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xconomyA comprehensive snapshot of San Diego’s innovation economy shows a slowdown in new company formation, with 78 technology startups created during the three months that ended in September. But federal grants for basic research jumped to new highs, with funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) up 44 percent and funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) doubling over the previous quarter.

The total of 78 technology companies started during the third quarter is down about 24 percent from the 102 startups launched in the previous quarter, and is down about the same amount from the 103 companies created during the third quarter of 2008, according to the report released yesterday by Connect, a San Diego nonprofit group that promotes technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Original Article: Connect’s Innovation Report Highlights Higher Federal Spending | Xconomy