A. Leigh Corbett

Staff Reporter

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Recent Stories

Hyperice Products Offered at Luxe Spa

Four Seasons Offers ‘Contactless’ Massages

Irvine-based Hyperice Inc., which makes sports recovery tools for athletes and weekend warriors alike, said Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will be using its massage products at several of its spas.

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City of Hope OC Adds Ops, Philanthropy Execs

Taps Zeiber to Fundraise, Austin to Oversee New Campus

City of Hope Orange County has hired Larry Zeiber as vice president of philanthropy and Wendy Austin as senior vice president of operations.

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Biomerica Submits Test To Fight Coronavirus

Seeks Fast FDA OK For Serology Analysis

Irvine-based Biomerica Inc. has submitted its ELISA lab-based serology blood test to the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), making it the third type of coronavirus diagnostic for the company.

Midday Stock Roundup

STAAR Surgical Company leapt 9% to $60 a share and Veritone Inc., surged 8% to $18.21 a share (click to read more).

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Avid Bioservices Names New CEO

Tustin-based Avid Bioservices inc. (Nasdaq: CDMO) appointed Nicholas Green as its new chief executive officer effective, July 30th.

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Urovant Makes Exec Team, Board Additions

Drugmaker Taps Ex- Allergan CFO Hindman

Irvine-based Urovant Sciences Ltd., a maker of overactive bladder medication, appointed Walt Johnston to the role of senior VP of commercial, while electing James Hindman to its board of directors.

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Ambry Genetics Parent Buys Backpack Health

Personal Health Data Can Be Saved, Shared by Doctors

Konica Minolta Precision Medicine Inc., the Aliso Viejo-based healthcare unit of Tokyo’s industrial imaging product giant Konica Minolta Inc., has added another company’s technology to its portfolio.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Veritone, Inc. rose a massive 16% and Alteryx Inc., (NYSE: AYX) moved up 6.4% (read more)

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Edwards’ Real Estate Shopping for May Tops $22M

Local Building Buys; China Valve System OK

Add another Irvine building to the growing real estate portfolio of Edwards Lifesciences Corp.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Markets dropped over new concerns about coronavirus spikes, a trend that affected OC-based restaurant and retail chains (click to read more).

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Providence SoCal CEO Surprised by Hoag Lawsuit

HEALTHCARE: Wexler says too many putting off care

Dispute moves to court

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Biolase’s Ventilator Pivot Short-Lived

Company Says Product Now Oversupplied

Good news pertaining to the supply of ventilators in the U.S. has put Biolase Inc.’s plans for a corporate pivot on hold for now.

Midday Stock Roundup

Emerald Holdings, Inc. soared 17.8% while Veritone Inc., (Nasdaq: VERI) rose 9.8% after a report citing increased demand for AI (click to read more).

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Glidewell Dental Adapts Biz for New Reality

Local Job Cuts, Digital Options for Customers

Glidewell Laboratories, one of Orange County’s largest medical device companies, is, like the dental industry it serves, feeling the hit of the coronavirus to its operations.

Midday Stock Roundup

Masimo in Philips deal

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UCI’s Coronavirus Trial Enters Next Phase of Testing

Initial Results Show Success Over Placebo

Orange’s UCI Medical Center, the first academic medical institution in Southern California to start a trial to test the effectiveness of Gilead Science Inc.’s remdesivir on the coronavirus, has concluded Phase 1, saying the drug demonstrated success over a placebo control group in a double-blind trial run.

Midday Stock Roundup

TPH up; BOOT, TTMI down (read more)

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Axonics Modulation Beats Street, Raises $130M

Q1 Revenue Easily Tops Consensus

Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AXNX), the Irvine-based maker of devices to help control bladders, has had a busy month.

Hospitals Reopening for Non-COVID-19 Work

HEALTHCARE: Surge of coronavirus cases avoided

Orange County’s hospitals are returning to normal, in phases, as a feared surge of coronavirus patients has not occurred.

