Amy Stulick

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

Email: astulick@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3121 Extension: 112

Recent Stories

Adventist Buys Minority Stake in Prestige Ameritech

Adventist Health has partnered with North Carolina health care improvement company Premier Inc. to acquire a minority stake in Prestige Ameritech — one of the largest domestic manufacturers of personal protective equipment.

Local Medical Device Firm Expands into Taiwan

Continuing its push overseas, Endonovo Therapeutics has announced a strategic partnership with a Taiwanese company to distribute its flagship product in that country.

Looting Reported at Valley Stores

Looting followed the first protests to take place in the San Fernando Valley on Monday, impacting stores on Van Nuys Boulevard and businesses at the Westfield Topanga & The Village shopping centers in Woodland Hills.

Kaiser Permanente Releases ‘Playbook’ for Businesses on Coronavirus Compliance

Health care system Kaiser Permanente has released a 98-page “playbook” for businesses returning to the office, with insight from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as well as state and county health departments.

Simulations Plus Wins $400,000 FDA Grant

Lancaster biotech Simulations Plus has won a $400,000 grant as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said in a statement Thursday.

State Rules on How Non-Essential Offices, Retailers Can Reopen

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an amended Safer at Home Order for the state, giving non-essential office-based businesses the green light to reopen, as well as retail establishments for in-person shopping and places of worship.

Terasaki Institute to Move into Former Weider Building

The Terasaki Institute, a Los Angeles biotech nonprofit, plans to transform the former Weider Health and Fitness Center into a biomedical research and development facility.

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Lockheed Martin Donates $500,000 to AV Hospital

Antelope Valley Hospital received a $500,000 grant from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin to obtain personal protective equipment, according to a statement from the hospital.

Summit Highlights Valley Telehealth Firms

Distant medicine seen as smart upgrade in pandemic.

The Southern California Biomedical Council held its Coronavirus Digital Solutions Summit on May 14, featuring speakers from four biotech companies in the San Fernando Valley: iKioo, Aligned Telehealth, SnapMD, and Eyenuk.

Safe Picket On Proposed Benefit Cuts

Workers protest outside Prime hospital in Encino.

Staff picketed outside Encino Hospital Medical Center, a subsidiary of Prime Healthcare Services, earlier this month to oppose the hospital chain’s attempt to cut sick time and disability in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ex-Director At Lief Labs Now CFO

Strategist Helder Guimarães joins supplement maker.

Dietary supplement manufacturer Lief Labs has brought on one of its former board members to serve as chief financial officer, the Valencia company announced May 18.

Attorney Overdrive

LAW: Employment lawyers put in 14-hour days to keep up with client questions, changing rules.

Since the start of the pandemic, employment lawyers have shifted into overdrive –and except for a week or so toward the end of April, have not seen a slowdown.

City Sues Chatsworth Pot Shop After Fatal Shooting

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed a civil complaint against a Chatsworth pot shop after an 18-year-old customer was shot and killed on site.

New CEO for Casamba

Casamba, an electronic medical record company in Agoura Hills, on Wednesday announced Billie Nutter as its new chief executive.

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Valley Community Healthcare Launches Telehealth System

Valley Community Healthcare on Friday officially launched its telehealth system in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santa Clarita Opposes Stay at Home Extension for Economic Reasons

Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth formally opposed the extension of state and Los Angeles County’s Safer at Home Order, citing economic reasons in a letter dated Thursday.

L.A. County Passes Worker Recall, Retention Ordinances

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed right to recall and worker retention policies for janitorial, maintenance, security service and hospitality industries, essentially adopting the same measures taken previously by the city of Los Angeles.

Avita Medical to Consolidate Operations in Valencia, Seek Nasdaq Listing

Shareholders of Avita Medical Ltd., an Australian regenerative medicine company with U.S. headquarters in Valencia, will meet virtually on June 15 to discuss relocating operations solely to the United States.

Grants From Community Foundation

Recipients include food bank and testing operator.

The Community Foundation of the Valleys in Sherman Oaks sent out the first of its COVID-19 relief grants last month

Recall, Retention Ordinances for Hotel Personnel

Hospitality workers let go in crisis qualify under rules.

The Los Angeles City Council on April 29 adopted emergency right to recall and right of retention ordinances for businesses in the hospitality industry, as well as property management service businesses and airports.

Federal Small Business Loan Fund Replenished

Valley firms get second chance at capital infusion.

President Donald Trump on April 24 signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, providing an additional $484 billion as of April 27 to the CARES Act’s payment protection program, when the initial $349 billion was tapped out in less than a month.

Hospitals in a Squeeze

Medical centers have lost revenue during the coronavirus outbreak while costs have climbed.

Valley area hospitals are living with an unwanted irony: The coronavirus pandemic has called on them to deliver as never before. Yet instead of making money, they’re losing it.

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Preview: Pandemic Paradox

Hospitals are central in fight against virus, but they lost millions.

FDA Fast-Tracks Amgen Heart Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fast-tracked Amgen Inc.’s heart failure drug omecamtiv mecarbil.

Nursing Home Divestiture Boosts LTC's First Quarter

Senior housing and health care real estate investment trust LTC Properties saw a 212 percent increase in net income for the financial first quarter because of property sales and higher rental and interest income.

Virus Helps MannKind’s Quarter

Net revenue of MannKind Corp.’s flagship drug, Afrezza, jumped 58 percent to $8 million compared to $5.1 million in last year’s first financial quarter, the company said in its earnings report on Wednesday.

Eyenuk Partnership Puts Screening Technology in Clinics

Eyenuk Inc. in Woodland Hills announced on Monday it will partner with Wagner Macula & Retina Center in Virginia, a research and treatment center specializing in medical and surgical eye diseases.

Second Sight Offering to Pay for Strategic Deal

Visual prosthetic company Second Sight Medical Products late Thursday announced a public offering of 7.5 million shares.

Amgen Beats Wall St. Expectations in First Quarter

Total revenues and net income beat analyst expectations for Thousand Oaks biotech giant Amgen Inc. during the first quarter, the company announced Thursday.

L.A. Approves Worker Rehire Law; ‘Sad Day,’ Says VICA

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved Right to Recall and Worker Retention ordinances that will force businesses in the hospitality industry to rehire those laid off, if they rehire at all.

Amgen Foundation Gives $2 Million to Local Nonprofits

Amgen Foundation on Tuesday announced a $2 million contribution to more than a dozen organizations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties to help vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19.

Arcutis Adds Legal Expertise to Board

Westlake Village-based Arcutis Biotherapeutics on Monday appointed Halley Gilbert to its board of directors. effective May 1.

Investors Ponder Disney’s Exposure to Pandemic

MEDIA: Questions of when theme parks, theaters will return to ‘normal.’

Walt Disney Co.’s parks face pandemic challenge as Robert Iger asserts control.

In the Blink of an Eye, Second Sight Closes Shop

MEDICAL DEVICES: Al Mann company developed prosthetics for blindness.

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. cites coronavirus as reason behind its closure.

Telemedicine Obstacles Overcome for COVID-19

State, federal barriers are lifted to bring patients and providers together.

State, federal barriers are lifted to bring patients and providers together.

Office Park’s Medical Future

DEVELOPMENT: Conejo campus comes ‘into the 21st century.’

TriStar Realty Group has plans to create a medical campus in Thousand Oaks.

Valley Economic Alliance Names New CEO

The Valley Economic Alliance on Friday named Sonya Blake as its new chief executive.

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L.A. City Council Adopts Emergency Employee Ordinances

The Los Angeles City Council late Wednesday adopted emergency Right to Recall and Right of Retention ordinances for businesses in the hospitality industry, as well as property management service businesses and airports.

Community Foundation Gives Grants

The Community Foundation of the Valleys sent out the first of its COVID-19 relief grants to three local nonprofit organizations: the Valley Economic Alliance, the Santa Clarita Grocery Food Bank and Hope of the Valley.

Arcutis Starts Eczema Clinical Trials

At a time when many other biotech companies have curtailed clinical trials, Arcutis Therapeutics has enrolled its first patient in a Phase 1 study of hand eczema topical drug ARQ-252.

L.A. City Council to Consider Hospitality Employee Recall Rule

In an e-meeting scheduled Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles City Council will consider a Right to Recall ordinance for businesses in the hospitality industry – and one Valley business organization opposes the measure.

Hospitals Create ‘Grocery Stores’ for Workers

Dignity Health hospitals, including locations in Glendale and Northridge, have taken steps to make life a little easier for its health care workers by creating onsite grocery stores.

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MannKind Receives $4.9 Million Loan Under CARES Act

MannKind Corp. on Wednesday announced it received a $4.9 million loan from JPMorgan Chase Bank as part of the federal CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program.

Local Hospitals See 'Leveling Off' of Coronavirus Cases

Health care systems such as Kaiser Permanente have seen a “leveling off” of COVID-19 cases, with hospital admissions to the ICU more manageable compared to two weeks ago.

Kaiser Union Reaches Coronavirus Agreement

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions said it reached an agreement with the health care giant.

Doctors Search for Protective Gear

Collaborations, fundraisers for scarce medical supplies.

Doctors and companies are doing all they can to bring personal protective gear to hospitals.

Hourly Cut For Nurses

Student requirements waived for graduation.

Nursing students in California will have their clinical hours requirement waived

Kaiser, Dignity Make Surge Hospital

Former St. Vincent facility to house virus patients.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, with the help of Los Angeles County and health care systems Kaiser Permanente and Dignity Health look to ease capacity concerns

Altered Trajectory for Life Science R&D

BIOTECH: Companies find new markets for technology; others forge research partnerships.

In the midst of the global pandemic, some biotech companies have adapted to meet the growing crisis through acquisitions, special programs and pipeline shifts.

Communication Up for Employment Lawyers

LAW: Firms utilize conference calls, email newsletters to keep clients on top of regulations.

The virus pandemic, and its resultant changes in employment regulations, has prompted an avalanche of work for Valley law firms.

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