West Wireless Health Institute Gets $25M, Pervasive Raises $6M for Smart Grid Chips, Covario Rolls Out Buzz-Measuring Analytics, & More San Diego BizTech News

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former Entropic Communications marketing director Reza Mirkhani, raised the cash to develop chips for use in smart grid applications.

—A collaborative program coordinated by the San Diego mayor’s office will provide a total of $150,000 in grants to help commercialize cleantech technologies being developed by three research teams at UC San Diego and San Diego State University. The grants from the San Diego Clean Tech Innovation and Commercialization Program are going to UCSD’s Rajesh Gupta and Yuvraj Agarwal for a project to reduce energy consumption in computer networks; to Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s Alexander Gershunov and others to develop new ways to forecast severe cold weather; and to SDSU’s Douglas Grotjahn to develop low-cost catalysts for generating hydrogen from water.

—Five of the 75 student teams that signed up last fall for the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge made it to the finals of the 4th annual student-organized competition. The winner was Cognionics, a team led by electrical engineering student Yu “Mike” Chi for technology that uses a quarter-sized wireless sensor to record and display electrocardiogram data from the field. The Cogionics team won $43,000 through the course of the competition.

—Ernst & Young named Kishore Seendripu, the founding CEO of wireless chipmaker MaxLinear in Carlsbad, CA, as San Diego’s technology entrepreneur of 2010.

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