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WytCote Aides CHOC With Antibody Testing

Month-Long Study Tracking 250 Employees

Irvine-based WytCote Technologies, a provider of healthcare-focused monitoring technologies, has gone from monitoring baby boomers to helping babies as it moves forward with its COVID-19 antibody test in a partnership with CHOC Children’s.

Midday Stock Roundup

Evolus down on analyst move

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Axonics Offering: $130M

Device maker goes to well to sell product

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Midday Stock Roundup

Sunstone lit up 6.6% while Alteryrx sank 5.2% (read more)

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Hoag Seeks to Sever Providence Ties

Wants split from Wash.-based oversight

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Masimo Demonstrates Readiness for ‘Moment in History’

DEVICES: Most successful product rollout ever

If ever there was a case study of a company having the right products at the right time, medical device maker Masimo Corp. could be the subject.

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Demand Explodes for Mercedes of Masks

MaxAir Makers Putting ‘Everything on Table’

Irvine-based Bio-Medical Devices International, which is better known by its flagship product and alias MaxAir Systems, has “significantly ramped up” production to manage a surge in its facemask products and related breathing components to deal with the coronavirus.

KPC Health to Reopen 4 OC Hospitals

System expects uptick in general care

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Respiratory Device Reuse for Coronavirus

Newport Beach maker offers guidelines

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MemorialCare Drive Thru Tests at Closed Hospital

Coronavirus help in San Clemente

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UCI Health a Gilead Site for COVID-19 Drug Trials

Drug outlook praised by Fauci

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Midday Stock Roundup

Ensign Group, Kaiser Aluminum decline

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Masimo Grows

Device maker revenue, shares up

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BioDot Acquired By PE Firm Artemis Capital

Provides Components For 15-Minute CV Tests

BioDot Inc., an Irvine-based medical device maker involved in testing for the corona-virus, was acquired March 27 for an undisclosed amount by Boston-based Artemis Capital Partners.

Axonics Modulation Device Gets FDA Approval

Says Battery Won’t Degrade Over 15 Years

Irvine-based Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AXNX) has been granted Food and Drug Administration approval for its device for overactive bladders.

Biolase $3M Loan in Flux

Public status could prevent SBA funding

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Midday Stock Roundup

Stocks tick higher; BOOT, EW (read more)

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Evolus Cuts Staff 40%, Exec Pay

$100M cash on hand; product delay

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Avita Encouraged by Brain Cancer Trial

Raising Funds During Coronavirus

Irvine-based Aivita Biomedical Inc. said it’s “encouraged” by survival results from its Phase 2 clinical trials for glioblastoma brain cancer, which uses stem cell therapies.

Urovant Names Robinson to Top Post

Board Director Replaces Founding CEO

Urovant Sciences Ltd. (Nasdaq: UROV) has named board member James Robinson chief executive, replacing founding CEO Keith Katkin, who will remain an adviser to Urovant.

Midday Stock Roundup

Healthcare up; auto finance way up

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Antibody Test Maker Biomerica Reports

Blood assay could help show immunity

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Biomerica Stock Surges On Antibody Tests

HEALTHCARE: Promises results in 10 minutes

Diagnostic products maker shares triple

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FDA OK to Clean N95 Masks

3 to 4 million a day in U.S.

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OncoCyte, New to OC, Looks to Sell $25M in Shares For Commercialization Efforts

Will Use Funds For Lung Cancer Test

OncoCyte Corp. (NYSE: OCX), the Irvine-based designer of a lung cancer test, disclosed in late March that it may sell up to $25 million in shares to fund ongoing operations.

Aivita Drug Trials Show Promise

Treatment uses patients’ own cells

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Midday Stock Roundup

LOCO, AYX, BANC all rise

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Healthpeak: Second Coronavirus Ops Update

Senior housing likely decline post-virus

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Tiny Biotech Licenses COVID-19 IP

Working with China co. tech on test kits

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JSerra Students Sew Masks

Ice skating leads to gifting

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CHOC Appoints First Chief Scientific Officer

Sanger Aims to Get Latest Treatment Possible

CHOC Children’s in Orange named Terence “Terry” Sanger its first chief scientific officer.