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FDA Approves Ellume’s At-Home COVID-19 Test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first at-home COVID-19 test, developed by a biotech company with ties to the Valley region.

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First Home COVID Test In Valencia

Ellume’s $30 kit secures approval from the FDA.

Digital diagnostics company Ellume Inc., an Australian company with U.S. operations in Valencia, developed the first at-home COVID-19 test approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Ventura Lab Hosts Biome Conference

Malibu Microbiome Meeting followed with live Q&A.

Progenabiome in Ventura shared its Malibu Microbiome Meeting earlier this month,

Amgen's Otezla in COVID Therapy Trial

Amgen Inc.’s drug Otezla will appear in a COVID-19 clinical trial, as part of testing efforts by the COVID R&D Alliance consortium of companies.

Eli Lilly Asks FDA to Fast Track Drug

Amgen could manufacture treatment for COVID-19.

If Indianapolis-based pharma giant Eli Lilly & Co. is granted an emergency use authorization for its leading COVID-19 antibody candidate, Amgen Inc. will have to fulfill its side of a collaboration agreement very soon.

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.

Surge Or Slowdown?

Valley hospitals grapple with the financial and operational impacts of the pandemic.

More than seven months into the pandemic, Valley hospitals have spent millions of dollars on preparations for a surge that never developed, while seeing overall patient volume drop off.

Valley Hospital Staff Receive COVID Vaccine

Hospitals in the Valley region have started administering the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer Inc.

Lancaster Looks to Form Health Department After No Confidence Vote on County Leadership

Lancaster City Council unanimously backed a vote of no confidence in Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County public health director, while also beginning the process of creating its own public health department.

Glendale Adds to Small Business Recovery Fund

The city of Glendale late Monday announced an additional $650,000 in funding to help small businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biotech Space Bought from Amgen

Chicago-based Singerman Real Estate and HATCHspaces in Los Angeles have bought a former Amgen Inc. building in Thousand Oaks as part of its joint venture, the companies said on Tuesday.

Job Hunter

Holly Schroeder, chief executive at Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp., takes on a second role as chair of the L.A. County Workforce Development Board.

Holly Schroeder, who has led the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corp. for seven years, has taken on the added role of chairperson for the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board.

Amgen Partnerships Provide Positive News

COVID and asthma clinical trials get green lights.

Amgen Inc.’s partnerships have delivered a flurry of positive news

Amgen, Lilly Join For COVID-19

Plan to collaborate on manufacturing treatments.

Biopharma giants Amgen Inc. and Eli Lilly earlier this month announced an antibody manufacturing collaboration for potential COVID-19 treatments, in an effort to scale up production for multiple treatments still in development.

Lief Labs Sales Nearly Double in Pandemic

Valencia supplement maker meets demand for immune-enhancing and weight-loss treatments.

Valencia’s Leif Labs upgrades to a 112,000-square-foot facility.

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.

Opportunity in Crisis

MANAGEMENT: System Property learns from its 100 years in business.

System Property Development Co. has always played the long game – a strategy that culminated this year with the Sherman Oaks company’s 100th anniversary.

Caulipower

Caulipower

Gluten-free food producer Caulipower has not felt the sting that others in the food industry have suffered during the pandemic, using its nimbleness to ensure supermarket shelves are stocked with its cauliflower-centric products.

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.

Public Health Minor Coming to Cal Lutheran

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks will offer a minor in public health starting in January