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MicroPower Technologies Steals Away Engineering VP From 3D Robotics
San Diego-based MicroPower Technologies, which develops wireless, solar-powered surveillance cameras, said this week that it has named a new VP of Engineering. The company said Tim McConnell--the former VP of Engineering for high flying drone developer 3D Robotics--joins the company in that role to spearhead the company's technology strategy and development, and lead its engineering team. McConnell has previously also served at Solekai Systems, among other companies. MicroPower has previously ra (More info...)

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Motion Solutions Gets Private Equity Investment
Aliso Viejo--based Motion Solutions, a developer of linear motion and motion control hardware used in the semiconductor fabrication equipment, medical equipment, aerospace, and robotics industry, has received a private equity funding from North Branch Capital. Financial details of the funding were not announced by the companies. North Branch said it partnered with Midwest Mezzanine, Robert w. Baird & Co, and Motion Solutions' current management team for the transaction, with senior debt provided (More info...)

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Total Beauty Acquired By Evolve Media
Los Angeles-based Total Beauty Media Group, the beauty products focused site founded by Emrah Kovacoglu, has been acquired by Evolve Media, and will become part of Evolve's TotallyHer division. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. The two said that Total Beauty has 3.5 million monthly users. Total Beauty provided online content focused on beauty, including a large database of reviews of beauty products. The company had been founded in 2007, and was venture backed by US Venture Partners (More info...)

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Nexus eWater Gets $2.1M For Water, Energy Recycling Device
Nexus eWater, a startup that has developed a device that recycles both residential water and energy, said today that it has raised $2.1M in a Series A funding round--and is taking aim at California's continuing, severe drought. The company--which has offices in Lancaster, but is based in Australia--has created a device which takes greywater from homes, and both cleans that water for use in irrigation and captures heat from that water.
Nexus eWater said the funding came from ANU Connect Ventures (More info...)

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Arrowhead Buys RNAi Research and Development Assets From Novartis
Pasadena-based Arrowhead Research said this morning that it has acquired the entire RNAI research and development portfolio and associated assets of Novartis. According to Arrowhead, the deal was worth $35M, made up of a $7M cash payment, $3M in cash later, and $25M in Arrowhead common stock, to be paid within 30 days. Arrowhead said the deal also includes milestones and royalties on sales of future products. Arrowhead will also gain a number of patents and patent applications related to the RNA (More info...)

posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015(Full story), Trupanion In Partnership
Irvine-based, an online site for helping people find a new pet--owned by I-5 Publishing--and pet insurance provider Trupanion said today that they are in a new alliance. The two said that Trupanion will offer up medical insurance to pets adopted from Petcha's shelters, rescue, or breeders. The deal also includes native content which will be integrated into's web site, as well as promotional offers, coupons, and discouns to consumers. Financial details of the deal were not a (More info...)

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National Technical Systems Acquires National Quality Assurance
Calabasas-based National Technical Systems, the provider of testing, certification, inspection, and other related services, said this morning that it is acquiring UK-based National Quality Assurance, a provider of ISO testing services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. NTS said that National Quality Assurance (NQA) is one of the largest ISO registrars in the world, with more than 32,000 active certifications in 75 countries. The two said they have been working together since 1992, (More info...)

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