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Dignity Health California Unveils Plans for New Hospital Tower at DTLA Campus

Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center on Sept. 24 unveiled plans to build a new patient care tower to serve as the hub for a $215 million campus makeover near downtown.

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Archstone Foundation Awards $1 Million to UCLA to Help Seniors

The Archstone Foundation has donated $1 million to UCLA to expand an endowed chair in geriatrics to improve the health care of older people.

Enspire Aims to Collaborate

Health Care: UCLA bioscience spinoff tests model

Enspire Bio unveils a new business model for biotech startups that utilizes collaboration.

Patented Diet on Fast Track

HEALTH CARE: Sales of 5-day kits up sharply

Fasting? It’s good for you, according to L-Nutra, and a USC clinical trial.

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CHLA-Based Consortium Awarded $6.6M to Advance Medical Devices

A pediatrics business consortium based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded a $6.6 million federal grant to foster medical devices to help sick kids, the hospital announced Sept. 20.

BioSig Technologies to List on Nasdaq

BioSig Technologies Inc., a medical device company based in West Los Angeles, will trade shares of its common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market beginning Friday, Sept. 21.

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New Center for Discovery Opens in Glendale to Treat Eating Disorders

Discovery Practice Management Inc., an Orange County-based health company doing business as the Center for Discovery, has opened a new Glendale clinic to treat eating disorders.

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SnapMD Raises $7.1M to Market Telemedicine Platform

SnapMD Inc., a telemedicine company based in Glendale, announced Sept. 18 it had raised $7.1 million in series B funding.

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CHLA Receives $2.3M to Study Bone Loss Tied to Cerebral Palsy

A researcher at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has received a $2.3 million federal grant to study bone loss associated with cerebral palsy, the hospital announced Sept. 18.

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LA BioMed Hosts Biotech Conference on Biomedical Innovation

A bioscience conference hosted by LA BioMed featured nearly three dozen biomedical startup companies and declared Los Angeles as a national biotech hub.

City Attorney Secures Shut-Down of Two L.A. Businesses Selling Illegal Pharmaceuticals

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office on Sept. 14 announced it had shut down two businesses alleged to have sold misbranded, illegal and counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs.

Good Samaritan’s $100M Outpatient Project

Surgery suites, oncology, women’s health services part of 12-story tower

Good Samaritan Hospital has completed major upgrades to its health care facilities, inside and out.

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Schatz Set to BID Farewell

Longtime advocate for downtown’s revitalization, Carol Schatz, to retire at month’s end.

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Staar Surgical Wins Federal Approval to Sell New Lens

Staar Surgical Co., a Monrovia-based company that manufactures implantable lenses for the eye, announced Thursday it had won federal approval to sell a new lens to correct myopia with astigmatism.

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Biocom Issues Achievement Awards to Los Angeles Life Science Industry Leaders

Biocom, a California trade group for the life science industry, has issued awards to seven Los Angeles business leaders under 40 years old for their contributions to the local industry.

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Rancho Los Amigos Completes Outpatient Building and Hospital Institute Expansion

Two new medical buildings at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center were officially completed as part of a $418 million makeover of the Downey hospital.

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Charles Drew University Inks Agreement to Educate More Doctors for South L.A.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles inked an agreement with Ross University School of Medicine on Sept. 12 that could triple of the number of students who attend medical school.

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Longtime DTLA Advocate Carol Schatz Retiring; New DCBID Chief Named

Carol Schatz, who led a renaissance of downtown Los Angeles as head of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District and Central City Association for nearly three decades, will retire this month, the district announced Sept. 12.

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Los Angeles County Aims to Protect Residential Facilities for Mentally Ill Adults

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 11 passed a motion to look into how to stem a decline in board-and-care homes for adults with mental illness.

Dr. Ronald Victor, Pioneer of Barbershop Blood Pressure Studies: 1952-2018

Dr. Ronald G. Victor, a physician-scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who saved the lives of black men with hypertension by recruiting barbers to check their blood pressure, has died. He was 66.

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Tetra Tech Wins $60 Million Water Resources Contract from L.A. County

Tetra Tech Inc., a consulting and engineering firm based in Pasadena, has been awarded a $60 million water resources contract from Los Angeles County, the company announced Sept. 11.

Cedars-Sinai Awarded $12 Million to Study Deadly Lung Diseases

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has received a federal award of $12 million to study two deadly lung diseases, the hospital announced Sept. 10.

Arrowhead Pharma Stock Soars After Hepatitis B Drug Shows Promise

Shares in Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose 40 percent a day after the Pasadena-based biotechnology firm released positive results for a drug treating hepatitis B virus infection.

County Backs New Bioscience Hub

HEALTH CARE: Perception boost part of mission

L.A. County backs a new public/private life sciences agency to attract investment.

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Cedars-Sinai Joins Forces With Synthetic Biologics to Develop IBS Drug

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has entered into an agreement with Synthetic Biologics Inc. to conduct a clinical study of a drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome.

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UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Ranked Among Most Innovative

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital has been named among the most innovate children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents magazine.

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Santa Monica-Based Headspace Acquires Alpine.AI

Santa Monica-based Headspace Inc., a developer of a meditation app used by millions, has acquired Alpine Inc., a developer of artificial intelligence conversation platforms based in San Francisco.

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BioSig Tech Raises $4 Million in Securities Offering

BioSig Technologies Inc., a medical device firm based in West Los Angeles, has raised $4 million during a securities sale, according to a securities filing.

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El Segundo-Based Operator of St. Vincent Medical Center Declares Bankruptcy

The nonprofit operator of St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, managed by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks, has declared bankruptcy.

LA Biomed: $50M in Bonds

HEALTH CARE: Funds to pay for new research center, incubator in Torrance

Startups get new digs and equipment, thanks to LA Biomed’s $50 billion bond sale.

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Going Up Throughout L.A. County

Big construction projects total $34.1 billion

Structures and infrastructure projects are expanding across L.A. County.

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Conferences Aim to Boost L.A. Bioscience

Half dozen gatherings this fall part of effort to expand $40B industry

Slate of bioscience conferences and gatherings this fall aim to boost L.A.’s $40 billion industry.

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City of Hope Expands With South Bay Clinic

Takes two floors in Providence-owned facility

City of Hope expands with new clinic in Torrance.

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UCLA Receives $3.2 Million Federal Grant to Correct Diagnostic Errors for Breast Cancer

UCLA has been awarded a $3.2 million federal grant to study how to correct errors in the diagnoses of breast cancer.

LA BioMed Closes $50 Million Bond Sale to Fund New Biotech Research Lab

LA BioMed, a biomedical research institute based in Torrance, has sold $50 million in bonds to construct and equip a new bioscience research building and incubator for startup companies.

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Kite Wins Approval to Market Cancer Therapy in Europe

Santa Monica-based Kite, a Gilead Co., announced Aug. 27 it had received permission to market its cell-based cancer therapy in Europe.

City of Hope Opens New Cancer Center in Torrance

City of Hope National Medical Center has expanded into the South Bay by opening a new cancer center in Torrance.

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Cal State LA Honors Grifols President for Biotech Support

Grifols Biologicals Inc. of El Sereno has hired more than 100 Cal State LA alumni and students while training nearly as many high school students at its summer science academy.

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Neuroscience Institute Opens New SaMo Center

Pacific Brain Health Center to help patients with dementia, other ailments

Patients suffering with brain disorders and diseases get their own center in Santa Monica.

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Cedars-Sinai Study: Care Costs Less When Doctors Follow Computer Alerts

Physicians who follow computer alerts attached to electronic health records find their patients experience fewer hospital complications and lower costs, according to a study on inpatient care.

Catasys Inc. of Brentwood Reports $4 Million Q2 Loss

Catasys Inc., a digital health analytics company based in Brentwood, reported a $4 million loss in the second quarter despite a jump in billings and enrollment.

BioSig Tech Gets Federal Green Light to Sell Medical Device

BioSig Technologies Inc., a medical device firm based in West Los Angeles, announced Aug. 14 it had received federal clearance to sell a signal processing platform to assist cardiologists.

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Aetna Launches Insurance Plan to Include L.A. County Hospital Networks

Health insurance giant Aetna Inc. has launched a new plan geared for Southern California that includes collaborations with Los Angeles County hospital systems.

U.S. News Ranks L.A. Hospitals Among the Best in the Nation

Los Angeles County hospitals ranked among the highest in the nation and California, with UCLA Health and Cedars-Sinai both placed among the Top 10, according to a U.S. News and World Report assessment released Aug. 14.

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Puma Cancer Drug Sales Rise 41 Percent in Q2

Puma Biotechnology Inc. reported a 41 percent jump in sales of its signature breast cancer drug to $51 million in the second quarter.

County Looks to Streamline Regs for Bioscience Sector

HEALTH CARE: Overlay zone could fast-track entitlement, permitting

Does a new weed killer born in UCLA beakers hold any promise for the commercial herbicide market?

Westwood Weed Whacker?

UCLA-developed herbicide shows promise, but commercialization difficult

Does a new weed killer born in UCLA beakers hold any promise for the commercial herbicide market?

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Cedars-Sinai Licenses Brain Vaccine Tech to Pasadena-Based StemVax

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has awarded rights to a preclinical vaccine to prevent recurring brain tumors to StemVax Therapeutics, an emerging biotechnology firm based in Pasadena.

UCLA Awarded $9.3 Million to Treat Underserved Men With Prostate Cancer

The state has awarded $9.3 million to the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center to provide free treatment for needy men with prostate cancer.

Los Angeles County Aims to Fast-Track Bioscience in Unincorporated Areas

Los Angeles County may fuel its $40 billion bioscience industry by clearing regulatory roadblocks to building labs and manufacturing plants in unincorporated areas.