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Cosmetics Maker Stretches to New Zealand

Arbonne International LLC in Irvine said it expanded its skincare, cosmetics and nutrition business to New Zealand as “a natural extension of our growth and success with Arbonne Australia,” Chief Executive Kay Zanotti said in a statement.

$81M Defense Contract to Manufacturer

Irvine-based N2 Imaging Systems LLC was awarded a five-year, $81 million Defense Department contract to develop and manufacture sniper scopes.

New OC Company Developing Cannabis-Based Drug

Compound Could Treat Chemo-Induced Pain

Douglas Ingram’s drug development work encompasses more than just Alzheimer’s disease, which his Irvine-based Chase Pharmaceutical Corp. focuses on.

Volcom’s New Ambassador Pick Stirs Brand’s Fans

Mick Jagger’s Daughter Considered Weak Choice

Volcom LLC, looking to shed its surf-only brand image, hired Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall to be the Costa Mesa-based footwear and apparel manufacturer’s new global brand ambassador.

Brunt of Western Digital Cuts Come in Silicon Valley

SanDisk, HGST to Bring About $1B in Savings

Western Digital Corp.’s massive integration of SanDisk Corp. and HGST already has led to more than 500 job cuts in the past month, and more are expected.

Slyde Handboards Gears Up for Summer Sales Tour

‘Shark Tank’ Investment, Beach Cleanup Lift Brand

A startup that created a brand of handboards, a one-handed surfboard that straps to a surfer’s hand for bodysurfing, started its summer tour over Memorial Day weekend.

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Cylance Raises $100M

Irvine-based security software maker Cylance Inc. has raised $100 million in a Series D funding round led by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Insight Venture Partners.

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Arbonne Stretches to New Zealand

Arbonne International LLC in Irvine said it expanded its skincare, cosmetics and nutrition business into New Zealand.

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Sniper Scope Maker in $81M Contract

Irvine-based N2 Imaging Systems LLC has been awarded a five-year, $81 million Defense Department contract to develop and manufacture sniper scopes.

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Blizzard-Facebook Tie-In

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. today announced a partnership with Facebook Inc. that aims to connect millions of gamers while boosting content on the world’s largest social network.

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Automaker’s Research Indicates NBA Ties Lift Brand

Kia Motors America Inc. is playing some impressive moves on the sponsorship court.

Allergan Vet Brings Pharma Startup to OC

HEALTHCARE: Keys on talent pool fostered by former employer

Drug development startup Chase Pharmaceuticals Corp. is now being led from Irvine with a familiar face at the helm—Chief Executive Douglas Ingram, a former president of Allergan Inc.

Palace Boss Adds Top Job at Parent Company in Spain

HOSPITALITY: Move came as Parques Reunidos prepped IPO

Palace Entertainment Holdings LLC President and Chief Executive Fernando Eiroa has taken on chief executive duties at its parent company.

Stance Socks Get Spot in MLB Lineup

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. now provides the official Major League Baseball sock.

PE Firm Sells Electronics Supplier

Newport Beach-based Windjammer Capital Investors, one of Orange County’s long-standing private equity firms, sold Irvine-based electronics components supplier Infinite RF Holdings Inc. on undisclosed terms to San Francisco-based private equity firm Genstar Capital.