Stephanie Henkel

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

Stephanie Henkel covers health care, biotech, law, insurance, advertising, marketing and public relations throughout the greater San Fernando Valley. She joined the company in September 2015.

Henkel previously interned as a foreign correspondent covering Turkey’s 2014 presidential election from Istanbul. Before that, she wrote content for Global Animal in Santa Monica, an animal-advocacy online magazine.

She has a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, both from California State University Northridge.

Henkel can be reached at (818) 316-3130, or by email:

Phone: 818-316-3130 Extension: 124

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Medtronic Advances Insulin Pump Technology

MEDICAL DEVICE: First gadget with hybrid closed loop offers to automate delivery.

A new device has hit the market for people with Type 1 diabetes, allowing for better management of glucose levels with a lot less work.

Preview: Leno Launch No Joke

Everyone knows Jay Leno loves cars, so it was a perfect fit for an auto dealer to partner with the comedian on a new line of auto care products.

Avery Dennison Buys Medical Products Maker

Avery Dennison Corp. on Monday announced it has acquired health care product manufacturer Finesse Medical Ltd. of Longford, Ireland.

B. Riley to Acquire Wunderlich Securities

B. Riley Financial Inc. announced Thursday that it will acquire Memphis, Tenn.-based Wunderlich Securities in a deal valued at $67 million.

Amgen Tour Pedals into Santa Clarita

The 2017 Amgen Tour of California is rolling through Santa Clarita Wednesday as the city is the finish line for the fourth day of the men’s weeklong bicycle race.

Which Pitch Won at CSUN ‘Shark Tank’?

Student entrepreneurs compete for services and seed money.

CSUN’s pitch contest for startups features seed-money prizes.

Hum of Construction Heard at Valley Hospitals

LIST: Projects range from a rehab clinic to building with half-billion dollar budget.

In growth mode, Valley hospitals expand facilities.

Fix for Bedsores

MEDICAL DEVICE: Lift prevents pain for patients, caregivers.

By making immobile patients easier to move, the makers of Boemba hope to relieve bedsores.

Doctors Counter Allergy Surge With Surgery

MEDICINE: High pollen levels push demand for balloon sinuplasty procedure.

Allergists and doctors concur that this year is one of the worst allergy seasons in Valley history.

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Avita Medical Files Patent Infringement Petition

Avita Medical Ltd., a Valencia company that makes regenerative treatments for wounds and skin defects, has filed a petition against a patent owned by competitor New York-based Renovacare Sciences Corp.

SEC Investigates ImmunoCellular

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused 27 individuals and businesses of stock fraud, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, including former ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Ltd. chief executive Manish Singh.

Simulations Plus Buys Liver Software Firm

Drug simulation software developer Simulations Plus Inc. announced Monday that it is acquiring Dilisym Services Inc. of Research Triangle Park, N.C. in a stock purchase agreement worth up to $10 million.

Divorce Lawyers Team to Buy Westside Office

REAL ESTATE: Partners see Silicon Beach as hotbed for high-value breakups.

Divorce attorneys spend their days dividing up assets, but two Woodland Hills lawyers are assembling assets as they just purchased their newest property to better position their practice.

PAGA’s Heavy Price

Employers maintain if they’re flexible with workers, it makes them liable under state labor law.

Lawyers, taking advantage of a regulation, are targeting Valley employers.

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Battery Test Powers BioSolar Share Price Higher

ELECTRONICS: Silicon-based terminals may extend charges, improve safety.

Positive test results spark stock price jump for battery materials maker BioSolar.

Macho Men On Screen At HombreTV

Media startup targets hard-to-reach demo of Hispanic males.

Local entrepreneur hopes to target underserved Hispanic males with new channel.

Providence St. Joseph Selects CEO

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has named Kelly Linden as its new chief executive. She will start in her new role Monday.

Preview: PAGA's Heavy Price

A state labor law passed in 2004 has grown into a financial nightmare for small businesses such as Town & Country Event Rentals.

Sienna Secures $40 Million Investment

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc. announced Wednesday that it has completed its Series B financing round, which raised $40 million.

West Hills Hospital Appoints COO

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has appointed John Neidenbach as its new chief operating officer and vice president, the health care facility announced Wednesday.

Amgen Expands Novartis Collaboration

Amgen Inc. of Thousand Oaks announced Monday the expansion of its commercial collaboration with Swiss pharma company Novartis International for migraine medication erenumab.

Simulations Plus Signs Indian Distributor

Simulations Plus Inc. has signed a distribution deal in India with pharmaceutical testing equipment manufacturer Electrolab India Pvt. Ltd.

