Amy Stulick

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

Email: astulick@sfvbj.com
Phone: 818-316-3121 Extension: 112

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West Hills Hospital Appoints Chief Medical Officer

West Hills Hospital on Tuesday announced Dr. Donald David as its new chief medical officer.

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Robot Surgery Debuts in Van Nuys

First outpatient replacement could lead to lower costs.

Valley surgeon Dr. Jaime Hernandez performed the first outpatient knee replacement surgery earlier this month using the CORI robot, according to a statement from the Center for Orthopedic Surgery in Van Nuys.

For Builders, Schools Provide Steady Revenue

Construction: Strong market for educational projects in pandemic.

School construction is a safe bet for builders, seeing that the projects are considered an essential service by the state and the contracts last for years.

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.

Hospital to Get Out of Obstetrics

West Hills cites ‘significant decline’ in number of births.

West Hills Hospital will close its obstetrics program effective Nov. 1, the health care organization announced earlier this month.

Is Prop HHH Too Expensive?

HOUSING: Audit finds high costs for homeless projects.

Audit finds building homes for low-income residents costs a lot in Los Angeles.

Woodbury University Receives Grant Installment as Hispanic-Serving Institution

Woodbury University has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Second Sight Resumes Study

Second Sight Medical Products has resumed its early feasibility study for the Orion, its next-generation visual prosthetics system, after being put on hold for seven months because of COVID-19.

Medical Device Maker Gets $98 Million

Agoura Hills medical device company V-Wave has nabbed $98 million for its Series C round of financing, paving the way for clinical trials and Food and Drug Administration clearance, according to a statement from the company late Tuesday.

Social Impact Fund Invests in ConsejoSano

North Hollywood health care software company ConsejoSano has received an investment from the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund.

Bar Association Elects David Jones as President

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association on Thursday formally announced its new board of trustees and officers, led by David Jones as president.

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Amgen, Eli Lilly to Manufacture COVID-19 Treatments

Biopharma giants Amgen Inc. and Eli Lilly on Thursday announced an antibody manufacturing collaboration for potential COVID-19 treatments.

Amgen Selects Bay Area Startups for Big Ticket Program

Amgen Inc. on Tuesday announced its Golden Ticket winners — startup companies BigHat Biosciences and Trilo Therapeutics.

Law Facilitates Retirement Fund Withdrawals in COVID Crisis

Employees looking to draw from retirement funds to stay afloat during the pandemic can now do so without penalty because of a new law.

West Hills Hospital Closes Obstetrics Unit After 'Significant Decline' in Births

West Hills Hospital will close its obstetrics program effective Nov. 1, the organization announced earlier this month.

FDA Approves Atara Biotherapeutics to Begin Tumor Trial

Atara Biotherapeutics has received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s green light to start clinical trials for its next-generation CAR T therapy.

Approval of Medtronic’s Insulin Pump

Data-sharing aids younger patients to manage disease.

A new insulin pump system from Medtronic, named the Minimed 770G, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Campaign Averts Next Health Crisis

Call to action for patients to come back to hospitals.

The California Hospital Association launched its “Care Can’t Wait” public service campaign late last month

COVID Test Lab in Santa Clarita

PerkinElmer, state partner to double state capacity.

Los Angeles County doubles COVID-19 testing capacity with Santa Clarita Lab.

Coronavirus and Venture Capital

BIOTECH: ImmPACT finds $18 million in disrupted market.

Venture capital still targeting deals even during coronavirus outbreak.

An MBA in Unusual Times

Local business schools adapt to the pandemic while enrollment remains strong.

Master in business administration programs in the Valley region have not seen a decrease in enrollment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving administrators pleasantly surprised after months of uncertainty.

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L.A. County Introduces COVID Compliance Program for Businesses

Business owners can now sign up for a COVID-19 safety compliance program through Los Angeles County, the Public Health Department said.

Preview: An MBA in Unusual Times

Schools teach virtually to an eager incoming class of students.

Enrollment Steady in Cal Lutheran’s Grad Programs

The pandemic and temporary move to virtual learning has not negatively impacted graduate program interest at California Lutheran University, a spokesperson for the college said, with enrollment remaining the same as last year at 1,225 students for the fall term.

Calabasas Firm Changes Name to Oberg Law Group

A Calabasas law firm has changed its name to Oberg Law Group, thanks to the addition of Madison Oberg as partner.

State Extends, Modifies Eviction Moratorium

More than five months after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an eviction moratorium, the state has issued modified regulations for California tenants and landlords.

FDA Approves New Medtronic Insulin Pump

Medtronic on Tuesday announced one of its insulin pump systems, the Minimed 770G, has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Kimball Steps Down as Cal Lutheran President

Monday marks Chris Kimball’s last day as president of California Lutheran University, with his successor, Lori Varlotta, taking the position on Sept. 1.

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Camera Coaches For Virtual Talks

Executives can improve retention when speaking to online audience.

With Zoom meetings and conference calls occupying the pandemic workday, communication has become a major issue for executives.

Families Seek Funding

Chief executives at family firms say relationships with banks, vendors are crucial to survival.

When Madelyn Alfano, owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen, sought financial assistance at the beginning of the pandemic, she knew that the relationship she built with her bank, along with vendors, would help her survive.

Groups Grapple With E-Meeting

TECHNOLOGY: Lessons learned from B2B events in the Valley.

Six months into a calendar of webinars, virtual happy hours and Zoom board meetings, chambers of commerce and other business groups have scrambled to reinvent traditional business events.

Arcutis Growing Quickly Thanks to Its Topicals

BIOPHARM: But analysts say Westlake Village company still faces market risks.

Nearly eight months after debuting on the Nasdaq for $17 a share, late-stage biopharmaceutical company Arcutis Biotherapeutics has seen explosive growth in many aspects, including its stock price, which has gone up by $7.66, and its staff count, which has doubled to more than 50 since the start of the year.

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Preview: Family Owned Businesses

Chief executives at family companies say relationships with banks, vendors are crucial to survival.

Amgen to Join Dow Jones Industrial Index

Amgen Inc. will join the Dow Jones Industrial Index on Aug. 31, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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Westlake Village Firm Wins Document Preservation Contract With L.A. County

Avenu Insights and Analytics in Westlake Village has been selected as the provider of Los Angeles County’s historical document preservation and imaging services, the company said in a statement Monday.

HealthCare Partners Transition to Optum Network

HealthCare Partners has begun its transition to the Optum network in the San Fernando Valley, Optum said on Wednesday.

Camarillo Biotech Gets Funding

Immpact Bio USA, a biotech startup focused on treatment for solid tumors, closed its Series A financing round at $18 million on Tuesday.

Lake Fire More Contained; Red Cross Closing Evac Center

The Lake Hughes Fire in northern Los Angeles County is 31 percent contained and has spread to more than 18,000 acres, according to the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Twenty-one structures have been destroyed and three have been damaged, the government entity reported.

Cal Lutheran Starts Sports Management Major

California Lutheran University, which has provided a training facility for the Los Angeles Rams since 2016, will begin offering sports management as a major in the fall.

Center Takes CEO Name

Casa Pacifica to become Steven E. Elson campus.

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families in Camarillo has renamed its main campus after Dr. Steven E. Elson

Biotech Seeks $100 Million In Offering

Funds may be used toward merger or acquisition.

Simulations Plus on Aug. 4 announced a registered public offering of its shares

Amgen’s Otezla Chosen For COVID-19 Study

Psoriasis drug to treat respiratory symptoms in test.

Psoriasis drug from Amgen Inc. chosen for COVID-19 study.

Regulators OK Eyenuk’s AI Software

FDA allows marketing of retinal screening system.

Medical device company Eyenuk Inc. earlier this month announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance to market its diabetic retinopathy detection software.

SUDDEN SUPPORT

Some Black-owned businesses are seeing new customers.

Some Black-owned businesses are getting new customers – particularly African-Americans.

Preview: Sudden Support

A Black-owned restaurant in the Antelope Valley has seen business pick up recently — but with a changed customer base.

Lake Fire Spreads, Moving Northeast

The Lake Hughes fire continued to spread in the Antelope Valley Friday, covering upwards of 11,600 acres and encroaching on 5,000-plus homes in Lancaster.

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Thousands of Buildings Threatened as Lake Fire Rages Uncontained

Three structures in the Antelope Valley have been destroyed and more than 5,000 more are threatened by a fire that broke out near Lake Hughes on Wednesday afternoon.

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Arcutis Biotherapeutics Misses Estimates, But Shares Close 6 Percent Higher

Arcutis Biotherapeutics late Tuesday missed analyst expectations for earnings per share by 11 cents in the second financial quarter, but shares moved higher nonetheless.

Valley Firm Develops COVID Test for Transplant Patients

One Lambda, a West Hills subsidiary of Thermo Fisher Scientific of Massachusetts, has developed a new COVID-19 test specifically for organ transplant candidates and recipients.

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