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ApolloMed Merger Complicates Annual Report

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. has announced its fiscal year results, but the financial numbers only reflect 23 days’ of the company’s performance.

Amgen Drug Approved for Patients with High Risk of Leukemia Relapse

Amgen Inc.’s leukemia drug Blincyto has become the first drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in a subgroup of leukemia patients who are at a high risk of relapse following initial treatment.

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Hires Chief Commercial Officer

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc., an aesthetic dermatological product company based in Westlake Village, has hired Allergan Inc. senior marketing manager Caroline Van Hove as its chief commercial officer.

Second Sight Recruits New CFO

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has named John Blake as its new chief financial officer.

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Rehires CFO

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. has hired John Smither as chief financial officer, returning him to a position he previously held.

Northridge Health Workers Ratify Union Contract

Fifteen thousand workers in California – including more than 700 in Northridge – have ratified a new contract with Dignity Health, according to Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West.

Second Sight Names New Chairman

Sylmar medical device firm Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has appointed Gregg Williams, the company’s largest shareholder, as chairman of its board of directors.

SnapMD Software Snapped Up by University Telehealth Center

SnapMD has announced a partnership with the National Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for use of the company’s proprietary software.

MannKind Reduces Debt With Equity Swaps

MannKind Corp. has restructured its debt, reducing its outstanding principal by $14.5 million through equity swaps, the company announced Monday.

Second Sight Eyes More Coverage for Prosthetic Product

The prosthetic visual system built by Second Sight Medical Products Inc. is now covered by Medicare in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, bringing the total number of states where the product and related surgical procedure are covered by the government-subsidized health insurance program to 31.

Apollo Medical Adjusts Fiscal Year

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. has changed the end of its fiscal year from March 31 to Dec. 31 on account of its merger with Network Medical Management Inc., the Glendale health management company announced Monday.

Immunocellular May Seek Buyer, Merger

Immunocellular Therapeutics in Calabasas has announced that it is on the hunt for a buyer.

Kaiser Permanente Workers Stage Protest in Woodland Hills

Health care workers staged a protest at Kaiser Permanente’s Woodland Hills hospital on Thursday in response to the company’s plan for layoffs at its call center there. “We’re out here today for our patients and to help our co-workers keep our jobs,” Danielle Gavison, a 15-year employee of Kaiser’s Woodland Hills call center, told the Business Journal.

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Adventist Health to Transfer Workers to Cerner Corp.

A state report lists nearly 1,200 pending layoffs at Adventist Health hospitals across the state, including hundreds at Adventist Health Glendale and Adventist Health Simi Valley.

Harbor Freight Owner Donates $50 Million for Heart Research

The owner of Harbor Freight Tools has donated $50 million to Cedars-Sinai to create an institute for research and innovative practices in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery.