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Coffee Co. Cultivates Direct Trade Ties

RETAIL: Owner Makes Deals With Farmers, Also Does Own RoastingIt was a conversation with a very candid customer in the early 1990s that set Jeff Taylor, president and co-owner of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Inc., out to find the best coffee in the world.

Engine Co. Acquisition Adds Key Component to Kratos UAV Program

AEROSPACE: Kratos Buying 80.1% of Co. With Option to Buy the Rest

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. continues to develop its unmanned aircraft business, as shown by its recent acquisition of a company that makes small jet engines in February, and the first flight of a drone in March.

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Cellular Treatments for Diabetes Get $80M

BIOTECH: ViaCyte Built Up IP, Absorbed Rivals

In 1998, researchers derived stem cells from human embryos for the first time. With the advance came the hope of curing Type 1 diabetes.

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SDBJ Insider: Padres Can Toast 50 Years With Swingin’ Friar

The San Diego Padres will commemorate 50 years in the city this year.

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PhaseBio Stock Jumps Following Good Results in Early-Stage Clinical Trials

PHARMA: Drug Used to Reverse Antiplatelet Activity

PhaseBio’s stock jumped March 18 after the company’s lead drug candidate showed promise in an early-stage clinical study.

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San Diego Co. Sees Increasing Demand for CBD Products

CV Sciences is cashing in on rising demand for cannabidiol, or CBD.

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French Pharmaceutical Giant Partners with CureMatch

BIOTECH: Local Co. Gains Global Reach In Sales, Marketing

CureMatch, a San Diego-based software startup that helps oncologists identify treatment options for patients, recently landed a big corporate partner.

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Viasat Prices $600M Senior Secured Notes

FINANCE: Proceeds to Pay Off Credit Facility Debt, And for General Purposes

Viasat Inc. is selling $600 million in senior secured notes due 2027 to institutional buyers, after originally planning for a $500 million bond issue, the company said March 21.

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ScaleMatrix Acquires Arizona Micro Data Center Company

ScaleMatrix, a San Diego-based company that offers high-density data centers, acquired Arizona-based Instant Data Centers on March 19. Instant Data Centers builds micro data centers for edge computing, which involves processing data as close as possible to the end user. The companies did not disclose the terms of the deal.

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Military Construction May Wait for Border Wall

San Diego County has its share of military construction projects that might take a back seat to construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Urban Solace Restaurants Shut Down

Chef and owner Matt Gordon announced earlier this month on Facebook that Urban Solace restaurant, in North Park, and Solace & Moonlight Lounge, in Encinitas, will close their doors.

WD-40 Names Director

WD-40 Co. announced on March 19 that it named Anne G. Saunders to its board of directors, bringing the number of directors up to 10.

SDC Cannabis Company Acquired by Canada’s Next Green Wave

According to a press release, SDC has been rebranded as WeareSDC and, as part of the transaction, all members of the SDC team will immediately become the head of the Next Green Wave extraction and manufacturing unit.

Global Hawk Makes Rare Landing Before Public

At 13 hours and 3,075 nautical miles, it was a relatively short flight for a U.S. Air Force Global Hawk unmanned aircraft.

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Special Report: Increases Expected in 2019 Construction Costs

BUILDING: Tariffs, Demand for Materials Likely to Boost Prices

A year ago, construction costs were rising so fast with fear of tariffs so shaking the industry that some contractors started stockpiling materials. That’s over, with many San Diego County contractors predicting a slow but steady rise in costs through the end of 2019.

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