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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.

Burbank's Quanta in Reverse Merger With Medolife Rx

Quanta Inc. in Burbank has agreed to acquire a 51 percent stake in Medolife Rx, a Wyoming company that uses patented polarization technology to make anti-viral and immune-boosting therapeutics.

$133 Million Pushes Industry AI Beyond Limits

Artificial intelligence firm with NASA backing explores new continents.

The big deal for artificial intelligence software developer Beyond Limits came in September in the form of $133 million.

Executives Promoted at PennyMac Financial

PennyMac Financial Services Inc. has announced two promotions within its executive ranks, effective Jan. 1.

Crisis Messaging

PROFILE: Mustang Marketing’s Dianne McKay counsels clients to stay on message during pandemic.

Dianne McKay took the helm as sole owner of Mustang Marketing in April, with the retirement of founder Scott Harris.

Aerojet Rocketdyne Acquired for $4.4 Billion

Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc. in a deal valued at $4.4 billion.

AI Company Eta Compute Raises $12.5 Million

Westlake Village tech firm Eta Compute Inc. has raised $12.5 million in a Series C round led by Synaptics Inc. in San Jose.

Westlake Bio, Alexandria Team on Lab Buildout

BIOTECH: VC firm to invest in startups that become tenants.

Two real estate deals have put the Conejo Valley’s biotech hub on the fast-track to expansion.

Valley Kaiser Permanente Staff to Appear in Rose Parade TV Segment

Staff from Valley facilities of Kaiser Permanente will participate in the health care organization’s 90-second video for “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda” on New Year’s Day.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Protests Amgen Pricing for Orphan Drugs

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles staged a socially distant protest at Amgen headquarters in Thousand Oaks in response to the biotech giant’s refusal to sell orphan drugs to nonprofit entities at a reduced price.

Valley Microloans Add to $3 Million

City program seeks to convert debt to grants for struggling businesses.

In an effort to keep voters informed on which businesses were able to benefit from L.A.’s microloan program, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin’s office launched a microloan tracker website at the beginning of December.

Carbon Health Opens Testing Site in Simi Valley

Clinic starts with COVID based on current demand.

San Francisco-based urgent care chain Carbon Health opened its first clinic in Ventura County just before Thanksgiving — with its initial focus on COVID-19 testing, according to the company.

Eta Compute Series C Gets $12.5 Million

Investment features artificial intelligence marketing deal.

Eta Compute Inc. announced last month it had raised $12.5 million in a Series C round of funding.

Arcutis Jumpstarts Year With $159 Million IPO

Skin treatment startup looks past pandemic to launch first product.

In January, dermatology research company Arcutis Biotherapeutics Inc. raised $159 million when its stock debuted on the Nasdaq for $17 a share.

For Drug Modeler, French Connection Pays Off

Quarterly report validates Simulations Plus’ acquisition of Lixoft earlier in the year.

Simulations Plus bought French medical software company Lixoft in April, despite a pandemic that hampered in-person communication.

Restaurants Protest, Defy Outdoor Dining Ban

Tensions about the state of California’s ban in the Southern California region on outdoor dining are reaching a boiling point, with some restaurant owners openly defying the regulation they see as unfair and hypocritical.

Audio Company Moves into Car Monitoring

AUTOMOTIVE: AutoSense checks on driver, passengers, children and pets in vehicle.

With its vehicle occupant monitoring system, audio equipment maker DTS Inc. will make a play for a new market beyond its traditional buyers.

At Least One County Supe Gets It

‘Before you imperil thousands of businesses and crush a million dreams, shouldn’t you be pretty sure of what you’re doing?’

Looking to 2021 and Our Recovery

The holidays are here, which means 2020 is coming to an end. Under normal circumstances, a new year would represent new beginnings and new opportunities, but as we prepare to welcome the new year, the hard truth is that many of the issues and challenges we have faced throughout 2020 will remain with us in 2021.

Tri-County Chamber Alliance Backs Central Coast Region for COVID-19 Regulation

The Tri-County Chamber Alliance has voiced its support for a movement to see Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties become their own region for COVID-19 regulation.