Audrey Kemp

Staff Reporter

Email: kemp@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-664-5082 Extension: 254

Recent Stories

Masimo Partners With University Hospitals of Cleveland

Says Monitoring Devices Curb Nurse Burnouts

Over 80% of hospitals have reported an increase in nurse turnover during the pandemic and new technology may lighten the load

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Cove Fund, a seed-stage VC firm that has invested in over 40 Southern California startups, on Oct. 13 launched its third fund, Cove Fund III

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Pear Sports Seeks to Democratize Digital Health

Nieto’s Life Fitness boosts investment

More deals and partnerships expected as company stakes out its place in the fast-growing and increasingly competitive digital health and fitness space

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A Winning Contract

Avid Bioservices’ Corporate Refocus, Local Investments Paying Off

Avid Bioservices is entering the cell and gene therapy market with investment of nearly $75 million in a “world-class” manufacturing plant in Costa Mesa

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OC Cases Continue to Decline

Cases drop nearly 50% in two weeks

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Midday Stock Roundup

indie Semiconductor rises; Kaiser Aluminum Corp falls

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Revolve Group, Xponential Fitness soar

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Prospect streaming service announced "soft launch" on Oct. 5 before it goes live on the Google Play and Apple app stores in November

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Teva Pharma Suspends Irvine Production After FDA Probe

Recalls 2.5M Vials; Contamination Concerns

Plant shutdown brings recall for cancer medications, additional vials recalled that included medications to treat arthritis and schizophrenia

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Dental Device Maker Sonendo Files for IPO

Father-son duo tackle tooth decay

Primary focus is the commercialization of its GentleWave System, which transforms root canal therapy

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New Name, ‘Restart’ For enVVeno Medical

Rebranding for VenoValve maker

New name and a new ticker as enVVeno goes all in on the VenoValve product and the treatment of venous disease

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FDA to Make Final Ruling on Moderna Booster

Moderna booster shot recommended for adults over 65, high-risk young adults

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Midday Stock Roundup

Xponential, Avid Bioservices jump

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Providence Breaks Ground on Women’s Health Center

PMB Oversees 137K-SF Project

Helen Caloggero Women’s & Family Center expected to open in two years and will feature a wide range of services and amenities

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Landmark’s Brandon Kerns: Connecting to an ‘Amazing Mission’

HEALTHCARE: Oversaw $2.5B in year of COVID-19

Kerns has helped oversee the company’s 500% increase in revenue, a 700% increase in profit and an employee count that’s doubled to 1,800

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Cloud software services Caylent announced Sept. 27 the completion of a $16 million investment round led by private equity firm East Los Capital

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OC Cases Continue to Drop

Pfizer seeking FDA approval for vaccinations under age 12

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indexes jump; Boot Barn, Resource Connections, LandSea surge

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Irvine’s InBrace last month closed a $102 million Series D round co-led by venture capital firms Farallon Capital Management LLC and Marshall Wace

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Ivantis in Another Lawsuit, This Time With Sight Sciences

Reaches $60M Settlement With OC’s Glaukos

New lawsuit from Slight Sciences comes one day after Ivantis settled a three-year dispute with Glaukos Corp.

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OC Community College Enrollment Continues to Fall

EDUCATION: 10% decline follows 21% drop year ago

Falloff in the combined full and part-time enrollment was widespread as eight of the nine colleges reported declines, five topping 10%

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Chapman’s Business School Touts New ‘Analytics Accelerator’

Revamped Entrepreneurial Program; Learning From Failure

New programs at the Argyros School of Business and Economics started in 2020, and the newly revitalized entrepreneurship curriculum starts in 2022

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IEC Sees Enrollment Boost; Tops 20,000 Students

Aims to Make Trade School Cool; Offers Career Training Programs

Pandemic caused millions of workers in leisure and hospitality to lose their jobs resulting in higher enrollment for learning new skilled trades

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indie Semiconductor Inc. surges; Alignment Healthcare Inc. takes a plunge

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

iPill Dispenser closed a $1.5 million seed round led by Chicago’s OCA Ventures that will finance the firm’s relocation to Orange County next year

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CathWorks’ Coronary Imaging Product Makes Strides in Japan

Reimbursement OK, After Regulatory Approval

CathWorks announced the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare approved reimbursement for the company’s FFRangio System

