Helen Floersh

Staff Reporter (Healthcare, Law, Biotech)

Helen covers healthcare, law, insurance and biotechnology in the greater Valley region.

Email: hfloersh@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3121 Extension: 112

Recent Stories

MannKind Contract Yields Cash

MannKind Corp. climbed back from the brink of bankruptcy this year with a $105 million deal to develop a new lung disease treatment.

Drug Deal Extends MannKind’s Life Expectancy

BIOTECH: Timely infusion of $45 million bolsters finances.

MannKind agreement with United Therapeutics gives company a financial shot in the arm.

Preview: Drug Deal Extends MannKind's Life Expectancy

BIOTECH: Timely infusion of $45 million bolsters finances.

DIY Protein Power

Consumers who want less sugar in a nutrition bar can make their own with a mix from Creation Nation.

Ready-made protein bar mix seeks shelves.

Final Interview With Bar Association’s Liz Post

NON PROFIT: Reflections on her quarter century with Valley lawyers and judges.

After nearly 25 years with the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Executive Director Liz Post will step down from her role and return to her home state of New York to lead the Nassau County Bar Association.

Dessert Dreams

Raw cookie dough stars as the main dish at a Burbank sweet shop run by two sisters.

Cookie dough for dessert.

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Preview: DIY Protein Power

With dozens of options lining grocery store shelves, consumers of nutrition bars seem to have an overabundance of choices. But despite the variety, sports nutritionist and former real estate agent Karen Nation could find nothing that worked for her and her clients.

Mental Health Program to Launch in Valley Schools

Four Catholic schools in the San Fernando Valley will provide mental health services to students and their families through a new program run by a psychology professor at California State University - Northridge.

Providence Hires Athletic Trainers for Valley Schools

Athletic trainers from Providence Health & Services will be placed in seven San Fernando Valley high schools, the hospital system announced Tuesday.

Lancaster Doctor Convicted for Medicare Kickback Conspiracy

A doctor in Lancaster has been convicted by a federal jury of participating in a Medicare fraud scheme.

Woodland Hills Insurance Brokerage Buys Stake in NoCal Agency

Liberty Co. Insurance Brokers in Woodland Hills has acquired a majority stake in Mitchell & Mitchell Insurance Agency, based in Novato.

Gelt Foundation Changes Name

The Gelt Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides rental assistance to qualified apartment tenants who are facing eviction, has changed its name to Resident Relief Foundation.

MannKind Wins on Q2 Income, But Stock Tanks

BIOTECH: For investors, lack of capital looms as issue in coming quarters.

Stock tanks for MannKind Corp.

Dog Drug Theory

Immix Biopharma founder Ilya Rachman thinks he has a new way to develop medicines, and his first proof is a now-healthy canine patient.

Doctor cures cancer in dog, looks to humans next.

Hospitals, Mental Care Center Recruit Leadership

MANAGEMENT: Executives combine medical and business experience.

New leaders at hospitals, mental health center.

Double-Play CEO

Steven Bronson runs two publicly traded companies in the Valley region, leading to a synergistic approach to management.

Steven Bronson, chief executive of Qualstar Corp. and Interlink Electronics Inc.

Preview: Dog Drug Theory

On Aug. 6, Immix announced that its drug Imx-110 had successfully brought a dog named Jerry into remission from late-stage lymphoma.

Workers Strike at Providence Tarzana Medical Center

Hundreds of union-affiliated workers at Providence Tarzana Medical Center staged a one-day strike and a demonstration on Aug. 16 to protest what they described as unfair labor practices, including frequent shift cancellations and wages that lag behind the region’s rising cost of living.

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Report: Valley Hospitals Among Best in State

Several local hospitals were named among the best in the state on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list for 2018-2019.

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West Hills Hospital Appoints Chief Medical Officer

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has appointed Dr. Yale Podnos as its new chief medical officer.

Logix Sponsors Palliative Care Bears at Henry Mayo Hospital

Burbank-based Logix Federal Credit Union and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita have partnered on a program for the children of parents who have passed away.

SetPoint Medical Appoints New CEO

SetPoint Medical in Valencia has named Murthy Simhambhatla as its new chief executive, the electronic medicine firm announced Monday.

Valley Bar Association Leader Liz Post to Step Down

San Fernando Valley Bar Association Executive Director Liz Post will step down from the role effective Oct. 6 after leading the organization for nearly 25 years, the nonprofit announced Thursday.

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SoCalGas Reaches Settlement for Aliso Canyon Leak

Southern California Gas Co. announced Tuesday that it has reached a nearly $120 million settlement with state and regional officials for the methane leak at its Aliso Canyon gas storage field in 2015.

