Amgen’s Otezla May Be Approved for Broader Use

Amgen Inc. on Wednesday said its psoriasis drug Otezla was approved for review by the Food and Drug Administration to be used on a wider patient population.


Pet Tracker Technology Resized for Tiny Collars

Huan based product design on feedback from owners.

Pet tracking system Huan has expanded its product line with the release of Tiny Tags.


Buying into Market Dip to Rebalance Portfolios

One of Jason Sands’ clients asked how he could help others financially during tough times.

Wealth manager Jason Sands sought to keep clients on track for their long-term goals during the year of crisis, while also meeting short-term needs.


Consolidation for Advisory Firms

Alexis Cole sees a future industry of large investment firms with a few specialized solo practitioners.

Alexis Cole joined California Capital Management in 2002 and earned her certified financial planner credentials in 2015.


Can VGrid’s Solid Carbon Mitigate Drought?

TECHNOLOGY: Product retains water in soil for plants while limting greenhouse gas.

Camarillo company VGrid Energy Systems Inc. makes power and solid carbon.


A Crash Coming for Home Prices?

No one can see the future. But when it comes to residential real estate, we can put our high beams on the road ahead by studying the buying and selling behavior of American consumers based on age.


Cannabis Questions

PROFILE: Jacqueline Rosales tells how her market research firm focuses on marijuana and COVID.

An interview with Jacqueline Rosales, president of Van Nuys market research firm ISA Group.


Startup Lands $140 Million

BIOTECH: AbbVie, Westlake Bio invest in Capsida’s Series A.

Capsida Biotherapeutics Inc. received $140 million in a Series A round of funding.


The Coming Housing Bubble Burst

The coming housing bust.


Serial Entrepreneur Wayne Hughes Dies

Founder of three public companies in Valley region also bred horses.

B. Wayne Hughes, the entrepreneur behind three publicly traded companies in the Valley region, died Aug. 18 at age 87.



PROFILE: How Mayor R. Rex Parris is luring alternative energy companies to Lancaster.

Hydrogen companies from around the world including SGH2, Hitachi Zosen Inova and Toshiba are setting up shop in Lancaster, hinting at that area’s potential to become a premier alternative energy hub. Creating a welcoming environment for such companies is a motivator driving longtime mayor and career lawyer R. Rex Parris. SGH2 last year signed a deal with the Antelope Valley city to build a first-of-its-kind plant called S2 that will use a NASA-developed method to incinerate the city’s recycled waste to create hydrogen, which could be used to fuel vehicles. In this interview, Parris says it’s “inevitable” that Lancaster will be known as a hydrogen hub and explains why he’s a big believer in alternative energy.


A Retail Short Circuit

Fry’s Electronics permanently closes but leaves a legacy of thematic store design.



At Preschool, COVID Necessitates 14-Hour Days

Rosangela Valerio-Dyszkant found a way to serve families.

Rosangela Valerio-Dyszkant is founder and director of Little Dreamers Early Childhood Center in Thousand Oaks.


Dude, Where’s My Vaccine Shot?

Didn’t we have nine months to plan for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine? So why was everyone so surprised and unprepared when millions of vials of the life-saving stuff were delivered on our state’s doorstep?


Amgen Lung Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave accelerated approval to Lumakras, a drug from Amgen Inc. for adult patients with non-small cell lung cancer.


Amgen Wins Otezla Patent Case

The U.S. District Court for New Jersey upheld patents that protect Otezla (apremilast), Amgen Inc.’s psoriasis treatment.


Social Media ‘Insider’ Promotes Businesses

Influencer shares stories of small companies in the 818.

Nestor Aguilar is the founder of 818 Insider, a website and social media brand focused on highlighting the San Fernando Valley’s landmarks, businesses and people.


Product Talk

PROFILE: Marketer Sky Cassidy thinks companies should solve their customers’ problems before trying to support a charity or save the whales.

Mountain Top Data’s Sky Cassidy talks about the problems with “purpose-driven” marketing.


Aerojet Meets Lockheed Need

AEROSPACE: $5 billion offer for complementary rocket maker.

With its acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. will boost its presence in the space industry and the Valley.


COVID Caregiver

PROFILE: Bob Beitcher has guided the MPTF campus in Woodland Hills through ‘an intense year’ battling the coronavirus.

Bob Beitcher has led the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills for more than 10 years, and prior that was a major executive at multiple companies in the entertainment industry, including Panavision and Jim Henson Productions. He considers MPTF residents close friends, and has made it his mission to keep them as safe as possible, and their families well informed during the pandemic. Despite best efforts, eight residents and two staff members were lost to the virus.