Amy Stulick

Staff Reporter (Health Care, Law)

Email: astulick@sfvbj.com
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All-Stock Merger for Bank of Santa Clarita

Combination will create entity with $2 billion in assets.

Bank of Santa Clarita acquired in all-stock deal by San Diego financial institution.

Post-Pandemic Hospitals

From the waiting room to virtual visits, the pandemic has altered the health care industry’s future trajectory.

How the pandemic has altered the health care industry’s future trajectory.

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CSUN Legal Program’s Success in Six

Students accepted to study for bachelors and law degrees.

California State University – Northridge and Southwestern Law School are finally seeing the fruits of their partnership, with students graduating from the jointly formed accelerated legal program.

Will Scorpion Lab Yield Venom Drugs?

Burbank company aims to produce 1 million doses monthly.

Medolife Rx Inc. breaks ground on facility to raise scorpions, whose peptides are used to make therapeutics.

COVID’s Long Tail

Employers may see ‘enormous costs’ in the workplace for years after pandemic ends.

Employers may see ‘enormous costs’ in the workplace for years after pandemic ends.

Conejo Valley Firm Adds Shareholders

Both attorneys are active in Asian bar associations.

Sharlene Lee and Reema Kapoor have been elected as shareholders of Nevers Palazzo Packard Wildermuth & Wynner Law Firm, the company announced in April.

Two Brewers in Glendale

Kirk Nishikawa had to rewrite his business plan during COVID.

Kirk Nishikawa owns Brewyard Beer Co. with partner Sherwin Antonio.

Doctor Charged With Medicare Fraud

A Porter Ranch physician was indicted Thursday on charges related to an alleged $6 million Medicare fraud scheme, according to the Justice Department.

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.

Estrella Partners With Google to Monetize Streaming Video

Burbank broadcaster Estrella Media on Monday announced it has selected Google Ad Manager to monetize its live and on demand streaming TV platforms.

Medolife Rx Breaks Ground on Scorpion Lab

Burbank biotech company Medolife Rx Inc. this week announced it has broken ground on its lab facility in the Dominican Republic to raise scorpions.

Newbury Park Biotech Startup Lands $140 Million Investment

Newbury Park biotech startup Capsida Biotherapeutics on Thursday emerged from stealth mode with a whopping $140 million in capital.

Amgen Shares Fall on Lower Quarterly Performance

Shares of Amgen Inc. dropped more than 7 percent Wednesday after a disappointing first quarter earnings report late Tuesday.

Bank of Santa Clarita Acquired

Southern California Bancorp announced Tuesday it will acquire Bank of Santa Clarita for $56.2 million, the San Diego business said.

MannKind Reduces Debt by Nearly $50 Million

MannKind Corp. has reduced its debt by $49.5 million through a paid note to the Mann Group and an amended agreement with MidCap Financial Trust, the Westlake Village company said on Monday.

Breakthrough Drug, Cancer Program at Amgen

Stomach treatment, lung diagnosis move ahead at pharma industry giant.

April was a busy month for Thousand Oaks biotech giant Amgen Inc., with its gastroesophageal cancer drug gaining breakthrough designation status with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and a program launch for non-small cell lung cancer biomarker testing.

Deadline: June 15

RETAIL: Employment, hygiene and technology play roles in restaurants’ return to full service.

Eateries such as Maria’s Italian Kitchen prepare for full opening on June 15.

Cal Lutheran Looks at the Future of Telehealth

Corporate Leaders event spotlights experts from UCLA Health, Los Robles.

California Lutheran University looks at the future of telehealth.

Pierce College President to Step Down

Alexis Montevirgen, president of Pierce College in Woodland Hills, plans to step down from the role in June.

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Startup Attracts $17M in Funding

Westlake Village startup PureSpectrum this week announced it garnered $17 million in Series B funding from Arthur Ventures, a Minneapolis-based growth equity firm.

Amgen Stomach Cancer Drug Earns FDA Breakthrough Status

A stomach cancer drug in development by Amgen Inc. has been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

MannKind Partnership Applies for FDA Approval of Lung, Heart Treatment

MannKind Corp. and United Therapeutics have reached a milestone in their licensing and collaboration agreement, with a new drug application submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the partnership’s pulmonary arterial hypertension treatment.

California Resources Appoints New Board Chair

California Resources Corp. has appointed Tiffany Thom Cepak as the new chair of the company’s board.

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Medtronic Launches Large-Capacity Insulin Pump Technology

Medtronic has launched its diabetes extended infusion set in some European countries.

Simulations Plus Increases Net Income 49 Percent

Drug modeling software company Simulations Plus Inc. beat analyst estimates for its second fiscal quarter, with net income increasing a whopping 49 percent.

Vaccine Site to Move From Magic Mountain to College of the Canyons, Palmdale Park

Valencia’s Six Flags Magic Mountain will cease its vaccine operations on April 18, Los Angeles County said, to be replaced by College of the Canyons and Palmdale Oasis Park Recreation Center the following day.

SteadyMD Closes on Second-Round Funding

Westlake Village company lands celebrity investors.

Telehealth company SteadyMD, with local offices in Westlake Village, raises $25 million in Series B round.

