Coronavirus, Coworking, Consolidation

Some Retrench; Others Plot Future GrowthThe coronavirus pandemic’s long-term effect on the area’s office market—be it rents, vacancy rates, or building design and operations—remains to be seen.

Building a Culture

C.W. Driver’s Top Project: Prioritizing Employees

C.W. Driver Chief Executive Dana Roberts has just wrapped the first half of a corporate retreat, 2020 style.

Ivantis Keeps Eyes on Well-Being of Employees, Patients

DEVICES: $26M in first full-year sales

Irvine-based ophthalmologic device maker Ivantis Inc. has witnessed what its chief executive is calling one of the most successful U.S. medical device product launches in 20 years.

Communication Key to Mavenlink’s Culture, Growth

SOFTWARE: 2020 focus on workers’ health

Ask chief executive Ray Grainger one key to software company Mavenlink’s success, and he’ll tell you it’s having transparent communication about everything, including the wins, the losses and key financial measures.

UCI Recruits Global, Entrepreneurial-Minded Scholar

Williamson to Lead Merage Business School

The UCI Paul Merage School of Business traversed the Pacific Ocean to find its incoming dean: Ian Williamson, the pro-vice chancellor and dean of the business school at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Brandman Introduces Geo Info System Certificates

TECHNOLOGY: Offers training on ESRI platform

Brandman University, which is geared towards working adults, is unveiling several data analytics certificates this fall to meet the needs of businesses.

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Enrollment Mixed for Local MBA Programs

UCI, Chapman Up; Drop for Online-Only

Business schools serving Orange County are seeing mixed signs this year.

OC Community Colleges See 21% Enrollment Dip

Most Districts Commit To An Online Year of Learning

Student enrollment is down nationally nearly 2% for associate, undergraduate and graduate programs across the country because of the pandemic, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Winning Execs Don’t Rest on Their Laurels

$1B Cancer Center Underway; Military Wins; Spanish Drug Investment

Orange County’s business community last year celebrated the Business Journal’s 25th annual Women in Business Awards luncheon at the Hotel Irvine, where Aston Martin Americas President Laura Schwab delivered the keynote address. The winners, selected from 200 nominees, have not been resting on their laurels, even in the era of the coronavirus. Here are updates on what the five winners have been doing.

PE-Backed BioDot Finds Calling in Eventful 2020

DIAGNOSTICS: Irvine dispensing manufacturer plots growth

Ready to grow

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Digital Health’s Time to Dominate

INNOVATION: UCI sees future in medical devices

UCI Health, Orange County’s only academic health system, continues to invest in what it believes to be the future of healthcare: digital tools and medical devices.

Device Makers Grow 5%, Generate 1,000 Local Jobs

INNOVATION: Edwards continues expansion plans

OC’s top medical device makers continue to power a growing workforce in Orange County.

Allergan’s Local Base Continues to Shrink

DRUGMAKERS: Urovant sees largest job boost

2020 has been a year of realignment and redirection for a number of Orange County’s largest drugmakers.

Mercury Finds Unofficial Home in Brea

Insurance Giant Employs 1,600 in Orange County

Mercury General Corp. (NYSE: MCY) is an insurance holding company headquartered in Los Angeles where about 100 work at its 41,000-square-foot facility.

Gallagher Grows OC Sales 60% to $55.5M

OC Exec Bialik Cites M&A, Sales Hires

The Irvine office of Gallagher was the fastest grower on the Business Journal’s annual list of insurance brokers in this week’s issue (see list, page 25).

Orange County Insurance Brokers Report 10% Sales Growth

Revenue Increases; 2.8% Local Support Staff Dip

Orange County’s largest insurance brokers as a group saw their revenue grow 10% in 2019, up from 12% in 2018.