Winners of the 2009 Dealmaker of the Year Awards


Individual Dealmaker of the Year – Dr. Harry Gruber, CEO and president of Tocagen, a local biopharmaceutical company pursuing the discovery, development, and commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer. An initial focus is on treatments for terminally ill cancer patients for whom no adequate treatment currently exists.

Firm Dealmaker of the Year – San Diego Zoo for a wide variety of regional and global efforts, including activities as diverse as protection and expansion of endangered species and animal habitat and health, as well as direct leadership in biodiversity and biomimicry (the emerging field of innovation inspired by nature). 

Collaboration of the Year – The Kumeyaay Wind II project of the Campo Indian Tribe for the collaborative $300 million wind-power project in the mountains east of San Diego. The project, which involves the Campo Indian Reservation, SDG&E, and Invenergy Co., will be California’s second largest wind-power project and will provide 160-megawatts of renewable electricity.


Individual Dealmaker of the Year Finalists
Allan Camaisa, Founder & CEO of Anakem
Dr. Harry Gruber, CEO & President of Tocagen
Neal Schmale, President & COO for Sempra Energry

Firm Dealmaker of the Year Finalists
NAVFAC Southwest
Poseidon Resources/Carlsbad Desalination Project
San Diego Zoo

Collarborative Deal of the Year
The San Diego Center for Algae-Based Biofuels
The U.S. & Mexico Philanthropic Partnership
The Campo Indian Tribe

2009 Business Partner of the Year
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network