Life Sciences Sector

Alaris Medical Systems

Alaris was formed in November 1996 when Advanced Medical Inc. merged its wholly owned subsidiary IMED Corporation with IVAC Medical Systems. IVAC and IMED were already major players in the intravenous drug delivery market, in operation since 1968 and 1972,... Learn more »

Biogen Idec

Idec Pharmaceuticals of San Diego, California acquires Biogen of Cambridge, Massachusetts in a $5.8 billion transaction. The merged organization is headquartered in Cambridge. Called Biogen Idec, it becomes the third largest biotechnology company in the Un... Learn more »

Biosite Incorporated

In 1988, Biosite co-founders Kim Blickenstaff, Kenneth Buechler, Gunars Valkirs and Richard Anderson took a gamble that paid-off. They left secure corporate jobs at Eli Lilly-owned Hybritech to develop a new method of detecting illegal drugs - fast - when ... Learn more »

Biovest Partners

Hybritech ex-executives Howard Greene and Tim Wollaeger found Biovest, a San Diego based venture capital firm. Biovest helped found Pyxis, Biosite, Amylin Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AMLN) and Vical (NASDAQ: VICL). All four of these companies became public. P... Learn more »


CareFusion is a global medical technology corporation serving the health care industry launched in 2009 as a spin-off from the Clinical and Medical Products segment of Cardinal Health. Carefusion includes all former IVAC and IMED product assets plus additi... Learn more »


Eli Lilly & Co. becomes the first major pharmaceutical corporation to make a serious move into biotech R&D when it purchases Hybritech, Inc., a San Diego monoclonal antibody company for an estimated $350 million. Industry analysts wonder whether the acquis... Learn more »

Forward Ventures

Forward Ventures, founded in 1993, has a team of investment professionals with extensive experience in venture capital and operations. Forward has invested in over 50 companies since it was founded in 1993 and currently has approximately $50... Learn more »


Two executives at Hybritech, Inc. in San Diego, Thomas H. Adams, Senior Vice-President of Research, and Howard Birndorf, Vice-President of Business Development, leave the company to start up a new firm called Gen-Probe. In February 1983, Hybritech’s ... Learn more »

Gensia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Gensia is founded by UC. San Diego faculty member Paul Laikind. Focus is on the development of drugs to treat cardiovascular diseases. Company merged into Sicor and was acquired by Teva Pharmaceuticals.... Learn more »

Hybritech, Inc.

Cancer researcher Ivor Royston and lab technician Howard Birndorf of the University of California, San Diego, found Hybritech, Inc. in La Jolla, an upscale beach town just north of San Diego.  Seed money for the venture is provided by Kleiner, Perkins... Learn more »

IDEC Pharmaceuticals

Idec Pharmaceuticals is founded in San Diego by UC-San Diego physician and immunologist Ivor Royston, San Diego bioentrepreneur Howard Birndorf, and Stanford University cancer researchers Ron Levy and Richard Miller. Brook Byers of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufie... Learn more »

Illumina, Inc.

Illumina Inc. is founded in San Diego by Larry Bock and John Stuepnagel, venture partners with the CW Group. The pair learns of a fluorescence-based DNA microarray technology developed by biochemist, materials scientist, and nanotechnologist David Walt of ... Learn more »

IMED Corporation

Founded in 1972, IMED is the second IV pump company created by Richard A. Cramer. IMED’s staff included several of the same individuals who had previously launched IVAC, including certain product design engineers nd later, also former members of the ... Learn more »

IVAC Corporation

Founded in 1968 by San Diego entrepreneur Richard A. Cramer, IVAC Corporation  was the first company to apply the revolutionary advances being delivered by California’s microprocessor industry to new innovative, microprocessor-controlled medical... Learn more »


Marketing agency founded in 1981 by Guy Iannuzzi specializing in marketing and public relations for high technology and life science industries. Company website: Learn more »

Pyxis Corporation

Co-founded by Ron Taylor and investor Tim Wollaeger in 1987. What started as a small start-up company grew to a highly-profitable, publically listed company with more than 1500 employees. Under Taylor’s leadership, Pyxis set a new standard for t... Learn more »

ResMed, Inc.

ResMed Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of medical equipment for treating, diagnosing, and managing sleep-disordered breathing and other respiratory disorders. It offers various products, including a... Learn more »

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine, establishes a private, not-for-profit institution of scientific research in La Jolla, California – the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. In 1960, having secured a $20 million grant from the National Sci... Learn more »

The Scripps Research Institute

In 1955, San Diego's Scripps Memorial Hospital reorganizes its research arm as the Scripps Research Institute. Six years later, the organization lures leading immunologist Frank Dixon and four colleagues away from the University of Pittsburgh and enters th... Learn more »

Sequana Therapeutics, Inc.

