Iris Lee

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

Phone: 818-316-3126 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

Tumor Test in a Breath

BIOTECH: Before entering the U.S., Pulmostics plans to take its cancer technology to Mexico.

Medical device maker plans an international-first strategy for its cancer detection device.

Valley Bar Association President Wants Members

NONPROFIT: New leadership team plans to ‘enhance value proposition.’

Alan Kassan, a Valley native, was sworn in as the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s 87th president at the SFVBA Installation Gala this month.

Toys Teach STEM Skills

Gadgets that teach electric wiring and programming are the buzz at Microduino.

Loan Will Upgrade Assisted Living Facility

Regency Palms, an assisted living facility in Oxnard, has received a $12.5 million loan from iBorrow, a bridge loan provider in Los Angeles.

Bankers Look to Harden Cybersecurity Protection

LIST: Multiple systems and technologies provide hedge against data breaches.

Banks invest in tools and partnerships to strengthen cybersecurity.

Amgen Reports Higher Earnings, Lower Revenue

Amgen Inc. on Wednesday said its third-quarter earnings beat Wall Street expectations despite a slight drop in sales.

Amgen Selects Joan Lunden for Cancer Campaign

Amgen Inc. on Tuesday announced a cancer awareness campaign with Joan Lunden, a breast cancer survivor and award-winning journalist.

MannKind Enters Brazil, Restructures Debt

MannKind Corp. has announced that it has submitted paperwork in Brazil to seek approval of its sole product, Afrezza. The company also announced it will be restructuring its outstanding debt obligations.

Gunman Shuts Down Sylmar Hospital

Los Angeles County Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar was locked down Thursday for about three hours amid reports that a gunman was on site, authorities said.

Exer Urgent Care Opens in Santa Clarita

Exer More Than Urgent Care has opened a new location in Santa Clarita in partnership with Providence Health & Services.

New Law Gives Tarzana Hospital Time for Retrofit

A new law will allow Providence Tarzana Medical Center to request an additional extension from the California Hospital Seismic Safety Act.

Second Sight to Conduct Clinical Trials in Germany

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. will conduct a clinical study in Germany to evaluate Argus II, its retinal prosthetic system, the company has announced.

Landscaper Reaps Kudos For Retail

Santa Clarita firm keeps the grounds at high-end malls.

Valencia landscaping business grows with prominent retail customers.

Elder Facilities Cater to Retiring ‘Silver Tsunami’

LIST: As people live longer, assisted care operators develop new programs.

Eldercare facilities are needed but hard to build.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Notary Promoter

Milton Valera runs the National Notary Association, a trade group in Chatsworth with nearly half a million active members.

Q&A: Milton Valera, head of the National Notary Association, on the need for notaries amid increasing identity theft.

Water Agencies Issue Statement on Newhall Ranch Issue

Castaic Lake Water Agency and Newhall County Water District have issued a statement refuting Consumer Watchdog’s assertion that Senate Bill 634 benefits the proposed Newhall Ranch development.

MannKind Offering to Raise $61 Million

MannKind Corp. on Wednesday announced that the company is offering approximately 10.6 million shares to certain investors in an effort to raise $61 million.

Ground Broken for Warner Center Apartment Complex

A 277-unit apartment complex broke ground Wednesday in the Warner Center neighborhood of Woodland Hills.

Chatsworth Operation to Close, Lay Off Workers

Beckman Coulter Inc. is laying off 141 employees in Chatsworth, according to documents filed with the state.

Momentum Pushes MannKind Up 25 Percent

Riding the momentum of last week’s gains, MannKind Corp. closed up again more than 25 percent Tuesday.

Bio Science Panel Talks Up Conejo Valley

Conejo Valley’s senior biotech executives discussed why they put down roots in the region at the BioScience Alliance’s Panel Event on Wednesday in Thousand Oaks.

CSUN, Dignity Health Sign Partnership

California State University – Northridge and Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center have entered a health partnership, the school has announced.

Amgen to Collaborate With CytomX on Cancer Treatment

Amgen Inc. today announced that it has entered into a strategic collaboration in immune-oncology with CytomX Therapeutics Inc. in San Francisco.