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Americas United Bank Acquired

The Bank of Southern California, based in San Diego, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Americas United Bank in Glendale.

Local Doctor Stops Cancer in Canine

A Los Angeles-based biotechnology company led by a primary care physician who runs a clinic in the San Fernando Valley announced Monday that its investigational drug has eliminated all signs of cancer in a pet dog.

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Telemedicine Company Delivers Care in a Snap

HEALTH: Regulations to accelerate tech’s acceptance.

Glendale firm offers digital doctor visits.

AV Hospital Bond Vote

FINANCE: $350 million to fund either seismic retrofit or new construction.

Bond vote for Antelope Valley Hospital.

MannKind Stock Falls 23 Percent After Earnings

Shares of MannKind Corp. plummeted more than 20 percent Friday, a day after the company released second-quarter financial results that missed Wall Street estimates for revenue.

Panorama City Hospital Names Chief Administrator

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City announced Thursday that it has appointed Kathy Kigerl as chief administrative officer.

Cheesecake Miss Prompts Stock Selloff

Shares of Cheesecake Factory Inc. dropped more than 12 percent on Wednesday, a day after the company reported second-quarter earnings that failed to meet Wall Street estimates.

Antelope Valley Hospital Bond Measure Makes Ballot

A $350 million bond measure that would pay for renovations or the creation of new facilities at Antelope Valley Hospital was unanimously approved on Monday by the Lancaster hospital’s public benefit corporation board for inclusion on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Amgen Announces Quarterly Results, Exec Retirements

Amgen Inc. beat Wall Street estimates on second-quarter earnings and revenue.

Thousand Oaks Biotech Sells Drug Portfolio for Up to $562 Million

AliveGen Inc. in Thousand Oaks has sold its drug candidates to Biogen Inc. in a deal valued at up to $562 million.

Avery Dennison Shares Jump on Upbeat Earnings

The stock price of Avery Dennison Corp. spiked more than 10 percent Tuesday following the release of the firm’s second-quarter financial report, which disclosed earnings that beat Wall Street estimates by 11 cents a share.

Simulations Plus Subsidiary Gets NIH Grant

Dilisym Services Inc., a subsidiary of Simulations Plus Inc. in Lancaster, has been awarded a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to build a software platform for modeling medication-induced kidney injury.

Smart Heart Monitor

Abbott’s Confirm Rx device sends data to doctors using a Bluetooth connection and a smartphone.

Abbott Laboratories’ new heart monitor.

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Opportunistic Rebrand

TECHNOLOGY: Newbury Park software firm changes name to reflect focus on health care.

Software firm changes name to reflect health focus.

Cure Pharmaceutical Buys Cannabis Drug Firm

ACQUISITION: Therapix’s products fit company’s delivery system.

Oxnard company buys pipeline of cannabis-based drugs.

Avita Medical Builds Leadership Team

Avita Medical has appointed three new leaders to its management team at its Valencia headquarters.

Preview: Smart Heart Monitor

A paperclip-sized revolution in cardiac electrophysiology is afoot in a bright white lab at Abbott Laboratories in Sylmar, where the world’s first Bluetooth- and smartphone-enabled implantable cardiac monitor are coming off the assembly line.

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Amgen Partners with Cedars-Sinai on Research

Amgen Inc. has entered into a three-year research partnership with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to assess health outcomes in patients with cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and migraine.

LTC Buys Two Senior Living Communities

LTC Properties Inc. in Westlake Village has purchased two senior living communities in Texas in a $25.2 million sale-leaseback acquisition.

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MannKind Pays Down Debt With Shares

MannKind Corp. in Westlake Village has issued 7.3 million shares to creditor Deerfield to pay down $7 million in debt, according to Securities and Exchange documents filed Friday.

Cure Pharmaceutical Buys Therapix Assets

Cure Pharmaceutical in Oxnard announced Wednesday that it has signed a term agreement for the acquisition of the non-pain assets of Therapix Biosciences Ltd., a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company that is developing cannabinoid-based medications.

Simulations Plus Beats Wall St. on Revenue

Simulations Plus Inc. reported on Tuesday profits of $2.4 million for its third fiscal quarter.

Women Owners Emphasize Career-Long Learning

LIST: Seminars, classes, mentorships and webinars develop leadership style.

Female entrepreneurs discuss leadership styles.

Bar Association Re-Opens Mediation Center

COURTS: Judges can refer cases to Tarzana service for low-cost resolution.

Bar Association opens mediation center.

Conejo’s Biotech Cluster

Atara Biotherapeutics opens ATOM center in Thousand Oaks

Atara Biotherapeutics adds to its Conejo Valley presence with new building.

Preview: Conejo's Biotech Cluster

Atara Biotherapeutics opens ATOM center in Thousand Oaks.