SG Biofuels Gets $9.4M to Develop Jatropha, Motorola Spinout Could Land in San Diego, Startup Grid2Home Emerges Here, & More San Diego BizTech News

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Wichita, KS (a Koch Industries subsidiary), and Carlsbad, CA-based Life Technologies, (NASDAQ: LIFE). Jatropha development, though, may have to overcome some big challenges, such as water consumption and cost of cultivation. One of the best analyses of the deal I read was in Biofuels Digest.

Independa, a San Diego healthcare technology startup founded last year, introduced its integrated Web services platform that enables seniors to remain at home while providing their relatives a way of monitoring their well being., a San Diego startup that has developed automated license plate recognition technology, also launched last week. The company is providing social media technology that enables users to send voice, text, and e-mail messages to motorists, based on their license plate numbers.

—San Diego’s Astute Networks, a 10-year-old venture-backed startup that has developed ruggedized blade storage systems for use by the military and commercial customers, received an undisclosed amount of funding from Palo Alto, CA-based Tallwood Capital.

—John Madrid, who was previously the chief information officer at Vericrest Financial, was named CEO at San Diego’s xplair Technology, a startup founded last year to provide web-based mortgage management portfolio services and support.

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Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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