Vita Reed

Vita Reed covers healthcare, including health insurance, hospitals, medical devices and drug companies for the Orange County Business Journal. She can be reached at

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Recent Stories

Aerie Rises on Latest Signs of Progress for 2 Drugs

Shares Up Sharply; Market Cap About $1B

Irvine-based Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc. has been ramping up its activity in recent weeks.

Medical Marijuana Drug Industry Takes Root in OC

Much More Here Than Dispensaries, Grow Houses

Orange County, which is known for its concentrations of medical device makers and drugmakers, is quietly building a medical cannabis industry.

Masimo Takes Another Step Into Regional Oximetry

Gets European Approval For Sensor for Pediatrics

Masimo Corp. in Irvine got CE marking for its O3 regional oximetry sensor in some pediatric settings, which allows it to be sold throughout Europe and other countries.

Dental Care Plans’ Growth Stagnates Following Spike

Membership Flat at 13 Biggest To 2.6 Million

Membership at managed dental healthcare plans operating in Orange County slightly declined over the year ended last month after a surge in 2015.

HMO Membership Flat in OC, PPOs Post 12% Rise

Growth on Hold As Planned M&As Scrutinized

Orange County’s top eight health maintenance organizations grew slowly during the 12 months through July.

MemorialCare-Boeing Contract May Be First of Trend

Local Systems Have Talked With Employers

Fountain Valley-based MemorialCare Health System is the first local participant in an early movement by big employers to rein in healthcare prices.

Mazzo-Mussallem Talk to Headline Device Forum

Annual Event Also To Feature Panel Discussions

Companies seeking funding and potential investors will link up just over two months from now at an annual Orange County medical device industry forum.

Pyott, Kiani in $13M Investment

David Pyott and Joe Kiani were part of a $13M Series A funding round for Bioniz Therapeutics Inc. in Irvine and both joined its board, with Pyott being named chairman.

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Pyott, Kiani Join Biopharma Company Board

Irvine-based Bioniz Therapeutics Inc. said today that it appointed David Pyott, former Chief Executive of Allergan Inc. [now Allergan PLC] as board chairman.

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Former Lakewood Regional Chief New Hospitals’ Head

Takes Helm of Chapman, South Coast Global Centers

A pair of Orange County hospitals has a new chief executive.

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