as Senior Vice President Business Development.
The American Electronics Association - has named San Diego-based Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., the leading technology and IT services company in San Diego. The award also recognizes Kratos’ development of the Oriole Rocket System, as integral part of the U.S. missile defense program.
L3 Communications Titan Corp. - San Diego, is being awarded a $5,617,717 modification on a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract, to exercise an option for the Phase 2 study and analysis to develop innovative solutions to be used in mission requirements for the Affordable Weapons Systems. This weapon system is being designed to fill a sea-based land attack and strike mission, to operate from ships, with potential attack and strike mission, to operate from ships, with potential for a sea-based Navy and Marine Corps aircraft launch capability. Work will be performed in San Diego.
Northern Trust Corp - Has named Robert S. Buchman as President of its San Diego region.
DefenseWeb Technologies, Inc., Is a custom software developer and systems integrator for J.S. defense and other federal government agencies, has announced its placement in this year’s Software Magazine’s “Software 500" list. The company has been named to the publication’s list honoring the top U.S. firms for 3 straight years, reflecting its double-digit annual revenue growth achievement over that period of time.
Lockheel Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT): Maritime Systems & Sensors, Baltimore, MD, is being awarded a $37.5 million Basic Ordering Agree-ment for Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) on the Littoral Combar Ship, USS Freedom (LCS-1). 53% of the work will be done in San Diego.
Green Star Alternative Energy Inc., (PNK: GSAE): Announced that Notos is developing a new proprietary power trading software, with the cooperation from the University of Belgrade’s Electro-Technical Facility and the Faculty of Organizational Sciences. It will be powered by advanced algorithmic technology and will be compatible with the current DAMAS software used by Elektromreza Srbije, EMS - the electrical transmission system and market operator of the Republic of Servia.
SAIC - Has been awarded a task order to provide information technology support and services to the U.S. Central Command’s Directorate of Command and Control, Communications and Computers. The task order has a one-year base period of performance with four one-year options and a ceiling value of $226-million if all options are exercised.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., (Nasdaq: KTOS): A national defense, information technology and homeland security solutions provider, has received new awards and option exercises totaling $21.1 million from the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Contract Management Agency. Kratos will be providing network engineering and software development services.
US Farms - (OTC: USFM) - San Diego: Is a diversified commercial farming and nursery company, has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase the assets of Energy Aloe, Inc., This purchase will allow US Farms to enter into the marketing and sales of aloe-vera-based nutraceutical products. This transaction is subject to further due diligence.
Leap Wireless International Inc., (Nasdaq: LEAP) - Announced the appointments of Keith Buckley as Senior VP of Supply Chain Management, and Kirk Golbach, as Senior VP of field operations and field sales.
Luxtera - Carlsbad: Is a fabless semiconductor company, and has announced that it has signed a multimillion dollar contract with Sun Microsystems for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Ultraperformance Nanophotonic Intrachip Communications program. Luxtera’s technology and silicon fabrication processes will be used to develop next-generation optical interconnectws to produce chip-to-chip and intra-chip interconnect technology.
Centre City Development Corp - San Diego: The CCDC Board approved the concept design for the Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) Park, which will be located on the western half of the block bounded by Broadway, Harbor Drive, Pacific Highway and the extension of E Street. The 1.9 acre park site adjoins the proposed Manchester Pacific Gateway LLC development as part of the overall Navy Broadway Complex development. In developing the concept design, CCDC and the design team incorporated feedback from both the community outreach process specific to the park and community workshops, facilitated as part of the larger Navy Broadway Complex project, the subject of an agreement between the City of San Diego and the U.S. Navy.
Nth Generation Computing - Has announced Mark Gonzalex will join the company as President, effective December 1st.
SeQual Technologies Inc., - San Diego, Is a medical equipment manufacturer that develops oxygen systems, announced the appointment of Randy Steward to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
JMAR Technologies - San Diego: Has received a follow-on order of an additional BriteLight laser by a leading manufacturer of microscopy instrumentation and software. JMAR develops and commercializes sensing systems for the detection of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials.
SAIC - San Diego: Is being awarded a $33,273,342 indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract with a cost plus fixed fee pricing arrangement for emerging technologies and systems for positioning, navigation and timing for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This contract includes two options and six award terms, which if exercised, would bring the commutative value of this contract to $94-million.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., - San Diego: Announced that its Lynx Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensor successfully identified suspected areas of illegal crossing activity along the US southwest border during recent border patrol operations conducted by the US Customs and Border Protection. The Lynx SAR is not performing day-to-day border search operations onboard a CBP Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS), also manufactured by GA-ASI.
ViaSat - Has been awarded a $1.5 million Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quality contract to manufacture KG-200 and KG-201 In-Line Media Encryptors (IMEs) in a competitive procurement by the National Security Agency
Cubic Corporation - Announced that its narrowband data link for the United Kingdom’s Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) surveillance system performed well during key trials conducted earlier this year.
SAIC - Has been awarded a contract by the US Navy Naval Facilities Engineering Command - Southwest to provide environmental planning support of Navy and Marine Corps construction, maintenance and training. The single-award indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity contract has four one-year options and a total contract ceiling of $30-million.
Global Solar Energy Inc. - A San Diego - based Solar Industry manufacturer of highly-efficient thin-film solar cells for glass modules or flexible material products, has awarded certification of its solar modules utilizing Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) by the International Electrochemical Commission. The certification confirms that Global Solar’s modules adhere to be the commission’s stringent requirements for functional and mechanical capabilities for long-term operations and open air environments.
UCSD - A division of the National Institute of health has awarded the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine nearly $38-million in grants for the study of cellular fats and oils. This $38-million builds upon $35.6 million awarded to UCSD in 2003 to establish and fund the consortium, designed to lead to break-throughs in the understanding of lipid metabolism and treatment of lipid-based diseases. The more than $73 million in grant funding is one of the largest grants ever awarded to an investigator at UCSD.
Excaliard Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad: Is a late stage pre-clinical company developing targeted therapeutics for the treatment of dermatological disorders and fibrotic disease, has appointed Lincoln Krochmal as President and CEO.
American Technology Corp (Nasdaq: ATCO), Is a provider of directed sound products and technologies, has received a new order for LRAD-RX systems from the U.S. military for maritime security. LRAD systems and products use directionally and focused acoustic output to clearly transmit critical information and warnings well beyond 500 meters.
SAIC - Has been awarded a contract by the Defense Intelligency Agency to support the national Media Exploration Center. The contract has a six-month base period of performance, four one-year options and a total contract value of $254-million if all options are exercised.
ViaSat - Carlsbad: A provider of satellite and other digital communication products, has been awarded an additional order valued at approximately $2.97 million for Multi-functional Information Distribution System, terminals from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, also known as SPAWAR. The order augments the $59million Lot 9 delivery orders previously announced.
Open Energy Corporation (OTC: OEGY) - Solana Beach. Is a developer of clear energy solutions
SAIC - Has been awarded the General Services Administration (GSA) Language Services Schedule to provide multilingual translation services to the DoD and other governmental agencies.
General Dynamics NASSCO - Has begun construction of the 10th ship of the US Navy’s T-AKE program. The ship will be named later and is scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2010. The T-AKE ship incorporates international marine technologies and commercial ship design features, including an integrated electric-drive propulsion system to minimize operating costs over its projects 40-year service life.
SAIC - Has received a 5-year nautical mapping contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worth up to $250-million.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., The Madison Research Division - San Diego: Is a national defense, information technology and homeland security solutions provider, has been awarded a contract from the US Army worth $10.3 million. Kratos will provide network systems engineering and experimentation support, and will include both analytical and systems engineering support in the planning, setup, design, accreditation, execution, data collection, and formal written analysis of a variety of communications experiments.
DR Systems - San Diego: Which provides medical imaging and information systems for diagnostic imaging centers and hospitals, has acquired four (4) new contracts with health care facilitates, totaling $2.19 million.
American Technology Corp. - San Diego: Nasdaq: ATCO: Is a provider of directed sound products and technologies. It has received new LRAD orders totaling more than $400,000 rom the US Military for force protection in Iraq. The LRAD systems and products use directionally and focused acoustic output to clearly transmit critical information, instructions and warnings well beyond 500 meters.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp, Integrated Systems Sector, San Diego: Is being awarded a contract modification for $23-million. This action will provide for Long Lead associated with five Global Hawk Air Vehicles.
Volcano Corporation - San Diego: (Nasdaq: VOLC): Is a developer, manufacturer and seller of products for the diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral artery disease, has relocated its corporate headquarters from Northern California’s Rancho Cordova to San Diego. The new HQ is located in the Carmel Valley area, and houses corporate executives, marketing, finance, accounting, corporate human resources, legal and catheter engineering. The company intends to expand its operations in San Diego in the near future.
ViaSat - Carlsbad: (Nasdaq: VSAT) Has been awarded contracts totaling $25-million for LinkWayS2 satellite modems to support the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and other DoD customers. The LinkWayS2 systems are for a variety of military communication programs, providing single-hop, full mesh, high speed bandwidth-on-demand flexibility and efficiency.
Taylor Guitars - El Cajon: A manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars, announced a strategic distribution partnership with Japan’s oldest and foremost distributor of musical instruments, Yamano Music Company. The agreement will facility expanded distribution of Taylor guitar models and accessories in Japan, with Yamano providing an expansive distribution channel and the first line of support for Taylor’s Japan-based customers.
Cardinal Health - Global health care company Cardinal Health announced plans to spin-off its clinical and medical products businesses as a separate public company to be based in San Diego. The spin-off will create a new, global company offering solutions for infusion, medication and supply dispensing, respirator care, infection prevention, medical diagnosis and surgical procedures. The new company is cheduled to be off the ground by mid-2009.. David Schlotterback will be CEO.
NASSCO - San Diego: Is being awarded a $9.3-million modification to previously awarded contract for the repair and alternation for non-docking Chief of Navy Operations-scheduled availability for the USS Cleveland.
Cytori Therapeutics - San Diego: (Nasdaq: CYTX), Specializes in regenerative medicine, has received a key patent for its cosmetic and reconstructive surgery product. Cell-enhanced fat grafts may be used in a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery applications.
Dot Hill Systems Corp - Carlsbad: (Nasdaq: HILL), Has enered into a manufacturing agreement with Foxconn Technology Group. Under the agreement Foxconn will supply Dot Hill with manufacturing, assembly and test services from its facility in China.
SAIC - Has been awarded two task orders by the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) to provide modeling and simulation support to the Army Aviation and Missile Reserch, Development and Engineering Center - Systems Simulation and Development Directorate. Each task order has a five-year total period of performance and the combined ceiling value is $160-million if all options are exercised.
The San Diego Convention Center Corp’s - Board of Directors voted unanimously t expand the center’s bayside facility. The expansion could add up to 500,000 sq ft by 2014.
Novatel Wireless Inc., (Nasdaq: NVTL) - a provider of wireless broadband solutions, has received Federal Communications Commission certification for a new wireless data micro modem that holds the distinction of being the world’s smallest USB modem. It is designed to provide high-speed Internet connectivity for any device with a Type-A USB port including notebooks, desktops, tablet PCs and PDAs.
Inovio Biomedical Corp: (Amex: INO) - A San Diego-based biomedical company focused on developing DNA vaccines, has received a contract for $933,000 from the Department of Defense for the US Army. The project will focus on identifying DNA vaccine candidates with the potential to provide rapid, robust immunity to protect against biowarfare and bioterror attacks.
Eli Lilly & Company (NYSE: LLY: A leading pharmaceutical company, has reportedly leased 125,000 sq ft in University Towne Center for its West Coast biotech center. The lease is for 10 years. This facility would be the company’s only biotech site outside of its home base in Indianapolis, though it has facilities in other countries. Lilly’s venture-capital group has a presence in San Diego.
SAIC - (NYSE: SAI) is awarded a maximum $30-million firm fixed price, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity architect / engineering contract for preparation of Navy and Marine Corps environmental planning documentation in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest area of responsibility.
Open Energy Corp - Solana Beach: (OTC: OEGY), Is a solar energy company, and has entered into an indefinite financing agreement with The Quercus Trust, one of the leading cleantech venture funds in North America. Quercus has committed to invest $4.7 million in Open Energy, consisting of $4.2 million in cash and $500,000 in the form of debt forgiveness on a prior loan from Quercus.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (Nasdaq: KTOS), A national defense, information technology and homeland security solutions provider, announced that its Rocket Support Services Sector has been awarded a $3-million contract from the US Army on behalf of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Tactical Engineering & Analysis, Inc., San Diego: Is being awarded a $64,180.020 indefinite delivery indefinity quantity, cost plus fixed fee contract to provide engineering support for on base and shipboard Testing, Analysis, Prototype, and Evaluation development for Tactical Data Link equipment, software and waveforms for various programs supported through the Space and naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego, Tactical Systems integration, and Interoperability Division.
Cubic Applications Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, San Dieog: Has been awarded a $31.7 million (potential value) contract from the U.S. Marine Corps. To continue training U.S. advisers to support the preparation of Iraqui and Afghan security forces.
M Ship Co. LLC - San Diego: The Pentagon’s high-speed, shallow-draft “Stiletto” ship, designed and built by San Diego-based M. Ship Co. LLC, completed a successful 6,000 nautical-mile deployment on a drug interdiction and apprehension mission in the waters of Colombia, the Bahamas and the Florida Straits. The deployment was capped off by a high-speed chase of a “go-fast” boat in shallow waters near the Florida coast that resulted in the apprehension of 3 suspected smugglers. Even though the Stiletto was officially classified as a “demonstrator,” the Department of Defense post-deployment report is expected to confirm that the revolutionary vessel reduced “illicit trafficking sanctuaries,” and proved its value as an affordable, high-speed, shallow-draft craft.
Mission Federal Credit Union Board of Director’s has elected Debra Schwartz as the new president and CEO.
Maxwell Technologies - San Diego: (Nasdaq: MXWL), will provide its Boostcap ultracapacitors to supply backup power for Germany-based Lti REEnergy GmbH’s blade pitch control systems on wind turbines. Blade pitch control systems enhance the consistency of wind turbines’ electrical energy output and ensure that rotor speed remains within a safe operating range by constantly adjusting the turbine blades to compensate for changes in wind velocity. Ultracapacitors supply back-up power for orderly system shutdown in the event of a main system power failure.
General Dynamics NASSCO - San Diego: The shipyard has launched the USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7). The ship is the 7th ship of the Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo-ammunition ships. Construction of the 689-foot vessel began in May 2007. It was named for Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear (1931-2006), who was the first African-American to qualify and serve as a Navy master diver on active duty.
Pharmatek Laboratories Inc., - San Diego: Is a pharmaceutical chemistry development company, and has opened a highly potent and cytotoxic compounds facility in San Diego. The 18,000 sq ft facility includes laboratories and manufacturing suites for the development of highly potent and cytotoxic drug product for early phase clinical trials.
Artes Medical Inc., (Masdaq: ARTE): A medical aesthetics company, has announced the promotion of Michael K. Green to COO. He will continue to hold the position of CFO and retain his responsibility for all financial, accounting and investor relations activities.
PowerGenix - San Diego: Is a manufacturer of nontoxic high performance rechargeable nickel-zinc batteries, has closed its $30-million Series D financing round.
Novocell Inc., - San Diego: Is a stem cell engineering company, has been issues two (2) U.S. patents related to its stem cell encapsulation technology and granted notice of allowance for a patent relating to the company’s technology for the isolation of clinical-grade human embryonic stem cell lines.
Daylight Solutions Inc., - Poway: A manufacturer of advanced molecular detection and imaging solutions, has signed a $5.3-million contract wit the US Navy. The company will deliver a self-contained, high power, mid-wave infrared laser system, with additional options extending for 1 to 5 years.
General Atomics Aeronautical System - San Diego: Was awarded a $37,158,705 cost plus incentive fee price contract for incremental funding for systems development and demonstration (including integration of the hellfire Missile) for the extended range multi-purpose unmanned aerial vehicle.
Northtop Grummon Systems Corpration (NYSE: NOC), Integrated Systems Air Combat Systems of San Diego, is being awarded a cost-plus award fee contract for $39,263,732.
General Atomics - San Diego: is working with Scaled Composites LLC on integrating the tires, wheels, brakes and brake control system for the WhiteKnightTwo mother ship that will carry the prototype SpaceShipTwo spacecraft up to its 50,000-foot launch altitude. Roll-out of the prototype aircraft “Eve” occurred July 28 in Mojave, CA.
Ethos Environmental Inc., - San Diego: (OTC: ETEV), A company that manufacturers an ester-based fuel, has appointed a new slate of officers and directors after 3 executives resigned last week. Corey Schlossmann is interim president, CEO and Director.
Legend Films Inc. - San Diego: An entertainment and digital media company, has closed a $5-million Series E Preferred Stock offering. The lead investor was Augustus Ventures Limited, with participation by Legend’s largest shareholder, Boston-based equity fund Par Investment Partners.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., - San Diego: (Nasdaq: KTOS), a national defense, information technology and homeland security solutions provider, has been awarded a 5-year contract to provide environmental compliance support services to MCB Hawaii. Kratos will provide hazardous materials and waste management support, and pollution prevention services that integrate sustainable practices while maintaining full compliance with all environmental regulations.
enXco Service Corp - Escondido: A wind energy company, has signed a 3-year agreement with Wisconsin Service Corporation, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group (NYSE: TEG), to service a large 99-watt wind project in Iowa, enXco, whose parent company is the EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, will operate and provide all necessary maintenance for the Crane Creek Wind Projects.
RoboServer Systems Corporation - San Diego: (PNK: RBSY) has been contracted by the city of St Louis, City Treasurer’s Office, Department of Parking, for the processing of payment collection throught a RoboServer Easy Pay Kiosk.
Green Star Alternative Energy Inc., (PNK: GSAE) - has acquired a wind measurement system from NRG Systems. This wind sensor will assist Green Star in further evaluating targeted wind farm locations within the Republic of Servia and Europe. The company’s development plan includes 300 MW of installed power capacity - producing renewable, eco-friendly electricity from wind energy.
Qualcomm Inc., - San Diego: And truck manufacturer and marketer Navistar Inc., a subsidiary of Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV), have agreed to install Qualcomm’s Mobile Computing Platform on Navistar’s truck beginning in the fall of 2008. Under the agreement, Navistar dealers will resell Qualcomm’s platform throughout the USA. Navistar customers will be able to purchase International brand trucks with the plat form installed by the dealer.
Qualcomm Inc., - San Diego: And computer Manufacturer Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. will offer Qualcomm’s new Gobi global mobile Internet solution in its entire line of rugged laptops. Toughbook mobile computers featuring the multi-mode Gobi solution can take advantage of high-speed mobile internet services offered by leading network operations in virtually all parts of the world!!!
San Diego North Chamber of Commerce - Has re-launched its Web site with new content and a new design. The Web site redesign has been executed as a part of its new “Go North” campaign.
Mad Catz Interactive Inc., (AMEX/TSX): A third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, has begun shipping its Fender Precision Bass guitar for the Xbox 360, the initial offering under its license with Harmonix and MTV Games to produce and distribute game peripherals and other products for the “Rock Band” game. This bass guitar provides gamers with a licensed, authentic Fender precision Bass guitar to complete their ensemble. Compatible with both Rock Band and the upcoming Rock Band 2 games, the Fender Precision Bass can be used to play both lead and bass guitar portions of a selected track.
BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, Inc., - Is being awarded a $9,131,511 modification to a previously awarded contract to exercise an option for the Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) of the USS Sterett
Rockwell Collins of San Jose is being awarded a $8.396,116 cost-plus, fixed-fee contract to develop and demonstrate a new generation of emissive micro-displays with high brightness, long lifetime, good electrical efficiency and low cost. 48% of the work will be performed in San Diego.
Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc., - San Diego: (Nasdaq: KTOS) - Has been awarded $4.4 million in contracts from four national digital infrastructure companies and one major medical facility. The company will provide a range of security and surveillance services, including access control with biometrics, smart cards, interior and exterior TV monitoring, perimeter fence protection, alarm monitoring, photo ID and biometric enrollment and a fiber optic system. The medical facility construction project is expected to be completed this year. The other projects are scheduled for completion in June 2009.
International Stem Cell Corporation - Oceanside: (OTCBB: ISCO) - has entered into a world-wide distribution agreement with Millipore Corporation (NYSE: MIL) to manufacture living cells and cell culture products to be sold through Miilipore’s distribution network. “The ISCO_Millipore team will provide valuable research tools for cell biologists across the world,” said Jeffrey Janus, ISCO”s President.
MVTS Technologies - Carlsbad: Announced the hiring of Jim Fraine as Executive Vice President of Sales.
Invitrogen - Carlsbad: (Nasdaq: IVGN) - Is a provider of life science technologies for research, production and diagnostics, has appointed Joe Beery as head of Invitrogen’s Global Information Technology. Most recently, he worked at US Airways’ as Sr. VP and Chief Information Officer, responsible for all IT business and operational systems and applications.
Helix Wind Inc., - San Diego: Is a manufacturer of small wind turbines, has entered into a firm sales agreement with Energy Development Argentina, Limited, (EDAL) a cell phone tower construction and services provider and renewable energy distributor in Argentina. EDAL is a developer of distributed power generation solutions for wireless communications tower in remote areas and in regions with unreliable power supplies, as well as for irrigation and liquids pumping applications. The company plans to target markets in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Brazil, Aruba and the Antilles. The agreement, which provides for the purchase of at least 1,500 units over the next 3 years, reflects the growing demand for renewable energy solutions in South America and the increasing cost of petroleum based power generation.
DriveCam Inc., - San Diego: Is a driver risk management company, has appointed Brandon Nixon as CEO and Board member. Nixon joins DriveCam from ViaSat, where he served as Senior VP responsible for commercial business.
SAIC - Has been awarded a $49-million contract. This action will provide R&D under BBA entitled “High Energy Research and Application (HERA).” This effort will advance the state-of-the-art and scientific knowledge in directed energy technology such as high power electro-magnetic source development, puled power and pulsed power systems and prime power systems.
Jitterbug - Del Mar: Is offering a new roadside assistance for its customers and has announced that its cellular phone and services are available in nearly 950 Best Buy Mobile retail stores nationwide. For $4 per month, Jitterbug will arrange for a vehicle to be towed to the closest qualified repair facility; provide a battery charge; install an inflated spare tire; provide up to 3 gallons of emergency fuel; arrange for a locksmith to regain entry to a car; and provide winching/extraction services to free your vehicle if it is stuck.
Qualcomm - San Diego: (Nasdaq: QCOM) - A developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, announced the appointment of Robert Watson as Senior Vice President and Division President of Qualcomm Enterprises (QES). He will lead the division’s business operations and provide strategic guidance in exploring new market opportunities for the group, which offers wireless solutions for a variety of enterprises, from vehicle and equipment telematics to mobile device management and machine-to-machine communications.
ViaSat - Carlsbad: (Nasdaq: VSAT) Has received Inmarsat Case Approval for the ViaSat AN/PSC-14©) rugged Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) integrated terminal. BGAN is the world’s first mobile communications service to delivery simultaneous voice and broadband IP data to a portable device across most of the world’s landmass.
Apera Motors - Carlsbad: Has hired Paul Wilbur as its president and CEO. Wilbur brings 26 years of automotive experience, ranging from product planning and finance to marketing and product development for companies such as Ford, and Chrysler. Most recently, Wilbur was the President and CEO of Detroit-based American Specialty Cars, a tier-1 supplier of open air and convertible roof systems, and Saleen, a leading manufacturer of high performance specialty cars and trucks.
Burnham Institute for Medical Research - La Jolla: Has been awarded a $97.9-million Molecular Libraries Probe Production Centers Network grant from the National Institutes of Health. Burnham was selected from among some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious universities and medical research institutions.
SAIC - Has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Transpor-tation John A. Volpe National Trans. Systems Center. This multiple-award, indefinite-delivery / indefinite quantity contract will support Communication, Navigation and Surveillance, and Traffic Management activities. The contract has a 5-year periof of performance and a ceiling value of $125-million for all awardees.
Healthy Inspirations LLC - A woman’s weight - loss fitness franchise system, is consolidating all operations from their Wakefeld, R.D. office to the Coronado office effective immediately. CEO is James Rowe.
American Freightways LP - San Diego: Announced an agreement with Sam Kholi Enterprises (SKE) to provide the exclusive dispatch and factoring services for SKE’s fleet of 50 over-the-road trucks. American Freightway’s 43 dispatchers, located in 19 offices across the USA began dispatching the added fleet of 50 trucks immediately. American Freightways will incorporate SKE’s dispatch infrastructure into American Freightways’ nation-wide network of freight agents.
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) - San Diego: The Air Force is modifying Northrop’s Integrated Systems, Air Combat Systems for $7,139,331. This effort is for the operation of the Global Hawk System in forward theaters of operation. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
SAIC - San Diego: Was awarded a $9.5 million contract to advance the technology and increase knowledge and understanding of chemical, biological, and radiological threats to personnel, equipment and operations based on various environmental factors. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
Who’s Your Daddy Inc., Carlsbad: Is a beverage company, and has announced a 349% increase in quarterly sales, which the company credited to its new marketing strategy.
URS Group, Inc., San Diego: Is being awarded a maximum $40-million firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery-indefinite-quantity architect/engineering contract for preparation of Navy and Marine Corps facilities and environmental documentation in the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest area of responsibility. The work to be performed provides for plans, studies, events, project planning documents, geo-spatial information and service, GPS services and National Environmental Policy Act planning.
JMAR Technologies Inc.k (OTCBB: JMAR): An innovator in the development and commercialization of sensing systems for the detection of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials, reporte that the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has awarded the company a contract to develop twl prototype special purpose lasers.
Pat & Oscar’s - In order to position itself more centrally between all of its 19 Southern California locations. Pat & Oscar’s has relocated its corporate headquarters to Carlsbad. The company recently opened 2 new restaurants, in San Marcos and Eastlake. As part of the strategic growth plan, the company plans to add new restaurants in California and Arizona as well as other markets over the next 2 to 5 years!!
MediaFLO USA - is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., has expanded its news coverage to include 3 new standalone full-time 24/7 news channels to its award-winning mobile TV service: CNBC and MSNBC from NBC Universal, and FOX news. The new channels increase the amount of live breaking news and in-depth current affairs programming available to AT&T and Verizon Wireless subscribers and will launch in time for the politcal party convention season. MediaFLO USA’s mobile TV service is available to AT&T subscribers as AT&T Mobile TV and to Verizon Wireless customers as V CAST Mobile TV.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., - a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems and tactical reconnaissance radars, has been ranked as best-in-class for “valuing the individual” in Aviation Week’s 2008 Workforce Study. The annual study ranks 79% of U.S. aerospace and defence workers, takes an industry-wide look at the current state of the aerospace and defense work force, with responses to specific questions.
Poseidon Resources - Carlsbad: Desalination plant, has received approval from the California State Lands Commission, giving it the final permit needed. Poseidon hopes to break ground for what will be the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere during the first half of 2009. The plant is expected to produce 50-MILLION gallons of fresh water per day for 300,000 people in North County. Another Poseidon desalination facility is planned for Huntington Beach, but the planning stages are several months behind the Carlsbad plant.
JMAR Technologies, Inc., (OTCBB: JMAR): An innovator in the development and commercial-ization of sensing systems for the detection of chemical, biiological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) materials, has formed Spectral Labs, Inc., a new subsidiary meant to design and develop equipment to detect, locate and identify radiological/nuclear threats with minimum intrustion. Spectral Labs is led by James H. Winso, President of the subsidiary.
Marine Corps Installations West, Camp Pendleton, - has appointed Navy Capt. Joseph A. Campbell to command as the newly created officer-in-charge of construction. In his role, Campbell will oversee the contracting of more than $4.7-billion (that is Billion with a B), in construction on the five Marine Corps bases in the West: Yuma, Arizona; Barstow, Twenty-nine Palms, and Camp Pendleton in California. Two doze contracts will be awarded by the end of the current fiscal year.
BakBone Software -: Is a provider of storage management software, has announced the appointment of Steve Martin as Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., San Diego: (Nasdaq: KTOS), is a national defense, information technology and homeland security solutions provider, announced the award of a contract to provide the Department of the Navy, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Charleston with various program management and data support services.
SAIC - (NYSE: SAI) Announced that it has been awarded the Professional Support Services task order from the Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology to provide a broad range of technical services and analytical support.
Dot Hill Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: HILL) - Carlsbad: Is a data storage vendor, and has announced plans to develop storage solutions based on the Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) EP80579 Integrated Processor family, formerly known as Tolapai. The highly integrate3d SoC, of System on Chip, architecture, based on the same blueprint as Intel’s existing processors, will offer new levels of performance and energy efficiency versus traditional SoCs. It will also combine multiple functions and will be customized to target the company’s traditional computing businesses, as well as several growth areas. The Hermes Spacecraft, a private space travel project, is expected to employ the new technology.
Solpac Construction Inc., dba “Soltek Pacific Construction Co.” of San Diego: Was awarded a $19,567,500 firm-fixed-price task order 0004 under a previously awarded contract for modification to Hanger 6, Building 9670 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
10th Avenue and National City Marine Terminals: These are San Diego’s two (2) maritime terminals, and they have an economic impact of $1.8-billion and help create more than 19,000 jobs according to a report released by the San Diego Institute for Policy Research.
Realty Income Corp. - Escondido: Has announced its 3rd increase in dividends this year.
Green Star Alternative Energy Inc.: has announced that its common stock is trading on the Pink Sheets under the symbol of GSAE. Management is evaluating projects worldwide that are designed to meet the global need for clean, environmentally friendly methods of energy creation. Green Star’s strategy is demand-driven and focuses on opportunities that will allow the generation of electricity from renewable resources. Currently the company is seeking to crate renewable electricity from wind power. The company is aware that many countries have adopted policies that promote alternative energy policies that promote alternative energy production: at least 66 countries. Last year, the areas of largest annual investment were Europe, China, and the USA. With more than $71 million of new investment and an overall growth rate of 15% the renewable energy sector has gained credence among private investors as having the potential to grow into the next big industry.
Living Earth Crafts - Vista: Which develops spa treatment table innovations and designs, announced an exclusive distribution agrement with SO Sound Solutions, a pioneer in sound healing and acoustic resonance therapy, spa, resort and healing art markets. LEC is currently the only manufacturer of spa treatment tables available with the SO SoundHearts within acoustic resonance therapy systems.
General Atomics - San Diego: Was awarded a $11,449.606 time and materials contract for modification to extend the period of performance for support services to Highlighter operations in Iraq. Work will be performed in Iraq with an estimated completion date of Dec. 21.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems - San Diego: Was awarded a $7.9-million cost-plus fixed fee contract to acquire 3 extended-range multi-purpose Block O Unmanned Aircraft in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Work will be performed in San Diego with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2010.
Indus Technology Inc., - San Diego: Has received a contract task order award under its Seaport-e contract worth about $6-million. Indus will provide life cycle management support services for the U.S. Navy Support Equipment Program to the Commander, naval Air Forces Code N4212 in Norfolk, VA. This will enable the Support Equipment Controlling Authority (SECA) sufficient capability to direct and maintain all aspects of aviation support equipment management, which includes optimizing limited inventory and maintaining program inventory control.
TAOS Industries Inc. Of Madison, Alabama, is being awarded a $5,786,059 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with some of the work being performed in San Diego. The preponderance of the contract is firm-fixed-price for recurring services.
Medsphere Systems Corporation - Carlsbad: Is a provider of Open Source health care IT solutions, announced the successful implementation of the company’s Open Vista electronic health record (EHR) solution at John Manchin Sr. Health Care Center, a 41-bed long-term care facility and outpatient clinic in Fairmont, WV. The program, among the first of its kind nationwide, allows personnel to more accurately document patent care, obtain the most current information, and easily access all records from multiple locations, effectively creating a closed-loop electronic repository of patient data.
Mad Catz Interacative Inc. - Is a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, has secured a license from Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of videogames, to produce branded controllers and accessories based on the “Street Fighter IV,” and “Bionic Commando” and “Resident Evil 5" videogame properties. The agreement gives Mad Catz North American and European rights to a range of accessories for all current videogame platforms, including the PC.
SpaceDev Inc. - Poway: Has signed a multi-year contract with Scaled Composites to assiste Scaled in the development of a production rocket motors for the first commercial space vehicle designed for space tourism called SpaceShipTwo. The vehicle is being designed by Scaled for Virgin Galatic and is part of a complete space system that also includes the recently unveiled WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, which will ferry Space ShipTwo and thousands of private astronauts, science packages and payloads as the first atage of Virgin Galatic’s sub-orbital space experience.
SAIC - (NYSE: SAI): Has been awarded a task order by the General Services Administration Federal Systems Integration and Management Center with a ceiling value of $410-million. The task order will provide information technology support to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. The task order has a one-year base period of performance and four one-year options that could total up to the $410-million figure.
U.S. Department of Commerce: Has released new data from the first half of 2007 that shows the value of expert sales from the San Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos area ($6.95 billion) places the region as the 17th largest export market in the USA over this time period. According to the data, 63% of San Diego’s merchandise exports were to countries comprising the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Zone (APEC), of which 62% were to countries within the North American Free Trade Agreement Zone (NAFTA). The top export location for San Diego goods was Mexico, according for 33% of total merchandise exports in the first half of 2007. Other top destinations were Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. “San Diego’s strong high-technology industries continue to grow our regions exports” said Hugh Constant, VP of the San Diego World Trade Center. Computer and electronic products was the top San Diego export, totaling $1.6 billion, or 23% of the exported goods.
SAIC - (NTSEL: SAI), was awarded a $6.081-million time and materials contract for post deployment / post production software engineering support and fielding, training, logistics, documentation, engineering and technical suport services for the Joint Network Management System. Work will be performed in San Diego and Fairfax, VA, and is expected to be completed by August 2009.
Inovio Biomedical Corporation: (Amex: INO), a developer of DNA vaccines using a proprietary electroportation-based DNA delivery platform, has expanded its research license with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), an organization dedicated to ensuring the development of safe and effective preventive HIV vaccines.
U.S. Foodservice / Joseph Webb Division - Vista: Has been awarded a maximum $34.585 million firm fixed price, prime vendor contract for full ine food and distribution services from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Orange 21 Inc., Carlsbad: (Nasdaq: ORNG), is a developer of brands that produce premium products for the Action Sports and Youth Lifestyle markets. They announced the appointment of A. Stond Douglass to the Board of Directors. Douglass is currently president, CEO of Steakhouse Partners, Inc., which operates 23 full-service steakhouse restaurants located in 7 states.
Via Sat, Inc., Carlsbad: (Nasdaq: VSAT) - RECEIVED A $9.3 million award from the Defense Information Systems Agency to continue the development of the UHF SATCOM Integrated Waveform Channel Controller. This second phase of the Integrated Waveford development enables demand assigned services on UHF SATACOM networks to support new applications that require better performance and higher channel throughput.
LM Capital Group LLC - has announced that Carolyn Geisler-Lustfield and Todd Crescenzo, CFA, have joined the company’s Research and Analysis Group as Senior VP of Research, and VP of Research, respectively. In addition, Linda A. Krauss has been named Chief Compliance Officer.
Neptune Hospitality Advisors - San Diego: a real estate capital advisory firm dedicated to the hotel industry, announced that it has arranged the senior financing for the 276-room former Wyndham located at the Albuquerque International Airport.
Mitchell International Inc., - San Diego: is a provider of information, workflow and performance management solutions for the claims and collision repair industries, announced a formal relationship that allows Mitchell to offer Dell hardware to Mitchell customers.
General Atomics - San Diego, and the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, will welcome about 350 guests from around the world to San Diego for Maglev 2008, the 20th International Conference on Magnetically Levitated Systems and Linear Drives. The Conference will be December 15 - 18 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt along the San Diego Bay. Maglev is an international conference covering all aspects of magnetically levitated, propelled, and guided transportation systems. This marks the first time in 15 years the conference will be in the USA.
BioBlocks Inc., - San Diego: Is a provider of chemical building blocks and drug delivery chemistry outsourcing, announced the expansion of its international management team. The U.S. team, which focuses on drug discovery research and technology, will continue to interface closely with a team of scientists based in Hungary. BioBlocks has added Warren Wade, as Director of Medicinal Chemistry at BioBlocks USA, and Katalin Gero as General Manager of BiiBlocks Hungary.
Illumina Inc., (Nasdaq: ILMN), announced the appointment of Dr. Mostafa Ronaghi as Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer. Ronaghi will be responsible for leading the technology development effort at Illumina including Avontome technology, which is a low-cost, long-read-length sequencing technique that complements Illumina’s current sequencing technologies.
BIOCOM: The BIOCOM Institute, a charitable arm of the BIOCOM local trade group, announced that it has secured a non-profit status and financial support. Funded with 2 initial $30,000 grants from the Pfizer Foundation and the San Diego Foundation, the Institute’s 501 ( c) (3) arm of BIOCOM, designated to raise awareness and provice training for career opportunities in the biotech and medical device community for students, scientists, career counselors and teachers.
Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Inc., San Diego: (Nasdaq: HEPH), which develops a new class of small molecule compounds based on endogenous adrenal steroid hormones, has commenced a phase one-half clinical trial with its oral dug candidate Apoptone in late-stage prostrate cancer patients who have failed hormone therapy and at least one found of chemotherapy treatment.
Tetra Tech Inc., San Diego: (formerly named Tetra Tech Foster Wheeler, Inc. ), is being awarded $7.5 million under a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract for base-wide radiological surveys and remediation at Hunters Point Shipyard. The work will be performed in San Francisco, and is expected to be completed in June 2009. Contract funds will not expre at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest of San Diego, is the contracting activity.
eVisibility, Inc., was selected as one of the Ten Most Dependable Search Engine Marketing Firms in the USA. The company has been recognized for many awards and titles, but the recent award was published in INC Magazine is the greatest honor to date eVisibility is also recognized as the 7th largest AD Agency in San Diego.
SAIC - is being awarded a cost-plus fixed fee contract for almost $6-million. The action will provide
Digirad Corporation - Poway: (Nasdaq: DRAD) is a medical diagnostic imaging systems and services provider, announced that their revenues had reached record levels for the second quarter, ending June 2008.
Invitrogen Corporation: Carlsbad: (Nasdaq: IVGN), saw revenues increase by 14.3% to $386 million for the second quarter 2008.
Sempra Generation subsidiary of Sempra Energy, (NYSE: SRE), announced the development of the company’s first solar facility adjacent to the company’s existing El Dorado Energy power plant near Boulder City, Nev, about 40 miles SE of Las Vegas. When completed later in 2008, the El Dorado Energy solar project will be the largest operational thin-film, solar-powered project in North American. Arizona-based First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) will be the engineering, procurement and contractor for the project and will monitor and maintain the plant. First Solar’s modules employ an advanced thin-film semiconductor technology to convert sunlight into electricity without air emissions or water use. The solar modules absorb low light sunlight into electricity even in cloudy weather and dawn and dusk conditions. As a result, First Solar modules will generally produce more electricity under real-world conditions than conventional solar modules with similar power ratings.
Aptera Motors - Carlsbad: has raised more than $24-million at the close of its Series C fund of venture funding. The new funds will be used to start initial production of its Aptera Typ-1, a radically different vehicle designed to marry advanced aerodynamics with light-weight composite technology creating an incredibly powerful yet extremely safe vehicle. Additionally, the company plans to use the newly raised funds to build a manufacturing facility in Vista.
