Antonio Pequeño IV

Staff Reporter (Health care, law, finance)

Phone: 818-316-3121 Extension: 112

Recent Stories

Amgen Publishes Biosimilar Trends Report

Biotech giant Amgen Inc. this week published the 8th edition of its Biosimilar Trends Report, which provides insights and data on biosimilar market trends and their impact on health care costs.

Amgen Wins Otezla Patent Case

The U.S. District Court for New Jersey upheld patents that protect Otezla (apremilast), Amgen Inc.’s psoriasis treatment.

Cal Lutheran Expands Tuition Price-Matching Program

California Lutheran University’s Public Price Promise program is expanding to match the costs of all nine University of California undergraduate campuses.

Former Amazon Executive Becomes CFO at Calavo Growers

Santa Paula-based avocado company Calavo Growers has announced the appointment of Mariela Matute as its chief financial officer, effective Oct. 11.

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Lief Labs Signs Green Tea Partnership

Lief Raws, a division of Valencia-based dietary supplement manufacturer Lief Labs, has entered a licensing partnership that will enable it to be the distribution and sales arm for CellFlo6, a green tea extract.

Resonate Blends to Acquire Wellness Cannabis Brand

Resonate Blends Inc., a cannabis holding company in Calabasas, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Lemon and Grass, a Florida-based cannabis wellness brand.

Arcutis Looking to Soothe Psoriasis Itch

Clinical study pushes toward first product launch.

Arcutis Biotherapeutics announces the first patient for clinical trial of foam for psoriasis.

RabbleHealth Fills Panel of Advisors

Array of talent to help with patient information app.

Digital patient engagement company Rabble Health has made four additions to its advisory board with the onboarding of Mitch Ross, former vice president of individual and family plans at Kaiser Permanente; process innovation researcher Brad Power, biotech marketing veteran Diana Porter Bodden and epidemiologist Dr. J. Michael Sprafka.

Two New Banks Come to Valley

FINANCE: Market beckons to relationship-focused bankers.

Banks expand by opening branches in the Valley region.

Equity Innovation Center at CSUN

Program to focus on career development in technology.

Innovation hub to help Latinx students in STEM courses, careers.

Tarzana Hospital on Schedule for 2023 Debut

HEALTH CARE: $644 million construction project pushes through the pandemic.

Construction of the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, a $644 million joint venture between Providence Health & Services and Cedars-Sinai, is on track to be completed by 2023.

Back to Class for an MBA

Pandemic motivates more people to take an interest in business education.

Number of applications for master of business administration programs grows during the pandemic.

Lancaster Hospital Ups Credit Score

Facility attains investment grade rank in Antelope Valley.

Antelope Valley Hospital received a BBB long-term credit rating and a BBB issuer credit rating from Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings, together marking the highest credit score the hospital has received on record.

Valencia Apartment Complex Sells for $62 Million

Madison at Town Center, a 130-unit apartment complex in Valencia, has sold for $62 million.

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Antelope Valley Hospital Dedicates Mental Health Unit to Deceased Doctor

Antelope Valley Hospital dedicated its mental health unit Tuesday in honor of Dr. John Beck, a longtime member of the hospital staff credited with starting the mental health unit in 1971.

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Former Kythera CEO Joins Board of Arcutis Biotherapeutics

Keith Leonard Jr., the former chief executive of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, has joined the board of Arcutis Biotherapeutics in Westlake Village.

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RentSpree Waives Screening Fees for Displaced Hurricane Victims

Sherman Oaks tenant screening service RentSpree will waive application fees for victims who need to rent property after facing evacuation and/or property damage from Hurricane Ida.

LTC Pays for Smooth Transition Between Nursing Home Operators

LTC Properties Inc. has entered into a settlement agreement with two bankrupt former operators, Senior Care Centers and Abri Health Services, after receiving approval from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Cal State Northridge to Establish Equity Innovation Hub

The California State University (CSU) system announced a partnership with Apple Inc. and California Gov. Gavin Newsom to launch a Global Hispanic Serving Institution Equity Innovation Hub at California State University – Northridge.


Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, chief executive at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as a 2021 Small Business Advocate of the Year.

CEOs Wary of Shot Mandate

RETAIL: Will bartenders become vaccine police under new rule?

Small business owners are wary of proposed L.A. city rules requiring proof of vaccination.

For Legacy Wealth, It’s Merger Time

Finance firm sees new service offerings with large parent.

Calabasas-based Legacy Wealth Partners will join Colony Group after reaching an agreement on a merger with the financial advisory and business management firm.

LegalZoom and USC, Partners in Education

Online document provider to support social entrepreneurship program at business school.

Online document provider Inc. partners with USC Marshall School of Business.

Nonprofit Lawyers’ Anniversary

Networking key to growth at specialized Studio City firm.

The Law Firm for Non-Profits (LFNP) has been in operation since August 1996, a time when Arthur Reiman was single handedly running the firm.

Mixed Picture for Labor; Looks Murky Ahead

LIST: Employers adjust to pandemic while workers are ‘reexamining their options.’

