DRUGS: Eye-focused firm sees global interest
Japan backer; UCI connections
EDUCATION: Mix of virtual, in-person classes
Summer’s coming; with fall semester to follow
John Tu helped build OC’s largest private company. Now he’s funding a device maker to fight the spread of COVID-19.
John Tu is coming off a standout year at computer memory company Kingston Technology Corp., with record-breaking sales pushing the Fountain Valley maker of flash memory products, gaming equipment and other computer-related memory products to the top spot among Orange County’s largest private companies.
APPAREL: OC’s heritage luxury house’s new focus: face shields
Eran Cohen already had his work cut out for him assuming the top spot two years ago at Irvine luxury house St. John Knits International Inc. He’s spent that time steering the nearly 60-year-old brand—known globally for its line of sophisticated knitwear sold at specialty, high-end retailers—through a corporate reinvention.
DEVICES: Shares surge on first day; $1.9B valuation
Irvine-based Inari Medical Inc., a commercial-stage medical device company whose products treat patients suffering from blood clots and other diseases affecting veins, says the impacts of COVID-19 have disrupted its local operations, but it didn’t scuttle its plans to go public.