SAIC - San Diego: (NYSE: SAI), is among 6 companies named in a contract worth a potential $900 million.
CONNECT: is accepting applications from companies to particpate in its High Technology Roundtable scheduled for Nov 11th, for entrepreneurs in the information technology, communications, hardware, software, electronics, security, wireless and other high-tech sectors interested in obtaining angel, venture, or private equity funding, to submit applications. Applicants must pass a rigorous screening process to be invited to present.
Douglas E. Barnhart, Inc., San Diego, is a building, engineering and construction management firm. It has made a $2.5 million gift to modernize Scripps Mercy’s operating rooms used for minimally invasive robotic surgery. In January 2008, owner Doug Barnhart received lifesaving cancer surgery through the Scripps Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Program.
Cubic Defense Applications: (Amex: CUB), is a defense unit of Cubic Corporation, recently installed a new voice communications system at the Canadian Weapon Effects Simulation training facility at Candadian Forces Base in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada.
San Diego North Convention and Visitors Bureau - has added 2 new members to its team: Mark Erekson as VP of Sales and Marketing, and Greg Seckington as Director of Finance and Administration. Erekson will oversee the 11-person sales and marketing team, and be responsib le for sales development, marketing, public relations, increasing brand awareness, and focusing on new corporate, association and incentive groups for the bureau.
Cubic Corporation - San Diego: said it has paid $61-million in cash to acquire privately-held Omega Training Group, a defense training services business in Columbus, GA, that employs 790 people. Omega, founded in 1990, plays a key role in training Army soldiers at Fort Benning,, GA.; Fort Bliss, and Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Jackson, S.C.. The company will continue to operate under its own name as part of Cubic’s Mission Support Business Group.
SAIC - was among 12 defense contractors selected for a $6.9 Billion (Billion with a “B”), project to support Air Force weapons systems. Under the contract for the Future Flexible Acquisition and Sustainment Tool program, SAIC will compete with other contractors on task orders for up to 7 years.
DefenseWeb Technologies, Inc., - San Diego: is a custom software developer and system integrator for the US Department of Devense, and other federal governmental agencies, announced its participation in an IT support program for the agency responsible for the heal policies of the US military deployments. Maria Everhart Gaboury is VP of Healthcare Department for DefenseWeb.
Invitrogen Corporation: (NYSE: IVGN), has licensed an engineered stem cell line from the Buck Institute for Age Research. The stem cell line is engineered to track a neural lineage marker gene. The gene controls a protein that maintains a neural tem cell’s ability to replicate early in brain development, the directs it to form a particular type of neural cell. The Buck Institute will be holding its first annual Stem Cell Symposium on the Bay in Novato, CA, in August 2008.
Centre City Development Corp - has named VP Real Estate Operations Barbara Kaiser as acting president. CCDC Chairman is Fred Maas.
Cymer, Inc., San Diego: (Nasdaq: CYMI), is a supplier of light sources for semiconductor chips.
Illumina, Inc. - San Diego: (Nasdaq: ILMN), reached its 28th consecutive quarter of revenue growth in an impressive second quarter, ending June 30th. Total revenues increased by 66% to $140.2 million.
The San Diego Foundation - was able to grant out more than $62 million last year. These grants provide support to the nonprofit organizations throughout the San Diego region that carry out missions spanning the full spectrum of charitable causes.
Anacomp Inc., - (OTC: ANCPA), has been named a top electronic discovery service provider in the s008 Socha-Gelbmann Electronic Survey, an annual ranking of the leading solutions providers in the litigation support market. The inclusion of Anacomp and its CaseLogistix litigation support software, which enables legal teams to quickly organize, review and produce digital evidence, indicates the success, satisfaction and reputation the company and solution have garnered with law firm and corporate client users.
Santarus Inc., (Nasdaq: SNTS), and Depomed Inc., (Nasdaq: DEPO) announced that they have entered into a promotion agreement granting Santarus exclusive rights to promote Depomed’s Glumetza prescription products in the United States. Glumetza is a once-daily, extended-release formulation of medformin that incorporates patented drug delivery technology
First Business Bank - (OTC: FBBN) has announced that John Brackett has hired as Vice President, Business Banking, responsible for business and strtegic development for the bank. He will be located at First Business Bank’s corporate headquarters in Del Mar Heights.
Time Warner Cable - San Diego: has named Bob Barlow as President of the San Diego Division (NYSE: TWC).
PriceSmart - San Diego: Is a ware-house retailer, and has announced that its third quarter profits doubled as sales surged by 27% at the chain of stores the company operates throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The company underscored the strength of its sales by noting that its same-store sales increased by 20% in June compared with the same month in 2007. Central America and the Caribbean have proved to be fertile grounds for the company, which sells primarily to middle-class and affluent customers. Robert Price, PriceSmart’s CEO, also said that currencies in PriceSmart’s territories remained relatively steady against the U.S. dollar, although he noted that Panama, El Salvador and the U.S. Virgin Islands use the dollar as their currencies.
Invitrogen - Carlsbad: A test made by Invitrogen that can determine whether women with breast cancer could be helped by taking the powerful drug Herceptin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The company said its SPOT-Light test measures the presence of high levels of a cancer-promoting gene, HER-2, to determine whether individuals are good candidates for Herceptin. The SPOT-Light test does not need some laboratory equipment, and so can be performed by mst hospital laboratories, sand William Barrett, Invitrogen’s Director of Cellular Analysis.
SDG&E - and an Arizona startup company has asked government regulators for approval to build a massive solar energy power plant that proponents say is crucial to San Diego Gas & Electric’s proposed Sunrise Powerlink. The project planned by Stirling Energy Systems of Phoenix, calls for erecting 30,000 mirrored dishes, each 38 feet tall and 40 feet wide, in the desert near El Centro. It would convert solar energy into electricity to power 500,000 San Diego homes. Stirling’s proposal has become a crucial part of SDG&E’s plans to comply with a state mandate that requires the utility to provide 20% of its electricity from renewable power sources by 2010. The solar project represents roughly 44% of SDG&E’s goals for renewable power sources, according to the 2600-page application Stirling filed with the California Energy Commission. SDG&E has cited the solar energy facility proposed by Stirling as a key reason for building the $1.5-billion Sunrise Powerlink. The 150-mile route preferred by SDG&E would cross Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and has triggered intense opposition.
TAG - San Diego: Is an employee-owned accounting consulting company, and has acquired Contractor Software Corporation, a privately-held developer of job cost accounting software for the construction industry. Contractor Software provides softwae consulting and support services to 90 San Diego- based companies.
BAE Systems - The British defense contractor, plans to open a maritime development center for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems in Point Loma. BAE expects to employ 200 at the Center, which will support the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, the Joint Program Executive Office, the Joint Tactical Radio System and other federal agencies. BAE employs about 3,000 at its offices in Rancho Bernardo, National City, Vista, Temecula and downtown San Diego. Construction of BAE’s new center is expected to be completed at Liberty Station in 14 months.
Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year for San Diego County” awards have been given to five (5) San Diego executives: Winners are (1) Andrew Clark CEO of Bridgepoint Education, (2) Jay Flatley, chief executive of Illumina; (3) Patrick Henry, chief executive of Entropic Communications, (4) Alan Gold, chief executive of BioMed Realty Trust, and (5) Valorie Seyfert, chef executive of CUSO Financial Services.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau - nas named Margaret Sitton to the newly created job of Senior VP of Sales. She previously worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Sycuan Casino - Has named Sheila Howe as General Manager. She was the casino’s Director of Gaming Operations for the past 5 years.
Pala Casino Spa & Resort - Has named Bill Bembenek as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Bemenek joined the organization soon after it opened in 2001. Most recently, he was the Assistant General Manager.
Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps: Has named Barry Firzpatrick a partner for the Rancho Santa Fe office. Fitzpatrick, who has practiced law for almost 40 years, formerly worked at Newnham, Fitzpatrick, Weston and Brennan.
US Farms - San Diego: Is a farming and nursery company, and has announced that it is selling its produce-brokerage business in tomatoes, asparagus and garlic operations in order to focus on aloe vera farming and nursery operations. The company recently announced its intent to buy aloe vera manufacturing and bottling equipment. It plans to generate revenue through bulk aloe veraleaf sales, potted-plant sales, aloe vera produce and plant and nursery sales. US Farms is tending more than 250,m000 full-grown aloe vera mother plants on about 70 acres in the Imperial Valley. It uses them to produce aloe vera “pups,” which are repotted and sold through retail and wholesale nurseries.
KPMG - said that Deanna Flores has joined its Washington national tax financial institutions and products group as a principal. Flores will be based in KPMB”s San Diego office.
ParkerWhite - has named Rebecca Boehmer as a public-relations account executive.
Solera Holdings - San Diego: Makes software for the auto insurance industry, said that stockholders have agreed to sell 5 million of their shares in the company in an underwritten public offering.
Voeh Networks - San Diego: Is an online video service, and announced that it has raised an additional $30-million in venture funding.
SAIC - has been awarded a contract worth $221-million or more to provide engineering and other support at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, SC. The one-year contract could be extended up to eight (8) years.
General Dynamics’s NASSCO - San Diego: Has received a $100-million contract from the Navy to purchase materials for the construction of a 12th T-AKE dry cargo-ammunition ship. NASSCO is under contract to construct 11 T-AKE ships at its shipyard. The contract enables NASSCO to place orders for the ship’s engines and other components that have significant manufacturing lead times. The contract that funds construction of the 12th T-AKE ship is expected bo be awarded by February 2009, with delivery in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Ashworth - Carlsbad: Is a golf-shirt maker, and has announced that it has achieved a profit for its fiscal second quarter of 6 cents per share.
Provide Commerce - San Diego: Is the parent company of ProFlowers, has bought online gift retailer Red Envelope out of bankruptcy. Red Envelope, which is based in San Francisco established a well-known internet brand with its portfolio of carefully selected gifts items that included delicate necklaces, unique wine coolers, monogrammed soap pillows and silver-plated baby rattles. Provide Commerce, which started out as ProFlowers more than 10 years ago, has expanded into a wide range of Internet businesses, including gourmet gift-basket company Cherry Moon Farms and Shari’s Berries, which specializes in such confections as chocolate-covered strawberries. In 2006, Liberty Media, a holding company that owns the QVC home-shopping channel, bought Provide Commerce for $477 million. Provide Commerce said that it has annual revenue around $300 million and about 350 employees, with about 250 based in San Diego. Provide Commerce CEO is Bill Strauss.
Biotechnology Industry Organization’s convention is scheduled in San Diego, from 17-20 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Hewlett Packard - is preparing for the 2nd largest acquisition in its 69 year history, when it announced the acquisition of Electronic Data Systems Corporation for $13.2 billion. HP, whose Imaging and Printing group is based in San Diego, is counting on EDS to boost the demand for its services and computers among major companies and government agencies while improving its competitive position against IBM, the leading seller of technology services.
Turbo Tax - San Diego, is headquartered here, and is owned by Intuit. Turbo Tax announced that its net income rose to $444.2 million or $1.33 a share, from $367.2, or $1.04 per share a year earlier.
Qualcomm Chairman, Irwin Jacobs, has been elected Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, a National Academy of Sciences-related organization. The two academies advise the federal government on science and technology issues. Jacobs has been a member since 1982, three years before he co-founded Qualcomm. He is a former professor of computer science and engineering at the University of CA San Diego. Before Qualcomm, he co-founded San Diego engineering company Linkabit.
Genoptix - Carlsbad: Is a company that specializes in laboratory services to ontologists. The company reports a first quarter profit and revenues almost 4 ½ times higher than last year!
Biotechnology Industry: Had little difficulty raising money last year, with venture capital, stock offerings and debt deals pumping a near-record $21-billion into the sector. San Diego has the third largest cluster of publically traded biotechnology companies in the nation at 42 firms, behind the San Francisco Bay area with 77 and New England with 62.
SAIC - and several other San Diego companies - Were among 26 firms awarded a maximum of $12.2 BILLION contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency. Under the five-year Encore II contract, the companies will compete to provide services related to improving the military’s ability to share information via computers. BAE Systems, Computer Sciences Corp., Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon, which have links to San Diego, were also awarded a piece of the project. Del Alderson, SAIC group president, said that the contract would enable the company “to build upon relationships” with the agency. SAIC participated in the Encore contract awarded in 2002. The new contract can be extended up to 10 years.
AMN Healthcare Services - San Diego: Is a health care staffing company, and they have reported a first-quarter profit rise of 16%. Demand for the company’s temporary nurses and allied health care professionals has been on the rise in recent months because of a slight increase in overall hospital admissions.
Histogen - San Diego: Is a start-up company using products of newborn fibroblasts, announced that it has closed a $5.35 million Series A financing.
SAIC - San Diego: Announced that it has won a contract from Chevron USA to provide environmental services that SAIC estimates will be worth $150 million over the next five years. Under the agreement, SAIC will perform environmental re-mediation, engineering, ground-water monitoring, site assessment and closure services at Chevron sites in the United States and overseas. The contract has no specified time period but extends an agreement which SAIC has provided similar services for the energy company since 2002.
Qualcomm - San Diego: announced that demand for their next-generation Mirasol cell phone displays was growing fast enough that they have an agreement with Taiwanese electronics manu-facturer Foxlink, who will build and run a fabrication plant dedicated to manufacturing Qualcomm’s next-generation Mirasol cell phone displays. The displays use micro-electronic machine technology to create screens that reflect rather than emit light. As a result, they can be viewed in direct sunlight and use less power than LCD displays. Acoustic Research has begun selling a Bluetooth stereo headset with a Mirasol display. A cell phone from Chinese Manufacturer Hisense using the Qualcomm technology is due out by year’s end. At least four (4) other devices are in the works, Qualcomm said.
Apoptos - San Diego: is a privately-held company developing cancer drugs, announced that it has raised $28 million in Series A funding from Venrock, ARCH Venture Partners, OrbiMed Advisors and Advanced Technology Ventures. The financing, to fund the company through 2010, will be used to advance its pipeline of drugs directed at inducing tumor cell apoptosis, also know as programmed cell death.
MediaFLO - is Qualcomm’s mobile TV subsidiary: Will more than double its base of potential viewers when AT&T becomes the second wireless company to offer its lineup of TV programs broadcast to cellular phones. AT&T competitor Verizon and MediaFLO have been rolling out the service since early 2007, and now offer it in 58 markets.
Illumina - www.illumina.com: Is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of next-generation life-sciences tools and integrated systems for the large-scale analysis of genetic variation and biological function. The company provides a comprehensive line of products and services that currently serve the sequencing, genotyping, and gene expression markets, and will soon enter the market for molecular diagnostics.
Chick Packaging - specializes in the design and management of products and services to help ship large merchandise on-time, un-damaged, and within budget. The company specializes in dismantled, packed, shipped, stored, relocated, and installed everything from mechanical assemblies, nuclear power plant components, machinery, livestock, transformers, air crafts, tanks and generators to specialized electronic components, computer circuit boards and chips, semi-conductors and HAZMAT materials. Chick also serves as the primary packer for top companies within the entertainment industry. The company is expanding and opening new facilities in Rialto, and within six (6) months in San Diego.
MadCap Software - La Jolla: A leader in multi-channel content authorizing a software company for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft XPS, has announced that its website has been named one of the “Ten Best Support Sites” of 2008 by the Association of Support Professionals. Each year the prestigious ASP award recognizes the ten companies that best exemplify excellence in online service and support.
MIR3 - San Diego: Is a global leader in intelligent Notification solutions for enterprises. They have announced a complete two-way combination of its TelAlert6e Messaging Server with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. The company is the leading provider of Intelligent Notification systems to enterprises, universities and government organizations, offering the Industry’s widely used Global Enterprise Platform. MIR3's real-time, two-way notification solutions are trusted by more than 85 Fortune 100 companies, and more than 150 esteemed colleges and universities, as well as numerous local, state and federal agencies.
DivX, Inc., - is a digital media company that enables consumers to enjoy a high-quality video experience across any kind of device. DivX creates, distributes and licenses digital video technologies that span the “three screens” comprising today’s consumer media environment - the PC, the television and mobile devices. Over 100 million DivX Certifies devices have shipped into the market from leading consumer electronics manufacturers. DivX also offers content providers and publishers a complete solution for the distribution of secure, high-quality digital video content. Driven by a globally recognized brand and a passionate community of hundreds of millions of consumers, DivX is simplifying the video experience to enable the digital home. DivX just announced that it has entered into an agreement with LG Electronics to include DivX technology in LG Secret, the newest handset in the highly stylish LG Black Label Series just launched in Europe.
Kyrcera Wireless Corp - is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Inc’s CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, Kyocera Wireless leverages Japan’s history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface.
Chumby Industries, San Diego: CEO is Stephen Tomlin. The company makes tiny Linus computers disguised as various objects, such as a snugly toy. The touch-screen device connects via Wi-Fi to the Internet and streams information that owners choose, such as local traffic, weather, sports scores, appointments, etc. Perhaps because of the “cute” factor, Chumby has picked up a lot of positive press among the digerati - bloggers and the trade press, since the company began selling the $180 gadget in February 2008. In addition, Chumby Industries recently raised $12.5 million in second round venture funding.
Qualcomm - San Diego: Strong sales of smart phones in the industrialized world, and inexpensive entry-level phones in developing countries, Qualcomm announced a 17% increase in sales and a 6% rise in profits for its second quarter.
Northrop Grumman: Received a $1.16-billion contract from the Navy to design and build an unmanned surveillance aircraft for the Navy, a decision the company said would bring 1,700 new jobs to San Diego!
Callaway Golf - Carlsbad: Said that first quarter profits were better than expected, with sales and earnings beating Wall Street forecasts. Chief Executive Officer George Fellows said Callaway is being cautious looking ahead, as second quarter is typically the strongest and will be a better gauge of how successful the year will be.
Regulus Therapeutics - Carlsbad: Announced that it will receive $20-million from GlaxoSmithKline after signing a collaboration agreement on the development of new MicroRNA-targeted therapeutics to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Regulus is a joint venture between Carlsbad-based Isis Pharmaceuticals and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals to focus on microRNA, a recently discovered class of genetically encoded proteins believed to regulate a large number of human genes. Regulus could also be to received up to $144.5 million in development, regulatory and sales milestone payments.
San Diego Film Commission CEO Cathy Anderson indicates that 393 Feature films, television programs, commercials and other media projects produced in San Diego injected about $96.2 million into the local economy.
Vibra Bank - Chula Vista: is close to wrapping up capital raising efforts in which it expects to corral between $14-million and $17.5-million to capitalize up to 3 new community banks in San Diego - including one focused on Hispanic business owners. Vibra officials expect it to open in May with a branch at 530 Broadway in western Chula Vista: Gateway Pacific Bank, headquartered in National City, recently received regulatory approval to begin raising money. Organizers will try to raise between $15 million and $18 million from investors. And local hotel magnate Douglas Manchester has filed with regulators to organizing a new bank in La Jolla called Manchester Financial Bank. Manchester, the owner of the Manchester Grand Hyatt and The Grand Del Mar, plans to contribute 95% of the $20-million to capitalize himself.
Mitchell International - San Diego: Is a company that makes software for handling auto insurance claims. It will acquire a 200-employee medical-bill-review software business from Fair Isaac Corporation. The new division specializes in providing software that scans medical bills for things such as excessive treatment - based on medical guidelines. For privately held Mitchell, the move expands its business in claims-review software, CEO Alex Sun said. Mitchell sells software for examining personal-injury claims related to auto collisions. With the acquisition of the Fair Isaac division, Mitchell will have products for other medical markets. Mitchell currently employs about 1000 workers worldwide, with about 650 in San Diego. Mitchell has $200-million in annual revenue, and was purchased last year by Los Angeles private equity firm Aurora Capital Partners and GE Pension Trust for more than $500 million.