Newhall Hospital CFO to Retire

C.R. “Bob” Hudson, chief financial officer and senior vice president at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, will retire in July, the Valencia health care facility has announced.

Hearing Addresses Closure of Aliso Canyon Facility

Porter Ranch residents voiced their concerns Monday Night regarding Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon storage facility – a site where one of the worst natural gas leaks in U.S. history occurred.

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Amgen Spinoff

BIOTECH: Atara breaks ground on new Thousand Oaks facility.

Atara Biotherapeutics grows up and into new R&D and manufacturing home in Thousand Oaks.

Robotic Surgery for High-Precision Procedures

TECHNOLOGY: da Vinci system may cut the time patients stay in hospital.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center recently purchased a piece of robotic equipment that should decrease patient recovery time, blood loss, incision size as well as the need for pain medications following surgery.

Second Sight's First Asian Implant

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has successfully implanted its Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System in its first patient in Asia via an exclusive distribution deal with Taiwanese pharmaceutical company Orient Europharma Co. Ltd. as well as a donation from the Hong-Lu Foundation in Taiwan.

Simulations Plus Signs Korean Deal

Drug modeling software provider Simulations Plus Inc. on Thursday announced it has signed a distribution agreement with Korean drug developer Quantum Bio Solutions.

Simulations Plus Upgrades Drug Software

Simulations Plus Inc. on Wednesday announced the release of the latest version of its main software product GastroPlus.

Reports: Rams Start Spring Training at Cal Lutheran

Next Monday, the Los Angeles Rams will begin the team’s first offseason training program at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Local Startups Seek to Push the Biotech Envelope

LIST: Big pharma’s former employees are staffing small pipeline drug companies.

Bioscience companies spawned from giant drug makers.

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A subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. received a $10 million contract from a French space agency to provide detectors and other electronics for a mission to Jupiter launching in 2022.

Irish Parade Pumps Sales On the Street

Business group puts together St. Patrick’s fest with retail in mind.

Why Canoga Park Improvement Association held a St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Cost-Benefit Quest

New data shows Amgen’s Repatha lowers heart attack risk, but another study found high rejection rates by insurers.

Insurers don’t want to pay for Amgen’s pricey cholesterol drug. Now what?

Increase in Blood Research Revives HemaCare

INVESTMENT: Turn to profit sends OTC shares up for triple-digit gains.

Share prices rise for blood cell and tissue provider.

Preview: Insurers Balk at Amgen's Price

In a tale of two studies, health researchers report that Amgen Inc.’s cholesterol medication Repatha reduces the risk of heart disease, while another study finds that insurers balk at paying the steep price for the first-in-its-class drug.

Great American to Help Liquidate Outdoor Stores

Valuation provider Great American Group in Woodland Hills, a subsidiary of L.A.-based B. Riley Financial Inc., announced Thursday that it will help liquidate 32 outdoor sporting goods stores operated by Gander Mountain Co. Inc.

Report: Amgen to Relocate or Lay Off 500 Employees

As many as 500 Amgen Inc. employees in Thousand Oaks have been notified that they will either be relocated, reassigned or laid off, according to a report from Thousand Oaks Acorn.

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Hires CFO

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc., a Westlake-Village biotech working on novel laser hair removal and skin therapies, announced Friday the appointment of Chief Financial Officer Richard Peterson, effective immediately.

Amgen Biosimilar Approved in Europe

Amgen Inc.’s biosimilar to the best-selling drug of all time has been approved for commercialization by the European Commission, the company announced Thursday.

Amgen Opens Tampa Center

Amgen Inc. is opening a 136,000-square-foot facility in Tampa, Fla., the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday.

Firm’s Arguments Put Parody Case in the Bag

LITIGATION: L.A. tote maker prevails over Louis Vuitton in trademark dispute.

Boutique intellectual property firm Koppel Patrick Heybl & Philpott of Westlake Village successfully defended spoof tote bag maker My Other Bag against luxury designer Louis Vuitton, a brand notorious for filing trademark suits.

Wave of Consolidation Shrinks Insurance Sector

LIST: For both carriers and brokerages, it’s a season of big-eat-small.

Local insurance brokerages address industry’s M&A trend.

Team Colors Change for JetHawks

Baseball club in Lancaster switches affiliation to Rockies.

Lancaster’s minor-league team the JetHawks takes off with new major-league affiliation.

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Antelope Valley Hospital has named Colette Menzel as its new chief financial officer.