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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UCI, Harvard Renew Partnership

University of California- Irvine said today it and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute will receive up to $6.7 million in renewed federal funding to help improve patient safety in healthcare settings.

Ex-Allergan Chief Offers Another View of Valeant

HEALTHCARE: Pyott says it should’ve pursued more buys itself

David Pyott says he would have done a few things differently leading up to his ultimately successful attempt to beat back a hostile takeover attempt of Allergan Inc. about two years ago.

Innovator on New Path With Nitroglycerine Drugmaker

Pham Intends to Maximize Value of Tried Treatments

Pharmaceutical entrepreneur Quang X. Pham, who made his name at Orange County-based startups in the 2000s, is back on the scene with a new company, Espero Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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NB Biotech Gets $7.5M

Newport Beach-based Blueprint Bio Inc. has received $7.5 million in Series A funding.

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AG Grants Conditional Consent to Providence-St. Joseph Combination

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has conditionally consented to Irvine-based St. Joseph Health’s proposed affiliation with Providence Health and Services.

Stem Cell Therapies Firm Founder Terms It Distinct

Uses Cell Secretions, Bypassing Hurdles

Irvine-based AiVita Biomedical Inc., the latest creation of local stem cell entrepreneur Hans Keirstead, is working to set itself apart from other companies in the field that have struggled.

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Rehab Hospital Opens in Aliso Viejo

AAC Holdings Inc. said today it opened Laguna Treatment Hospital in Aliso Viejo.

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Terumo Buys Aliso Device Maker

Aliso Viejo-based Sequent Medical Inc. has been acquired for $280 million by Japan’s Terumo Corp.

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.

Keirstead Buys Back In on Stem Cells

Orange County stem cell entrepreneur Hans Keirstead refers to his newly established biotechnology company as a “startup with mature assets.”

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