The Open Energy Corporation - Solana Beach, CA: is a Solar firm, and has found a new way to get around the high up-front costs that often discourage builders and home buyers from installing rooftop solar energy systems. The company is financing and installing 1.2 kilowatt solar systems on each of the 47 townhomes in Pacific Station development in Encinitas in exchange for the right to sell power back to the occupants. The mixed-use residential and retail development soon will break ground along the Pacific Coast Highway. There is no up-front cost to the homeowners, and the electricity will be sold at rates that match or undercut those charge by SDG&E. At the end of a 25-year power purchase agreement, Pacific Station homeowners will have the right to purchase the solar roofs at their depreciated value.
Apera, Inc., - (A Greek word for “wingless flight” - Carlsbad: Has designed a battery-powered vehicle with a claimed 120-mile driving range, more than double that of most electric cars today. The two-seat, 3-wheeled vehicle is engineered and fabricated of lightweight materials and has a top speed of almost 90 mph. Deliveries of the first cars - technically a motorcycle - will begin in November with a sale price of $30,000. Apera co-founder and CEO is Steve Fambro. A gasoline-electric version will soon follow, also priced about $30,000. More orders have been placed for the hybrid version, which uses a one-cylinder engine as a generator, and will get more than 300 miles per gallon and have a range of 600 miles.
Scripps Research Institute - San Diego: Is renowned for its work in drug development and medicinal chemistry, is making a bigger commitment to stem cell research. The Institute has created its own Center for Regenerative Medicine, and hired embryonic stem cell scientist Ms. Jeanne Loring away from the Burnham Institute to lead it.
Pulse-Link - Carlsbad: Bruce Watkins is President of Pulse-Link. The new technology for the company moves high-definition TV signals without wires. It took Pulse-LInk 8 years to develop chips capable of doing it. The company has raised $80-million in venture capital to commence the marketing segment of their new technology.
SafeMed - San Diego: A software company founded in 2000 by Dr. Ahmed Ghouri, searches vast amounts of health data for information about drug interactions and recommended treatments. The privately-owned company has as many as 60 physicians as investors. With fewer than 50 employees, the company’s Chief Technical Officer is Mr. Raghu Sugavanam, and Richard Noffsinger is CEO. SafeMed is the exclusive product supplier to Google Health.
NextWave - San Diego: Said that it has developed a mobile TV system for next-generation mobile phones that run on WiMax wireless technology. MX-tv offers the ability to broadcast programming to mobile devices, a service similar to MedioFLO from Qualcomm. But the new technology is limited to WiMax networks, which are primarily being constructed in India and other developing countries. WiMax is a long-range wireless technology for high-speed data connections. Because it can work with mobile devices such as laptops, some see it as a contender for the so-called fourth generation of cell phones, or 4G.
Mpex Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: Announced that the FDA has granted orphan drug status to its levofloxacin solution for inhalation for the treatment of pulmonary infections in patients with cystic fibrosis. Orphan drug status is granted to experimental therapies that would serve a small market as incentive for their development. The status gives drug developer the potential for tax breaks and extended market exclusivity.
Nanoimaging Services - San Diego: Supplies high-resolution, three-dimensional electron microscope imaging services to drug manufacturers, announced that it has completed a $1.5 million round of financing led by Merck Capital Ventures. The funding will be used to expand the company’s service laboratory.
Anadys Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: Announced that it has started a Phase 1 study of ANA773, its oral therapy for patients with advanced solid tumors. The company’s safety and tolerability trials, being conducted at several sites nationally, are designed to identify dosing and anti-tumor activity.
Advanced Technologies - San Diego: Is the newly opened 2400 square-foot research lab in the Sorrento Valley area. The privately-held Canadian company develops mulecular diagnostics. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company announced the San Diego site will be working on technology that may eliminate the need for target or signal amplification required by standard molecular diagnostics. The company expects to expand by 50% during its 3-year lease.
American AgCredit - Escondido: Is the nation’s seventh-largest agricultural lending cooperative with offices in Escondido, Indio, Ontario and Riverside. They announced that it has distributed $19.8 million in net income to its members. Founded in 1916, American AgCredit is part of the cooperative Farm Credit System. It provides financial services to agriculture and rural customers in California and Nevada, as well as capital markets customers in 27 states.
Maxwell Technologies - San Diego: is a company that specializes in energy storage devices.
Avalon Ventures - San Diego: Is a venture-capital firm that has raised more than $150 million for its eights investment fund, the largest since managing director Kevin Kinsella founded the firm 25 years ago. Like most venture-capital firms, Avalon Ventures raises its capital from limited partners that include college endowments, pensions, institutional investors and insurance companies.
InnovaSystems International - San Diego: has been awarded a $14.1 million contract by the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center for development and support of the Defense Readiness Reporting System. The one-year contract includes four (4) one-year options that could bring the total contract value fo nearly $75.8 million.
Ocera Therapeutics - San Diego: Is a company that develops therapies for gastrointestinal and liver diseases, announced that it has completed a $35.5 million Series C financing.
Invitrogen - Carlsbad: A maker of tools for research and drug discovery, has announced that it has made a minority investment in Q Therapeutics, a biotechnology company pursuing cell therapeutic indications for the central nervous system.
Nitches Inc., - San Diego: has acquired outdoor-lifestyle retailer Backwoods Equipment Co., whose operations consist of Backwoods stores and travel service Backwood Adventures. Nitches designs and markets a variety of apparel. The acquisition was a stock swap and Backwoods would become a wholly owned subsidiary. The company said that the deal would help it focus on the specialty retailing sector. Backwoods has eight (8) retail locations in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, and offers technical gear and outdoor wear.
Cubic Corporation - San Diego: Announced that its earnings per share rose to 40 cents a share compared with 31 cents a share a year earlier.
Regents Bank - San Diego: Reports a 9% growth in assets and deposits, and 10% growth for loans.
Cylene Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: Has named Kenna Anderes as Vice President of the company’s cancer biology programs.
Traversa Therapeutics - San Diego: Announced that it has completed a $2-million financing. The company is focusing on RNA interference, a process of inhibiting the expression of genes associated with particular diseases.
General Dynamics, NASSCO - San Diego: The shipyard announced that it has received a $460-million contract from the Navy for construction of a 10th dry cargo and ammunition supply ship. The contract also provides funding related to an 11th ship in the T-AKE class. NASSCO was under contract to build nine ships, and the first four are in service. General Dynamics NASSCO employs about 4700, and is the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast.
Quality Assurance International - San Diego: Is an organization which provides certification of organic food systems, and has promoted Jaclyn Bowen to General Manager.
Inovio Biomedical Corp - San Diego: Is a company that develops a delivery system for vaccines. It has promoted Punit S. Dhillon to VP Finance and Operations.
Illumina - San Diego: Shares rose fully 10% on news that the genetic analysis company projected that it would surpass analysts’ expected earnings.
Ortiva Wireless - La Jolla: Is a cell phone multimedia technology company, and has named Marc J. Zionts as Chief Executive, responsible for directing Ortiva’s growth initiatives.
Ethertronics - San Diego: Is an antenna technology company, and has appointed Nikolaj Bruun as General Manager, Europes. He will also run the company’s research and design work, as well as the company’s recently acquired facility in Kalmar, Sweden. Ethertronics designs antennas for cell phones, mobile TV, Wi-Fi and other wireless devices.
Qualcomm - San Diego: Has appointed broadcast media veteran Neville Meijers as Senior Vice President and General Manager of MediaFLO Technologies. He will oversee engineering, marketing, and other aspects of MediaFLO, the company’s broadcast technology that delivers live TV and other media to cell phones. Meijers joined Qualcomm from Discovery Communications, where he was EVP of Antenna Audio, which provided audio tours at museums and such tourist attractions.
Cardium Therapeutics - San Diego: Announced that it expects to raise $5.3 million from a direct offering of its common shares. Proceeds from the transaction will be used in the development of the company’s programs. Cardium and its subsidiaries are medical technology companies developing therapeutics and devices for cardiovascular, ischemic and related indications.
Samoxon Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: Is a pharmaceutical company focused on therapies for psychiatric and neurological conditions. It announced that it is seeking approval from the FDA to market Silenor to treat insomnia. The move follows completion of six (6) clinical trials, all of which met their primary endpoints.
LEAD - San Diego: is a nonprofit community organization, and has announced that it has added five trustees to its Board of Directors: Bill Trumpfheller, President and CEO of Nuffer Smith Tucker; Jon Bailey of Bailey Gardiner and Associates, Don Murphy, principal emertis of Barney and Barney; Trace Wilson, Director of Development for Westfield; and Attorney Rosana Herrera Ortega.
Digitaria - a marketing and technology firm, has named Warren Raisch as Chief Customer Officer.
TVC Capital - San Diego: Said that it has repurchased Del Mar DataTrac, which provides software used to process mortgage loans..
30-Year Mortgage Rates - as of February 1st were in the 5.68% range. This rate is among the lowest levels for 30 year mortgages in nearly four years, and are historically in the low side as well. 15 year rates are 5.17%.
Cytori Therapeutics - San Diego: Announced its clinical trial using stem cells taken from fat for the treatment of heart attack. The patients’ cells were pulled from the fat using Cytori’s Celution system. Fat-derived stem and regenerative cells have been shown to increase blood flow in and around damaged and oxygen-deprived tissue.
Qualcomm & Mio Technologies: Qualcomm and Taiwanese Mio are collaborating on a personal navigation device that includes cell phone functions. In addition to enabling voice calls, the connection to a cellular network will make possible services such as real-time traffic updates. The first products are expected before the end of the year, 2008.
David Baron, , Executive Director for the San Diego County Dental Society, and former lobbyist for the Barona Band of Mission Indians, has been named to the Qualcomm Stadium Advisory Board. Baron also is the President of the Facilities Committee for the San Diego Community College District.
Veoh Networks - San Diego: is a Web-TV start up company, and has named Ron Capinella as Director of Eastern Sales, and Michael Henry has been appointed Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales. Interestingly enough, Capinella is based in Atlanta, and Henry is based in New York.
SAIC - San Diego: Has won a $48-million order to provide support services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA. The company described the work as program management support, systems and software engineering, and other services for combat and control systems under the Surface Ship Undersea Warfare office.
Nirvanix Inc. - San Diego: Has hired Daniel Havens as VP Sales and Craig Halliwell as Senior Director of Alliances. The company provides online storage to Internet companies.
Security Business Bank - San Diego: Reported significant gains with net income up to 86 cents per share, assets up 22%
NuVasive - San Diego: A developer of tools for minimally invasive spine surgery, announced that it anticipates a full-year 2007 revenues of $154 million. Projections for 2008 are for revenues to increase into the $208million range.
Novalar Pharmaceuticals said that it has appointed Robert Stefanovich as CFO, and Jeffery Lord as Vice President of Sales.
Aethlon Medical announced that it has appointed Jim Frakes as Senior Vice President of Finance.
Vical - announced that the Wistar Institute has granted it an exclusive worldwide license for its Towne strain of cytomegalovirus and related technologies. The Towne strain is a weakened form of human cytomegalovirus that was developed for its potential vaccine applications by a member of Wistar’s research facility.
SAIC - San Diego (NYSE: SAI), announced that its Defense Solutions Group (DSG) has achieved the Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development Maturity Level 5 rating. This is the highest possible attainable rating for benchmarking commercial and defense industry best practices and mature processes for systems and software management and engineering.
Sequenom Inc., San Diego (Nasdaq: SQNM) - announced the approval of a protocol by the Institutional Review Board at San Diego-based Sharp HealthCare, clearing the way to commence patient enrollment in a screening study to clinically access the company’s noninvasive cell free fetal nucleic acid SEQureDx Technology for the detection of fetal aneupoidy, including Down syndrome, using a laboratory developed test.
Illumina - San Diego: Entered into a multi-million dollar deal with Erasmus Medical Center, for the analysis of 10,000 samples and a third scanner to support their Generation R Study. Designed to identify early environmental and genetic causes of normal and abnormal growth, development, and health from fetal life until young adulthood.
General Dynamics’s NASSCO, San Diego: announced that it has begun construction of the second ship of its new class of product carriers. The shipyard is scheduled to lay the ship’s keel in June and deliver the ship to U.S. Shipping Partners in the second quarter of 2009. The company received a $1-billion contract in 2006 from U.S. Shipping Partners to build nine petroleum and chemical product carriers.
Covario - San Diego, is the new name of SEMDidrector, a provider of search engine marketing software and services. The company said the name change was prompted by an expansion of strategy to include more advertising types. The company has raised $16-million in second found venture funding.
Borrego Community Health Foun-dation: which operates a network of six clinics in East County and Riverside County, has named J. Scofield “Scody” Hage as Executive Vice President. Hage oversees the Foundation’s nonclinical operations.
DriveCam - San Diego: Is a company that sells video cameras mounted in vehicles to monitor drivers, has named Doug Clemmans as Vice President World Sales.
SAIC - San Diego: Egan, McAllister Associates, an SAIC subsidiary, hs won a contract from the Naval Air Systems Command to provide maintenance support for a fleet of Navy E-6B aircraft that are part of the nation’s nuclear defense system. The aircraft serve as a communications link. Additionally, SAIC has won a $25 million contract to provide training to military and civilian police on Marine Corps bases.
Somaxon Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: is a specialty pharmaceutical company, and has announced that it has completed a 26-week transgenic mouse carcinogenicity study of doxepin, the active pharmaceutical ingredient in its product candidate Silenor. The company intends to proceed with application for submission of a new drug application for Silenor as a treatment for insomnia within the next few weeks.
Zogenix - San Diego: A specialty pharmaceutical company, said that it has raised $18-million in a private placement of preferred stock. The funding will be used to support the commercialization of sumatriptan DosePro, the company’s subcutaneous one-dose delivery system previously known as Intraject. Sumatriptan is approved for treatment of migraines.
Histogen - San Diego: is a regenerative medicine company founded by Advanced Tissue Sciences co-founder Gail Naughton. The company announced that Robert Kellar has been hired as Vice President Research and Development.
Coronado Biosciences, is a company that is developing cancer therapies, has appointed Elizabeth Moore as Senior Vice President. Linda Rogers Vice President Clinical Operations.
Information Systems Laboratories - San Diego: has named Bruce Mrowca Manager of the company’s Nuclear Systems Analysis Division.
Altium - San Diego: A developer of electronics designs that has its Americas headquarters in San Diego, has appointed Gerry Gaffney, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Americas.
WD-40 - San Diego, announced that its earnings posted a 9.4% increase over the same quarter last year, for the quarter ending Nov. 30th.
Orexigen Therapeutics - San Diego, which has a treatment for obesity in Phase 3 clinical trials, has filed with the SEC to sell 7 million shares.
Cook & Schmid - San Diego, is a public relations agency, and has hired Debra Robinson as Director of Science Strategy.
JM Group - Vista, has promoted Bruce Harris to Chief Executive Officer. He previously held the post of Vice President of Business Development.
ViaSat - Carlsbad, makes modems and other ground equipment for satellite communications. The company has plans jump ahead into the expensive business of launching a satellite of its own. With a deal announced recently, ViaSat would be propelled beyond making equipment toward being a wholesale provider of broadband Internet via satellite. Chief Executive Mark Dankberg called the initiative “the biggest opportunity we’ve ever had, and it might well be the biggest we will ever see.” ViaSat will spend more than $350-million over four (4) years on research and development. Partners in the deal, including Loral Space & Communications and Telesat, are expected to contribute $100-million.
Leap Wireless - San Diego, a fixed-price cell phone company, announced that its sales growth was stronger at year-2007-end.
Websense - San Diego, announced that its quarterly billings and revenues exceeded forecasts. Plua, Websense’s $401-million acquisition of SurfControl in October has lead to “positive results” said CEO Gene Hodges in a statement.
Dot Hill Systems - Carlsbad, is a maker of network data storage systems, has announced that its contract with Hewlett-Packard to make private-label storage systems has been extended from one year to five years.
Ocera Therapeutics - San Diego, is a privately held company developing therapies for gastrointestinal and liver diseases. Ocera said the FDA granted an “orphan drug status” to its compound AST-120 for treatment of pouchitis. Orphan drug status is designed to encourage companies to develop therapies for diseases that have a small market b promising drugs seven (7) years of market exclusivity.
SAIC - San Diego, has won a $27-million contract from NASA’s Glenn Research Center to continue to provide environmental and safety support services at the facility in Cleveland. The value of the contract for SAIC would increase to $46.3 million if NASA exercises an option to extend it from 3 to 5 years. SAIC has provided the services for the past ten years.
NTN Buzztime - Carlsbad, is an interactive entertainment company, and has announced that Joseph J. Farricielli Jr. has been appointed to its Board of Directors.
Titan Corporation, 3033 Science Park Road, San Diego, CA 92121, provides information and communications solutions to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Agencies. Titan’s core capabilities include intelligence support through software development, data fusion and systems integration, sensor networking and systems development; precision targeting support, warfare simulation and modeling, chemical, biological, weapons of mass destruction and modeling; Homeland Security-related services such as vulnerability assessments and continuity of operations planning. Their President and CEO is Gene W. Ray. Mark Sopp is Senior VP, CFO and Treasurer; Lawrence Delaney is Senior VP, and Deanna Horn is VP Controller. Their phone is (858) 552-9500, FAX (858) 552-9909. Email is firstname.lastname@example.org with www.titan.com web site.
SAIC - “Science Applications International Corporation, San Diego: is located at 10260 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, 92121, phone is (858) 826-6000, www.said.com is their web site. The company specializes in telecommunications, system integration, information technology, national security, transportation, energy and environmental services. Ken Dahlberg is CEO and President.
Cubic Corporation, 9333 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, 92123. The company designs, develops and manufactures electronic products such as military range instrumentation, communications, surveillance and avionics systems, computer simulators and automatic revenue collection equipment. Walter J. Zable Sr. Is President and CEO, Walter Zable is Vice Chairman and Vice President; William Boyle is CFO and VP; John Thomas is VP Finance, Treasurer. The company was established in 1949, and employs approximately 4700. Their phone is (858) 277-6780, FAX is (858) 505-1523. Email is email@example.com, with web site of www.cubic.com.
Cox Communications, 5159 Federal Boulevard, San Diego, 92105, (619) 262-1122, FAX (619) 266-5533, email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and web site is www.coxsandiego.com. The company is an award-winning full-service telecommunications provider of foice, video and data services. Its divisions include: Cox Business Services for commercial customers including hospitality, government, the military, schools and maquiladoras. San Diego Interconnect, offers television advertising opportunities. Cox Communications also owns and operates Channel 4, San Diego. Bill Geppert is VP and General Manager.
Cymer Inc., 17075 Thornmint Court, San Diego, CA 92127, (858) 385-7300, FAX (858) 385-7100, email is email@example.com, www.cymer.com is web site. The company is the world’s leading supplier of excimer laser illumination sources, the essential light source of deep ultraviolet (DUV) photolithography systems. DUV lithography is a key enabling technology, which has allowed the semiconductor industry to meet the exacting specifications and manufacturing requirements for volume production of today’s advanced semiconductor chips. Robert Akins, PhD is Chairman and CEO. Pascal Didier is President and Chief Operations Officer, Hugh Grinolds, PhD is EVP, Lithography System Solutions. Brian Kiene is Exec VP of Emerging Technology and Applications. John Shin is Executive VP Semiconductor Manufacaturing Solutions, and James Caltrider is EVP, with Anthony Yen PhD as Senior Vice President.
