Iris Lee

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

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Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Can Dissolvable Strips Tip the Tuberculosis Scale?

MEDICINE: NIH grant funds research for cost-effective solution to killer disease.

Oak Therapeutics wants to tackle tuberculosis, one strip at a time.

Simulations Plus Launches New Divisions

Simulation Plus Inc. on Thursday announced changes in its senior management structure following the creation of two new divisions for its software products, sending the stock price up nearly 8 percent.

Bioelectronic Therapy Firm Gets $30 Million in Funding

SetPoint Medical has raised $30 million in Series D funding, the company announced this week.

FDA Approves Trials for Second Sight's New Prosthetic Eye

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. on Monday announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin a human clinical study for its latest visual prosthesis system, Orion.

Amgen Expands Science Education Program

Amgen Inc. on Thursday announced its foundation will expand the Amgen Biotech Experience program to nine new markets worldwide.

Can Timer Cap Put a Lid on Opioid Epidemic?

SAFETY: Moorpark firm finds abuse prevention market for a convenience product.

Timer Cap isn’t trying to solve the opioid epidemic. But it does think it can help when it comes to prevention.

Turnover at the Top for VEDC

NONPROFIT: Organization loses three executives in a month.

What’s behind the executive exits from VEDC?

Growing Out of a Niche

INTERNET: Scorpion began marketing law firms but acquisition takes firm into new verticals.

Web marketer Scorpion grows beyond law customers and acquires competitor.

Plane Passes Milestone at High Altitude

Burt Rutan’s Proteus makes 1,000 flights for research missions.

A research aircraft lands its 1,000th flight.

Preview: Turnover at the Top for VEDC

Valley Economic Development Center is navigating a bout of executive instability, having lost three top officers – including the chief executive – in the last month.

County Tries to Halt Aliso Canyon Gas Operations

Los Angeles County has asked the California Supreme Court to stop Southern California Gas Co. from continuing to resume operations at the natural gas facilities in Aliso Canyon.

Food Trucks Serve Dinner on Doorstep

Why Cook Wednesdays offers convenience at Glendale apartments.

App developer partners with apartment manager and food trucks to bring tenants dinner.

The Diabetes Puzzle

Local hospitals grapple with the care and cost of a national epidemic.

How Valley providers grapple with the diabetes epidemic.

Ban the Box Stipulation Becomes L.A. Law

EMPLOYMENT: For criminal history, liability goes beyond just job applications.

If you ever applied for a job that required you to fill out an application, you may have seen a checkbox next to the question “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”

Lancaster JetHawks to Host All-Star Game

The Lancaster JetHawks has announced that it will be hosting next year’s California League All-Star Game and Festivities at the Hanger.

Preview: Food Trucks Serve Dinner on Doorstep

Why Cook Wednesdays offers convenience at Glendale apartments.

SetPoint Medical Hires Clinical Exec

SetPoint Medical on Monday announced that it has appointed Terry Bevirt as vice president of clinical affairs.

VEDC Loses Chief Executive

Two executives at the Valley Economic Development Center are no longer with the organization, the Business Journal has confirmed.

Amgen Tops Wall St. Expectations

Amgen Inc. beat Wall Street’s expectations on Tuesday with its second-quarter financial results.

Scorpion Buys N.Y. Marketing Firm

Scorpion on Monday announced the acquisition of Driven Local, a New York based digital marketing company.

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals IPO Seeks $64 Million

BIOTECH: Westlake Village startup features former Kythera, Amgen execs.

Sienna Pharmaceuticals, the offspring of successful local pharma companies, files to go public.

Pain of Going Public

Despite regulatory costs, some Valley small-caps still trade publicly.

REGULATION: Small cap companies and the challenges of being public.

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A Market for Web Influence

INTERNET: Vity connects social media celebs with ad dollars.

Vity matches social influencers with advertisers.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Preview: Pain of Going Public

Running a public company – once the Holy Grail of entrepreneurial success and prestige – has become a fading star with the diminishing light especially apparent in markets such as the Valley region.

FDA Accepts Amgen's Aimovig Application

Amgen Inc. on Thursday announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted the biologics license application for Aimovig, a drug for prevention of migraine.

Expanding FloQast Creates Exec Position

FloQast Inc. on Tuesday announced the appointment of Rob Feinstein as vice president of product.

Amgen Collaboration on Cancer Drugs

Amgen Inc. on Tuesday announced a collaboration agreement with Array BioPharma for development of drugs for autoimmune disorders.

MannKind Names CFO

MannKind Corp. on Monday announced that Steven Binder has joined the company as chief financial officer.

FDA Approves Amgen Leukemia Drug

Amgen Inc.’s leukemia drug Blincyto has received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company has announced.

MannKind Selects Chief Commercial Officer

MannKind Corp. on Wednesday announced that Patrick McCauley will join the company as chief commercial officer.

Cure, Israelis Partner on Pot Research

Cure Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced that it has signed a memorandum to enter into a research collaboration with two Israeli companies.

Revenue, Income Rise at Simulations Plus

Simulation Plus Inc. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings that showed rising revenue and net income.

Disney at Center of Rumored Takeover Talks

ACQUISITION: Verizon latest suitor linked to Burbank media conglomerate.

Rumors of takeover boosts Disney’s stock price.

Career Preppies

EDUCATION: Seventh-graders take first step to health jobs.

Feeling it’s never too early to start preparing for a career, Palmdale Prepatory Academy debuts focusing seventh graders on health care.

File Sharing for Doctors

HOSPITALS: Glendale Adventist joins county’s exchange for digital medical records.

Glendale medical facility takes step to electronically share patient information.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Odd Clauses in Insurance Policies Prompt Suits

LITIGATION: Regulators decry fine print and ‘bait and switch marketing tactic.’

What would you do if there was a clause in your insurance policy that said if you want to pursue arbitration you’d have to do it in the British Virgin Islands?

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Files for IPO

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. on Monday filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering to raise up to $74.8 million.

Health Care Firm Buys Another in Missouri

U.S. HealthWorks on Wednesday announced that it has acquired Mosaic Life Care’s occupational medicine clinic in Missouri.

Second Sight Has its Eyes on Asia

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. on Wednesday announced that it is expanding into Asia.

Biotech’s Stock Takes Off

Shares of ImmunoCellular Therapeutics skyrocketed Wednesday, closing nearly 90 percent higher despite the absence of announcements from the company.

Disney Gains on Verizon Takeover Talk

Shares of Walt Disney Co. on Monday closed at about 1 percent higher amid reports that Verizon Wireless may be looking into purchase the Burbank entertainment conglomerate.

Amgen Expands Vectibix Label

Amgen Inc.’s metastatic colorectal cancer drug Vectibix won approval for a label expansion from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company announced Thursday.

Apollo Medical Losses Widen

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. reported widening losses despite higher revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

MannKind Renegotiates Loan Terms

MannKind Corp. on Thursday announced it has agreed to extend the due date of a $10 million loan owed to Deerfield Management Co. from July 2017 to October 2017.

MannKind Requests Final Loan Payout

MannKind Corporation on Wednesday announced that it has requested a final loan disbursement of $30.1 million from the Mann Group.

CFO Leaving Second Sight

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. on Monday announced that Chief Financial Officer Thomas Miller will resign.

Keeping Cool With Alltemp Refrigerant

EPA mandate prompts switch to eco-friendly air conditioning agent.

Interest rises in Westlake Village business’ eco-friendly coolant after global accord bans standard refrigerant.