Mixed picture for labor as employers adjust to pandemic, workers weigh options.

Cal Lutheran Starts School Year With Mostly In-Person Classes

California Lutheran University will mark a return to nearly all in-person classes next week because of high vaccination rates among its employees and students prior to the start of the school year, the Thousand Oaks school announced this week.

LegalZoom Teams With Defy Ventures for Formerly Incarcerated

Glendale-based Inc. has formed a partnership with Defy Ventures to support the nonprofit organization’s mission to train formerly incarcerated people to become entrepreneurs.

Adventist Glendale Promotes Breast Cancer Treatment

Adventist Health Glendale is encouraging women aged 70 and up with breast cancer to consider a one-time treatment option conducted while patients remain asleep after the removal of tumors.

Medolife Rx Reports Second Quarter Results

Biotech company Medolife Rx reported its second quarter financial and operational results.

Ventura County Issues Mask Mandate

Ventura County Public Health has issued a health order requiring individuals to wear face coverings while indoors in public settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Amgen to Require Vaccination for All Staff

Amgen Inc. will require that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 1, the Thousand Oaks company announced earlier this week.

Norms to Open Location in Encino

Diner-style chain restaurant Norms will open a new location in Encino on Aug. 22.

Tutor Perini Joint Venture Awarded $98.3 Million Contract

The Black Construction-Tutor Perini joint venture has landed a $98.3 million fixed-price contract for the construction of a bachelor officer quarters at Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz in Guam.

Nancy Hoffman Vanyek Honored as Small Business Advocate of the Year

Nancy Hoffman Vanyek, chief executive at the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as a 2021 Small Business Advocate of the Year.

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Camarillo’s PBS Biotech Secures $10 Million in Funding Round

PBS Biotech has raised $10 million in a private funding round with investment bank BroadOak Capital Partners.

Nutritional Gym

HEALTH: Supplement maker Herbalife and Proactive Sports open facility in Westlake Village.

Dietary supplement maker Herbalife Nutrition partners on a new gym in Westlake Village.

Valley Health Center Gets $150K Grant

Providence donation to fund case management upgrade.

San Fernando Community Health Center receives grant from local hospital.

Web Broker’s Reverse Merger

FINANCE: House sale website Everhome to fund expansion.

Real estate technology company Everhome Realty Inc. hopes to disrupt the home-selling business as a public company after entering into a definitive agreement with blank check holding company Alpha Wastewater Inc.

Immpact Bio.Makes B-Cell Acquisition

Camarillo firm strengthens expertise of lymphoma team.

Camarillo biotech company Immpact Bio has completed its merger with Kalthera Inc., another biotech company focused on the treatment of B-cell lymphoma.

Amgen Cuts Guidance For Remainder of 2021

Pharmaceutical giant reports fewer patient visits and diagnoses for treatment during the pandemic.

Thousand Oaks-based Amgen Inc. beat revenue expectations but issued lower full-year guidance in its second-quarter financial results.

LegalZoom Reports Loss on Higher Revenue in First Quarterly Report

Legal technology company Inc. shared its second quarter results in its first earnings call as a publicly traded company.

Second Sight Gets New Grant for Study

Sylmar-based Second Sight Medical Products, an implantable visual prosthetics developer, announced Wednesday that it received a $155,964 grant supplement from the National Institutes of Health.

Atara Biotherapeutics Reports Widening Loss, Adds Board Member

T-cell immunology company Atara Biotherapeutics Inc. reported its second-quarter 2021 financial results and the appointment of a cell therapy and oncology commercialization veteran to its board.

MannKind Partnership to Explore COVID Lung Treatment

Westlake Village biopharmaceutical company MannKind Corp. has entered a partnership with NRx pharmaceuticals to evaluate the feasibility of formulating a dry powder version of vasoactive intestinal peptide.

Medolife to Showcase Products at Tony Hawk Skateboard Competition

Quanta Inc. subsidiary Medolife Rx announced it will showcase its pain relief and immunapen product lines at 'Tony Hawk’s Vert Alert.'

Amgen Reports Revenue, Earnings Increase, But Shares Fall on Lower Guidance

Amgen Inc. beat expectations on revenue and earnings, but issued lower guidance for the rest of the year, sending shares lower.

LegalZoom Appoints Microsoft Executive to Board

LegalZoom Inc. has appointed Elizabeth Hamren, Microsoft Corp.’s corporate vice president for gaming experiences and platforms, to its board of directors.

Lancaster Urgent Care Center Wins Design-Build Award

High Desert Mental Health Urgent Care Center was among the award winners when the Design-Build Institute of America announced its nationwide 2021 Design-Build Project/Team Awards.

Capsida Opens Gene Therapy Plant

Thousand Oaks facility will hasten drug development.

Biotechnology company Capsida Biotherapeutics opened its gene therapy manufacturing facility in Thousand Oaks just two years after the company’s founding.

$8 Million VC For RentSpree

TECHNOLOGY: Tenant screening software firm plans to expand.

Tenant screening company raises $8 million in venture capital.