Amy Stulick

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

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

Recent Stories

PerkinElmer Lab Seeking Validation

Whistleblower reports indicate inaccurate tests.

Weeks after the state government announced it is actively investigating allegations of poor management at a PerkinElmer COVID-19 testing laboratory in Valencia, the Massachusetts company said it is seeking accreditation for the lab.

Legal Markets in Flux

Changing regulations and lifestyle shifts during the pandemic have created a windfall for some law practices while others languish.

CVS Launches Vaccination in Valley

Stores with shots include Agoura Hills, Ventura.

Agoura Hills and Ventura were the first CVS Health locations in the San Fernando Valley region to start administering COVID-19 vaccines, the company said in a statement.

Family Law

Courthouse closures and masked witnesses complicate cases that often hinge on credibility.

At Reape-Rickett Law Firm in Valencia, the family matters practice had an overall drop in revenue last year, mostly due to court closures during stay-at-home orders rather than a drop in business, said Partner James Reape.

Franchising/Intellectual Property

Independent contractor law AB5 could disrupt the franchise business model in California.

Franchise law has shrunk since last March, while the related field of intellectual property law has seen a modest uptick in business interest, Tal Grinblat of Encino firm Lewitt Hackman said.

Workers’ Compensation

Employer clients seek counsel on workplace rules and medical claims related to the virus.

Business for employment and workers’ compensation attorneys has skyrocketed for local firms, with employers keeping counsel on speed dial when it comes to handling COVID-related regulations.

Personal Injury

Less driving means fewer traffic accidents, so firms must get creative to find clients.

Personal injury lawyers overall have suffered a decline in business during the pandemic, and the reason is obvious – people aren’t driving anywhere.

Credit Union Puts On Drive-In Shows

Logix and Santa Clarita present socially distanced entertainment.

Logix Federal Credit Union will sponsor a drive-in movie series in Santa Clarita, set to begin mid-March.

Clinic Debuts Cancer Heat Therapy

First prostate patient on West Coast treated.

RadNet’s Liberty Pacific Advanced Imaging West Hills, an outpatient facility near West Hills Hospital, is the first site on the West Coast to perform a breakthrough treatment for prostate cancer.

Preview: Legal Markets in Flux

Changing regulations and lifestyle shifts during the pandemic have created a windfall for some law practices while others languish.

Regional Nonprofits for Developmentally Disabled Merge

Developmental disability nonprofit AbilityFirst this week announced it has completed a merger with fellow Pasadena nonprofit FVO Solutions Inc.

Afrezza Quarterly Sales Increase, New Therapies on Horizon at MannKind

MannKind Corp. touted increased sales for its flagship drug Afrezza during its fourth quarter earnings report, while pointing out its new direction toward therapies for lung and endocrine diseases.

Fry’s Abruptly Closes All Stores

Fry’s Electronics abruptly shuttered all of its stores on Wednesday, affecting 31 sites in nine states.

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Attorney, BioScience Alliance Founder Brent Reinke Switches Firms

Brent Reinke, partner at Musick Peeler Law Firm in Westlake Village, will join Stradling Yocca Carlson and Rauth as a corporate shareholder.

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Health Net Study Looks at COVID in Communities of Color

Health Net, the medical insurer in Woodland Hills, has partnered with L.A.-based nonprofit Wesley Health Centers to conduct a study assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial minorities.

Lancaster Field Hospital Closes as COVID-19 Cases Decline

An emergency field hospital erected in the parking lot of Antelope Valley Hospital officially closed.

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Arcutis Biotherapeutics Reports Operational Progress, Financial Loss in Fourth Quarter

Arcutis Biotherapeutics reported robust business progress in conjunction with its fourth-quarter earnings report.

Hospitals in Distress

HEALTH CARE: Executives recount the ‘harrowing experience’ at the lowest point of the COVID-19 crisis.

The struggle against COVID-19 turned into a grim battle against exhaustion in the health care industry, as exemplified by Pacifica Hospital of the Valley.

Laboratory Pulls Double Duty in L.A.

Carbon Health opens NoHo clinic, partners with city.

San Francisco’s Carbon Health has been expanding its SoCal presence in more ways than one, according to the company.

Test for Nose Ointment As a COVID Therapy

Turn Therapeutics’ Hexagen gets in FDA approval line.

After nearly a year of correspondence with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Turn Therapeutics in Calabasas finally has its first human safety and efficacy trial lined up for a COVID-19 therapy.

Amgen Seeks Local Talent With Ticket

Winners receive bench space, mentoring from biotech giant.

Amgen Inc. for the first time will sponsor BioLabs LA at the Lundquist Institute, a biotech co-working space in Torrance, via a three-year Golden Ticket program.

BioSolar Changes Into NewHydrogen

Santa Clarita firm leaves battery sector to enter clean fuel industry.

Nearly a month after launching its green hydrogen technology subsidiary, BioSolar Inc. decided to change its corporate name – and primary focus – to more closely align with its latest venture.

Black ENTREPRENEURS MONTH: Wilton E. Mays III Amaysing Fishing Bait & Tackle

Lancaster Business: Fishing and hunting shop (661) 949-6100 • Email: wemwem91331@yahoo.com Website: Amaysingfishing.net

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Black ENTREPRENEURS MONTH: Mika Hilaire Equal Rights Law Group

Sherman Oaks Business: Employment law group representing plaintiffs (818) 305-6297 • Email: intake@equalrightslawgroup.com Website: equalrightslawgroup.com

Black ENTREPRENEURS MONTH: Nakia Guidry Kimarah’s Footprints

Palmdale Business: Custom printed T-shirts and other apparel (213) 798-2928 • Email: kimarahsfootprints@gmail.com Website: kimarahsfootprints.com

State Investigates Whistleblower Complaints at Valencia COVID Lab

The state government is actively investigating poor management allegations at a PerkinsElmer COVID-19 testing laboratory in Valencia.