Kyocera America Inc., 8611 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, 92123-1580, (858) 576-2600, FAX (858) 569-9412, www.keycera.com with email of firstname.lastname@example.org. The company manufacturers microelectronic packages for the telecommunications and micro-processing industry. Their President is Tsuyoshi Mano. Jim Kelly is EVP Operations, and Rodney Lanthorne is President of Kyocera International, San Diego.
Elgar Corporation, 9250 Brown Deer Road, San Diego, 92121. Their web site os www.elgar.com. The company specializes in power supplies, test & measurement equipment manufacturers. Company President is Ken Kilpatrick.
Novatel Wireless - 9645 Scranton Road, #205, San Diego, CA 92121. Phone is (858) 888-9231, www.novatelwireless.com is their web site. The company, established in 1996, employs 250, and is a leading provider of wireless broadband access solutions for the worldwide mobile communications. Peter V. Leparulo is CEO, S. Souissi is CTO, and Dan Aalvorson is CFO.
Nuera Communications Inc., 10445 Pacific Center Court (858) 625-2400, FAX (858) 625-2422, and www.nuera.com is their web site. The company specializes in voice communications systems, data, fax and video networking. William Ingram is President and CEO.
Dot Hill Systems Corporation, 6305 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (760) 931-5500, FAX is (760) 931-5527. Email is email@example.com. With www.dothill.com as their website. Their CEO is James Lambert, Preston Romm is CFO, and Dana Kammersgard is President.
NextLeft, Inc., 308 G Street, San Diego, 92103, (619) 239-9490, FAX is (619)( 239-9493, www.nextleft.com is their web site. Executives are Selwyn Herson and David Kramer.
AirPrime, 2290 Cosmos Court, Carlsbad, CA 92009, (760) 476-8700, www.airprime.com. The company has 100 employees and is a wireless and telecommunications solutions company for small businesses. Their President is Jim Kirkpatrick, Evan Jones is VP Wireless Technology, Dan Schieler is VP Worldwide Sales & Marketing, and Nick Knarr is Sr. VP Manufacturing, Curt McLeland is VP Finance, and Cathy Francis is HR Director.
Continuous Computing, 9380 Carroll Park Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, (858) 882-8800, www.ccpu.com is their website. The company provides integrated systems and services that enable telecom equipment manufacturers to rapidly deploy Next-Generation Networks (NGN).
Mass Hysteria, Inc., 600 B Street, 18th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 446-2100, FAX is (619) 525-0084. www.masshysteria.com is their web site. Scott Phillips is President and CEO, Chuck Mitchell is VP and Michele Hays is CFO. Established in 1994, the company employs around 74 people, with business services to include: Melding content, design, production and technology. The company won the Internet Award “Orange County / San Diego 2000 Technology Fast 50.”
Alitum, Inc., 10509 Vista Sorrento Parkway, #200, San Diego, CA 92121. (858) 455-0021, www.alitumc.om is their web site. With 63 employees, the company offers accounting solutions and business intelligence services. Michael Harris is their executive officer.
Epic Cycle Interactive, 510 Market Street, San Diego, 92101, (858) 490-8980, www.epiccycle.com is their web site. The company business services includes: Integration, consulting and e-business solutions. James Fitzgerald is their executive officer.
New Silicon Space, Inc., 4001 El Cajon Boulevard, #205, San Diego, CA 92105, (619) 326-6600, www.siliconspace.com. Curt Nelson is CEO and Founder, and Dema Zlotin is President and Founder. The company is an internet software company specializing in Business Process Automation products and services.
Digitaria Interactive, Inc., 533 F. Street, Third Floor, San Diego, CA 92101-6321, (619) 237-5552, FAX (619) 237-5269, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with a web site of www.digitaria.com. Daniel Knabie is President, and Donald C. Kilka is CFO. Established in 1998, the company is a web site strategy development, database development, contest management implementation, kiosk/DVD development, on-line marketing and web analytics company. The ditital media company delivers comprehensive strategy, design and technology solutions. Their client list includes Buck Knives, SDG&E, and Lusardi.
Console Inc., 2010 Hancock Street, 2nd floor, San Diego, 92110. (619) 293-0050, email is email@example.com and web site is www.console.net. The company develops and delivers marketing, communications and electronic business services including corporate identity, product branding, new media development, packaging design, point-of-purchase materials and promotions materials. Douglas Hecht is Vice President.
Cardiff Software, 3220 Executive Ridge Drive, Vista, CA 92083, (760) 936-4500. Their web site is www.cardiff.com . Established in 1991, with 150 employees, the company is a provider of software for intelligent document solutions. Dennis Clerke is President and CEO, Mark Seamans is General Manager, Robert Weideman is VP of Marketing.
Iomega Corporation, 10955 Vista Sorrento Parkway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92130, (858) 795-7000, FAX is (858) 795-7001. Web site is www.iomega.com The company provides a full line of integraed and reliable solutions to automatically backup and store data.
Jabra Corporation, 9171 Towne Center Drive, #500, San Diego, CA 92122. (858) 622-9955. Web site is www.jabra.com. The company provides hands-free communication accessories. Clients include RadioShack, CompUSA, Circuit City, Verizon, Sprint, Nextel, AT&T, Cingular and Fry’s.
Qualcomm Inc., 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121. (858) 587-1121. Web page is www.qualcomm.com. Established in 1985. The company is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the company’s CDMA digital technology. Paul Jacobs is CEO, and Steven Altman is President.
Rancho Santa Fe Technology Inc., 5961 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, CA 92123. (858) 565-7224. Web page is www.rsft.com. The company was established in 1991. Trestand Conrique is CEO and Lee White is CFO.
Sorrento Networks, 9990 Mesa Rim Road, San Diego, CA 92121. (858) 558-3960. Web page is www.sorrentonet.com The company is a telephone and telegraph apparatus company with optical networking equipment manufacturer (telecommunications),
Cytori Therapeutics, Inc., - San Diego, has appointed Richard J. Hawkins to its Board of Directors. Hawkins is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LabNow, Inc.
JHG-Townsend - San Diego, is a A marketing and public relations agency, which has hired Nina Jimenez as Senior Director of its Client Group.
Sharp HealthCare - San Diego, has named Cheryl Odell as Chief Nursing Officer of Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital.
Qualcomm - San Diego: Said that its customers are selling more cell phones than anticipated, prompting the wireless technology company to raise its revenue expectations for the quarters. Qualcomm announced that earnings would be 52 cents to 53 cents per share, up from 50 to 52 cents it forecast after the Sept 30 close of its 4th quarter. Qualcomm made 43 cents per share in the year-ago projection.
Thompson MP3 and Audio Licensing Division - Rancho Bernardo: is a division of the French owned multimedia company named Thompson. The Rancho Bernardo Director of Marketing and Business development is Mr. Francois Thuillere. The Division negotiates licenses to use MP3 technology in portable music players, music phones and other devices. It also serves as liaison between electronics manufacturers and audio researchers. To try out Ensonido, grab a stereo head-phone, to go myspace.com/mp3surround.
San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union, has promoted Linda Rossi to Senior Vice President of Marketing and Operations, and Adele Sandberg to Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Qualcomm - San Diego, has purchased San Diego software company SoftMax, whose technology can be used to filter out background noise to improve the quality of cell phones. The noise-cancelling system can be used in Bluetooth wireless handsets as well as directly in mobile phones. SoftMax was founded in 1998 by researchers from The Salk Institute and US San Diego.
Hydro-scape Products, Inc., San Diego, hired Barry O’Gorman as Vice President Sales and Marketing.
Lindbergh Field San Diego, has announced that, after a four year absence, overseas flights will resume when Canadian-based Zoom Airlines will begin nonstop flights in the summer of 2008 to London. Zoom, which already offers daily flights between New York and London, announced that it will launch its new twice-weekly San Diego-London route on June 20th.
Ambrx, Inc., San Diego: A biotech company, announced that it has partnered with Merck and Eli Lilly. The Merck deal is to develop a therapeutic protein to treat Type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders such as obesity. The Eli Lilly collaboration focuses on treatments in a number of areas including metabolic diseases and central nervous system disorders.
Packard Hospitality Group - San Diego, has hired Mark Thomson as Regional VP for its Eastern region.
Silicon Space - San Diego: A software company, has hired Fred Nicholson as Chief Technical Officer CTO.
SAIC - San Diego: The giant defense contractor, reported stronger-than-expected financial results, including a 14% gain in revenue the third quarter ended October 31. SAIC reported record revenues of $2.37 billion, up from $2.08 billion in the same quarter last year. The earnings beat Wall Street’s estimates.
General Atomics - has named Michael R. Reed as Sr. VP for its Advanced Technology Group.
GreatCall - Del Mar: Has raised $40-million in venture funding to launch a national marketing campaign to introduce its large-button, no-frills Jitterbug phones to consumers who want simpler, and cheaper, devices. The privately-held company is targeting baby-boomers , who want an alternative to sleek, fashion-conscious handsets with digital cameras, MP3 players, video games, and Internet browsers. Other potential customers might want a simple-to-use cell phone for their elderly parents. GreatCall is the latest enterprise for Arlene Harris, a veteran wireless industry entrepreneur whose Los Angeles family played a leading role in the evolution of the paging and mobile phone businesses in the 1970s. Founders are Arlene Harris and Martin Cooper. Presently the company has about 100 employees.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: announced that a clinical trial showed people with adult on-set diabetes taking only the company’s drug Byetta were able to lower their blood sugar.
Sharp HealthCare - is one of five organizations to receive the 2007 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for quality and organizational excellence. Also, Sharp HealthCare was the first health care system to be named a gold-level award recipient by the California Council for Excellence for the California Awards for Performance Excellence, the state-level affiliate of the Baldridge Award, in 2006.
Santarus - San Diego: Is a specialty pharmaceutical company, said that it has gained Glaxo-SmithKline exclusive rights to commercialize prescription and over-the-counter immediate release formulations of its drug for heartburn and gastro-esophageal reflux disease in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America, and to distribute and sell Zegerid brand prescription products in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. GSK will pay Santarus $11.5 million upfront and tiered double-digit royalties. GSK also will be responsible for the development, manufacture and commercialization of licensed products in up to 114 countries, including the US, Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada.
Envision Solar International Corp, San Diego: CEO is Robert Noble, and Karen Morgan is president. Founded by Noble, the company specializes in installing solar arrays in parking lots of customer companies. It works like this: A solar provider agrees to install and maintain a solar array at a company’s campus in exchange for a power purchase agreement under which the company commits to buying electricity for 15 to 20 years at a fix rate, which is generally at or below daylight retail rates. Envision recently merged with Generating Assets, a San Francisco solar development company with experience in “structured finance” models for funding solar projects. The merger brought roughly $15 million in power purchase contracts to Envision.
Phenomix Corporation - San Diego, is a company that develops disbetic therapies. It has named John Crawford as CFO. Julie Cherrington was named President, Chris Burnley EVP, and Brian Baker VP Finance.
California Community Bank has hired Alice Tiongco as Assistant VP and Customer Service Manager at its Escondido office.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad, and Excaliard Pharmaceuticals in Encinitas, announced that they will collaborate on the development of antisense drugs for the local treatment of fibrotic disease, including scaring. Isis granted Excaliard an exclusive worldwide license for the development.. Excallard made an upfront payment to Isis in the form of equity and paid Isis $1-million in cash for the licensing of a gene target.
Verus Pharmaceuticals - Said that Robert W. Keith has been promoted to President and CEO. Cam L. Garner will be the Executive Chairman of the company’s Board.
Ardea Biosciences - Carlsbad: Is a company that will begin a new clinical development program for the treatment of gout. Andea conducted a Phase 1 study that showed that its RDEA806, which had been evaluated as a potential treatment for HIV, reduced serum uric acid, which contributes to gout. The company is preparing to initiate a Phase 2 efficacy study in gout patients.
Palomar College - San Marcos: has completed the purchase of nearly 84 acres along Interstate 15 at State Route 76 for an additional campus site. The land is part of the 500-acre Passerelle development site, which is proposed to include 1,366 homes.
Halozyme Therapeutics - San Diego, is a biotechnology company, and has hired Matthew W. Hooper as Vice President and General Counsel. Hooper will direct the company’s legal activities and will report to Jonathan Lim, CEO.
Submarina Inc., - San Marcos: Has promoted Jeff Warfield to CEO and Chairman of the Board. The company also hired Mimi Zeller as President and Chief Operations Officer. Charles Lynn Lowder was hired as Executive VP and Chief Compliance Officer. Zeller and Lowder previously worked for Mail Boxes etc.
Adecco North America - a staffing company with offices in the San Diego area, has promoted Christa Shapiro as Regional VP San Diego.
San Diego State University - Has announced that S. Donley Ritchey has joined the SDSU College of Business Administration Board of Directors. Ritchey is managing partner of Alpine Partners in Danville, CA.
Schubach Aviation - Carlsbad, is a privately-held charter air carrier, and has hired Roy Irwin as General Manager. Irwin previously worked at West Coast Charters.
DHR International, an executive search firm with offices in San Diego (they are headquartered in Chicago), has hired Mark James as Executive Vice President.
Jones Lang LaSalle - is a real estate money management firm, has named Rick Sundberg as Senior VP of its retail group for the San Diego office.
The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo - San Diego: Has hired Randy Wilkerson as Controller.
Sharp HealthCare - San Diego, has won, for the second consecutive year, the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the federal government’s top business honor. Sharp HealthCare is the largest health system in San Diego County, and was one of five organizations to win the award this year, according to the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Sharp was praised for its financial performance, patient care and efforts to better use technology. Mike Murphy is Sharp’s President and CEO.
US Farms Inc., San Diego: Is a farming and nursery company, announced that it has appointed Darin Pines as Chief Operating Officer.
Mitchell International - San Diego: A provider of information for the automotive insurance claims industry, added James J. Gilmartin to its Board of Directors.
DivX Inc., San Diego: A maker of video-compression technology, will pay $22-million for MainConcept AG of Germany, which has a competing compression system that is gaining traction. DivX makes a video-compression system that allows large video files to move between devices, such as from computers to televisions. It helps to gets its technology heavily adopted by consumers, making it the standard for compressing and decompressing digital video. DivX makes most of its money licensing its technology. MainConcept is a leader in a different compression technology, called H.264, that has been gaining ground in some products, such as digital cameras that produce short video clips. Cell phone makers, HDTV makers and set-top-box producers are also looking at H.264. MainConcept’s compression system is used for the latest version of Adobe Flash Player software. DivX CEO Kevin Hell called MainConcept’s system highly complementary to Divx.
General Dynamics NASSCO - San Diego: a shipyard, said it has delivered the cargo and ammunition carrier Richard E. Byrd to the Navy. It is the fourth T-AKE-class chip delivered by the San Diego shipyard and the third delivered this year. With cargo capacity of more than 10,000 tons, the primary mission of T-AKE ships is to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions from shore stations to combat ships at sea.
Aethlon Medical - San Diego: is a company that is developing medical devices to treat infectious disease. It will collaborate with ImQuest, a Maryland-based biotech company working on infectious diseases.
Natural Alternatives - San Marcos: Is a manufacturer of nutritional supplements, and has reported increased revenues.
SmartDrive Systems - San Diego: Their service, which targets fleet vehicles, provides a video device that records accidents and unsafe driving incidents. The company has more than 300 employees.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad: Announced that its developmental drug Mipomersen helped lower cholesterol in a mid-stage clinical trial and reported the drug was well-tolerated in early and mid-stage studies. In one trial, patients treated with Mipomersen experienced a 48% reduction in LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, beyond reductions achieved with statins alone.
Reaction Design, Inc., - San Diego: A clean technology chemistry company, has hired John Reese as CFO.
Charlotte Russe - San Diego: A clothing retailer, has Mark Hoffman as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Kratos Defense & Security - San Diego: Formerly known as Wireless Facilities, reported sales of $47.5 million during its third quarter, up 28% from the same quarter last year.
Zimmer Dental - Carlsbad: A provider of oral rehabilitation products, appointed Harold C. Flynn as President.
UCSD Extension - is the continuing education arm of the University of California San Diego, named Henry J. DeVries as Director of Communications.
Island Data - Carlsbad: Is a soft-ware company whose products scours email, online feedback forms and other customer comments for trends or criticism. Guy Jones is President of the company.
Qualcomm - reported an 84% increase in quarterly earnings as a result of the growth of the mobile Internet, and related demand for its technology. Qualcomm said much of the growth came from increased popularity of so-called third generation mobile data for cell phones. Qualcomm’s chips for voice and data are found in an increasing percentage of the world’s phones: 32%. The company recorded revenues on 89 million phones that are based on its CDMA and WCDMA technology.
SpectraScience Inc., - San Diego: Announced that it has acquired all of the shares of Luma Imaging Corporation. Luma has developed and received FDA approval for an optical noninvasive diagnostic imaging system used to detect cervical cancer precursors. When used as an adjunct to colposcopy, Luma detects significantly more high-grade cervical cancer precursors, the company said. The acquisition involved an exchange of the shares of both companies and includes substantial inventory and the worldwide application for 51 patents, 28 of which have issued.
Novalar Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: Whose lead product, NV-101, is a reversal agent for dental anesthesia, is awaiting federal approval, announced that it has closed a $30-million round of funding. Proceeds will be used to support the U.S. launch of NV-101 and the development of other dental pharmaceuticals in Novalar’s pipelilne.
SEMDirector, Inc., - San Diego: a software company, has promoted Matt McGee to Regional VP of the Western Region.
Onac Productions - Chula Vista: has hired Ricardo Gomez-Roji as VP of Marketing.
Visual Sciences - San Diego (formerly WebSide Story), has posted better-than-expected 3rd quarter earnings.
Rubio’s Restaurants - Carlsbad, reported its highest quarterly revenue since going public in 1999. Dan Pittard is CEO.
Chicken of the Sea International- San Diego, is a packager of seafood, and has announced that it named Shue Wing Chan as President and CEO. Chan previously served as Executive Director and CFO of Thai Union Frozen Products, the parent company of Chicken of the Sea.
Image Communications - San Diego, Is a maker of video-on-demand and Internet television hardware, and it has raised $15-million in a second round of venture capital funding.
L3 Communications Holdings, Inc., is the largest supplier of translators for the U.S. Army, has forecast higher per-share earnings for 2008.
The University of San Diego has promoted Roy F. Heynderickx as VP Finance. Previously, Heynderickx had worked at the University of Portland.
SEMDirector Inc. - San Diego, is a software company, and has hired Brett Powell as Sr. VP Sales.
CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., a commercial real estate firm, has promoted Louay Alsadek to Exec- utive VP.
Arena Pharmaceuticals - Announced that it has raised about $109-million with a public stock offering.
Legoland - Carlsbad: Announced a $20-million expansion that includes a two-story aquarium and an Indiana Jones-like adventure in 1920's Egypt. Ground has already been broken on the nearly 36,000-square-foot aquarium, named “Sea Life Legoland,” in an area near the Carlsbad amusement park’s ticket booths. The complex will feature creatures found in California waters, from a freshwater stream in the Sierra Nevada, to the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Nick Varmey is CEO of Legoland parent Merlin Entertainment Group.
DivX - announced that its shares leaped by a third for the Quarters. DivX makes a compression device for delivering video over the Internet or between electronic devices. While DivX is popular in Europe, its compression software is not as well adopted in the USA. The company’s technology is licensed to 31% of DVD players sold in the USA; however, that market share grew 25% over the past year! Kevin Hell, 43, has been named Chief Executive of the company.
Cytori Therapeutics - San Diego: Has received European approval for its second generation Celution stem-and regenerative-cell processing system. The system is the only device approved in Europe to extract and concentrate a patient’s own stem and regenerative cells from within fat tissue in order to be delivered back to the same patient. The company said the approval allows them to begin marketing the system in Europe next year for use in reconstructive surgery.
