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Los Angeles Seizes Biotech Leadership Mantle

Los Angeles is the world’s capital of creativity, and its status as a high-tech hub is on the rise.

Amazon Loss a Win?

Amazon.com Inc.’s decision last week to install a second and third headquarters in New York and Northern Virginia ended a yearlong saga that saw cities across the nation

Closet Chemistry

Lisa Adams • LA Closet Design

Lisa Adams, chief executive of LA Closet Design in West Los Angeles, never thought her undergraduate science education would come in handy for designing high-end luxury closets instead of working in a chemistry lab.

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Brookfield Unveils $170 Million CMC Overhaul

Renovations include more open space, retail shops and restaurants, updated facade

Brookfield to overhaul downtown’s California Market Center.

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Researchers Plan to Harpoon Fishy Sushi

Mislabeled fish pervasive; local universities team with FDA to curtail practice

Tackling fraudulent fish.

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Wiley Move for Pair of L.A. Wildcatters?

L.A. investors spend $14M for Wiley Energy Services, plan for $500M revenue

L.A. investors look to tap into water services for the fracking industry.

Universal Music Makes Africa Streaming Play

Deal with Boomplay gives record label access to No. 1 music app on continent

Universal enters African music streaming market with Boomplay deal.

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Bio Boom

Life sciences continues upward trend both locally and statewide

No life support needed for L.A.’s booming bio industry.

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State Regulators Launch Probe Into Cause of Woolsey Fire

Southern California Edison, a utility subsidiary of Rosemead-based Edison International, announced on Nov. 8 that a problem with its transmission grid occurred near the point of origin of the massive Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Fox Sports Inks MLB Deal to 2028

Century City-based Fox Sports, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox Inc., announced Nov. 15 that it signed a contract with Major League Baseball

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EU Approval For $62B Shire Purchase

A Shire plasma plant in Atwater Village moved one step closer to being owned by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. with the European Union reportedly poised to approve a $62 billion Shire deal that could impact hundreds of Los Angeles jobs.

ACS Builds Portfolio

American Construction Source, created in September by Santa Monica-based private equity firms Clearlake Capital Group and Angeles Equity Partners, bought its fourth building materials supplier in less than two months.

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ServiceTitan Secures $165M From VC Group

Funding round values company at $1.65 billion

Expansion in the cards as ServiceTitan secures more funding.

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Forward Push

Interim President Wanda Austin looks to guide USC out of scandal-plagued period

Madame president

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Heyday Begins LA Rollout

RETAIL: $8M investment boosts digital-native spa

A New York-based chain of facial spas for the digital generation has established its first location in Southern California and plans to open more with the help of an $8 million funding round led by Venice-based Fifth Wall Ventures.

Rams/Chiefs a Biz Boon?

SPORTS: Economists say L.A. move no game-changer

Monday night’s National Football League matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs was expected to generate tens of millions of dollars for Mexico City’s economy.

Puma Faces $1.3B Lawsuit

BIOTECH: January trial date set for class action

A securities class action alleging wrongdoing by Puma Biotechnology Inc. is headed for trial early next year after a judge postponed proceedings, originally scheduled for Nov. 6.

MOCHI MAKEOVER

Mochi Ice Cream Co. moves into mainstream

Taking a Japanese-inspired dessert popular in specialty stores and Asian grocers, and putting it into thousands of mainstream supermarkets seems to have worked out for Vernon-based Mochi Ice Cream Co.

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Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2018

Tracking the top-revenue performers from rising stars to seasoned industry leaders.

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The High Cost of California’s ‘New Normal’

Commentary

Damage from the 2017 California wildfire season had an estimated price tag of nearly $180 billion.

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Guns, Responsibility and Liability

It’s not about who held the gun and why he used it the way he did.

Storied Sweets

Lee Zeidman • Staples Center

Sweet tooth

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The Chicago School Moves L.A. Campus to Aon

Psych program takes two floors for 10-year lease valued at $15.7 million

Chicago School moves to Aon Center.

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Snack Attack: SnackNation Uses Data-Driven Approach to Promote Growth

Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2018

SnackNation’s data drive

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Blazing Trail: Fast-Casual Restaurant Chain Blaze Pizza Continues Quick Rise

Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2018

Blaze Pizza reigns with King James

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Construction Rises: Local Firms Show Big Growth During Region’s Building Boom

Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2018

No glass ceiling for Giroux

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