Preview: Hospitals in Distress

The struggle against COVID-19 has turned into a grim battle against exhaustion in the health care industry.

‘Tiny Home’ Village for Homeless Opens

The first prefabricated tiny home village in Los Angeles County opened last week in North Hollywood, managed by homeless shelter nonprofit Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.

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Mechanix Wear to Create Temperature-Control Gloves

Mechanix Wear, a work glove manufacturer in Valencia, on Monday announced a partnership with French thermal technology company Clim8 to incorporate self-regulating heating technology into its product.

Increased Demand Pushes Up Avery Dennison Earnings

Avery Dennison Corp. beat Wall Street estimates for its fourth-quarter earnings and revenue, with its bottom line increasing 31 percent year-over-year.

Epilepsy Care Platform Company Launches in Sherman Oaks

Digital health company Nile AI has launched in Sherman Oaks, backed by a $25 million investment by Belgian pharmaceutical company UCB.

Amgen to Sponsor BioLabs LA Program for Startups

Amgen Inc. on Wednesday announced it will sponsor BioLabs LA at the Lundquist Institute, a biotech co-working space in Torrance, via a three-year Golden Ticket program.

Amgen Beats Expectations for Fourth Quarter

Amgen Inc. beat Wall Street estimates in the fourth quarter, as sales from newer drugs such as migraine medication Aimovig offset lower revenue from older, off-patent medications.

Carbon Health Opens NoHo Clinic

Carbon Health opened its latest Valley location in the NoHo West shopping center in North Hollywood, the company announced on Monday.

At Gaines & Stacey, Two New Partners

Kimberly Rible and Alicia Bartley promoted at law firm.

Encino law firm Gaines & Stacey has promoted two of its land use attorneys to partner: Kimberly Rible and Alicia Bartley.

Funeral Home Flurry

SERVICE: Coronavirus strains mortuaries as families wait weeks for smaller-than-usual ceremonies.

Valley mortuaries have silently suffered a series of logistical challenges as spiking COVID-19 deaths cause capacity issues, staff strain and limits on the kinds of services they are allowed to provide, based on government regulations.

Black Entrepreneurs Month: Raymont & Carolyn Henderson

Hedge of Protection Security Services offers security detail to a wide variety of industries, including finance, entertainment, commercial and residential, as well as live events.

Black Entrepreneurs Month: TaVia Wooley-Iles

TaVia Wooley-Iles in 2017 started her own communications business for women professionals and entrepreneurs striving to nab public exposure, marketing expertise and branding or public speaking excellence.

PennyMac Chair Dies Of COVID

Stanford Kurland ‘helped to build’ home-lending industry.

Stanford Kurland, founder and chairman of Westlake Village mortgage brokerage PennyMac Financial Services Inc. and former executive at Countrywide Financial Corp., died from complications related to COVID-19, the company announced in January.

New Banker Enters Valley Business Market

Bank of Southern California opens Encino branch.

The Bank of Southern California, headquartered in San Diego, has made good on plans to deepen its presence in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, with its newest branch opening in Encino this past month.

T.O. Bio and Korean Biotech Create Joint Venture

Thousand Oaks Biopharmaceutical Group has signed a joint venture agreement with a Korean biotech company in which they will boost serum-free cell culture media production, the companies said on Wednesday.

PPE to Be Given to Businesses in Santa Clarita

The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, along with other business development entities, are teaming up with PPE Unite to host a personal protective equipment drive for businesses in February.

NewHydrogen Launches $5 Million Private Placement

NewHydrogen Inc., formerly BioSolar Inc., on Monday announced a $5 million private placement offering of more than 83 million common shares of its stock.

PennyMac’s Stanford Kurland Dies of COVID

Stanford Kurland, founder and chairman of Westlake Village mortgage brokerage PennyMac Financial Services Inc., has died from complications related to COVID-19, the company announced.

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Calabasas Biotech to Test COVID Nose Ointment

Calabasas biotech Turn Therapeutics has announced it received authorization to start its first human safety and efficacy trial for a COVID-19 therapy.

Sherman Oaks Biotech Licenses Treatment for Development in China

Sherman Oaks biopharmaceutical company T-Cure Bioscience has entered into a license agreement with Chinese biotech Immunotech Biopharm Ltd. to develop a T cell therapy for renal cancer.

CSUN Campus to Host Large-Scale Vaccination Site

California State University – Northridge will become a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination site.

Pandemic Alters Testing Lab’s Business Model

Universal Diagnostic tries direct-to-consumer strategy.

Universal Diagnostic Laboratories in Van Nuys has drastically changed its business model in the wake of COVID-19 testing.

Behavioral Hospital

Health Care: Lancaster to host state’s first center for mental health plus rehab.

Lancaster will host the state’s first behavioral health and rehabilitation hospital, created by a joint venture between Antelope Valley Hospital and Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare.

Stars Rising for Fundraising Gala

Valley Economic Alliance holds event virtually for first time.

Valley Economic Alliance held its “Valley of the Stars ... Rising” event for the first time virtually on Jan. 15.

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