Blue Sky Network - is the leading provider of global logistics solutions for two-way linking and managing remote transportation assets via satellite. Using its interactive Web portal, SkyRouter, with detailed mapping and integration with Google Earth, Blue Sky Network links enterprises to personnel and assets anywhere on earth over the Iridium satellite network. FFA-certified data and voice products enable users to customize features including safety and event reporting.
PacketVideo - San Diego: (“PV”) is a subsidiary of NextWave Wireless, and is a software innovator powering the world’s leading mobile multimedia services. PV has the deepest, broadest and most respected multimedia software expertise in the industry.
San Diego Software Industry Council: - is a building a future for the region’s high tech industry, and has rescheduled the First Forum on Analytics for Nov 13 at the Del Mar Marriott. The Forum will feature key players in analytics, including software companies, professionals, leading academics and businesses that have made San Diego the nation’s leading analytics hub.
Palomar Technologies (FORMERLY part of “Hughes Aircraft Company”), is one of the world’s principal suppliers of automated high-precision wire bonders and component placement systems along with process development and assembly services to increase yield and lower costs for manufacturers of optoelectronic, RF components, optoelectronic packages, multichip modules, and hybrids for various industries including wireless, phototronic, LED, microwage, photovolatic, computer, automotive, aerospace, and medical.
Express Logic - San Diego: Offers the most advanced ru-time solution for deeply embedded applications, including ThreadX®RTOS, the high-performance NetX™ TCP/IP stack, the FileX embedded MS-DOS compatible file system, and the USBX Host/Device USB protocol stack. All products from Express Logic include full source-code and have no run-time royalties.
Linear LLC - Carlsbad: Is a subsidiary of Nortek Inc., and is a pioneer in engineered radio frequency (RF) products and is a major supplier of wireless residential security systems, access control, intercoms, garage door openers, gate operators, short and long-range radio remote controls, and medical/emergency reporting systems. The company has expanded into a wide range of consumer electronics, including whole house audio-visual distribution systems, central vacuum systems, music/communications systems, speaker systems, and structured wiring systems.
Overland Storage - is a market leader and innovative provider of smart, affordable data protection appliances that help midrange and distributed enterprises ensure business-critical data is constantly protected, readily available and always there.
Qualcomm - San Diego, has won a federal contract to provide a satellite-based tracking system for U.S. and Mexican trucks participating in a contentious experiment that opens the border to long-haul commercial traffic. Qualcomm’s OmniTRACS system will allow the U.S. govt to closely monitor trucks from both countries, including compliance with regulations that prohibit truckers from driving more than 11 hours per day. Qualcomm will provide its technology for 100 trucks.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (FORMERLY “Wireless Facilities”), San Diego: Announced that it has acquired privately-held Haverstick Consulting of Indianapolis, which specializes in providing engineering and other professional support services for suborbital rocks and military missile test-range facilities. Haverstick holds a number of military contracts, particularly with the US Air Force.
Anadys Pharmaceuticals: is a company that develops therapies for hepatitis C and cancer, reports a 3rd quarter income of $12.3 million, or 43 cents a share, compared with 22 cents a share in the same quarter a year ago!
Resmed - Poway: Specializes in making devices for sleep-related breathing disorders, reports 3rd quarter income of $24.1 million or 31 cents per share.
BDO Seidman LLP - San Diego: has hired Gary D. McCormick as partner in the assurance practice.
San Diego Roll Road South Bay Expressway, the highly anticipated 10-mile state-of-the-art toll road in southeast San Diego near the International Border crossing, ill open Monday, November 19th. The project, the first public/private transportation partnership in California since 1995, and one of just a handful in the country, has been hailed as a model for how private enterprise can assist with public infrastructure projects, and is expected to serve as a catalyst for economic development in one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. The opening of the South Bay Expressway is a significant and national event. South Bay Expressway CEO is Greg Hulsizer.
SAIC - San Diego: Announced that it has won a new single-award contract from the General Services Administration to upgrade air traffic control radio systems for the US Air Force. The initial phase of the contract performance will be performed on a time-and-material basis, while later phases will be firm-fixed price. The contract has a one-year base period, four (4) one-year options and a ceiling value of more than $80-million, if all options are exercised. SAIC will provide engineering services to include recommending new radios and hardware, and procuring and installing equipment as required. The contract will allow the Air Force to completely upgrade its air traffic control radio systems with new technology that will help improve overall system availability and reduce long-term maintenance costs. The work will be performed primarily in San Diego, with installations at USAF locations worldwide.
BAE Systems and Red River Army Depot (RRAD) signed a Memorandum of Intent for a partnership to support production of Mine Resistant Ambust Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The agreement is intended to provide a foundation for expanding BAE Systems capabilities in partnership0 with RRAD and meeting the emerging requirments for the MRAP program. It will allow a greater number of vehicles to be produced and ultimately be fielded faster to America’s troops. BAE Systems is currently contracted to build three of the five MRAP variants. BAE Systems is a premier global defense and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. BAE Systems employs 96,000 worldwide, and had 2006 revenues to exceed $27-billion.
SAIC GeoRover®Software Products, was selected by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). GeoRover software products provide flexible user interfaces ideal for use in a fast-faced geospatial intelligence environment.
Ceradyne, Inc. - Costa Mesa: received a ceramic body armor delivery order of $49.2 million from the US Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The order is for Enhanced Side Bassistic Inserts (ESBI) which will be delivered from 12/07 through 2/08. Ceradyne develops, manufacturers, and markets advanced technical ceramic products and components for defense, industrial automotive/disel, and commercial applications.
SYS Technologies - is a leader provider of information connectivity solutions that enable situational awareness and real-time collaboration, and has been awarded a five-year prime contract valued at approximately $6.4 million, if all options are exercised to provide technical support services for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). SYS will provide technical support services to SPAWAR encompassing systems engineering and integration, program analysis, metrics analysis and process improvement for US Naval Afloat and Ashore Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence installations, including Military Construction Command Center projects worldwide. SYS is a leading provider of information connectivity solutions that capture, analyze and present real-time information to its customers in the DoD.
SAIC - won a contract from the Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana, in support of the Small Arms Weapons Division. SAIC will provide a wide range of technical support for the development of the US Navy and Special Warfare/Special Operating Forces small arms capability. The contract is worth $23-million.
Ashworth - Carlsbad: A golf-apparel company, has named Allen Fletcher as its new CEO. Eric R. Hohl has been named EVP and CFO.
Jack in the Box, Inc., San Diego: has promoted Terri Funk Graham to Sr. VP and Chief Marketing Officer.
Qualcomm - San Diego: has designed a versatile chop for laptops that will let the users connect to either of the two types of data networks offered by cell phone service providers. Until now, no single chip could work with both the EVDO networks offered by Verizon and Sprint; and HSPA networks provided by AT&T and T-Mobile.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad, and the venture-capital firm Thomas, McNeary & Partners, have formed Altair Pharmaceuticals to discover, develop and commercialize antisense drugs to treat asthma and other respiratory conditions. Antisense drugs stop a particular gene from producing the protein that triggers a disease. Isis has granted an exclusive worldwide license to Altair for the development and commercialization of ISIS 369645, an inhaled inhibitor of certain signaling pathways for the treatment of asthma. Isis will own 18% of the San Diego-based Altair.
JMAR Technologies, - San Diego, which specializes in laser technologies, has named Ned Hall as its CFO.
Mitchell International - a provider of information to the automotive insurance claims industry, has named Alex Sun as President and CEO, and Board member.
NTN Buzztime, Inc., - Carlsbad, is a developer and distributor of interactive entertainment, has hired Jake Tauber as EVP of Content and Programming.
Cibus LLC - San Diego, is a company that specializes in the development technology for plant breeding.
American Specialty - San Diego: named Robert P. White as President and Chief Operating Officer. George DeVries will become CEO and Chairman of the Board.
The San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine & CONNECT, The Science Network, Biocom, and Invitrogen will host the second annual Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa Suymposium at The Salk Institute in La Jolla. The symposium aims to attract scientists, life-sciences business executives and government officials for the purpose of sharing ideas and discussing the scientific, ethical and business challenges facing stem cell research.
Illumina - San Diego, said it will use its FasTrack genotyping services to process more than 6,500 samples for researchers of the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium. The Consortium will attempt to identify genes that influence an individual’s risk for developing type 1 diabetes.
Microlset - San Diego, has named Amaresh Basu as VP of Research and Development. The company announced that it also has retained Regulus Pharmaceutical Consulting, a regulatory affairs and product development firm, to advise on regulatory agency approvals and quality assurance systems.
Ocera Therapeutics - San Diego, is a privately-held company that is developing treatments for gastrointestinal and liver diseases, and has announced that it has completed patient enrollment in its Phase 3 study of its drug candidate AST-120, a treatment for Crohn’s disease patients.
Viasat - Carlsbad: has received an $8.7 million Air Force Contract for work for the telemetry, tracking and control cryptographic unit.
Plaza Home Mortgage - San Diego, has hire Richard Jaramillo as VP of the retail mortgage division.
Maxwell Technologies - San Diego, has raised abut $15.7 million from a closed secondary stock offering of 1.5 million shares. The company plans to use the proceeds for working capital, debt repayment, and general corporate purposes. Maxwell specializes in developing energy storage and power delivery systems.
Seacoast Commerce Bank - Chula Vista, has named Richard M. Sanborn as President and CEO.
Ligand Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, announced that it has earned a $250,000 milestone payment from Wyeth, as a result of a September 5th submission of an application for European regulatory approval to market bazedoxifene for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Bazedoxifene is a synthetic drug that was designed to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fractures while protecting breast and uterine tissues.
SAIC - received a Pentagon contract to support the Transformation Planning and Performance Directorate. The contract could be worth more than $76-million if all of the options are awarded over the next 5 years.
Setel San Diego, is a downtown hotel scheduled to open early next year, and has named Craig Waterman as its General Manager.
SAIC - has named Senior VP Tony Moraco as General Manager of the defense contractor’s Space and Geospatial Intelligence Business Unit. He succeeds K. Stuart Shea, who was promoted to President of SAIC’s Intelligence, Security and Technology Group, which includes the business unit.
Nutrition Alternatives - San Marcos, is a company that makes nutritional supplements.
California Institute of Regenerative Medicine - has named Dr. Floyd Bloom to the Oversight Board. Dr. Bloom brings an entrepreneurial perspective to the Board as a founder of Neurome, a San Diego-based biotechnology company focused on neurodegenerative diseases.
Security Business Bank - San Diego, reported net income up 40% for the 3rd quarter. Deposits rose 13% to $131.6 million. The five-year-old bank’s branches are in downtown, Carmel Valley and Carlsbad.
Anacomp - a provider of document and business services, has hired Matt Albanese as VP of Worldwide Professional Services.
Staccato Communications, San Diego: is a maker of wireless chips, has announced that it raised an additional $17.5 million in venture capital. The new funding came from Allegis Capital, Bay Partners, Charles River Ventures, Formative Ventures, Interwest Partners and Vision Capital. Staccato said it would use the money to launch a new product. The company, founded in 2002, has raised $77.5 million in venture funding to date.
Cymer Inc., San Diego: is a maker of lasers used to make silicon chips, has named Frank Hochstenbach as President of its European operations. He will oversee sales, marketing, finance, customer service and technical support. He previously served as Executive Director of sales and marketing at Bede Scientific Instruments.
SAIC - San Diego: Received a $6.1 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency for information technology work.
Northrup Grumman - has named Gary W. Ervin as President of the company’s Integrated Systems unit in San Diego.
Information Systems Labs - San Diego: is a defense firm, and has named David A. Honey as Senior Vice President of its defense sector. Honey is a retired Air Force officer.
SVB Silicon Valley Bank - has named Andy Pelletier to lead its business development efforts in San Diego.
IDW Publishing, San Diego: is a comic book publisher that was started by Ted Adams, and Robbie Robbins. The company had $5 million in revenues last year, and may hit $7 million this year. The company has made a name for itself by churning out original comic series such as the underground hit “30 Days of Night,” and producing comics based on such TV shows as “CSI” and “Angel.”
Maxwell Technologies - said it has received a $3 million contract from Astrium’s United Kingdom-based satellite unit to supply computers for the European Space Agency’s Gaia astronomy mission.
Solpac, Inc., - has received a $7.7 million Navy contract for the design and construction of light armored reconnaissance battalion facilities at Camp Pendleton.
Hebert Construction - El Cajon: has received a contract to design and construct a battalion armory headquarters at the Marine Corps Air Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.
Epsilon Systems Solutions - San Diego: is a devense contractor, and has named James L. Taylor as Senior Vice President. Taylor is a retired naval officer. They also hired Howard Wilchins as Executive Consultant. He will serve in the nuclear operations and environmental management services sector.
Wachovia - is the financial services giant that plans an aggressive expansion in CA - aiming for a 5-fold increase in the number of branches in the state over the next several years. The Charlotte, NC - based bank plants its flag in CA last year with the $25-billion acquisition of Oakland-based Golden West - the parent of World Savings. Wachovia is now the 5th-largest bank in the nation, and will have 149 branches in the state, including 11 in San Diego County. Over the next 5 or so years, Wachovia expects to increase the branch network to 600 to 700 branches statewide, said Don Starkey, Sr VP in charge of the San Diego market. The expansion highlights Wachovia’s drive to join the market leaders in CA banking, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Washington Mutual. Wachovia is a market-share leader in many cities in the Southeast and in some metropolitan areas on the East Coast.
Qualcomm - San Diego: US and Mexican transportation officials are planning to use a satellite-based vehicle tracking system from Qualcomm to keep an eye on commercial carriers from both countries participating in a cross-border trucking experiment. Qualcomm’s Omnitracks system uses cellular technology to track mostly long-haul tractor-trailers. US government officials announced that every truck participating in the pilot project will be tracked through in-vehicle transponders linked to a global positioning system that will monitor the transit of Mexican trucks through the United States and U.S. trucks through Mexico.
International Stem Cells - Ocean-side: Has developed a technique for coaxing unfertilized human eggs to product embryonic stem cells. The work, scientists said, could provide a source of human embryonic stem cells that sidestep the ethical debate swirling around the cells. It could also provide a source of stem cells that would not provoke a negative immune response when injected into humans, at least in women who provide the eggs. Elena Revazova is founder and Chief Scientist. Jeff Krstich is CEO.
Cubic Corporation - San Diego, has a decade-long association with the Navy’s “Top Gun” fighter training program will continue for another generation of aircraft, based on a $50 million contracat the defense contractor signed. Cubic will develop a new version of its air combat training system for the Joint Strike Fighter under the contract, which was awarded by Lockheel Martin.
General Atomics - San Diego: The Air Force has modified a contract awarded to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, providing $45.5 million for hellfire anti-tank missile installation kits and related equipment for 10 Predator aircraft.
R. A. Burch Construction - Ramona, has been awarded a $43.1 million contract from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in San Diego for the design and construction of a two-bay maintenance hangar for C-17 aircraft at Travis Air Force Base.
SAIC - San Diego: Announced its Egan McAllister Associates, Inc., subsidiary has won a contract to provide technical services to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, SC. The contract qualifies Egan, McAllister to bid for work providing intengration services for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surgeillance, and reconnaissance systems.
Time Warner Telecom - has appointed Lindsey Burroughs as VP and General Manager, and Dan Ronald as Sales Manager.
Lee & Associates - a national commercial real estate provider, has named Ryan Barr as principal.
SAIC - San Diego, announced that it was among 16 companies qualified by the Centers for Medicine and Medicaid Services to bid for automated systems support work under a new contract. The combined ceiling for the one-year contract, which includes nine one-year options to extend the program is $4 billion for all companies participating in the program.
The Grand Del Mar - a North County resort and spa nearing completion, has named Erin Lenagan as National Sales Manager.
ImageWare Systems - San Diego, a maker of identity-management systems, has completed the private placement of 2 million shares of common stock.
Grub & Ellis / BRE Commercial, a real estate services firm, has hired Brent Rivard as CFO and COO.
StepStone Group, has hired Jay Rose as Managing Director.
Qualcomm - San Diego, raised its guidance yesterday for its 4th quarter, saying strong chip sales and a lower than expected tax rate should push its adjusted earnings up.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad, announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Ibis Biosciences, has been awarded 4 government contracts totaling $4.2 million for work that includes detecting microbioal threat agents for biodefense applications. 3 of the contracts, totaling about $3.3 million, are from the Dept of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. The 4th contract, worth up to $900,000, is from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in the DoD. Ibis also will use the funding in connection with its T5000 system in micribial forensics, a type of forensics used in the investigation of crimes involving infectious organisms.
RedHill Realty Investors, a privately held real estate company, has hired Ms. Dimple Seeliger as Senior VP of Equities, including joint venture partnerships and private equity relationships.
US Farms has appointed Iraj Shadfar as VP of World Garlic & Spice, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Farms.
University of San Diego has named David F. Pyke, an Associate Business Dean at Dartmouth, as incoming Dean of its School of Business Administration. Mr. Pyke’s research is focused primarily on supply chain management, operations management and manufacturing in China, and other low-cost countries.
Wachovia Wealth Management has named Ayse Ozkan as VP and Senior Private Banker.
Volcano Corporation, San Diego, is a company that develops intra-vascular ultrasound and other products for the diagnosis and treatment of vascular and structural heart disease. It has filed a sheld registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to sell up to $200 million of common and preferred stock, debt securities and/or warrants in one or more offerings.
Pudding Media, Inc., San Jose, opened the next front in Web advertising as the start-up company based in San Jose introduced a service that monitors Internet phone calls and dishes up promotions based on what people say. The company, which uses voice-recognition software to spot keywords, said it has signed up more than 10,000 users. Consumers place calls for free over their computer, talking into microphones, and in exchange they agree to let Pudding eavesdrop and show on-screen ads based on the conversations. Advertising select from tens of thousands of keywords, similar to how they buy ads linked to the text of Internet searches. Consumers can test the service at thepudding.com.
Encina Power Plant, Carlsbad: has filed an application with the California Energy Commission to modernize the facility. NRG Energy, Inc., says the project would result in a more efficient and cleaner plant that would generate more power than the current 965-megawatt facility.
Cytori Therapeutics - Announced that it was awarded a $250,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to derive and develop regenerative cells from fat tissue as a treatment for vascular disease. Regenerative cells within fat include adult stem cells and other cell types that have been shown to increase blood flow in and around damaged and oxygen-deprived tissue.
Sempra Energy - has named J. William Ichord as Vice President of Government Relations.
Epsilon Systems Solutions - San Diego: Announced that it is part of the Rome Research Corporation team that has been awarded a $33-million contract to support operations a the Naval Satellite Operations Center at Point Magu. The center operates satellite systems for the Navy and communications services to military forces worldwide.
SAIC - San Diego: Announced that NASA exercised an option valued at $205.9 million on a 2004 contract to provide information-technology services to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and other NASA centers. SAIC said that by exercising the option, the second one-year renewal of a 2004 contract, NASA has raised the ceiling value of the work to about $956-million and has extended the program through 2008.
ViaSat - Carlsbad: Said that it has secured a $2.4 million order for information system terminals for South Korea. The 2-year contract takes effect in May.
Information Systems Laboratories, San Diego: Is heading a 12-member team that was awarded a $33.8 million contract to assist the Nuclear Regulatory Commission review utility company license applications to build nuclear power plants. The five-year project will be handled by ISL’s Nuclear Systems Analysis Division. The company said a resurgence of nuclear power plant construction planning has increased the regulatory agency’s workload and prompted it to seek outside help in processing applications.
Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: Filed an application with the FDA to begin clinical trials with its drug candidate HE3286 for the treatment of diseases of inflamation. With the approval, the company plans to initiate a trial of the drug in rheumatoid arthritis patients during the 4th quarter.
Crossflo Systems - has named Michael Berman as Senior VP of Sales & Marketing.
