As it turns out, garages are no longer the standard office set up for startups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More students; $175M Campaign
California State University-Fullerton is the biggest campus in the Cal State system. It wants to get bigger.
Brandman Enrollment Up, Nabs Corporate Partners
Traditional MBAs are in decline across the country.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pushing ‘Alternative Medicine’ Envelope
Say words like “quantum physics” or “alternative medicine” and some very visible things start to happen.
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.
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.