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Interview with Jonathan Zweig, AppOnboard

Our interview this morning is with Jonathan Zweig, the CEO of Los Angeles-based AppOnboard (www.apponboard.com), which has created software which allows mobile app developers--and in particular, mobile game developers--to create demos of those games which can be played without having to download and install those apps....Continue →


Carpe Data Finds $6.6M

Santa Barbara-based Carpe Data, a new startup developing predictive data software for the insurance industry, has raised $6.6M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Aquiline Technology Growth (ATG). Carpe Data is led by Max Drucker. According to the company, the new funding will go towards sales and product development....Continue →


TP Therapeutics Raises $45M

San Diego-based biopharmaceuticals firm TP Therapeutics announced this morning that it has raised $45M in a Series C funding round. Lilly Asia Ventures (LAV), OrbiMed Advisors, LLC, and S.R. One, Limited co-led the round, and also included Cormorant Asset Management and SV Tech Ventures. Hongbo Lu of Lilly Asia Ventures, and Simeon J. George of S.R. One both join the company's board as part of the funding. TP Therapeutics is developing treatments for patients with oncology drug resistance....Continue →


NantHealth Snags COO From BlackBerry

Culver City-based personalized medicine developer NantHealth announced this morning that it has appointed Ronald A. Louks as its Chief Operating Officer. Louks was most recently President of Devices & Emerging Solutions at BlackBerry Limited, and also had been CEO of OpenNMS Group. Louks also served as Chief Strategy Officer for HTC Corporation, in addition to having been CO at Sony Ericsson. NantHealth is led by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.Continue →


EDF Renewable Services, 3M In Wind Turbine Deal

San Diego-based EDF Renewable Services, a provider of third-party renewable operations and maintenance services for the energy industry, has joined with 3M, in a deal to install wind turbine enhancements in the U.S. The two said that EDF Renewable Services will install 3M's Wind Vortex Generators on wind turbines in the collaboration. 3M's wind vortex generators are small attachments installed on wind turbine blades, which improve a turbine's performance, loads, and service life....Continue →


Avery Dennison Buys Finesse Medical

Glendale-based Avery Dennison announced this morning that it has acquired Finesse Medical Ltd., an Irish company which develops products use for wound care and skin condition management. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. Finesse Medical is based in Longford, Ireland. The company develops silicone gels and polyurethane foam dressings used for wound care. Avery Dennison said that Finesse Medical had revenues of approximately 15 million Euros last year....Continue →


ViaSat Selected By Icelandair

Carlsbad-based satellite internet provider ViaSat is powering high-speed, Internet streaming for Icelandair, Icelandair said this morning. According to Icealdnair and Viasat, Icelandair will provider in-flight connectivity and internet streaming services on its transatlantic flights, across Icelandair's fleet of 16 Boeing 737MAX aircraft. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed....Continue →


MabVax Therapeutics Raises $4.1M In PIPE

San Diego-based MabVax Therapeutics has raised $4.1M in a Series G funding round, the company announced this morning, in a public offering of common stock and Series G Preferred stock. The company said that OPKO Health and its CEO and Chairman participated in the offering. MabVax is developing antibody-based products for treating cancer, and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ as MBVX.Continue →


NantKwest Names VP Of Adult Medical Affairs

Culver City-based immunotherapy developer NantKwest, which is led by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, said last week that it has named John Lee, MD FACS, as Senior Vice President fo Adult Medical Affair. According to NantKwest, Lee will oversee regulatory strategy for clinical trials, medical writing and translation of pre-clinical science into the development of new trials....Continue →


Webspectator Names CEO

Santa Monica-based Webspectator, the operator of a real-time Internet advertising market, has named Andy Batkin as its CEO. Batkin has served as CEO of Social Summits, a digital and social media consultancy, and also served at TVPlus, Prolink Media, and Interactive Marketing. Batkin replaces former CEO Andrew Parreira.Continue →


Activision, Razer, Bungie Tie On Destiny 2 Peripherals

Gaming accessory maker Razer, game studio Bungie, and Santa Monica-based game publisher Activision said last week that Razer will release a suite of Destiny 2-themed products, including a mouse, keyboard, headset, and mouse mat. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Razer said it will launch the Razer DeathAdder Elite mouse, Ornata Chroma keyboard, ManO'War Tournament Edition headset and Goliathus Speed mouse mat, all as part of the deal....Continue →


Hulu Inks Exclusive Streaming VOD For ABC's Fresh Off the Boat

Los Angeles-based Hulu has inked an exclusive, streaming video-on-demand deal for the ABC comedy Fresh Off the Boat, Hulu said on Friday. According to Hulu, all past episodes of the series are now available for exclusive streaming on Hulu. The deal also calls for future episodes to stream the day after they air on ABC. Terms of the licensing deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution were not announced....Continue →



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