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SPECIAL REPORT: Patient Focus, Growth

It all began with two small hospitals in the early 1900s that had the goal of caring for the sick in L.A.’s Jewish community.

SPECIAL REPORT: Shot in Arm For Children

In its first year, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treated 14 patients in a house in Chinatown known as “the little house on Castelar Street.”

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Food Company Bowls Over Salad Maker as Healthy Target

French multinational food company Bonduelle acquired Irwindale prepackaged salad maker Ready Pac Foods Inc. last week for $409 million.

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Soon-Shiong’s NantOmics Acquires Gene Sequencing Startup Genos

Molecular diagnostics firm NantOmics, a subsidiary of billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Culver City-based NantWorks, has acquired Genos, a genetic sequencing company.

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Avocados Not So Fruitful

FOOD: Poor harvest boosts prices, reduces availabilty as Cinco de Mayo closes in.

Off production year will pare back the availability of avocados for Cinco de Mayo.

Doctor Checks In to Court With Disabilities Act

health care: Lawsuit says San Gabriel broke law by denying residents clinic.

Doctor taps disability law to challenge San Gabriel’s rejection of his dialysis clinic.

Soon-Shiong’s NantHealth Reports $184 Million Loss

L.A. biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s diagnostics company, NantHealth Inc., reported this week it lost $184 million last year, largely due to lagging sales of its much-touted GPS Cancer diagnostic test.

Clearing The Air

Environmental consultancies see client pool expand along with increase in pollution regulations.

Increase in pollution policing has opened the door for firms that provide guidance on coming clean.

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Urban Farms Gain Ground as Way to Generate Produce, Improve Properties for Tenants

Growing Interest

Restaurateurs, art galleries, and developers are among the growing number of Angelenos seeing urban farms bear fruit.

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Rival Puts Bite On ‘Superfood’

FOOD: Overseas buyer grabs Essential Living on the cheap.

Bankrupt “superfood” dealer Essential Living proves a tasty target for snack company.

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Produce Company Sows Seeds of Growth in Deal

AGRICULTURE: Progressive branches out into more fruits with deal for competitor.

Progressive Produce will now bear more fruit products after its pickup of a competitor.

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Homeboy’s Desire for Revenue Generator Powered Recycler Acquisition

E-Waste Pickup

Gang member rehabilitator Homeboy Industries seeks revenue charge from e-recycling.

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U.S Dept. of Commerce Grants $500,000 to Cal State L.A. For Bioscience Bootcamp

The U.S. Department of Commerce granted nearly $500,000 to California State University, Los Angeles and its partners, the Biocom Institute and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), to fund the creation of a bootcamp for bioscientists in the region.

Deadline Looms for Signage on Public Restrooms

REGULATION: Businesses could face lawsuits over lack of gender-neutral facilities

Law on gender-neutral signage for single-occupant restrooms kicks in March 1.

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Venture Takes Shot With Telemedicine

SnapMD investors check in with $8.5 million to help firm nurse video-streaming consultations.

Funding round gives a shot in the arm to SnapMD’s online doctor consultations.

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