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2016 YEAR in Review: Healthcare

We selected Kiani—co-founder and longtime chief executive of Irvine-based patient monitoring device manufacturer Masimo Corp.—as the person to watch in 2016 based primarily on his ongoing effort to eliminate preventable patient deaths in U.S. hospitals by 2020.

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Healthcare Data Firm in $34M Buy

Auxilio Inc. in Mission Viejo bought CynergisTek in Austin, Texas for up to $34.3 million—$26.8 million upfront and up to $7.5 million in milestone payments over the next five years.

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Biolase CFO Resigns

Biolase Inc. in Irvine said Chief Financial Officer David C. Dreyer will resign effective Jan. 13 for “personal reasons unrelated to the company’s financial condition.”

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Eye Stent Developer Gets $25M

Ivantis Inc. in Irvine closed on a $25 million Series C funding round for development and eventual marketing of a stent intended for use in glaucoma surgery.

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CM Insurer Joins National Broker

Centennial Group Benefits in Costa Mesa merged with 23 other U.S. insurance brokers to form Alera Group, backed by San Francisco private equity firm Genstar Capital LLC.

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Ensign Buys Assisted Living Land

Ensign Group Inc. in Mission Viejo bought the parcels under 15 assisted living facilities it runs in Wisconsin and plans to buy more land under the healthcare properties it operates in more than a dozen states.

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Masimo Gets Sensor OK

Masimo Corp. in Irvine received FDA clearance for the sale of its TFA-1 Single-Patient-Use Adhesive Forehead Sensor.

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Allergan in $2.9B Aesthetics Buy

Allergan plc bought LifeCell Corp., which develops aesthetic and regenerative medicine used in plastic surgery, for $2.9 billion, in a deal expected to close in the first quarter.

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Sonendo Funding Tops $100M

Sonendo Inc. in Laguna Hills received $35 million in an extension of a Series D funding round that brings the privately held dental device maker’s total funding to more than $100 million.

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Proctor Joins Senior Living Board

Deborah Proctor will join the board of Front Porch, a Glendale-based nonprofit operator of senior and affordable housing communities, starting January.

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Genetics Nonprofit Grows Board

Global Genes in Aliso Viejo expanded its board from eight members to 11 with the additions of Wendy White, Natalie Douglas, and Nauman Shah.

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CareTrust in $96M Texas Buy

CareTrust REIT in San Clemente bought four skilled nursing properties in the Dallas-Fort Worth market for about $96 million and signed a new tenant to run them.

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Allergan Expands Board

Allergan Plc. said it appointed Adriane Brown to its board of directors, effective in February. Brown is president and chief operating officer of Intellectual Ventures LLC, a privately held company in Bellevue, Wash., that provides invention-related services and buys patents.

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American Vanguard Backs Harvard on Zika

American Vanguard Corp. in Newport Beach said its AMVAC Chemical Corp. subsidiary would help pay for research at Harvard University “to develop and potentially commercialize” technology aimed at killing the mosquito that spreads the Zika and other viruses.

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Edwards in $340M Mitral Device Deal

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in Irvine will buy Valtech Cardio Ltd in Or Yehuda, Israel, for $340 million in cash and stock in a deal expected to close early next year.

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Ingram Strikes Deal With Allergan

Allergan PLC has acquired Chase Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that focuses on drugs for Alzheimer’s disease. The acquisition price includes an upfront payment of $125 million, with additional regulatory and sales milestones part of the deal.