Management Update for Arcutis Team

Biopharma adds financial, sales and medical executives.

Late-stage biopharmaceutical company Arcutis Biotherapeutics in late March started bolstering its executive team

INVISIBLE RISKS

Insurance, legal and tech professionals can limit web liability.

Remote work during the pandemic has multiplied cybersecurity problems.

Clean Beauty From Simi’s Derma E

Educational initiative draws on skin doctors’ expertise.

Drs. Gervaise Gerstner, Alexis Stephens and Andrea Suarez have partnered with beauty product company Derma E in Simi Valley

CFO to CEO

Nicholas Lymberopoulos, new chief executive at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, talks about progress on the $644 million Tarzana Reimagined construction project.

Interview with Nick Lymberopoulus, new chief executive of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.

PR Firms Start to Climb Out of Pandemic’s Hole

LIST: With economic opening, marketers prepare for clients eager to share their messages.

PR shops await message glut as they expect business to pick up.

L.A., Ventura Counties Move to Orange Tier Next Week

Los Angeles and Ventura counties are slated for the less restrictive orange tier on Monday and Wednesday, respectively, but county officials are reserving the right to implement their own limits for sectors of the economy.

Second Sight Names New Acting CEO to Comply With Nasdaq

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. on Thursday announced its board of directors has named Scott Dunbar as its new acting chief executive, replacing Matthew Pfeffer.

Alpert Barr, Shenon Law to Merge

Encino law firm Alpert Barr & Grant on Wednesday announced a plan to merge with Shenon Law on April 1, taking on three lawyers and two paralegals from the Sherman Oaks firm.

Amgen Buys Rodeo Therapeutics

Amgen Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to acquire Rodeo Therapeutics Corp., a private biopharmaceutical company based in Seattle.

Second Sight Raises Nearly $28 Million as Shares Drop

Second Sight Medical Products on Monday closed its $27.9 million private stock placement, selling 4.7 million shares at $6 each, a move first announced last Wednesday.

Cluster Power

Venture capitalists, law firms, real estate providers and a talented workforce have created a biotech industry hub in the Conejo Valley.

Specialists Hang Shingle

Law firm Stradling Yocca combines life science expertise with local connections.

The most recent addition to the Conejo Valley’s biotech cluster comes in the form of legal counsel.

VC WANTs Smart Money

Sean Harper thinks multiple funding options will benefit local industry.

Venture capital firm Westlake Village BioPartners has provided a spark for growth among Conejo Valley biotech firms, first with its local presence announced two years ago, and now with two funds totaling $500 million announced in December.

Building MORE WET Labs

Startups typically seek 70 percent R&D space and 30 percent offices.

Life science companies have particular needs when it comes to office and laboratory space, and developers have started to build inventory in the Conejo Valley.

Conejo Convert

Three years ago, Michael Castagna moved MannKind to Westlake Village from Valencia to help the company hire and retain top talent.

Michael Castagna is chief executive of biopharmaceutical company MannKind Corp. in Westlake Village. Prior to working at MannKind, Castagna served in various executive roles at Amgen Inc. in nearby Thousand Oaks, and its New York rival Bristol-Myers Squibb. MannKind, founded by late billionaire entrepreneur Al Mann, moved to the Conejo Valley from Valencia in 2017. Currently, MannKind is focused on developing drug treatments for rare lung and endocrine diseases while continuing to market its flagship drug Afrezza, an inhalable insulin treatment for diabetes. MannKind currently has 250 employees and expects to add 100 employees by this time next year, Castagna said.

LegalZoom, Nonprofit in Partnership

Document service and Accion co-market to small businesses.

LegalZoom decided to partner with Bay Area nonprofit Accion Opportunity Fund at the beginning of March to increase legal services and capital for clients across both organizations.

Entitlements, Leases Drive Land Practice

Real estate attorney Fred Gaines sees development up.

Real estate law firm Gaines & Stacey has seen a flurry of business thanks to a booming housing market and pandemic-related lease negotiations, founder Fred Gaines said.

Lewis Roca Rebrands for New Look

Shortened name, fresh logo update century-old firm

Law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie has completed a rebrand initiative which includes a new visual identity, website and shortened name – Lewis Roca.

SEEDS in Amgen’s Shadow

When big pharma sheds workers, they turn their creativity to new endeavors.

Access to talent is a crucial component of any company, but it counts for even more in the biotech industry.

Tarzana Hospital Selects New CEO

Nicholas Lymberopoulos takes job with $644 million building project.

Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center has chosen one of its own executives – Nicholas Lymberopoulos – to be its new chief executive following an eight-month-long national search, the hospital has announced.

Preview: Cluster Power

Venture capitalists, law firms, real estate developers and a talented workforce have created a biotech industry hub in the Conejo Valley.

L.A. and Ventura Counties Look to Orange Tier Status

Los Angeles and Ventura counties may move into a less restrictive state-imposed pandemic safety tier as soon as next week, if COVID-19 case rates, positive test results and health-equity metrics continue to be met.

SBA Pandemic Loans Boosted

The Small Business Administration, starting April 6, plans to triple its maximum loan amount and extend loan timeframes for businesses affected by the pandemic, the organization said Wednesday.

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