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Hitting a home run at TechPitch

By   /  Friday, October 31st, 2014  /  Latest news, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Superior Soluitions Manufacturing founders Marty Affentranger (left) and Justin Russo (right), received TechPitch’s $5,000 grand prize and the audience choice award. (Courtesy photo)

Superior Solutions grabbed judges’ attention with the marketability and built-out business model for its LiftGator, a pick-up truck attachment that eases heavy lifting for which it had already raised $25,000 of its initial $55,000 seed round.

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Sientra debuts on Nasdaq

By   /  Wednesday, October 29th, 2014  /  Latest news, Technology, Tri-County Public Companies  /  No Comments

On a day when the Federal Reserve announced the end to its historical bond buying program, Sientra, the Santa Barbara-based medical aesthetics company, made a bit of history of its own. Sientra became the latest company in the Tri-Counties to list on a major stock exchange Oct. 29, selling 5 million shares of common stock […]

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Getting a grip on diabetes: Aptitude device gets fast track status for clinical trials

By   /  Friday, October 24th, 2014  /  Health Care, Latest news, Subscriber content, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Aptitude medical research associates John McDermott and Jing Wen, from left, prepare binding tests using a centrifuge. (Nik Blaskovich /Business Times photo)

Aptitude creates a special type of molecule called an aptamer, which it is using to develop a first-of-its-kind hand-held device that measures insulin concentrations in real-time and can diagnose pre-diabetes. The government’s interest in furthering such research is unsurprising as diabetes affects more than 9 percent of Americans.

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Citrix expands South Coast holdings with RightSignature acquisition

By   /  Monday, October 20th, 2014  /  Latest news, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

Multinational software firm Citrix Systems announced today it has bought RightSignature, a Web-based signature capture and document management service based in Santa Barbara. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Air Force’s top-secret space plane lands at Vandenberg

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Latest news, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

A shot of the craft after it landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2012. (Courtesy photo)

A mysterious unmanned space craft touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base this morning after spending 674 days in orbit.

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Sonos finds its groove with wireless offering

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Latest news, South Coast, Technology, Top Stories  /  No Comments

A still from one of Sonos' new TV spots, in which a home is lacquered in gold as one of its speakers streams Isaac Hayes' theme from “Shaft.”

The company’s flurry of developments continued Oct. 14 with the release of a product called Boost, a WiFi amplifier that surpasses the Bridge’s capabilities without the need for wires.

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USDA taps VSolvit team for 5-year, up to $500M contract

By   /  Friday, October 17th, 2014  /  Agriculture, Latest news, Small Business, Technology, Top Stories, West Ventura County  /  No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has awarded a five-year, $500 million contract to the Ventura-based tech firm VSolvit to provide software tech support for the department in areas such as budget and finance and management solutions.

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