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Simulations Plus Acquires French Software Firm

Simulations Plus has acquired French medical software company Lixoft, further expanding its drug simulation capabilities and broadening its presence in Europe.

Amgen Partnership to Pursue Coronavirus Treatment

Amgen Inc. and Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies on Thursday announced a strategic partnership to discover and develop a treatment for COVID-19.

Amgen Buys Out Joint Venture to Establish Japanese Subsidiary

Amgen Inc. has purchased 49 percent of shares for Amgen Astellas BioPharma, the result of a 2013 joint venture between Japanese company Astellas Pharma and the Thousand Oaks biotech giant. Financial terms of buyout were not disclosed.

Second Sight Lays Off 84 Employees Amid ‘Wind Down’ of Operations

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. on Monday announced it will lay off 84 of its 108 employees effective March 31 in response to COVID-19 challenges, the first step toward the end of the Sylmar company.

Preview: Tale of Two Clusters

Biotech follows different paths with Conejo Valley startups pursuing new drugs and Santa Clarita companies focused on medical devices.

Simulations Plus Fast Tracks Coronavirus Research Clients

Simulations Plus is fast tracking its consulting services for businesses working on coronavirus research.

Dignity Health, Valley Community Establish Coronavirus Testing Procedures

Valley health care providers are preparing for patients who need the test for the coronavirus.

Hospitals Prepare for Patient Surge

Hospitals in the Valley region are preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients, with experts predicting many facilities in the U.S. health care system will be overwhelmed with cases in the coming months.

At Least 38 Virus Cases in Valley

At least 38 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the San Fernando Valley area.

Ventura County Closes Certain Businesses, Orders Elderly to Stay Home

Ventura County has ordered certain businesses to close and elderly residents to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, effective Wednesday.

MannKind Shifts Research to Coronavirus Treatment

MannKind Corp. on Tuesday announced it is adjusting its pipeline research to focus on respiratory viral infections such as coronavirus.

Second Sight CEO Steps Down

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. announced Thursday the departure of Chief Executive Will McGuire, effective March 27.

Valley Village Woman Sentenced for $11.5 Million Sleep Study Scam

A Valley Village woman was sentenced to more than three years in prison for running an $11.5 million sleep study scam, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Amgen Suspends International Travel on Coronavirus Concerns

Amgen Inc. on Thursday announced it has suspended all international business travel until March 21 because of the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

Glendale Man Sentenced for $2.1 Million Bank Scam Involving Dentists

A Glendale man was sentenced to three-plus years in prison for stealing the identities of at least 11 dentists and filing fraudulent claims to banks that offer lines of credit to dentists.

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