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Atara Biotherapeutics angles for $92M, but jobs are scarce

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Atara is among a new breed of “virtual” biotech startups. Such firms operate with barebones staff and outsource research and manufacturing operations to contract organizations. They are becoming increasingly common as investors seek to mitigate the huge risks of bringing drugs to market, a process that can cost as much as $1.8 billion, according to industry estimates.

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Former deputy sues Ventura County over tax break

By   /  Friday, August 29th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Law, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

A former Ventura County Senior Deputy Sheriff who makes $139,771 a year in retirement is suing the county after his application for a service-connected disability designation that would lower his income tax bill was denied.

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Venoco to sell Oxnard oil field for $200M

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Latest news, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

With revenue sagging and pressure mounting to reduce its debt load, Venoco has agreed to sell an oil field near Oxnard for $200 million.

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IQMS readies for big leagues with first outside investment

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Paso Robles-based software firm IQMS has taken an outside investment for the first time in its 25-year history, raising an undisclosed sum from the same financiers who have backed Facebook, Expedia and Netflix. The company said Aug. 19 that Technology Crossover Ventures led the funding round with Banneker Partners participating. The terms of the deal […]

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iFixit taps its own mantra for new corporate digs in SLO

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  Central Coast, Reprints, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

iFixit co-founders Luke Soules, left, and Kyle Wiens at the technology repair company’s new headquarters in San Luis Obispo. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

San Luis Obispo-based iFixit’s mission is to save the world with “the repair guide for everything, written by everyone.”

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Competition heats up in infrared market as Flir, Seek Thermal release smartphone products

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Flir General Manager Bill Terre shows the company’s new infrared phone app recording a cup of coffee. (Stephen Nellis / Business Times photo)

  This holiday season, two South Coast firms will compete to sell what could be the hottest gadget gift of the year: affordable thermal cameras for smartphones. Goleta-based Seek Thermal, the company founded by longtime infrared entrepreneurs Bill Parrish and Tim Fitzgibbons that has raised $30 million, said Aug. 19 that it will offer a […]

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Lynda.com hires public-company exec

By   /  Friday, August 22nd, 2014  /  South Coast, Technology, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  No Comments

Carpinteria-based online education firm Lynda.com has hired a new executive to drive its global expansion and has opened an office in San Francisco to tap Bay Area talent.

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