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Aqua Medical Raises $4M in Series A Round

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Avid Names CFO

Avid Bioservices Inc. (Nasdaq: CDMO) appointed Daniel Hart chief financial officer.

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Urovant Seeks $150M IPO

Irvine-based Urovant Sciences Inc. is seeking $150 million via the public markets to extend clinical trials of therapies to treat urologic conditions.

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Pyott Foundation Gives to Easterseals

The David and Molly Pyott Foundation gave a $1.7 million gift to Easterseals Southern California (ESSC).

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Evolus Adds CMO

Evolus Inc. named Michael Jafar chief marketing officer, a new position, and its second recent hire from the executive ranks of Allergan plc.

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Irvine Biotech Gets $40M

PeproMene Bio Inc. raised $40.2 million from 17 investors in a Series B funding round, a June 11 Securities and Exchange Commission filing said.

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ReShape Raises $1.5M

San Clemente-based ReShape Lifesciences Inc. (Nasdaq: RSLS) raised nearly $1.5 million from several institutional investors for the purchase of 374,572 shares of its common stock at $3.92 per share, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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UCI Health CEO Named

Richard Gannotta was named chief executive of UCI Health, the clinical, medical education and research arm of the University of California-Irvine.

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Billionaire Icahn Takes Allergan Stake

Following a letter from activist investors Appaloosa LP in Miami, Fla., and New York-based Senator Investment Group LP to Allergan PLC’s board of directors that recommends changes—including separating the chief executive and chairman roles—billionaire Carl Icahn also threw his hat in the game, taking an undisclosed position in Allergan, according to Bloomberg.

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ChromaDex Appoints CMO

ChromaDex Corp. (Nasdaq: CDXC) named Lisa Bratkovich chief marketing officer, effective June 4.

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Irvine Scientific Now Fujifilm Subsidiary

Fujifilm Corp. President Kenji Sukeno said the company completed its earlier-announced acquisition of two cell culture media businesses, Irvine Scientific Sales Company Inc. in Santa Ana and Is Japan Co. Ltd. in Tokyo, from Japanese oil and metal conglomerate JXTG Holdings.

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Sabra Sells 12 Facilities for $134M

Irvine-based Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. (Nasdaq: SBRA) completed the previously announced sale of 12 facilities leased to Genesis Healthcare Inc. (NYSE: GEN) for $134 million.

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Allergan Seeks to Shed Two

In response to its lagging stock, Allergan Plc (NYSE: AGN) will seek buyers for both its women’s health and infectious disease units. CEO Brett Saunders confirmed the unanimous board decision in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.

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Evolus Names CFO

Evolus Inc. (Nasdaq: EOLS) appointed Lauren Silvernail as chief financial officer and executive vice president of corporate development.

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ICU Talks Merger with Smiths Unit

British engineering firm Smiths Group plc (LON: SMIN) confirmed it is in “very early stage discussions about a potential merger of its medical division with ICU Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: ICUI),” according to a company press release.

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St Joe’s Walker to City of Hope

Annette Walker has been named president of City of Hope, Orange County, in charge of developing the cancer center planned for the Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine.

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