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San Diego Biotech Company Dermala Advances to InnovateHER Semi-Finals
Nationwide competition honors companies that impact and empower women’s lives

SAN DIEGO (December 8, 2015) – Today, CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, announced Dermala Inc., an early stage biotech company based in San Diego, as the winner of the recent InnovateHER challenge hosted by CONNECT and Hera Labs. The national InnovateHER competition, put on by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Microsoft in an effort to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families, will be held in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2017 as part of the annual Women’s Summit, where the winning company will take home $40,000.

“It is an honor to be among the semi-finalists in the InnovateHER competition, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to showcase Dermala alongside other companies that are making a difference in the lives of women all over the world,” said Dr. Lada Rasochova, CEO and President of Dermala. “Being a female in male-dominated industry is one thing, but to be leading the charge in positively impacting other women’s lives is truly inspiring.”

Dermala was selected based on its measurable impact on the lives of women and families, potential for commercialization and its ability to fill a need in the marketplace. Judges of the local challenge were local business leaders Silvia Mah, CEO of Hera-Labs; Kim Davis King, Adjunct Professor at San Diego State, former venture capitalist and current angel investor; and Sergio Gurrier, Board Director, Tech Coast Angels.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Rasochova and Eric Huang, Professor at the Department of Dermatology at UCSD, Dermala is an early stage biotechnology company that uses the human microbiome to develop treatments for chronic skin diseases. Rasochova has been involved in commercialization of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products for the past 20 years. She spent more than 15 years in private sector where she held various leadership and management positions, most recently as the R&D Leader and Director of New Business Development in Dowpharma division of the Dow Chemical Company.

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CONNECT is a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. By creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and C-suite executives have access to the people, capital, and technology resources they need for success, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking entrepreneurs and C-suite executives with the resources they need for the commercialization of innovative products and services; our program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world.


SAN DIEGO, CA–(April 20, 2015) – Recently launched out of beta, Midigator is a chargeback reporting and management solution designed to keep businesses protected. Created by advertising and technology company Lodestar, LLC, Midigator is the first of several tools within Lodestar, a software suite for businesses to improve efficiency and profitability.

Midigator provides real-time merchant account monitoring and fights chargebacks to win a business’ revenue back. Its in depth analytics enable a business to take preemptive action against chargebacks, keeping their merchant accounts profitable and alive.

Midigator is the only fully-automated reporting tool in the market that downloads chargeback data in real-time, allowing merchants to monitor all of their accounts’ activity. Its patent-pending management technology saves valuable time, helping businesses to focus on what’s important.

“The software was originally created by merchants to use for themselves before it became a commercial tool, making it extremely reliable and relevant. Midigator is automated so there is no room for human error and the data is collected instantaneously without human delay,” says Corey Baggett, CEO of Lodestar, LLC “Additionally, our pricing is so low compared to handling chargebacks in-house or other chargeback companies out there. We’re able to give a great price because our technology does most of the work.”

Midigator creates a robust and optimized package for every chargeback received, containing all of the supporting evidence to dispute the chargeback on behalf of the merchant. Therefore, merchants’ chargebacks are rebutted instantaneously with accuracy, while a dedicated in-house team provides constant quality assurance to achieve the highest win rates possible.

Midigator is the most sophisticated chargeback reporting and management platform in the industry. Additionally, Midigator’s use of technology is transforming the chargeback industry and helping businesses operate more efficiently and achieve a higher level of profitability.

About Lodestar, LLC.:
Lodestar, LLC. is a software and technology company focused on innovation in advertising and ecommerce solutions, vital to transforming industries. From digital advertising to software tools like Midigator, their core focus is helping businesses grow and thrive to their fullest extent.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (December 09, 2014) – Today, HouseCall Pro announced the nationwide expansion of its smartphone app, available for free on iOS and Android. HouseCall Pro is a full-suite tool that enables service professionals to run their entire business from their smartphone and complimentary web portal. The app is free to use and supports professionals with all aspects of their daily workflow, including: job scheduling, customer database, invoicing and payment processing, technician dispatch, and much more. It is also fully integrated with access to the HouseCall consumer marketplace.

For early service professional customers, HouseCall Pro is disrupting the industry by offering a record low 1.99 percent credit card transaction-processing fee, one of the most competitive rates offered across the industry.

“We wanted to give mobile service professionals a modern way to run their business at zero cost,” said Ian Heidt, CEO and co-founder of HouseCall. “Plumbers, electricians, housekeepers and others can now reach new goals by streamlining and mobilizing their businesses with this all-in-one tool. Instead of using pen and paper or antiquated software, HouseCall Pro makes scheduling, dispatching, billing and invoicing a breeze.”

Since first launching its services in San Diego in early 2014, HouseCall Pro has quickly positioned itself as the premier home services platform connecting local, trusted service professionals with home owners and renters. HouseCall Pro is lowering the barrier to what would otherwise be a complex technology adoption; simplifying high-tech tools to help small businesses upgrade their operations and better compete in a rapidly evolving marketplace.

From inception, HouseCall Pro users have completed thousands of home maintenance jobs. Using this all-encompassing tool, service professionals, on average, have doubled their business. Additionally, they’ve been able to easily retain existing clients and acquire new clients through the award-winning HouseCall consumer marketplace.

“Everyone wants to grow their business and our mission is to accelerate that. Before, service pros were either stitching together multiple siloed products that weren’t designed to operate together, or reverting back to the laborious method of pen, paper, and over flowing filing cabinets,” said Co-founder Roland Ligtenberg. “Now, they’re able to run their entire business in one place.”
As a complete solution for all professional services verticals, HouseCall Pro is quickly gaining the attention of on-the-go business owners as the easiest and most effective way to run their business. HouseCall Pro is free and available now to download in the App Store for iOS and Android devices.


The HouseCall Pro app is a full-service tool that enables professionals to run their entire business from their smartphone and with a complimentary web portal. The app is free and supports service professionals with business workflow, such as job scheduling, customer database, invoicing and payment processing, technician dispatch, and much more, all with fully integrated access to the HouseCall marketplace.

Prior to founding HouseCall, Ian Heidt, Adam Perry-Pelletier, Chris Zwickilton, Roland Ligtenberg, and Reza Olfat developed smartphone technologies at Qualcomm. Together they helped found the company’s innovation division, Qualcomm Labs, an incubator focused on leading innovation in new wireless product development and developed the groundbreaking Gimbal platform. HouseCall is funded by a global venture capital group,, who were initial investors in companies like Angie’s List and Groupon, and Canter Capital with participation from KGC Capital. Their advisors include the San Diego general manager of Uber and former general manager of new products at Service Magic (now HomeAdvisor).

HouseCall Pro is free and available now to download in the App Store for iOS and Android devices.

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