University of California-Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman has been named co-chair of an advisory board for a new University of California center dedicated to free speech issues.
BJ’s Restaurants Inc. in Huntington Beach reported revenue of $247 million in its most recent quarter, up about 6% year-over-year. Net income was $2.4 million—down two-thirds from the same period last year, when net income was $7.2 million.
Dendreon Pharmaceuticals LLC expanded its senior management with three new hires and two promotions.
Vanguard University in Costa Mesa has been awarded a five-year, $3.75 million grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-serving institutions program.
The Orange Coast College Foundation said it received a gift of $1.8 million, the largest donation in its 32-year history.
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach received a $15 million gift for its neurosciences institute from longtime local philanthropists the Pickup Family Foundation.
Bear Flag Restaurant Group in Newport Beach plans to open a new restaurant at Lido Marina Village.
Edwards Lifesciences Corp. reported $481 million in global sales for its core transcatheter heart valve technology, up some 17% from the same period a year ago but down compared with its last two quarters—$539 million for the first quarter and $487 million for the second quarter.
Long Beach Airport passenger traffic grew 22% year-over-year to 301,000 in September.
MerchSource LLC launched retail websites for its FAO Schwartz and 5th Avenue Bergdorf Goodman brands.
Hyundai Motor America Inc. named Brian Smith its chief operating officer.
University of California-Irvine is part of a group that received a five-year, $14.6 million U.S. Dept. of Education grant to improve literacy instruction.
Southern California News Group launched ExcelsiorCalifornia.com as the “go-to digital Spanish-language news source” for Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.
A Newport Beach attorney had his $417 million verdict against New Brunswick, NJ-based Johnson & Johnson overturned.
Spinal Singularity in San Clemente raised $3.1 million in seed funding to support development of its connected catheter designed for adult men with chronic lower urinary tract dysfunction.
Japanese printer maker Konica Minolta Inc. and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) closed their joint acquisition of genetic diagnostics company Ambry Genetics Corp., in Aliso Viejo.
The September unemployment rate in Orange County was 3.6%, down from a revised 4.2% in August and lower than a year-ago estimate of 4%.
Pacific Hospitality Group in Irvine named Kent Crandall chief financial officer, hired a senior vice president of operations to report to COO Robb Walker, and shifted a GM to its Paséa resort.