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Interlink Electronics sinks; ClearPoint Neuro rises

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

UCI’s Beall Applied Innovation on Aug. 26 named Errol Arkilic as its new chief innovation officer and executive director

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Global Genes Launches Patient Identification Initiative

Serves Those With Central Nervous System Disorders

PIE4CNS initiative address gaps in rare CNS disease diagnosis and will prioritize finding patient populations for clinical research in gene therapy and other technologies to advance treatment

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Felgner’s Lifetime of Vaccine Work Put to Rapid Use

HEALTHCARE: UCI disease expert’s efforts applauded

Skeptics of the seemingly fast rollout of COVID-19 vaccines can take comfort in knowing the medical technology is actually 40 years in the making

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Midday Stock Roundup

XPonential Fitness rises; Willdan falls

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BioDuro-Sundia Brings Manufacturing to Irvine

Joins Dendreon, Avid Bioservices

BioDuro-Sundia plans for expansion into Orange County with a new facility in the Irvine Spectrum area with commercial service operations starting next year

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Edwards Lifesciences: $76B Device Maker Keeps Building

MEDICAL DEVICES: Expands Irvine campus; more to come

Edwards Lifesciences bounced back nicely from the pandemic, reporting increased sales and working on several clinical trials

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Nicolette, a startup launched at CHOC, opened a crowdfunding campaign with a $100,000 minimum last month

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Akumin Buys Alliance HealthCare, Creating MRI Powerhouse

$820M Including Debt; Longmore-Grund Co-CEO

Executives with Alliance are staying in leadership positions after Akumin Inc. finalized the $820 million purchase of Alliance earlier this month

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Midday Stock Roundup

Vizio soars; Avid Bioservices plummets

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UCI Finds Disparities in COVID Infections, Deaths

Report Says Poverty, Race Plays Key Role

Study concluded populations with higher household density, lower incomes, and less education were at higher risk

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McClain Cellars Harvests an Expanding Wine Operation

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Santa Ynez to Laguna Beach

McClain Cellars’ Coto de Caza location will be its first wine lounge and full restaurant; third OC location planned in Temecula

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Alpa Patel is combining her Irvine-based interior design studio Spaceez with new technology company 9th House by next January

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Sonic+, a mobile marketplace and delivery app, recently evolved from an e-grocer to a “super-app” after service expansion

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CSUF’s New Biz School Dean Aims for Innovation

EDUCATION: Sundaram seeks ‘life-changing’ impact

Sridhar Sundaram looks to emphasize academic innovation, high-impact research and strong connections to the business community in his new role at CSUF

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FDA Nod for Phase Scientific’s COVID Test

Bill Gates-Backed Firm Nears $40M Series A

Phase Scientific estimates $40 million in funds from institutional investors, plans to expand research into other infectious diseases

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Midday Stock Roundup

Indie Semiconductor Inc., Clean Energy Technologies Inc. rise

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Westcliff Unveils Prep Academy for Teen Entrepreneurs

EDUCATION: College credits; athletics program

A new preparatory academy is opening this fall in Irvine for future business leaders, tech execs, and, perhaps a few pro athletes

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Syntr Health Technologies announced Aug. 12 an oversubscribed $2.2 million seed investing round to accelerate sales of its patented, FDA-cleared SyntrFuge System

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Inari Treating Fewer COVID-19 Patients for Clots

Shares Drop 16% on News; Summer Vacations Plans

As fewer COVID-19 patients require medical devices for blood clots, Inari Medical experienced a setback on what should have been good news

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Midday Stock Roundup

GAN rises; Viant falls

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Gaming Co. Rally Cry Expands Air Force Partnership

Esports Hub for Military Counts 17.5K Members

Air Force Gaming program has launched a second-season expansion made possible by a sponsorship deal with the United Services Automobile Association

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UCI Nursing School Dean Takes Philosophical Approach

Mark Lazenby Assumes New Role in 2022

University of California, Irvine named Mark Lazenby dean of the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing effective Jan. 1, 2022

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Endologix Vascular Device Earns FDA Designation

120 Patients Will Test Aneurism-Sealing Tech

Endologix has been granted a Breakthrough Device Designation from the Food and Drug Administration to provide more effective treatment

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