San Diego National Bank - has named Bill Hooper VP & Manager of Corporate Properties.
Pure Bioscience - El Cajon: Said that it has developed a new antimicrobial product based on its patented silver dihydrogen citrate molecule that provides the first 24-hour residual protection against norovirus, which causes stomach flu. The product, Cruise Control, will be marketed to the cruise ship industry, which in recent years has suffered significant economic and reputation damage as a result of outbreaks of norovirus.
Luxtera Inc., - Carlsbad: A semi-conductor company, has appointed Greg Young as President and CEO.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad: And Johnson & Johnson have formed a deal worth as much as $275-million to develop two diabetic drugs. Isis will receive $45-million upfront and may be paid $230-million or more in milestone payments. The deal could help J&J, among the largest makers of Insulin-delivery devices for diabetics, to enter the $15-billion annual market for drugs to control the disease.
Takeda Pharmaceutical - San Diego: has named Keith Wilson as President and Chief Scientific Officer.
Nventa Biopharmaceuticals Corp, has appointed David Duncan, Jr. As Vice President Finance.
Metabasis Therapeutics - San Diego: said its MB07133 living cancer treatment has been granted orphan drug status by the FDA. The status, an incentive to develop therapies that serve a market of fewer than 200,000 people in the USA., gives a drug 7 years of market exclusivity if it is ultimately approved by the FDA. MB07133 is designed to inhibit cell proliferation and induce cell death. The company said the trial showed tumor shrinkage and disease stabilization.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - announced that it has started a Phase 1 study of its experimental antisense drug designed to improve blood glucose control in patients with type 2 diabetes. The drug inhibits production of the glucagon receptor.
Salk Institute - La Jolla: Marsha Chandler, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Salk Institute, has been appointed to the oversight Board of the California Institute for Regenerative medicine.
Grubb & Ellis BRE Commercial - San Diego: is a commercial real estate brokerage firm, has named Brian Driscoll to its capital markets group.
MaintenanceNet - Carlsbad: is a provider of maintenance contract management services, has named Daryl Fink as VP Operations.
SAIC - San Diego: Announced that it won a pact valued at $250-million from the Air Force for management and engineering work. The company will also perform studies, evaluations and technical services at Air Combat Command sites in the USA and around the world. The contract has a one-year base and four one-year renewal options. SAIC said it has received more than 85% of its sales from the U.S. government in the past 3 years.
Grand Pacific Resorts - has appointed Stan Kaminski as General Manager, Rachel Blake as Director of Operations, and Laurel Wykes as Associate Director of Sales, Patricia Gunn as Director of Corporate Sales, and Debra Ayala as Director of Catering and Conference Services for the 350-room Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, which will open in January 2008.
Cohu - San Diego, is a manufacturer of semi-conductor test equipment, has appointed Jeffrey D. Jones as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective Nov. 2nd. Jones has served as Vice President of Finance and Controller for Cohu’s Delta Design subsidiary.
SAIC - San Diego: The United States Environmental Protection Agency has awarded San Diego’s SAIC a contract to provide technical and outreach support services for domestic and global climate-change programs. The one-year contract, which has options to extend the work four additional years, could be worth as much as $27 million.
MeetingSense Software - San Diego, said that it received three million collars in venture funding from TVC Capital. The company’s flagship software provides organizations with tools to capture, distribute and manage information and action items exchanged during meetings.
Websense - San Diego: makes Web filters and security software, named Dudley W. Mendenhall Chief Financial Officer.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad, announced that it will partner with Alnylam Pharmaceuticals of Cambridge, Mass., to develop drugs that work by blocking micro-RNAs, snips of genetic material found to play a role in controlling biological processes. Scientists have found that about 500 types of these snips influence thousands of genes. The joint venture will be a co. named Regulus Therapeutics, which is expected to be based in San Diego. Isis and Alnylam will grant Regulus exclusive licenses for micro-RNA therapeutic applications, as well as some patents in the field.
Ionian Technologies - San Diego, is the recipient of Pentagon funding to complete development of a handheld biosensor device. The technology is intended to detect the presence of viral, bacterial and toxic biological agents such as anthrax, ricin or smallpox. Additional Penta-gon funding was also provided to -- E-Band Communications - San Diego, for its multigigabit-capacity wireless communications systems.
Lee & Associates - San Diego, has named Mike Meisenbach as principal in the commercial real estate firms’s San Diego North office.
International Stem Cell Corp - Oceanside: said that Excalibur Pathology, an Oklahoma-based independent laboratory has confirmed that its scientists had successfully created tissue compatible with human cornea from embryonic stem cells derived from unfertilized eggs. The company announced in June that it was the first to deliberately create human pathenogenic stem cell lines, meaning embryonic stem cells from unfertilized eggs. The company is promoting its pathenogenetic lines as an alternative to human embryonic stem cells, which are controversial because their creation requires destruction of a human embryo.
ProfitLine - is a provider of telecom expense management, has promoted Keith Boyle to Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Novalar Pharmaceuticals - has appointed Steven J. Semmelmayer to the company’s Board of Directors. Semmelmayer is President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LED Medical Diagnostics and its subsidiary LED Dental.
Knight & Carver - San Diego: has a long-standing business building and repairing yachts and other vessels. It has also bifurcated itself into a new revenue stream: Repairing wind turbine blades. They have developed a breakthrough wind turbine blade. The new Sweet Twist Adaptive Rotor, also called the Star blade, is designed to produce more electricity from a given wind turbine, without increasing wear and tear on the machine. It can produce electricity from wind blowing one to three miles per hour slower than conventional blades. Sam Brown is the president of Knight & Carver.
SCORE - San Diego’s director is Rod Means, and was one of two volunteers from across the country recognized for their efforts on behalf of the organization. SCORE is a national nonprofit that offers advice and training to fledgling entrepreneurs. Means help San Diego SCORE increase annual fund-raising from $20,000 to more than $150,000.
SAIC - has leased a 120,000 square foot building in Vista to develop technology for scanning cargo. The building is located at 2985 Scott Street. The facility will house the company’s Security and Transportation Technology unit.
Time Warner Cable - has appointed Lori Fincher as VP Finance, and Cindy Skach as Director of Customer Acquisitions and Product Management for the San Diego region.
SpectraScience - San Diego, has appointed Michael Vaudry as its Director of International Sales.
Qualcomm - announced that it has signed an agreement with two companies in Malaysia for a trial of its MediaFLO technology, which delivers television programming to cell phones. The trial with Maxis Communications Berhad and Astro All Asia Networks is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2007.
Invitrogen - Carlsbad: is a company which makes tools for dug delivery and diagnostics, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide kits for detecting possible E. coli contamination in food at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Bejing. The monitoring is based on World Health Organization food standards, and is to be conducted by the Bejing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Olympic Food Safety program.
General Dynamics’s NASSCO, the San Diego shipyard, has begun construction of the first of nine double-hulled tankers to be built for U.S. Shipping Partners. NASSCO plans to lay the ship’s keel in December, with delivery scheduled in early 2009. Each of the ships built under the $1-billion contract will be more than 600 feet long, with a cargo capacity of about 331,000 barrels. The ships, developed with DSEC of Korea, are designed to carry petroleum and chemical products.
Grant Thornton - is the nation’s largest mid-tier accounting firm, and has opened an office in San Diego. The new facility is in Carmel Valley, and employs 24 workers. Don Williams, who retired last year from Ernst & Young’s San Diego branch, came out of retirement to run the local Grant Thornton operation. The company expects to expand to 35 employees by year’s end, and its target is to have 100 workers by 2009. Grant Thornton is the 2nd mid-tier accounting firm to open an office in San Diego this year. BDO Seidman of Chicago set up shop in University City in July with 15 employees.
NTN Buzztime - Carlsbad, is a developer and distributor of Play-Along TV entertainment and technology. It has hired Mariana Danilovic as Executive VP Business Development.
Hewlett Packard - Rancho Bernardo: Vyomesh Joshi, head of HP’s workhorse Imaging and Printing Group, the future of printing looks different. The San Diego-based executive thinks the printing of tomorrow will come from Web pages, from small businesses making brochures in-house and from amateur photographers who want to personalize their printed photos. “As we shift from printers to printing, from units to pages to enabling the Web, (printing) has a very different kind of meaning to us,” said Joshi, who works out of HP’s 1900-employee inkjet research lab in Rancho Bernardo. HP has launched a string of new printers, software and services aimed at making it easier to print from the Web.
General Dynamics’s NASSCO, announced that it has reached an agreement with the Navy that would allow the San Diego shipyard to build up to 5 additional T-AKE dry cargo ammunition ships. If all options are exercised, the total would amount to approximately $2.4-billion (that’s billion with a “B” !!!).
SAIC - has begun work on supply management of chemicals and packaged petroleum under a Pentagon contract valued as high as $6.2-billion.
Dynalectric - San Diego, has named Philip W. Petersen as President and CEO. The company is a provider of integrated design-build electrical services throughout the region.
Viking Systems - San Diego, is a company that designs vision systems for laparoscopic surgery said that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Tuebingen Scientific Medical, a German company that makes surgical instruments for minimally invasive surgery.
International Stem Cell Corp, of Oceanside, and Cytori Therapeutics of San Diego, said they will partner in making fat-derived stem cell products. Cytori will use its technology to remove stem cells from fat. International Stem Cell will isolate, purify and expand the cells. The packaged stem cells will them move into an international supply chain. The companies said the cells initially will be used for research purposes for studies in regenerative medicine and basic cell biology.
DJO - Vista, is a company that develops orthopedic products, said that it has received accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. The volumtary accreditation process qualifies DJO to participate in the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program.
GenVault - San Diego, was chosen to provide archival system for a “biobank” being created by the goverment of Quebec and the Canadian government. The biobank was created primarily for storing and managing biological samples collected from 20,000 Quebec citizens involved in one research project.
The Irvine Company - has named Brittain Cheney Vice President for leasing in the San Diego region.
Brookfield Homes - has promoted Patti McDonald to Director of Human Resources for the homebuilder’s San Diego / Riverside division.
ACE Capital Group - a real estate firm, has named Carl Frank as Sales Manager in its San Diego office.
Security Business Bank - San Diego, has hired Nicholas Zillgas as Senior VP of Cash Management.
Bradley-Morris Inc., is a military-focused placement firm, and has promoted Steve Warner to Senior Consultant. Before joining the firm in 2003, the Air Force Academy graduate served on active duty for 7 years.
SeQual Technologies - which develops oxygen systems, has named Ron Richard as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales.
1st Pacific Bank of CA - has hired Fred Baranowski as Senior Vice President, Regional Manager. Baranowski will lead the bank’s entry into the downtown San Diego market and the surrounding area.
Hilton San Diego Sales Complex - has named Denise Vissat as Senior Sales Manager. She most recently worked at the San Diego Convention Center as Associate VP Sales.
Northrop Grumman - San Diego Integrated Systems business was awarded a $636-million contract intended to demonstrate the feasibility of using robotic combat jets aboard Navy aircraft carriers. The contract calls for developing 2 unmanned X-47 jets under UCAS-D, the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration program, by 2013. About two-thirds of the work on the six-year program will be done in Rancho Bernardo and El Segundo. The military’s use of unmanned aircraft has increased dramatically over the past decade, but adapting a robotic combat aircraft to Navy carrier operations poses a host of special challenges.
Jack-in-the-Box - San Diego, announced that third quarter profits increased 25%, beating analyst’s expectations.
Nereus Pharmaceuticals - San Diego: is a company that develops cancer therapies from marine microbails, announced that it has raised $45-million from a private placement stock offering.
Ardea Biosciences - has appointed Patrick M. O’Conner as Senior Vice President, Research & Preclinical Development, and Chief Science Officer.
Millennium Creative Group - a video production agency, has hired Jeremy Durant as Director of Business Development, and promoted Michelle Liszewski to Senior Producer.
Entropic Communications - has named Suzanne Aoumaras as Vice President of Human Resources.
The San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau: ConVis has named Joe W. Carver as Chairman of the Board. ConVis promotes and markets San Diego County as a vacation and convention destination.
Valley View Casino - Valley Center, has named Judy Wright as VP HR. A member of the San Pasqual tribe, Wright has served on the San Pasqual Casino Development Group’s board of directors since 2005.
Novatel Wireless - announced that Thomas Wayne Harleman has been named VP Sales. Jon Driscoll is VP Product Management, and Julie Cunningham is VP Communications and Investors.
Verenium Corporation - San Diego, a biofuels company with a large research facility in San Diego, has named Nell Jones as Sr. VP of HR; Mark Eichenseer as VP Ops, and Kelly Lindenboom as VP Corp Communications, and Trent Saats as Senior Director, Strategic Financial Planning & Analysis.
Networkcar - San Diego, is a wireless vehicle management company, has named Craig Whitney as Director of Marketing.
RoyaltyShare - San Diego, is a company that thinks it has the solution for music royalties in the Digital Age. Bob Kohn is considered to be the guru of music royalties. Mr. Kohn started eMusic in 1998, and pioneered digital music that was selling song downloads a year before piracy enabled by file-sharing services such as Napster wrecked havoc on the music industry. Some independent record labels are still using Excel spreadsheets to calculate royalties. Not an efficient method. Kohn also co-authored, with his father, a 1,636-page opus called “Kohn on Music Licensing,” which is widely regarded as the bible on music royalties.
Althea Technologies - San Diego: is a company that provides services for drug development and manufacturing, has hired Karen Daniels as President of the Bio-Services Division.
CryoCor - San Diego: The GDA granted pre-market approval for CryoCor’s device that stops a type of irregular heartbeat by using freezing technology.
Invitrogen - Carlsbad: Shares of Invirtogen Corp., which develops tools for drug delivery and research, had the biggest one-day gain in four years after the company’s second-quarter earnings beat analyst’s estimates. Shares rose by 10%.
Novatel Wireless - San Diego, is a maker of wireless laptops and other mobile devices, has appointed Brad Weinert as president. Weinert, 48, has been acting CEO since October.
MC Consultants - Carlsbad, is a construction consulting company, and has appointed Ronald Withall to president and CEO. Kai Loedel has been appointed VP finance and CFO. Daniel R. Ducommun is VP sales and marketing.
Alphatec Holdings - is a medical device company focused on products for surgical treatment of spine disorders, has appointed Mortimer Berkowitz III Chrm of the Board.
Valley View Casino - has announced that Michael A. Gorcznski will serve as interim general manager. He will also maintain his role as CFO.
Phenomix Corporation - is a drug discovery and development company, and has named James Harper and William Harris to its Board.
Equastone - San Diego, is a private equity firm that focuses on real estate, and has acquired twelve (12) top-quality office buildings in suburban Dallas for $382-million. The deal, which includes 43 acres of vacant land for future development, is the largest purchase of office buildings so fr this year in Dallas. Earlier this year, Equastone paid more than $50-million for the 28-story Pam American Life tower in downtown New Orleans.
Senomyx, Inc., - San Diego, specializes in developing flavor ingredients for the food and beverage industry, announced that it has expanded a March 2006 collaborative research, development, commercialization and license agreement with Ajinomoto Co., an international food manufacturer. Under the expanded agreement, the two companies will work on the development and commercialization of novel flavor ingredients in additional product categories and geographies not previously licensed.
Halozyme Therapeutics - has named Walter Bee as vice president of preclinical development. The company also appointed Michael Haller as vice president of alliance management and portfolio development.
Cytori Therapeutics - San Diego,
Johnson & Jennings General Contracting - San Diego, has named Lee Dooney manager of field services.
The Grand Del Mar, has named Sunday P. Spencer its director of leisure sales.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - Carlsbad, announced positive Phase 2 trial data on its experimental product for patients with progressive prostrate cancer. Those treated patients showed a longer survival rate and longer progression-free survival.
The Townsend Agency and JHG Marketing - San Diego: The two marketing firms have merged. The Townsend Agency focused on high-tech and biotech, and JHG had a strong stable of clients in the entertainment and sports businesses. Jackie Townsend Konstanturos will be EVP, while Jayne Hancock will be CEO of JHG-Townsend.
Cylene Pharmaceuticals - has appointed David M. Ryckman to vice president of manufacturing.
General Dynamics NASSCO - ship construction yard, has promoted Kevin M. Grancy to vice president of engineering.
Gafcon Construction Management - has promoted Penny Kronberg to third-party quaity assurance program manager in the San Diego office.
Novalar Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, said that it has licensed an exclusive worldwide deal with the Forsyth Institute to develop and commercialize a product for the prevention of inter-appointment pain and bacaterial reduction in root canals. The product, an antibiotic-impregnated ethylene vinyl acetate fiber, was originally developed by Forsyth Institute and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Novalar will have exclusive rights to the technology from the Boston-based Institute. Novalar will be responsible for all development and commercialization costs and activities. Forsyth will be entitled to milestone payments and royalities on products sold.
Cyntellect - San Diego, announced that it has completed a $15.l million round of private venture financing. Investors may also choose to commit an additional investment of up to $8.3 million. The company uses laser-based medicine and semi-conductor manufacturing technology for the analysis and manipulation of cells. The money will be used to hire personnel, expand operations, accelerate development and commercialization of products and explore novel application of the company’s technology.
Entrop Communications, a technology solutions provider for connected home entertainment, has named Charles Persico as VP of RF Engineering.
Maxwell Technologies - San Diego named David J. Schramm as president and chief executive officer.
Inovio Biomedical Corp. - San Diego, said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Genetronics, has entered into collaboration agreements with the National Cancer Institute and the International Aids Vaccine Initiative to evaluate Inovio’s electroporation technology for the deliver of DNA vaccines. Inovio’s DNA delivery systems deliver an electric pulse to a cell to make them more permeable for DNA-based immuno-therapies and vaccines against infectious diseases and cancers.
Ambrx Inc., San Diego - has appointed Stephen Kaldor as chief executive. Kaldor’s 20 years in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies include his most recent post as chief scientific officer at Takeda in San Diego.
ViaSat - Carlsbad: has agreed to acquire a Switzerland-based satellite antenna maker.
On Call Employee Solutions, San Diego: is a privately held staffing company, and has hired Frank Casella as senior vice president.
Cubic Corporation, San Diego: is a supplier of defense products, systems, and services to U.S. and allied governments in more than 50 nations, has named David W. Liddle, director of corporate communications.
Venture Capital Funding in San Diego at a six-year high. Region’s amounts are up by 44% for 3 months ending in June. A nationwide resurgence in venture capital funding for Internet media startups and related information technology companies kept venture capital investments at the highest pace since 2001. More than $382 million in funding is going to 27 startup companies.
Orange 21 - Carlsbad, said it is in preliminary discussion to acquire 40 stores in five states from No Fear, which sells action-oriented sports products, including Orange 21's Spy Optic sunglasses and goggles. Orange 21 said the discussions are being conducted by an independent committee of its Board. Orange 21 CEO Mark Simo also is the founder and director of No Fear.
Novocell - San Diego, a stem cell engineering company, said it has closed $25 million in financing that included participation by existing investors Sanderling Ventures, Asset Management Company, and Pacific Horizon Ventures, was led by Johnson & Johnson Development Corp.
Quidel - San Diego, is a diagnostics maker, and announced that it has licensed the exclusive, worldwide rights to antiviral resistance influenza detection development technology developed by scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in close collaboration with the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
San Diego and UCSD: The city of San Diego and Connect, the UCSD program in entrepreneurship, along with other local governments and research institutions, announced the formation of CleanTECH San Diego, a nonprofit organization to support the development of environmental technology businesses in the region. Duane Roth, chief executive officer of Connect, was named interim chairman of CleanTECH.
Sempra Generation - San Diego, is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, said that it has signed a 20-year agreement to provide Southern California Edison with up to 250 megawatts of electricity from the wind farm the company is planning at La Rumorosa in Baja California. Sempra announced that it had purchased co-development rights to the project from Cannon Power, a wind farm developer. The companies hope to complete the project by 2010.
