Iris Lee

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

Phone: 818-316-3126 Extension: 124

Recent Stories

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.

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.

Ethnic Data Fuels Market Decisions

Market research firm focuses on customers’ culture and behavior.

Market research firm reveals culture drives consumer behaviors.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

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.

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.

Healthy Berries Vary in Impact

FOOD: Can’t sleep? Need energy? James Lacey has the answers.

Crunchies’ founder turns to berries with new company.

Syrian Food Finds Niche in Conejo

Refugee entrepreneur serves family recipes at Azi Grill.

Syrian refugee opens new restaurant in Thousand Oaks.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Simulations Plus Launches New Divisions

Simulation Plus Inc. on Thursday announced changes in its senior management structure following the creation of two new divisions for its software products, sending the stock price up nearly 8 percent.

Bioelectronic Therapy Firm Gets $30 Million in Funding

SetPoint Medical has raised $30 million in Series D funding, the company announced this week.

FDA Approves Trials for Second Sight's New Prosthetic Eye

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. on Monday announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin a human clinical study for its latest visual prosthesis system, Orion.

Amgen Expands Science Education Program

Amgen Inc. on Thursday announced its foundation will expand the Amgen Biotech Experience program to nine new markets worldwide.

Turnover at the Top for VEDC

NONPROFIT: Organization loses three executives in a month.

What’s behind the executive exits from VEDC?

Growing Out of a Niche

INTERNET: Scorpion began marketing law firms but acquisition takes firm into new verticals.

Web marketer Scorpion grows beyond law customers and acquires competitor.

Plane Passes Milestone at High Altitude

Burt Rutan’s Proteus makes 1,000 flights for research missions.

A research aircraft lands its 1,000th flight.

Can Timer Cap Put a Lid on Opioid Epidemic?

SAFETY: Moorpark firm finds abuse prevention market for a convenience product.

Timer Cap isn’t trying to solve the opioid epidemic. But it does think it can help when it comes to prevention.

Preview: Turnover at the Top for VEDC

Valley Economic Development Center is navigating a bout of executive instability, having lost three top officers – including the chief executive – in the last month.

County Tries to Halt Aliso Canyon Gas Operations

Los Angeles County has asked the California Supreme Court to stop Southern California Gas Co. from continuing to resume operations at the natural gas facilities in Aliso Canyon.

Ban the Box Stipulation Becomes L.A. Law

EMPLOYMENT: For criminal history, liability goes beyond just job applications.

If you ever applied for a job that required you to fill out an application, you may have seen a checkbox next to the question “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”

Food Trucks Serve Dinner on Doorstep

Why Cook Wednesdays offers convenience at Glendale apartments.

App developer partners with apartment manager and food trucks to bring tenants dinner.

The Diabetes Puzzle

Local hospitals grapple with the care and cost of a national epidemic.

How Valley providers grapple with the diabetes epidemic.

Lancaster JetHawks to Host All-Star Game

The Lancaster JetHawks has announced that it will be hosting next year’s California League All-Star Game and Festivities at the Hanger.

Preview: Food Trucks Serve Dinner on Doorstep

Why Cook Wednesdays offers convenience at Glendale apartments.

SetPoint Medical Hires Clinical Exec

SetPoint Medical on Monday announced that it has appointed Terry Bevirt as vice president of clinical affairs.

VEDC Loses Chief Executive

Two executives at the Valley Economic Development Center are no longer with the organization, the Business Journal has confirmed.

Amgen Tops Wall St. Expectations

Amgen Inc. beat Wall Street’s expectations on Tuesday with its second-quarter financial results.

Scorpion Buys N.Y. Marketing Firm

Scorpion on Monday announced the acquisition of Driven Local, a New York based digital marketing company.

Pain of Going Public

Despite regulatory costs, some Valley small-caps still trade publicly.

REGULATION: Small cap companies and the challenges of being public.

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Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Sienna Biopharmaceuticals IPO Seeks $64 Million

BIOTECH: Westlake Village startup features former Kythera, Amgen execs.

Sienna Pharmaceuticals, the offspring of successful local pharma companies, files to go public.

A Market for Web Influence

INTERNET: Vity connects social media celebs with ad dollars.

Vity matches social influencers with advertisers.

Preview: Pain of Going Public

Running a public company – once the Holy Grail of entrepreneurial success and prestige – has become a fading star with the diminishing light especially apparent in markets such as the Valley region.

FDA Accepts Amgen's Aimovig Application

Amgen Inc. on Thursday announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted the biologics license application for Aimovig, a drug for prevention of migraine.

Expanding FloQast Creates Exec Position

FloQast Inc. on Tuesday announced the appointment of Rob Feinstein as vice president of product.

Amgen Collaboration on Cancer Drugs

Amgen Inc. on Tuesday announced a collaboration agreement with Array BioPharma for development of drugs for autoimmune disorders.

MannKind Names CFO

MannKind Corp. on Monday announced that Steven Binder has joined the company as chief financial officer.

FDA Approves Amgen Leukemia Drug

Amgen Inc.’s leukemia drug Blincyto has received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company has announced.

MannKind Selects Chief Commercial Officer

MannKind Corp. on Wednesday announced that Patrick McCauley will join the company as chief commercial officer.

Cure, Israelis Partner on Pot Research

Cure Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced that it has signed a memorandum to enter into a research collaboration with two Israeli companies.

Revenue, Income Rise at Simulations Plus

Simulation Plus Inc. on Monday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings that showed rising revenue and net income.

File Sharing for Doctors

HOSPITALS: Glendale Adventist joins county’s exchange for digital medical records.

Glendale medical facility takes step to electronically share patient information.