MannKind Gains Another 20 Percent on New FDA Label

Following a 7 percent increase Monday, shares of MannKind Corp. stayed bullish, closing up more than 20 percent increase on Tuesday.

MannKind Moves Higher on Afrezza Label Update

MannKind Corp. today announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has updated prescribing information for Afrezza, the company’s sole commercial product.

Amgen’s Slow Road to Profits

BIOTECH: New cancer biosimilar faces lengthy run of litigation.

How the world’s biggest drug companies balance new drugs with competing copycat drugs.

ID Card Aids Notifications In Emergency

Medical directive fixes ‘inadvertent gap’ in HIPPA law.

Fixing HIPPA: new ID card resolves gap in health care law.

Venture Capital No Problem for Biotech Leaders

EVENT: At breakfast, execs point to progress for the industry in Conejo Valley.

Valley biotech executives shared their insights and challenges at the Corporate Leaders Breakfast organized by California Lutheran University, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Sept 15.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Preview: Amgen's Slow Road to Profits

New cancer biosimilar faces lengthy run of litigation.

Sale Date Set for Amgen's Biosimilar of Humira

Amgen Inc.’s Amjevita, a biosimilar of the bestselling drug in the world, will launch in Europe and the United States in 2018 and 2023, respectively, the company announced.

Hospital Gets $10 Million Gift

Providence Saint Joseph Medical center has received a $10 million gift from the Cusumano family, the hospital has announced. The donation will be used to enhance emergency and urgent care at the Burbank medical center.

Amgen Partnership Takes Biosimilars to China

Amgen Inc. on Tuesday announced an exclusive agreement with Simcere Pharmaceutical Group to co-develop and commercialize four biosimilar drugs in China.

Lab Closure Means Layoffs for 55 Workers

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center will lay off approximately 55 people in late October, according to a notice provided to the state’s Employment Development Department.

Leadership Changes at Alfred Mann Foundation

RESEARCH: Hankin exits as CEO, but organization keeps cranking out startups.

David Hankin has stepped down as chief executive of the Alfred Mann Foundation for Scientific Research, the Business Journal has learned.

Ethnic Data Fuels Market Decisions

Market research firm focuses on customers’ culture and behavior.

Market research firm reveals culture drives consumer behaviors.

Trash Talk Heads to Courthouse

politics: Valley group opposes city’s garbage hauling system.

Apartment owners unite against L.A.’s new garbage franchise system.

Schools Flex Creativity With MBA Programs

EDUCATION: Administrators cater to specific segments of the student market.

MBA programs broaden to match the segmented business community.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Biotech Execs Foresee Industry's Critical Mass in Region

Biotech startup executives discussed the industry’s challenges and opportunities in the Valley region during the Corporate Leaders Breakfast organized by California Lutheran University on Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Preview: Trash Talk Heads to Courthouse

Valley group opposes L.A.’s new garbage franchise system.

FDA Approves Amgen Cancer Treatment Mvasi

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved Amgen Inc.’s biosimilar drug Mvasi for treatment of multiple types of cancer. It is the first biosimilar approved in the U.S. for cancer.

Local Insurance Company Changes Hands

CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co. on Wednesday announced its acquisition of Pacific Compensation Insurance Co., a Thousand Oaks subsidiary of Alleghany Corp.

Police Seek Victims of Serial ‘Con Man’

Ventura County sheriff’s detectives are urging possible victims, including local businesses to contact them regarding the “sophisticated con-man” who is in custody at Ventura County on suspicion of check fraud and identity theft.

Providence St. Joseph Reorganizes SoCal Operations

Providence St. Joseph Health announced today that Erik Wexler will lead the combined hospital network of Providence Health & Services in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

MannKind Completes HQ Relocation to Westlake Village

MannKind Corp. on Tuesday announced that it has completed the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Westlake Village. The biotech company was formally headquartered in Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia.

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Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Names Chief Info Officer

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital on Tuesday announced the appointment of Ray Moss as vice president and chief information officer.

Can Dissolvable Strips Tip the Tuberculosis Scale?

MEDICINE: NIH grant funds research for cost-effective solution to killer disease.

Oak Therapeutics wants to tackle tuberculosis, one strip at a time.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley