Orange County Business Journal

Vita Reed covers healthcare, including health insurance, hospitals, medical devices and drug companies for the Orange County Business Journal. She can be reached at

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St. Joseph Health Signs Agreement with Providence

Irvine-based St. Joseph Health said today it signed a definitive agreement with Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health and Services.

Alphaeon Pays $59M for Device Maker

HEALTHCARE: Adds software firm on undisclosed terms

Alphaeon Corp. keeps on making deals.

OCTANe Plans Continued Support of LaunchPad Businesses

Will Expand Initiative To Connect Ideas, Investors

Panel discussions and business plan competitions weren’t the only agenda items on deck at the Medical Device & Investor Forum held this month by Aliso Viejo-based group OCTANe.

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ICU Medical Shutters Slovakia Plant

San Clemente-based ICU Medical Inc. will close its manufacturing plant in Vrable, Slovakia, and cut 265 jobs, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Alphaeon to Buy Laser Maker

Irvine-based Alphaeon Corp. said today that it would buy Lensar Inc. for up to $59 million.

Saunders Touts Innovation Amid Allergan-Pfizer Chatter

HEALTHCARE: Also talks up leadership on aesthetics

Brent Saunders, chief executive and architect of the “new” Allergan PLC, stayed on the go during a visit to Orange County earlier this month.

ICU Medical Looks to Increase Lucrative OEM Work

Manufacture of Parts For Others ‘Outperformed’

Making parts for other manufacturers is paying off for San Clemente-based ICU Medical Inc.

Irvine Front and Center for Allergan R&D

HEALTHCARE: Kybella seen as next ‘pipeline in a product’ for drugmaker

Allergan PLC’s operations in Irvine appear poised to remain front and center in the drugmaker’s research and development endeavors.

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Judge: Valeant, Ackman Must Face Insider Suit on Allergan

U.S. District Court Judge David Carter of Santa Ana has declined a request from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., led by Chief Executive Mike Pearson, and activist investor Bill Ackman to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of insider trading in shares of Allergan Inc.

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Bloomberg: Pfizer, Allergan See Saunders as CEO

Drug makers Allergan PLC and Pfizer Inc. are eyeing a plan to make current Allergan Chief Executive Brent Saunders head of a combined company if they reach a takeover deal, Bloomberg Business reported today, citing unnamed sources.

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