SFV HEALTHCARE

Behavioral Health Hospital Coming to Lancaster

Antelope Valley Hospital and Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare have entered into a joint venture to build and operate a new specialty hospital in Lancaster.

Valley Hospitals Grapple With COVID-19 Surge

The number of available intensive care unit beds has plummeted in Los Angeles County, with only 92 ICU beds available countywide.

FDA Approves Ellume’s At-Home COVID-19 Test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first at-home COVID-19 test, developed by a biotech company with ties to the Valley region.

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Nurses Strike Planned in Thousand Oaks, West Hills

Nurses at two hospitals in the Valley region have called a 10-day strike from Dec. 24 to Jan. 3 to protest unfair labor practices.

Westlake Village BioPartners Debuts Funds With $500 Million

Westlake Village BioPartners has announced two new funds totaling $500 million to invest in life science startups and construct lab facilities for them.

Atara Biotherapeutics Signs Deal With Bayer Worth Up to $610 Million

Atara Biotherapeutics and German pharmaceutical giant Bayer have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop therapies for solid tumors.

MannKind Buys QrumPharma for $3.5 Million

MannKind Corp. announced it has acquired Pennsylvania-based QrumPharma Inc. for $3.5 million in cash and more than 3 million shares of its common stock.

Amgen, McKesson Sign Partnership for Cancer Care

Amgen Inc. and Texas-based health care supply company McKesson Corp. have announced a multi-year, strategic partnership to help bridge gaps in cancer care.

Amgen's Otezla in COVID Therapy Trial

Amgen Inc.’s drug Otezla will appear in a COVID-19 clinical trial, as part of testing efforts by the COVID R&D Alliance consortium of companies.

Amgen Ends Drug Collaboration With Cytokinetics

Amgen Inc. has terminated its collaboration with Bay area startup Cytokinetics.

MannKind Receives Final Milestone Payment for Hypertension Treatment

MannKind Corp. in Westlake Village has received its final $12.5 million milestone payment from United Therapeutics.

Public Health Minor Coming to Cal Lutheran

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks will offer a minor in public health starting in January

Revenue Rises at Simulations Plus

Drug modeling software company Simulations Plus Inc. enjoyed an increase in revenue compared to last year, while earnings per share remained flat for the fourth financial quarter.

Ventura County Drops to Purple Tier

Ventura County has dropped to the most restrictive COVID-19 reopening framework tier.

Medtronic Launches Smart Insulin Pen Device

Medical device giant Medtonic has launched InPen, the first FDA-cleared smart insulin pen for diabetes patients needing multiple daily injections.