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 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.

Bar Association Re-Opens Mediation Center

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

Bar Association opens mediation center.

Women Owners Emphasize Career-Long Learning

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

Female entrepreneurs discuss leadership styles.

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.

Amgen Sues Competitor Over Sensipar Generic

Amgen Inc. in Thousand Oaks has filed a lawsuit against drugmaker Intas Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its subsidiary Accord Healthcare Inc. over its plans to manufacture a generic of Amgen’s medication Sensipar.

BlackLine Bolsters its Asia-Pacific Presence

Blackline Inc. in Woodland Hills has announced the appointment of an executive to oversee the company’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region.

City Council Urges Kaiser to Keep NoHo Jobs

The Los Angeles. City Council has unanimously passed a resolution urging Kaiser Permanente not to cut 306 jobs in Los Angeles, including 34 positions at a laboratory in North Hollywood.

Avita Medical Takes Over Lease for Ventura Plant

Medical device firm Avita Medical has agreed to acquire the lease for a 23,000-square-foot Ventura manufacturing plant from a manufacturing vendor effective July 1, the company announced Thursday.

Compulink Changes Name

The company formerly known as Compulink Business Systems Inc. in Newbury Park has changed its name to Compulink Healthcare Solutions in an effort to rebrand itself as a provider of software solutions for the medical industry, the company announced Wednesday.

Business Groups Appeal to State on Dynamex Decision

Dozens of businesses and trade organizations, including three local chambers of commerce, have sent a letter to the California Legislature outlining concerns about the legal precedent set by the state Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court. The letter also requested that the Legislature suspend the application of the ruling until a new method of classifying employees can be determined.

Simulations Plus Names CEO

Simulations Plus Inc. has named Shawn O’Connor as its new chief executive officer.

Antelope Valley Hospital to Lay Off 137 Workers

The Antelope Valley Hospital plans to lay off 137 workers, according to a notice filed June 18 with the state Employee Development Department.

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Atara Opens Thousand Oaks Facility

Thousand Oaks city officials and business leaders came out Monday morning to witness the grand opening of Atara Biotherapeutics Inc. new research and development facility, dubbed ATOM, in the Conejo Spectrum Business Park.

Russell Index Means Visibility for Cinedigm

ENTERTAINMENT: Film distributor sees inclusion underscoring value.

Cinedigm joins Russell Microcap Index.

Choose Your Child

Fertility Institutes’ Dr. Jeffery Steinberg pushes the envelope by giving parents the option to select their offspring’s eye color.

Clinic offers parents chance to choose child’s eye color.

Glendale Memorial Chief Exec Starts With Safety

HOSPITALS: Former chief nursing officer has plan to boost assessment ratings.

New Glendale Hospital chief focusing on safety.

Medtronic Insulin Pump Approved for Pediatric Patients

Medtronic’s closed-loop insulin pump is now approved for use in young patients with Type 1 diabetes, expanding the market for the medical device, the company announced Thursday.

Preview: Choose Your Child

Fertility Institutes' Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg pushes the envelope by giving parents the option to select their offspring's eye color.

Natren Opens Expanded Manufacturing Plant

One year after breaking ground on a 7,000-square-foot addition to its Westlake Village manufacturing plant, probiotic supplement maker Natren Inc. has opened the new facility.

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Whole Foods Opens in Burbank

After more than a decade of trying, Amazon.com-owned grocery chain Whole Foods Market has opened in Burbank.

Fox Agrees to New Disney Bid

The Walt Disney Co. has reached a second agreement with 21st Century Fox to purchase Fox’s movie and television assets, this time for the much higher price of $71.3 billion.

Comcast Outbids Disney for Fox Assets

Comcast has placed a $65 billion all-cash bid for the same film and television assets that 21st Century Fox had agreed to sell to Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. for about $52 billion.

Cheesecake Factory Fined for Wage Theft

Cheesecake Factory Inc. in Calabasas and its janitorial contractor Americlean Janitorial Services Corp. have been cited for $4.57 million in wage theft following an investigation by an industry watchdog and the California Labor Commissioner’s office.

Ready for Nasdaq?

Cure Pharmaceuticals wants to uplist its stock to finance the growth of its under-the-tongue drug delivery system.

Cure Pharmaceuticals to move to the Nasdaq.

Disney Withstands ‘Solo,’ ‘Roseanne’

Entertainment: Analyst believes Star Wars franchise remains strong.

Disney stock under pressure as Fox vote looms.

ApolloMed Appoints CFO

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. has appointed Eric Chin as chief financial officer. He will succeed the current CFO, Mihir Shah, effective July 1.

Amgen's Neulasta to Face Competition From Biosimilar

Mylan NV has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market its biosimilar of Amgen Inc.’s drug Neulasta.

FDA Rejects Amgen Application for Herceptin Biosimilar

The Food and Drug Administration has denied Amgen’s application for a biosimilar of Roche’s breast cancer drug Herceptin.

Amgen Enters Oncology Agreement with MD Anderson

Several of Amgen Inc.’s early-stage therapies for lung and blood cancers will be available to patients through trials at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as part of a five-year collaboration between the Thousand Oaks company and the cancer hospital.

Amgen, Harvard to Develop Online Science Education Platform

The Amgen Foundation has partnered with Harvard University to launch a free online science education platform for high schoolers and college students, the Thousand Oaks biotechnology company announced Wednesday.

Successful Women Accountants

Gender diversity in the accounting profession, plus profiles of successful women accountants.

Venture Capital Funds Text Messaging to Patients

mPulse’s AI enhances engagement with providers via phone

Encino tech firm closes $11 million in funding.

Shop Sells Pot, Minus the High

Tarzana customers seek relief from inflammation, pain.

Tarzana store sells products made with Cannabidiol, a compound from hemp.

Coty Opens New 26-Acre Headquarters in Calabasas

Beauty product company Coty Inc. has opened the new headquarters for its salon and professional division in Calabasas.

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Preview: Shop Sells Pot, Minus the High

RETAIL: Tarzana customers seek relief from inflammation, pain.

Jenny Bolsky

Joanna (Jenny) Bolsky has 30 years of experience in governmental and public accounting, including 25 years in financial statement audits for tax-exempt organizations.

Mary Akpovi

With a doctorate degree in business administration, Mary Akpovi consults with multinational and domestic businesses on tax planning and financial strategy.

Workers Stage Picket at Providence Tarzana

About 100 employees of Providence Tarzana Medical Center turned out for a picket yesterday to protest what they described as unfair labor practices.

Five Arrested in Valley Health Insurance Fraud

Five people were arrested and charged on Tuesday with conducting a health insurance fraud scheme that involved patients at a pair of medical spas in the San Fernando Valley.

Amgen Migraine Drug Gets FDA Approval

Amgen Inc.’s drug Aimovig has received Food and Drug Administration approval for the prevention of migraines in adults, the first drug of its kind to do so.

Pfizer Gets FDA Approval for Amgen Biosimilar

The Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer’s application for Retacrit, a biosimilar of Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson’s anemia drug Epogen.

Adventist Health Glendale Appoints New President

Adventist Health has appointed Alice Issai as president of Adventist Health Glendale, the hospital system announced Monday.

Eyenuk Foresees Market Expansion With Funds

SOFTWARE: $3 million will commercialize company’s EyeArt screening product.

Eyenuk gets financing for EyeArt expansion.

Court Redefines Indy Contractor

LAW: Decision could impact outside sales forces in state.

Dynamex decision discerns between independent contractors and employees.

Outpatient Networks a New Reality for Hospitals

LIST: Cost factors drive collaboration with clinics and doctor groups.

Local hospitals harness power of physician networks.

MannKind Moves Past Risk Disclosure Issue

BIOTECH: FDA decision could free resources for improving Afrezza sales.

MannKind stock swings on earnings, FDA news.

Preview: Outpatient Networks a New Reality for Hospitals

Cost factors drive collaboration with clinics and doctor groups.