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$68B Deal Puts Allergan Boss in First Position

David Pyott expected 2014 to be a year of hunting for deals.

Obamacare Provides Lift for Central OC

REAL ESTATE: Provider, insurers snap up former subprime turf

Obamacare was a boon to the health of Central Orange County’s office market in 2014.

Patient Safety Push Addresses Employers

HEALTHCARE: Clinton expected at Masimo-backed summit in Irvine

The new leader of an Orange County-based patient safety movement is calling for more employer involvement as participants get ready for an annual conference slated to take place in Irvine this month.

Allergan Effect: Healthcare Hotter Than Ever Here

Healthcare remains integral and then some to OC’s economy, even as Irvine-based drugmaker Allergan Inc. gets ready to exit the stage as the largest publicly traded company based here

Edwards In $50M Round for NorCal Device Maker

HEALTHCARE: Gets option to buy Menlo Park-based startup

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. has dipped its toe into the investment waters of the medical device business.

Finance: Mordy Rothberg

Busy Buyer Builds Regional Insurance Brands With Latino Focus

Confie Seguros Insurance Services is getting big with a lot of small moves.

More Investor Attention for Edwards’ Valves Expected

Leerink: High-Growth Markets to Get More Cash

High-growth medical technology markets, such as transcatheter heart valves—a bellwether product for Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (see story, page 3)—will continue to draw increasing levels of investor attention this year, according to a recent report by Boston-based investment bank Leerink Partners.

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Auxilio Signs $18M Contract

Mission Viejo-based Auxilio Inc., a managed print services company focused on the healthcare industry, said it has signed a five-year, $18 million contract with the largest operating region of what it called “a top 10 U.S. health system.”

Early Indicators Point to Strength, Staying Power for OC’s Economy

Is the outlook for business in Orange County hot or strong?

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Device Maker Insightra Raises $12M

Irvine-based Insightra Medical Inc. has raised $12 million in a pair of fundings, according to a regulatory filing.

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Actavis to Trim Allergan Executive Ranks

Actavis PLC said today it plans to replace most of the top executives at Allergan Inc. with its own personnel when its $68 billion acquisition of the Irvine-based drug maker closes next year.

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Versant Closes $305M Fund

Healthcare-focused venture capital firm Versant Ventures has raised $305 million for its latest fund.

Ensign Expands San Diego Presence With Acquisitions

Hospice Care Added To Other Facilities in County

Mission Viejo-based nursing home operator Ensign Group Inc. is making moves to the south.

2014 Year in Review: Healthcare

We picked the veteran chief executive of Irvine-based Allergan Inc. as a the person to watch for a number of reasons, including the expectation of new products and his pick of a clear No. 2 executive in Douglas Ingram, Allergan’s president.

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Parker Hannifin Takes Stake in Irvine Manufacturer

Freedom Innovations LLC, an Irvine-based maker of prosthetic devices, has received a minority equity investment from diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin Corp.