Helen Floersh

Staff Reporter (Healthcare, Law, Biotech)

Helen covers healthcare, law, insurance and biotechnology in the greater Valley region.

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

Recent Stories

MannKind Stock Jumps on FDA News

The stock of MannKind Corp. jumped on Wednesday following news that the Food and Drug Administration would no longer require the company to adhere to a special plan to communicate the risks and benefits of its inhalable insulin Afrezza.

Amgen Starts Year With Strong Earnings

Amgen Inc. beat Wall Street expectations for earnings and revenue in its first fiscal quarter.

VCs Trust Pray.com With $14M

Investment in app will expand connection for clergy, congregants.

App for Christians receives $14 million.

Amgen Plans ‘Next Generation’ Production Plant

MANUFACTURING: Facility in Rhode Island will use less water and energy.

Amgen to build new drug production plant.

New Faces for Older Execs

Skin treatments give edge to job-seekers.

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Summit Rooms With a View

HEALTH CARE: Mountain location smooths development process.

Sage Mountain gives older residents epic views of the Conejo Valley.

Preview: New Faces for Older Execs

Skin treatments provide youthful edge for older job-seekers and executives.

Leaders Appointed to AV Hospital Board

Antelope Valley Hospital Inc., a new nonprofit public benefit corporation established to increase community input over the operations of Antelope Valley Hospital, has finalized its board of directors with the appointment of three community leaders.

Amgen to Build High-Tech Plant in Rhode Island

Amgen Inc. will build a new manufacturing plant at the site of its existing facilities in West Greenwich, R.I., the pharma company announced Tuesday.

European Label Expanded for Amgen’s Xgeva

Amgen Inc.’s bone drug Xgeva has been approved by the European Commission for the prevention of skeletal complications in patients with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer.

Martini Iosue Appoints Audit Practice Leader

Encino-based business accounting firm Martini Iosue & Akpovi has appointed Kevin Holmes as audit and assurance practice leader.

Providence Tarzana’s Expansion Gets City Approval

Providence Tarzana Medical Center’s $542 million "Reimagined Project" has been greenlit by the Los Angeles City Council.

‘Advanced’ AI Firm Moving into Health Care

MEDICAL: Glendale firm appoints business development chief.

Glendale artificial intelligence company expands into health technology.

Cluster Effect

Bioscience firms continue to take root in Conejo and Santa Clarita

Life science clusters are gaining momentum in Conejo and Santa Clarita valleys

Former Justice Armand Arabian Remembered by Local Community

Valley legal community leader and former California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian passed away Wednesday morning at his home, his family confirmed Friday.

Amgen Drug Approved for Patients with High Risk of Leukemia Relapse

Amgen Inc.’s leukemia drug Blincyto has become the first drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in a subgroup of leukemia patients who are at a high risk of relapse following initial treatment.

Teledyne Gets Record Order from Kuwaiti Government

Teledyne ISCO, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies Inc. in Thousand Oaks, has established a new contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works that will see the company’s flow monitoring solutions integrated into the country’s wastewater reclamation system.

Lamps Plus Partners with Dodgers Player

Chatsworth-based lighting firm Lamps Plus has entered into an endorsement partnership with L.A. Dodgers utility player Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez and his fiancee

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Hires Chief Commercial Officer

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals Inc., an aesthetic dermatological product company based in Westlake Village, has hired Allergan Inc. senior marketing manager Caroline Van Hove as its chief commercial officer.

Second Sight Recruits New CFO

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has named John Blake as its new chief financial officer.

Geolinks Acquires SoCal Broadband Provider

Geolinks has acquired fixed wireless broadband provider Vectus Inc., expanding its customer base to more than 3 million people throughout Orange, San Bernadino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties.

Insuring Success

Former ‘Dallas’ actress Danone Simpson finds purpose in helping people understand their insurance benefits.

Danone Simpson talks about her journey from TV actress to insurance executive.

Coverage Is Confusing for Non-English Speakers

Health CARE: NoHo firm helps plans communicate in culture.

NoHo company specializes in communications for non-English-speaking patients.

Bar Association Night Honors Best of the Bench

AWARDS: Judges take home trophies for hard work on growing caseloads.

Bar association honors the honorable at ‘Judges Night’ awards ceremony.

Second Sight Names New Chairman

Sylmar medical device firm Second Sight Medical Products Inc. has appointed Gregg Williams, the company’s largest shareholder, as chairman of its board of directors.

SnapMD Software Snapped Up by University Telehealth Center

SnapMD has announced a partnership with the National Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for use of the company’s proprietary software.

Valley Residents Arrested in $17 Million Real Estate Scam

Five San Fernando Valley residents allegedly extorted more than $17 million from cash-strapped homeowners through a real estate scheme involving fraudulent deeds, according to federal authorities.

Data Breach at Major Applebee’s Franchisee

Customer credit card data at nearly 170 locations of Applebee’s Bar & Grill may have been stolen by hackers, one of the restaurant chain’s largest franchisees has announced.

Disney's $100 Million Hospital Strategy

Walt Disney Co. is dedicating $100 million toward putting its brand in children’s hospitals through products, services and cash donations.

Second Sight Eyes More Coverage for Prosthetic Product

The prosthetic visual system built by Second Sight Medical Products Inc. is now covered by Medicare in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, bringing the total number of states where the product and related surgical procedure are covered by the government-subsidized health insurance program to 31.

New Regulations Make Work for Labor Lawyers

LIST: Firms hire more attorneys to handle expanding caseload.

Hiring: Hiring Labor Lawyers - Employment law brings more work and attorneys to Valley firms.

Kaiser Workers Stage Protest in Woodland Hills

LABOR: Call center closure prompts union to raise awareness statewide.

Kaiser workers stage protest over impending layoffs.

Electric Medicine

A clutch of companies in Santa Clarita make nerve stimulation devices to treat conditions from depression to multiple sclerosis.

Cluster of neuromodulation companies growing in Santa Clarita.

Time To Toss RecycLA?

REGULATION: Council weighs options amid complaints about franchise hauling system.

Los Angeles City Council weighs options about waste hauling system.

Mustang Marketing Acquires Ventura Firm

Mustang Marketing in Thousand Oaks plans to acquire ZestNet Inc., a traditional and digital marketing firm based in Ventura.

Teledyne Subsidiary Expands Manufacturing

Teledyne Technologies Inc. in Thousand Oaks is expanding the manufacturing capacities of its subsidiary Teledyne DALSA Inc. to accommodate increased demand for its products.

MannKind Stock Falls After Announcement of Stock Sale

Shares of MannKind Corp. fell about 7 percent Wednesday following the company’s latest earnings report and its announcement of a $50 million stock sale.

Apollo Medical Adjusts Fiscal Year

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. has changed the end of its fiscal year from March 31 to Dec. 31 on account of its merger with Network Medical Management Inc., the Glendale health management company announced Monday.

Immunocellular May Seek Buyer, Merger

Immunocellular Therapeutics in Calabasas has announced that it is on the hunt for a buyer.

Kaiser Permanente Workers Stage Protest in Woodland Hills

Health care workers staged a protest at Kaiser Permanente’s Woodland Hills hospital on Thursday in response to the company’s plan for layoffs at its call center there. “We’re out here today for our patients and to help our co-workers keep our jobs,” Danielle Gavison, a 15-year employee of Kaiser’s Woodland Hills call center, told the Business Journal.

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Cheesecake Meets Wall Street Expectations in Q4

Cheesecake Factory Inc. released on Wednesday its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2017.

DineEquity Changes Name, Beats Street

DineEquity Inc. in Glendale is now Dine Brands Global Inc., the company announced with the release of its full-year and fourth-quarter financial results on Tuesday. The firm reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue for Q4, sending its stock up more than 15 percent to its highest price in a year.

Personal Injury Attorney Opens Burbank Office

Personal injury lawyer Joshua Glotzer has opened a new office in Burbank.

Decades Delay For E-Device

Medical device maker Endonovo begins sales of post-surgery product.

Pot Lawyers: Higher Demand

Recreational marijuana is legal but regulated — and cannabis entrepreneurs need attorneys to figure out the details.

Recreational marijuana has come to California and businesses need of legal services.

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Street-Savvy Advisor

Skills learned as a kid in Detroit have served Lee Kanon Alpert as a negotiating attorney.

alley attorney and mediator Lee Kanon Alpert talks about his path to legal career.

Concentra Pink Slips Workers Post-Acquisition

EMPLOYMENT: Streamlining will eliminate positions at U.S. HealthWorks.

Roughly 160 workers at the Valencia headquarters of U.S. HealthWorks are facing layoffs this year on account of the occupational health provider’s acquisition by Select Medical Holdings Corp. subsidiary Concentra Inc., according to a notice filed with the California Employment Development Department on Feb. 6.

Preview: Pot Lawyers: Higher Demand

Recreational marijuana is legal but regulated -- and cannabis entrepreneurs need attorneys to figure out the details.

Tutor Perini Partnership Lands $1.4 Billion Airport Contract

A joint venture between civil construction firm Tutor Perini Corp. in Sylmar and Washington, D.C.-based Parsons Transportation Group Inc. has won a $1.4 billion contract for a major redevelopment project at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J.

Englander: It’s Time to Trash RecycLA

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander has filed a motion with the city attorney’s office asking to look for a way out of L.A.’s mandatory recycling program, called RecycLA, citing complaints from businesses and residents about soaring costs and poor service.