A. Leigh Corbett

Staff Reporter

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Recent Stories

PE Firm Buys Med Device Maker

Irvine-based Aspen Medical Products sold to New York-based private equity firm Cortec Group on undisclosed terms.

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Allegro Eye Trials Show Positive Results

Novel Treatment Method Receives Clinical Praise

San Juan Capistrano-based Allegro Ophthalmics LLC is a privately held company looking to be the next big thing in the treatment of eye disease, with several drugs in clinical trial phases.

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Chao Center Event Raises $620,000 to Fight Cancer

3rd Annual Race Held At UCI

UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center held its third annual “Anti-Cancer Challenge” last month, raising $620,000 for cancer research.

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Aspen Medical Products Gets New Owner

PE Cortec Buys Brace Maker from Irvine

Irvine-based Aspen Medical Products, a maker of braces for those with back, neck and spine issues, has a new owner.

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Christ Cathedral Wraps Up Renovations

DESIGN: From Crystal Cathedral to Catholic home

Orange County’s most iconic house of worship has designs on becoming one of the most famous structures in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.1% to 2,990.92 in midday trading.

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Weedmaps New CEO Searching for Employees

SERVICES: Popular website has 50+ jobs

Weedmaps, which calls itself “the most widely used medical and recreational marijuana dispensary locator in the industry,” is searching for a few good employees.

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Avid Bioservices Soars After Tumultuous Period

HEALTHCARE: Shares rise 40% after Q4 report

It turns out the reports of Avid Bioservices Inc.’s demise were an exaggeration.

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Blind Brothers Start Clothing Company

Brothers Bryan and Bradford Manning were each 7 years old when they were separately diagnosed with a disease that would eventually make them blind.

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Eye Experts Meet at OCTANe Event

OC’s Hottest Industry Examines New Startups

Networking group OCTANe hosted its annual meeting for one of Orange County’s hottest industries: ophthalmology.

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Irvine’s Cryoport In Expansion Mode

Raises $59.8 Million In Stock Offering

High-flying Cryoport Inc. (Nasdaq: CYRX) has plans to expand its distribution—of which it is the largest transporter of biologically sensitive products—and hire new employees to do it.

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Edwards Lifesciences Likes Medicare TAVR Rulings

Government Streamlines Rules For Costly Procedure

Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NYSE: EW) said that it’s encouraged by recent streamlining of rules by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the life-changing transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, procedure for aortic stenosis.

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Masimo’s SedLine Used in Baby Study

EEG Device Monitored Infant Surgeries

Irvine-based Masimo Corp., which makes patient monitoring devices, said a study found one of its products effectively monitored babies and toddlers undergoing surgeries.

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Retail Security Experts Discuss Theft, Phishing

Tilly’s Tech Chief Says Employee Education Key

More than 2,500 retail security executives gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center last month for the National Retail Federation’s annual NRF Protect conference, which included a keynote from Judy Smith, president of Smith & Co., whose crisis management work inspired the ABC series “Scandal.”

Axonics Device Gets FDA Nod in MRI Use

Stock Price on Tear; Value Now Tops $1B

Irvine-based medical device maker Axonics Modulation Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AXNX) saw its market value top $1 billion in late June, after the FDA said it was safe for trial patients using its products to get full-body MRIs.

TAVR Maker JenaValve Reports More Funding

Almost $15M Raised; CEO Change This Year

Irvine-based JenaValve Technology Inc., which develops, manufactures, and markets transcatheter aortic heart valves and delivery systems, has raised $14.5 million in funding, regulatory filings indicate.

Eitan Group Sets Up Shop in Aliso Viejo

IV Infusion Treats Pain, Cancer, More

Israel-based Eitan Group, a provider of infusion therapy products designed to treat pain management using IVs and other methods, has opened a new U.S. headquarters office in Aliso Viejo.

Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 increased 0.5% to 2,928 while the Dow Jones industrial average rose 0.2% to 26,588 at midday trading; Nasdaq jumped 0.7% to 7,967.34

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Millennial Focus for Concierge Key Health

INNOVATION: Health FastPass gets reworked

Newport Beach’s Concierge Key Health, one of Orange County’s closely watched healthcare-related startups, has named its third chief executive in less than a year, while also making a change-up in its target demographic.

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Biotech Company Seeks Korean IPO

FINANCE: $100M for Cancer-Fighter PeproMene

Irvine-based PeproMene Bio Inc., a biotechnology company with a blood cancer treatment that has deep ties to Duarte’s City of Hope National Medical Center, is looking to become Orange County’s next big healthcare company to go public.

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Hoag Hits TAVR Procedure Milestone

Device a ‘Game Changer’ For Heart Surgery

Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach recently hit a notable milestone in the realm of cardiothoracic surgery—its 500th procedure using transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, which is a non-invasive alternative to open-heart surgery.

Glaukos Sees Bright 2019 After Record ’18

Study Shows 97% Reduction In Intraocular Pressure

San Clemente-based iStent maker Glaukos Corp. (NYSE: GKOS) was a breakout star in Orange County’s healthcare industry last year, thanks to sales growth, expansion plans for its local operations, and a more than billion-dollar boost to its market value after a competitor flameout.

Orthopedic Institute Opens Clinic in Tustin

Hoag-Physician Venture Located at Tustin Legacy

Hoag Orthopedic Institute is on an expansion push.

Evolus Says Europe Seeking More Data

Decision Delayed For Europe’s Version of Jeuveau

Newport Beach-based Evolus Inc. (Nasdaq: EOLS) said the European Commission is taking longer than expected to reach a decision on marketing approval for Nuceiva, its European version of the competitor to Allergan’s Botox.

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A Love for Plastic Surgery

Niccole Aims to Make People Feel Fabulous

Dr. Michael Niccole is happiest when he does a surgery to improve a person’s looks.

Moms OC’s CEO To CalOptima Board

Pimentel Runs OC’s No. 59 Nonprofit

Chief Executive Pamela Pimentel at Moms Orange County was named to the advisory board of CalOptima, a public health insurance program for low-income individuals.

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UCI Study Shows Promise in MS Battle

Stem Cells Used For Nanotech Treatment

UCI researchers said they successfully used a nanotechnology treatment derived from bone marrow stem cells to reverse multiple sclerosis symptoms in mice.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 is up 0.4% to 2,890.27 in midday trading.

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Applied Innovation Showcases Advances, Entrepreneurs

Event Follows New Beall Family Donation

Elliot Botvinick, Ph.D., a University of California-Irvine professor who is involved in two startups, took home the prize of Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year at UCI’s Applied Innovation’s second annual award ceremony on May 29.

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Cryoport’s Hot on Acquisitions

$20.5M Cash Buy of Cryogene

Cryoport Inc. (Nasdaq: CYRX), a provider of cold-chain logistics services for the biopharmaceutical industry, is a hot stock.

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Avid Aims for Rebound After CEO Departure

New Analyst Sets $5 Price Target

Tustin-based Avid Bioservices Inc. (Nasdaq: CDMO), a pharmaceutical contract manufacturer that’s seen its share of change the past year, might be returning to the light as its stock gains traction, and the attention of a new analyst.

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Midday Stock Report

The S&P 500 rose 0.2% to 2,833.79 in midday trading.

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AR Glasses Pass Trial

Eyedaptic Tied to UCI Herbert Institute

Ophthalmology software startup Eyedaptic Inc. in Laguna Beach said it has completed a successful clinical trial for its augmented reality glasses, which are designed to improve quality of life for those suffering from macular degeneration—nearly 150 million people worldwide.

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Sleep Apnea Device Maker Fresca Links to App Firm

Fresca Aims to Bring To Market in 2020

Doctors will tell you that looking at your smartphone before going to bed is a bad move if you want a good night’s sleep.

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