Audrey Kemp

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

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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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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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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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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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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Axonics rises; loanDepot falls

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Panhwar Jet Takes Flight With Wind-Powered Planes

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: $10M Series A; local VC backers

Orange County’s emerging base of electric vehicle companies is now looking skyward

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UCI Makes Strides With New Developments

Samuelis College Advances; Ground Work Along Jamboree

UCI hits new milestone for development of new 9-acre healthcare-focused college that is expected to open in 2023

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STAAR Surgical jumps 20% after Q2 tops estimates

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