Sequana Therapeutics is founded in San Diego, CA by Jay B. Lichter Ph.D. and Kevin Kinsella of Avalon Ventures. The company focuses on using gene discovery technology to determine which genes are associated with certain diseases. In 1998 Seaquana Therapeut... Learn more »

UC San Diego

During the early years of the Cold War, federal policies authorizing expanded government support of basic scientific research convinced California legislators, public administrators, educators, and businesspersons that real opportunities existed for enlarg... Learn more »

Software/Information Technology Sector

SmartDraw Software

Since 1994, SmartDraw's purpose has been to expand the ways in which people communicate so that we can clearly understand each other, make informed decisions, and work together to improve our businesses and the world. We accomplish this by creating softwar... Learn more »

Telecommunications Sector


Established in 1990, San Diego’s Boatracs was the sole reseller of Qualcomm’s tracking software to the maritime industry. Boatracs’ core offerings are built on the QUALCOMM OmniTRACS® and QUALCOMM OmniVision™ satellite solution... Learn more »


Former Linkabit employees Stephen Blake, Itzhak Gurantz, and Franz Birkner founded ComStream in 1984. The company was initially funded with $5.5 million in from venture capital including Oak Industries, John Hancock Venture Capital, General Electric, Parag... Learn more »

Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of the international company Hughes Communications. Formerly Hughes Electronics expanded with the purchase of M/A-Com Linkabit’s telecommunications division in 1987. With this acquisition, they obta... Learn more »

Leap Wireless

Leap Wireless was founded in 1999, spun off as an independently traded company from San Diego-based Qualcomm. Leap was started with the idea to provide affordable wireless services to a wide range of customers, without credit checks or long-term commitment... Learn more »


Linkabit is the lesser-known first telecommunications firm by Qualcomm founders Irwin W. Jacobs, and Andrew J. Viterbi. Jacobs, Viterbi, and MIT alumnus Leonard Kleinrock founded Linkabit in October of 1968 at Kleinrock’s home near UCLA. Jacobs was a... Learn more »

M/A-COM Linkabit

In 1979, San Diego’s Linkabit was sold to M/A-COM Technology Solutions, a Massachusetts based supplier of magnetrons to the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The Linkabit acquisition was completed for a price of $25 million. By 1983, Lawrence Gould, the M/A-CO... Learn more »

Novatel Wireless

Novatel Wireless designs and develops wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. The company is perhaps best known for its MiFi line of compact wireless routers. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in San Diego. In 1998, Robe... Learn more »

Pacific Communications Sciences, Inc. (PCSI)

Pacific Communications Sciences, Incorporated (PCSI) is a San Diego based developer of wireless communications equipment founded in 1987 and sold to Cirrus Logic in 1993. PCSI’s co-founder Martha Dennis moved to San Diego in 1970 and began work at Li... Learn more »

Primary Access Corporation

Primary Access Corporation develops and manufactures digital network-access systems. The company offers integrated remote access systems that are used by providers of data networks, including long-distance and local carriers, on-line information services, ... Learn more »


Qualcomm Incorporated is an American global semiconductor company headquartered in San Diego, CA that designs, manufactures and markets digital wireless telecommunications products and services. Qualcomm is best known for pioneering communication systems f... Learn more »

RF Industries

RF Industries, Ltd. was founded by Howard F.H. Hill who has remained the director since 1979 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA. The company made its initial public offering in 1984 under the name was formerly known as Celltronics, Inc. The name was cha... Learn more »

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Science Application International Corporation is the largest employee-owned research and engineering company in the United States headquartered in San Diego. In 1969, founder Dr. J. Robert Beyster raised the initial capital for the company by selling stock... Learn more »

SmartDraw Software

Since 1994, SmartDraw's purpose has been to expand the ways in which people communicate so that we can clearly understand each other, make informed decisions, and work together to improve our businesses and the world. We accomplish this by creating softwar... Learn more »

Tachyon Networks, Inc.

Tachyon Networks Inc., formerly known as Tachyon Inc. has been an innovator in the field of satellite broadband communications since the company was founded in 1997. Tachyon took its name from a hypothetical particle that travels faster than light. It was ... Learn more »

Titan Systems International Inc.

In 1981, Dr. Gene Ray, 11 year Executive at San Diego’s Science Applications International Corporation, co-founded Titan Systems International Inc., also headquartered in San Diego. The Titan Corporation started as a defense department contractor inv... Learn more »

ViaSat Inc.

Mr. Mark D. Dankberg founded ViaSat Incorporated in May of 1986 alongside co-founders Mark Miller and Steve Hart. Prior to ViaSat, he served as an Assistant Vice President of M/A-COM Linkabit from 1979-1986. Today, Dankberg is chairman and CEO, while Mille... Learn more »