OCBJ SPECIAL REPORTS

Startup Tenants: From Garages to Bank Vaults

As it turns out, garages are no longer the standard office set up for startups.

GC 2018 Winners Witness Big Deals, Executive Changes

Firms See Growth, New Faces

From watching companies make executive changes to property deals in the hundreds of millions of dollars to unloading noncore businesses, it’s been quite a year for the 2018 Business Journal winners of the ninth annual General Counsel Awards. Here’s a review of some of the major actions by companies that employed our winners from last November.

UCI’s $2B Campaign: Quiet No More

EDUCATION: Seeks donations to fund health, tech, museum

The University of California-Irvine wants to raise $2 billion by 2024—the largest-ever fundraising campaign in the history of Orange County.

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Chapman Looks to Expand Enrollment

EDUCATION: STEM, housing, research plans

Chapman University is preparing for growth, and the Orange-based school is optimistic that the city of Orange will support its plans to expand.

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Spring Road Trip For Western State

Westcliff Adds, Moving Law School

Orange County’s oldest law school, Western State College of Law, is on track to get a new base of operations and a new lease on life.

UCI Applies Machine Learning To Predict Wildfire Sizes

Have Already Helped Forecast Extent of Blazes in Alaska

University of California-Irvine scientists will be exploring ways to use machine learning to predict the spread of California’s wildfires once they’ve ignited.

CSUF’s 20-Year Plan

More students; $175M Campaign

California State University-Fullerton is the biggest campus in the Cal State system. It wants to get bigger.

MBAs Reflect National Trends: Fresh Choices Rule

Brandman Enrollment Up, Nabs Corporate Partners

Traditional MBAs are in decline across the country.

Community Colleges: Enrollment Mixed, More Grads

Institutions Get Grants, Join With Groups on New Work

Local community colleges saw full- and part-time enrollment drop this year, by 0.6% and 3.5% respectively, for an overall decline of 2.6%.

Broker, Insurance in His Blood, Builds New Company

McIntosh Helps San Diego Agency Expand in OC

Tony McIntosh sells insurance, just like his brother, father, grandfather, and uncles. “I was born into insurance,” McIntosh told the Business Journal.

Unlocking Cancer Coverage

Lab Co-Op Tests Get Insurance OK

Genomic Testing Cooperative added insurance approval for two cancer tests, a move it said will cut medical costs and boost care.

Local Insurance Brokers Report 12% Increase in Sales

Epic, Marsh Risk, Burnham Lead Growth

Orange County’s largest insurance brokers as a group saw their revenue grow 12% last year, up from a 6.3% jump in 2017. The 23 biggest brokers with headquarters or significant operations here combined for more than $782 million worth of policies.

Fertility Upscale, Confidential at Newport Beach Eden

Operator’s Second Site In OC Officially Opens

It isn’t easy to find the entrance to Eden Fertility Management’s second OC office along Birch Street in Newport Beach.

Can Quantum Physics Help Lessen People’s Pain?

Pushing ‘Alternative Medicine’ Envelope

Say words like “quantum physics” or “alternative medicine” and some very visible things start to happen.

Edwards Lifesciences Leads Device Maker List

22% of Workers at 26 Cos. Employed by Edwards

It’s a shorter list this year. Don’t tell Edwards Lifesciences Corp. Orange County’s largest public company (NYSE: EW) by market cap—at $45 billion last week—is also its biggest medical device maker by a wide margin.

OC Drugmakers: Short List, Big Dollars, New Ideas

Local Employment 19% Up to More Than 2,800

To be shortlisted is a good thing. So, too, with Orange County drugmakers. This year’s edition of the annual list ranks 10 companies by employee count topped by Allergan PLC in Irvine, with more than 1,300 workers and some seven decades of work in the county.

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