Orange County Business Journal


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Activists Urge St. Joseph-Providence Combo Scrutiny

Fear Possible Faith-Based Access Restrictions

Some advocacy groups are urging regulators not to waive a merger review of Irvine-based St. Joseph Health and Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health and Services’ proposed mega-affiliation.

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Federoff Permanent UCI Health CEO

University of California-Irvine today named Dr. Howard Federoff chief executive of UC Irvine Health.

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Device Maker Gets $38 Million

Irvine-based Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc. raised $38.5 million in Series B financing.

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OC Deals Hit $500M in Q4

Orange County entrepreneurs received more than $529 million in venture capital spread across 12 deals in the fourth quarter, said Dow Jones VentureSource.

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Avanir Names New Chief

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc., an Aliso Viejo-based drugmaker, said today that Rohan Palekar is its new chief executive.

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Device Maker Raises $27M

San Clemente-based VertiFlex Inc. has raised $26.8 million out of a proposed $45.7 million in funding, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Strathspey Crown Buys Nevada Firm’s Assets

Newport Beach-based Strathspey Crown Holdings LLC bought the portfolio companies of Incline Village, Nevada-based Novus Via LP on undisclosed terms.

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Mission Hospital CEO to Depart

Kenneth McFarland, chief executive of Mission Hospital, said today that he will leave to pursue other opportunities. McFarland’s departure is effective Feb. 5.

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CHOC Pays $44M for Orange Office

Children’s Hospital of Orange County has bought an eight-story medical and office building next to its main campus in Orange.

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Device Maker Ellipse in $410M Sale

Aliso Viejo-based medical device maker Ellipse Technologies Inc. will be sold to San Diego-based NuVasive Inc. in a deal worth up to $410 million.

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Care Facility Operator Names President

Irvine-based healthcare facilities operator Silverado named Shamim Wu president and chief operating officer, a new position.

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Kaiser to Launch Med School

Kaiser Permanente plans to open a medical school in Southern California.

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Edwards Invests in Baltimore Startup

Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in Irvine has invested in Harpoon Medical Inc., a Baltimore-based start-up company developing a “minimally invasive” product to surgically repair mitral valves in the heart.

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Alphaeon Names Two Board Members

Irvine-based Alphaeon Corp. has named former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and James Xiaodong Liu, chief executive of Hong Kong-based Sailing Capital Management to its board of directors.

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Ex-Allergan President Tapped by DC Drug Developer

Chase Pharmaceuticals Corp. said that it has appointed Douglas Ingram, a former president of Allergan Inc., which was based in Irvine, as its chief executive.