Category: Portfolio

BIOTECH and FINANCE CLIP: Biotech Turns to China

Lede: “Local biotechs are increasingly teaming up with deep pockets in China, tapping flush investor groups that only recently became safe bets for companies guarding trade secrets.

In the past 18 months, deal after deal has been announced with involvement from Chinese investors — a new trend for local life science companies that historically received very little cash from that part of the globe.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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TECH CLIP: Can S.D. Prosper Without a Unicorn?

Lede: “People in the local startup community like to talk about a few big topics on a regular basis: raising money, finding talent, and San Diego’s inhospitable habitat for breeding unicorns.

The unicorn topic in particular repeatedly surfaces in interviews and startup events. When asked the question, “What does San Diego’s startup economy need to thrive?” The collective response from tech founders is deafening: San Diego needs a unicorn.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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FINANCE CLIP: Biotech Stock Watch

I’ve become the newsroom’s resident expert on financial statements and stock performance, as nearly all of San Diego’s public companies are biotechs. My quarterly report, “Bio Stocks,” launched this year, summing up the stock performance of local companies and providing analysis of that quarter’s “winners and losers.”

This localized insight into public companies helps our readers keep track of who’s on top, who’s struggling, and who might be an unknown but worthy investment.

Here’s an example this report:bio-stocks

MEDTECH CLIP: Oncology Software

Software and science often overlap in San Diego. Here’s a profile piece about a software startup working on a technology that could diagnose breast cancer early.

Lede: “CureMetrix Inc. is not your typical software startup. Walking into the company’s headquarters, you can’t help but notice the lack of Ping-Pong tables and snack bars. No standing desks or sweeping downtown views, either. Walls are sparse. Keyboards are tapping. One employee sips tea as a complete hush envelops the space.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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BREAKING NEWS CLIP: WeWork is Coming to San Diego

It can be tough to get the scoop at a weekly publication more focused on analysis than breaking news. However, by getting out of the office and plugged in to the right networks, I’m able to break stories before other news outlets.

Here’s an example of when I followed a lead to discover the world’s biggest coworking company was opening a six-floor facility in Downtown San Diego (news that stirred lots of excitement in the local startup community).

Lede: “Two new coworking spaces are opening in downtown San Diego, both with massive square footage and a more polished presence that undoubtedly will fuel the city’s emerging startup economy.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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BREAKING NEWS and MEDTECH CLIP: Rise and Shine

I broke the story on how one of San Diego’s largest public companies, medical device maker ResMed Inc., was transforming into a software-focused company (hiring 200 additional software developers).

Lede: “ResMed Inc. is shoring up its position in the “internet of medical things,” funneling massive resources into its digital health portfolio and watching its stock climb as a result.”

READ THE FULL STORY AT SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL.

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THE STARTUP PAGE: A New Beat is Born

After two years in the startup trenches as the Biotech Reporter at San Diego Business Journal, I saw an opportunity to dive deeper into the local startup scene. I pitched a new section of the journal dedicated entirely to startups and entrepreneurship, and later became the lead on this project. The new segment, launched June 2016 as “The Startup Page,” was designed to stand out from the rest of the publication. It was such a hit with subscribers (and advertisers) that the entire publication underwent a redesign to mimic its layout.

The Startup Page also introduced our publication to the Gen X and Millennial generations in San Diego, two subsets of the local population that were previously outside of SDBJ’s core readership.

The creation of this page altered my job title from “Healthcare Reporter” to “Biotech & Startup Reporter.”