Jessie Yount

Startups Reporter

Email: yount@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 224

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Dental Device Developer Setting Up HQ in OC

MEDTECH: $30M Series A; could hire up to 200 locally

Mavrik Dental Systems Ltd., a developer of an automated teeth whitening device with a new chief executive, a $30 million funding deal announced in April, and an ambitious growth plan that looks to take advantage of changing dental practices amid COVID-19, plans to set up operations in North Orange County ahead of its first product launch this fall.

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MyShoperoo in Aliso Viejo has unveiled a weekly shopping service for residents of all 34 OC cities.

Biotech jCyte Inks $252M Licensing Deal

DRUGS: Eye-focused firm sees global interest

Japan backer; UCI connections

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OC’s Top Universities To Reopen in Stages

EDUCATION: Mix of virtual, in-person classes

Summer’s coming; with fall semester to follow

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Newport Beach’s credit sharing fintech Float has launched a marketplace that aims to provide users access to flexible personal loan products, such as student loan refinancing and debt consolidation offerings.

New UCI Biz School Dean Brings International Experience

Innovation, fundraising among roles; Spangenberg to teach

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Lumitron: Building the X-ray of the Future

INNOVATION: Laser-based firm lands in Irvine, raises $34M to fight cancer

125-year-old technology gets a boost

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Irvine-based diagnostics and genome testing firm Breakthrough Genomics Inc. is tracking genes and genetic mutations that may impact persons’ susceptibility and resistance to the effects of COVID-19.

VC’s View: OC Ophthalmology Strong

INNOVATION: $85M invested, more to come

Good eyes

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AtaCor Medical Raises $25M, Seeks ’21 Approvals

DEVICES: Funds flow for heart pacing system

San Clemente’s AtaCor Medical Inc. has completed the largest reported funding deal of an Orange County medical device maker since COVID-19 restrictions went into place domestically.

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Nimble, a maker of environmentally friendly mobile phone accessories, is boosting its retail presence through a partnership with Verizon Wireless.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Koa Accel, an Irvine-based medtech accelerator, has launched a new portfolio company with an initial seed investment to tackle COVID-19 testing needs.

Kareo Sees 10% Infection Rate Among OC Workers

HEALTHCARE: Software CEO shares need for analytics, testing

One company tests, responds

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AtaCor Medical Closes On $25M

Seeking approval for pacing system

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Software Maker Will Help on Loans

Restaurant365 sets lending aid to SBA funds

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

The Innovation Institute, a La Palma-based incubator with a Newport Beach lab owned by five nonprofit health systems, is springing into action to solve COVID-19 challenges.

CSUF’s Fall Term Virtual

Semester will begin online

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CSUF: $18.4M in Coronavirus Refunds

Refunds, housing, parking, bookstore, food

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OC Unis Get $120M Coronavirus Aid

CARES Act; $48M for community colleges

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Just Food for Dogs: Orders Off the Leash

RETAIL: Hiring, production up; 400% e-commerce boost

6M meals a month

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Tech Coast Angels: Open for Business

INNOVATION: New Prez Friedman aims to scale

The Orange County chapter of the Tech Coast Angels, the area’s largest network of investors in early-stage companies, has named David Friedman president for a two-year period.

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Teledentistry upstart Denteractive Solutions Inc. of Newport Beach, which allows patients to communicate with dentists via text or video, is offering its platform free to dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC System: $558M in COVID-19 Costs

Irvine impact unknown; $1B endowment

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Chapman Coronavirus Refunds: $13.5M

Endowment is $400M

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AAA Returning $125M in Premiums

Free roadside help to first responders, health workers

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Medtronic Buys Device Maker

Cove-based, investor-backed, vascular focus

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UCI Pools Resources For COVID-19 Efforts

INNOVATION: Finds partners for test kits, therapies, ventilators

The reach of a research uni

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FDA-cleared at-home urinary tract infection test kit maker Scanwell Health Inc., founded in Anaheim, is working with Lemonaid Health in San Francisco to develop an at-home test for the coronavirus.

Restaurant365’s 180-Degree Turn

Software Firm Serving Savings to Restaurants Puts Pause on Growth; Relief Efforts in Works

Software maker cuts jobs, foregoes funding

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Chapman 3D Prints, Donates Face Shields

Local partner; more than 1,000 shipped

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COVID-19 Work at Celluma Device Maker

BioPhotas agile; plans face shields

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Friedman to President at OC Tech Coast Angels

Two-year term; Semaan to council

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UC $2M Will Back COVID-19 Research

Grants up to $25K for ‘actionable’ proposals

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Software Firm Helps Train Hospitals on Ventilator Use

INNOVATION: 3D manuals used; Vyaire partnership

Irvine-based software firm Smudge Laboratories Inc. has a new focus to help hospitals workers during the COVID-19 crisis, using its 3D modeling technology to create interactive user manuals for ventilators.

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UCI Law Ups Pro Bono Work

COVID-19 help for immigrants, homeless, seniors

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No COVID-19 Layoffs at UCI

Nearly 25,000 ensured pay through June

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UCI Health Promotes Lefteris to CEO

Former COO replaces Gannotta

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Spring Commencements Canceled

Universities won’t hold grad walks

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Software Maker Brakes

Cuts staff, delays funding round

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OCCF: $2M in 10 Days

Multi-group, multi-avenue COVID-19 effort

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STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Shipping and logistics platform and tech firm FreightPop in Lake Forest said it’s seeing increased interest for its cloud-based software amid supply chain uncertainty due to the pandemic.

Hypergrowth

Sports recovery products firm Hyperice was already one of OC’s fastest growers. Then it made its largest acquisition.

At-home workout? Here's your recovery

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Cocoon Medical, a Barcelona, Spain-based medical aesthetics company that makes laser hair removal and body shaping products, is introducing its diode laser platform to the U.S. market through a hub in Tustin.

Firms Grow: New Players, Practices; OC M&A

Orrick, McCune, Crowell, Troutman, K&L Ramp It

Several law firms with OC presences are growing their area operations noticeably—by different metrics and in varied ways.

STARTUPS & INNOVATIONS

Irvine-based Stem Audio has created a line of new audio products for conference rooms.

CSUF Kicks Off $200M Campaign

EDUCATION: Seeks capital to boost sciences, arts, biz

2025 target

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Simon and Sun Foundations Join Forces

EDUCATION: $1.75M pledged; 190 scholarships offered annually

The families of two of Orange County more prominent business executives and philanthropists are joining together, to advance educational opportunities and the well-being of the area’s underserved communities.

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Irvine-based telecommunications firm Shoelace Wireless is working with Facebook Connectivity and others to improve cellular network capacity and coverage as part of the Wi-Fi group of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).

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Cicero Diagnostics Inc. in Huntington Beach recently received a $1 million Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Fast Track grant from the National Institutes of Health.

George Mason Taps UCI Engineering Dean

New president to lead tech ed growth

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