Isis Pharmaceuticals - said it will receive $26.5 million from New Jersey-based Alnylam Pharmaceuticals as its portion of a transaction between Alnylam and Roche Holding AG. Under a 2004 licensing agreement, the Carlsbad biotechnology company granted Alnylam rights to its intellectual property in return for cash and financial participation in future transactions that deal with Isis patents.
Ambrx - San Diego, announced that it will collaborate with Merck Sereno, an affiliate of the German drug company Merck, to develop Ambrx’s long-acting growth hormone products.
Althea Technologies - San Diego, which provides services for drug development and manufacturing, said that it has contracted with Atlanta-based GeoVax Labs to manufacture its HIV-1 DNA vaccine.
Aethlon Medical - San Diego, announced that it will pursue the commercialization of its first-generation Hemopurifier in India during the next year. This strategy correspondents with Athelon’s international objectives and will parallel the company’s effort to advance the Hemopurifier as a counter-measure against bioterror and pandemic threats.
Orchestra Therapeutics - Carlsbad, has reported positive data from its completed Phase 2 study of NeuroVax, an investigational vaccine that aims to stop the progression of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
General Atomics - San Diego, works on creating new technologies in lasers and optics, helping the US effort to stop Iraq bombs. As a privately held government contractor, General Atomics generally maintains a low profile with its diversified work in industries that include nuclear energy, electromagnetic systems, and robotic aircraft. The company’s unmanned Predator spy plane is essential for the US military operations, and has lifted the veil on an internal “skunkworks” it formed to develop new technologies in lasers and optics. The idea is to change the Predator from a TV camera in the sky to a high-precision strike aircraft.
Advanced BioHealing - San Diego, said that it has raised an additional $4.5 million in a second tranche of its Series C financing from Safeguard Scientifics, a funder of growth-stage technology and life sciences businesses, as announced by CDIB BioScience Ventures, a fund in Taiwan. The total raised in the round is $30 million. Proceeds will be used for marketing for Dermagraft, approved by the FDA as a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers.
San Diego County’s American Indian Casino Industry - continues to be poised for continued growth. The county has eight (8) casino, with many of them growing into resort destinations, with a workforce now exceeding 10,000. A recent report by Alan Meister for 2006-2007 “Indian Gaming Report” published by Casino City Press, reports that California casino revenue grew by 24% between 2004 and 2005, to $7.2 billion - that’s “billion” with a “B.” The state had 57 casinos then.
Casinos in San Diego County: include (1) Sycuan Resort, (2) Jamul, which as yet has no casino, and many community residents are fighting its, the Tribe is talking about developing a casino-hotel complex that would fit on the 6-acre American Indian reservation off Route 94. (3) Viejas with a new casino wing that was completed last spring, and (4) Golden Acorn, which is east of Interstate 8. (5) Barona Valley Ranch and Casino has been around since 1983. (6) Valley View, which has a huge expansion presently underway. (7) Harrah’s Rincon. Harrah’s has installed a new second-floor ballroom to accommodate events. In the summer, it plans to introduce poolside table games.(8) Pauma - In June 2007, the Pauma Band of Mission Indians, which runs Casino Pauma, announced plans for a new casino and 500-room hotel to be built in conjunction with the Mashantucket Pequot tribe of Connecticut. The $300-million project would require about 2 years of construction, with a planned opening date in 2009. (9) Pala - construction of a $100-million expansion at the Pala Casino Spa Resort is expected to be completed in mid-2008.
Intellidot Corporation - San Diego, is a start-up health information technology device company that uses Caret, which is a hand-held wireless device that nurses can use to ensure patients get the right dose of the correct medication at the right time. Patients wear a bar-coded wristband that is scanned with the device. Caret can also be used to monitor vital signs of patients or to ensure the proper amount of blood is drawn from the correct patient. CEO Thomas Kolpack likes to call his company the “medical iPod” because of its portability and user-friendliness. Chief Operating Officer is David Swenson.
Paul Ecke Ranch - Encinitas, is one of the world’s largest poinsettia producers (as well as other flowers). Owner is Paul Ecke III.
American Property Management Corporation - is one of San Diego’s largest hotel companies, and is reportedly getting even larger and going international with the acquisition of properties in Los Angeles and Cancun, Mexico. It also has plans to buy several more soon. The firm, which is headquartered in La Jolla, is headed by Michael Gallegos, President and CEO>
Adventrx Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, is developing therapies for cancer and infectious diseases, said that it has finalized a R&D agree-ment that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs clinical sites to participate in the company’s Phase 3 clinical trial of ANX-510 for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer. Adventrix said it has clinical trial agreements with 3 regional VA centers. By working with the VA centers, the company said it expects to speed enrollment in its clinical trials. More than 1200 patients will be enrolled in the trials to study the effects of ANX-510 in combination with chemotherapy agents.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, has invested $10-million in BioSeek, a Bay Area company with which it is collaborating to look for possible new drug compounds. Amylin brings its library of proprietary polypeptide hormones to the partnership. And BioSeek brings its BioMAP screening system. The BioMAP is a human cell-based screening system. The cells can be exposed to different compounds, so that the changes created in the protein levels within the cells can help determine which biological pathways are being affected.
Orexigen - San Diego, is a company that develops therapies for obesity and disorders of the central nervous system.
Nanogen - San Diego, is a diagnostics maker, and has said that it may periodically sell up to $50-million in common and preferred stock. The company said the proceeds from the shelf offering would be used for working capital, acquisitions and other general purposes.
SAIC - San Diego, announced that Alaska Pipeline Service Company had renewed a contract to outsource its information technology services with SAIC. The single contract is valued at $35 million. If all options are exercised, the total value of the contract could reach $49 million.
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command - San Diego, has awarded a $7 million contract to Harper Construction Company for renovations to bachelor enlisted quarters at Camp Pendleton. The work is expected to be completed by 2008.
Slacker.com - Rancho Bernardo, is an internet start-up company run by Dennis Mudd, Jim Cady and Jonathan Sasse, that specializes in placing customized radio. The company is betting that customized radio, where listeners have a good deal of control over what artists they listen to while still leaving room to discover new music, is in the future. And the San Diego internet start-up has an ambitious plan to deliver this next generation of Weg radio wherever and whenever customers want it - be that on their computers, in their cars, or on mobile devices.
Northrup Grumman’s Air Combat System - San Diego, has been awarded a $11.45 million contract by the Air Force. Under the contract the company will provide two Global Hawk robotic spy planes equipped with improved, integrated sensors that will include technology for eves-dropping and processing electronic transmissions.
SAIC - San Diego: The Pentagon’s Defense Supply Center Philadelphia has awarded a $27 million contract to San Diego’s SAIC for maintenance and repair and operational supplies. The company will provide services for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.
General Atomics - Two industrial buildings in Poway have been sold to an affiliate of General Atomics. The defense contractor’s property arm, Sorrento West Properties, Inc., bought the buildings, totaling 409,105 Sq.Ft.
Qualcomm - San Diego wireless technology giant Qualcomm is planning to launch a mobile network that would allow people to use their cell phones to manage myriad health issues including diabetics dieting. Called LifeComm, the service would offer cell phones that could double as glucose meters to monitor blood sugar levels in diabetics, track aerobic activity in dieters or otherwise function as a medical device.
Cardium Therapeutics - said it has begun recruiting patients for its Phase 3 clinical trial of its lead product candidate, Generx, in women for treatment of myocardial ischemia - insufficient blood flow within the heart muscle - gives rise to angina associated with coronary heart disease. Generx is designed to promote angiogenesis, a natural process of blood vessel growth within the heart muscle, following a one-time treatment through a standard cardiac infusion catheter.
La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology - Dr. Matthias G. Von Herrath, a professor of developmental immunology, has received the Scholar Award from the Juvenile Diabetics Research Foundation. The award provides sustained support for individual scientists researching a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications.
Jack in the Box - San Diego, has continued its sizzling performance streak, besting Wall Street estimates for the second quarter with profits rising 25%.
SYS Technologies - San Diego, is an information analysis software firm. SYS has announced an increase in sales of $19.1 million.
RedHill Realty Investors - San Diego, is a real estate investment firm, and has announced that it has purchased Flagstone Apartments in Tempe, AZ for $35 million. Flagstone is the third apartment complex that RedHill has purchased in the greater Phoenix area.
Xenonics - Carlsbad, is a maker of high-intensity flashlights and other devices, has reported a second quarter sales increase.
WebWideStory - San Diego, shares surged more than 25% on Wednesday, 5/9/07 after the company boosted its revenue forecast. The company also said that it would change its name to Visual Sciences, and announced several new products, including software to analyze data not only from Web sites but also from more traditional sources, such as call centers.
Intercasting Corp. - San Diego, a mobile software company, has raised $12 million in a second round of venture capital funding. The round was led by Venrock, a global firm that was originally the venture capital arm of the Rockefeller family. Intercasting makes a mobile software system called Rabble that allows users to access social networking and other information from mobile devices.
Nanolithosolution - Carlsbad, is a startup that has signed a licensing agreement with Hewlett-Packard for a new imprint technology used to stamp out patterns on chips that are literally atoms wide. The technology, developed at HP Labs, allows for patterns that are significantly smaller than those available today, according to HP. The company says it can produce patterns for “wires” on chips as small as 15 nanometers - or about 50 atoms wide.
General Atomics - The Air Force will buy four more unmanned Predator spy plants from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for $59 million, for the Predator Bs, an advanced version of the plane that General Atomics has built for more than a decade. They are scheduled to be built by the end of 2009. In 2005, the service announced plans to spent $5.7 billion over the next 5 years to buy 144 Predators - enough to add 12 squadrons of the robotic aircraft for use in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat areas.
Victory Pharma - San Diego: is a privately held company, and has announced that it had acquired the exclusive US marketing rights to Naprelan, the only once-a-da-branded formulation of naproxen sodium, a pain reliever.
Equastone - San Diego, is a real estate investor, and has completed raising money for its second fund to purchase commercial real estate. The Equastone Value Fund II received more than $150 million of equity commitments from a mix of high-net-wroth individuals and institutional investors. Equastone is run by David Bourne and Chad Carpenter and invests in real estate assets nationwide.
Biocom - San Diego: A job search Web site launched by Biocom, the San Diego region’s biotechnology industry trade group, aims to make getting a lead on a job or a new employee a one-stop process. The site www.BIOCOMCareerCenter.org, lists more than 700 jobs at Calif biotechnology, medical device, as well as pharmaceutical and supply companies. The postings range from entry-level postings, such as internships, to high level jobs in management and scientific research.
Vical - San Diego, which is developing vaccines, announced that it has signed a research and development agreement with the Naval Medical Research Center to explore the use of the company’s Vaxfectin adjuvant with experimental DNA vaccines against malaria.
Anadys Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, announced that it plans to develop the drug candidate ANA-733 as an oral therapy for cancer. The company said it plans to file an application with the FDA to begin clinical trial in the second half of this year (2007). The company cited preclinical studies showing the compound promoted natural anti-tumor responses.
SAIC - San Diego, announced that it has won a contract from the Air Force to provide engineering and technical support services. The time-and-materials contract has a one-year base term and could be worth as much as $394 million if the Air Force exercises all four one-year options. Under the contract, the company will provide services for command, control, computers, intelligence, war-gaming and force protection. The work will be performed primarily in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Japan and Korea.
aTyr Pharma Inc. - San Diego, a privately held company developing a novel class of naturally occurring protein biologies for human therapeutics, said it has closed a $10.5 million Series B financing.
Qualcomm - San Diego, is making inroads into underdeveloped areas by providing cell phone coverage to areas that have previously been almost isolated from the world.
Kyocera - San Diego, reports that its raw material problem has been resolved and is ready to procees with plans to more than double its annual production of solar panels by 2011. Kyocera Solar, the fastest-growing unit of San Diego’s Kyocera International, said it will invest about $250million to expand production capacity at its manufacturing plants in Tijuana, Japan, China and other sites.
Favrille - San Diego, is developing patient-specific immunotherapies to treat lymphoma, said its study results show its method for growing key therapy proteins has better activity compared with a competitor’s method.
Rogers - Quinn Construction - Bonsall, has been awarded a $13.1 million contract by the Naval Facilities Engineering in San Diego for design and construction of a regimental maintenance complex at Camp Pendleton. The work is expected to be completed by 2009.
GenVault Corporation - Carlsbad, is a company that provides room-temperature biosample management, announced that it has closed an $18million funding round. The funds will be used to accelerate commercialization of GenVault’s proprietary technologies.
General Atomics - San Diego, has been awarded a $10.7 million contract from The Naval Sea Systems Command for research and development work for the Navy’s next generation integrated power system.
Harper Construction - San Diego, has been awarded a $43.4 million contract by the U.S. Army Engineer District in Tulsa, OK, for renovation of Officer and Enlisted family quarters at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The work is expected to be completed by 2009.
Cubic Defense - San Diego, announced that it is the subcontractor for work related to operating and maintaining the Fort Lewis Battle Command Training Center. The U.S. Army awarded the prime contract, which has four one-year options and a maximum value of $39.8 million to SAIC. Cubic said its share could be as much as $19.9 million if all options are exercised.
Invitrogen Corp - Carlsbad, which develops tools for drug discovery, announced that it will partner with Emiliem Inc. To screen the multikinase inhibitors using Invirtogen’s proprietary technology. Invitrogen will perform biochemical kinase screening, cellular pathway profiling and screening of Emiliems’s compounds targeting cancer.
Diversa - San Diego, develops special enzymes for use in the biofuels industry, announced that it had closed a $100 million private placement. The company plans to use the funds for continued expansion of its biofuels business, including a previously announced merger with Celunol, a Massachusetts-based company.
Cytori Therapeutics - San Diego, develops a technology to derive stem cells from fat for use in plastic surgery and cardiac applications, said Green Hospital Supply, a leading Japanese medical-equipment supplier, will buy 1 million shares of Cytori stock for about $6 million.
CONNECT - San Diego: In an effort to bolster San Diego’s position as an important center for technology and life sciences, local business organization CONNECT has unveiled a new quarterly index that will track and monitor the creation of new technology companies within the county.
Tragara Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, is a privately-held company that is developing therapies for treatment of cancer and inflamatory diseases. It has closed a $40-million Series A financing. The company said it plans to use the funding for clinical-state development of its lead product, TG01. Tragara formerly launched operations on Jan 2nd.
General Atomics - San Diego, has been awarded a $43.7 million contract modification for two Predator B robotic aircraft by the US Air Force.
SAIC - San Diego, has been awarded a $122-million contract by The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, IN. Under the deal, SAIC will provide engineering, technical and program support services for information operations, including electronic warfare.
Northrop Grumman - Rancho Bernardo: The U. S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $287-million contract for the next production lot of Global Hawk unmanned aerial systems. The high-tech spy vehicle is made at the company’s Rancho Bernardo site.
Red Door Interactive - San Diego, is a part Web site developer, and part online advertising agency. Red Door guilds Web sites and creates e-mail newsletters for its clients. It also pays attention to what bloggers are saying about a company. And it analyzes traffic to the company’s Web site to determine what, if anything, about the site is alienating potential customers and would more in more. Red Door helps devise internal Web pages that can help increase efficiency among the company’s employees.
Ligant Pharmaceuticals - San Diego, which underwent major management and business restructuring in recent months, reported a 4th quarter profit of $141.4 million, compared with a $2.8 million loss that the company recorded in the 4th quarter 2005.
DivX - San Diego, is a video compression and technology company, said that it has teamed with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. to bring premium CBC content to the DivX online site. Under a licensing agreement, CBC has launched a channel on DivX Stage6, that will provide entertainment and news, including the broadcaster’s flagship nightly news and current affairs program, “The National.” Users must download a DivX software player to view the content.
CONNECT - has elected five new members to its 60-member Board of Directors, including people in law, education and the high-tech industry. The new members include Craig S. Andrews of Heller Ehrman LLP; Karen B. Dow of Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP; Arthur B. Ellis of University of California San Diego; Susan H. Show of Maxim Systems; and Taylor Wray of Marsh. Connect CEO Duane Roth said the caliber of the new board members will enhance the organization’s efforts in 2007 to unite the best entrepreneurs in San Diego with the resources they need for success through programs such as Springboard and the Venture Roundtable. “Our new board members - two lawyers, a vice chancellor of research, a CFO and a managing director - represent a breath of experience and range of perspectives,” Roth said. “Their contributions will improve the effectiveness of Connect’s programs, which turn innovative ideas into successful products.”
CONNECT - and Blue Mine Group, are local trade groups, and have announced that management of the CEO Strategy Forum, a think tank program for CEOs of emerging technology companies, has been transferred from Blue Mine Group to Connect. Blue Mine Group is a San Diego firm that specializes in taking innovation to market, founded the exclusive 70-member organization in 2005. The program was designed to help members explore effective, actionable answers to the core strategic challenges their companies face, through informative workshops, roundtables, Webinars and publications. The forum also provides a venue where its members can share insights and experiences with a high-caliber group of peers in an informative and confidential setting.
SAIC - San Diego, (NYSE: SAI), announced it has won a contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide security services to customs and border protection. The single-award time and materials contract has a one-year base period and four one-year options, and a total value of $39.2 million, if the customer exercises all options. As required by the customer throughout the contract, SAIC will perform work including: certification and accreditation, security risk assessments, security test and evaluation, system architecture, communication security services and technology policy and administration.
LM Capital Group - San Diego, is a fixed-income investment manager for institutional clients, announced that it has received $118-million in additional assets from the Illinois State Board of Investments. This latest investment increases the total ISBI assets to approximately $288 million invested in LM Capital Group’s Intermediate Fixed-Income investment strategy. LM Capital Managing Director John Chalker said: “We are very pleased to be entrusted with these additional funds from ISBI. It’s a great vote of confidence in our firm and our investment process when an existing client allocates additional funds to us. The firm’s intermediate fixed-income strategy utilizes a long-term macro-economic, fundamental investment approach incorporating global scenario planning to assemble portfolios representing the most attractive fixed-income investment opportunities.
Torrey Pines Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: TPTX) announced that it has initiated a second phase 1 clinical trial of NGX426 a novel product candidate intended to treat chronic pain conditions such as migraines and neuropathic pain.
Hollis-Eden - San Diego, (Nasdaq: HEPH) said its study results demonstrated that its Acute Radiation Syndrome drug candidate Neummune, significantly improved survival in clinically unsupported rhesus monkeys and with radiation-induced myelosuppression. The data will be published in “International Immunopharmacology.”
The Asian Business Association of San Diego (ABA), received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. San Diego County Chairman Ron Roberts presented ABA with a proclamation for outstanding service, leadership and commitment to area residents.
SAIC - San Diego, (NYSE: SAI) announced that it was one of four companies awarded an indefinite-delivery-quantity joint test and evaluation contract to provide joint-military environment process planning support services to the Department of Defense’s Joint Test and Evaluation Program Office. The multiple-award contract has a five year base period of performance with five one-year options for a maximum of $465 and $93 million for each one-year option.
SAIC - San Diego, has won a prime contract from the Army’s Information Technology, E-Commerce and Commercial Contracting Center to provide information technology services. The three-year program, with an option of being extended for as many as six years, has potential total value of $20-billion for the 16 contractors involved. SAIC’s services will include business process re-engineering, information systems security, enterprise design and project management.
Kilroy Realty Corp - has purchased 4 parcels totaling 24 acres in Carlsbad Oaks North Business Park on Faraday Avenue between El Camino Real and Melrose Drive in Carlsbad. The real estate invest-ment trust, one of the largest office landlords in San Diego, paid $16 million for the land, according to Colliers International, which handled the transaction.
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