Biotechnology

Novato-based BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. initiated a Phase 1/2 trial for BMN 673, a poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor in development for the treatment of genetically-defined cancers.

Raptor Corp. in Novato engaged Iowa-headquartered Cambrex Corporation for the manufacturing of the active pharmaceutical ingredient cysteamine bitartrate, and Patheon Inc. in North Carolina to produce the commercial product, DR Cysteamine.

Government

The Sonoma County Water Agency in Santa Rosa became one of only two public water utilities in the U.S. to be certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Health Care

The Brain Injury Network, a national acquired brain injury survivor organization with a Santa Rosa branch, is disseminating a consumer driven policy to promote ABI survivor collective advocacy, citizen action and human rights and to work for laws, standards and procedures that will protect vulnerable people who have ABI.

Manufacturing

Fairfield-based 3E Company and ChemSW Inc. in Carlsbad jointly released a best practices white paper that examines the challenges involved with juggling material safety data sheets and chemical inventory management, and recommends approaches laboratory managers should consider when implementing a solution

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

PEP Housing will host a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Kentfield’s first affordable housing development for seniors. The project began in 2004 and includes 19 layers of financing.

Santa Rosa-based TLCD Architecture’s second annual 1/2 Ton Food Drive Challenge resulted in the donation of 1,075.5 pounds of food to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Retail

Best Collateral will partner with the San Rafael Chamber to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of its new shop in San Rafael.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market will open a new store at Elmira Road and Nut Tree Road in Vacaville on March 16, and one at Imola Avenue and Jefferson Street in Napa on April 27. The chain is currently accepting applications for positions at www.freshandeasy.com.

Technology

Missouri CLEC Clearwave Communications  selected Petaluma-based Cyan to begin build-out of a regional data center and 740 route miles of fiber network using $31.5 million as part of the Broadband Stimulus Program, plus $11.4 million in matching State of Illinois funding.

Tegal Corporation in Petaluma received an order from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems in Duisburg, Germany for a Tegal reactor system.

Wine

Glen Ellen-based Bruce Cohn Winery’s B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon received a Double Gold at the 2011 San Francisco Wine Competition, the only double gold winner from Sonoma County.

Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain Vineyard installed 700 bluebird houses throughout its vineyards since 2008 to protect against the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Today Spring Mountain Vineyard is virtually sharpshooter free.

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