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Kite Wins Approval to Sell Blood Cancer Treatment in the U.K.

Santa Monica-based Kite, a Gilead Co., was given a go-ahead by the United Kingdom to treat some adults with lymphoma with its cell-based cancer therapy that was initially rejected as too costly.

Biotech Band Back Together

HEALTH CARE: Belldegrun outfit gets $420M, plans IPO

Cadre of L.A. scientists behind Kite Pharma head north with new project.

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Cuts Deal With J&J Valued at Up to $3.7B

Pasadena-based Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. has entered a licensing agreement with Johnson & Johnson to develop a drug to treat the hepatitis B virus in a deal that could be worth up to $3.7 billion, the company announced Oct. 4.

Kaiser Permanente Cuts Tentative Labor Agreement With U.S. Health Care Workers

Kaiser Permanente has reached a tentative labor agreement with an alliance of union health care workers in eight states and Washington D.C. that includes more than 30,000 workers in Southern California.

L.A. County to Notify Doctors of Patient Opioid Deaths

Physicians across Los Angeles County will soon be notified by the Medical Examiner-Coroner if a patient has died of an opioid overdose.

USC Biomedical Engineers Awarded $2.4 Million to Combat Kidney Disease

Biomedical engineers at USC have been awarded a $2.4 million federal grant to study how nanoparticles can treat kidney disease, the university announced Oct. 2.

DaVita Medical Holdings to Pay $270 Million Federal Settlement

Davita Medical Holdings, based in El Segundo, has agreed to pay a $270 million settlement to resolve federal allegations of Medicare billing fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Oct. 1.

PatientPop Adds Online Scheduling for 50+ Health Care Practices

PatientPop Inc., a physician marketing platform based in Santa Monica, has expanded its scheduling service to more than 50 new online sites for health care practices.

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Summit Pushes L.A. as Bioscience Leader

Ridley-Thomas touts county’s ability to overtake rival San Diego market

L.A. County’s new Bioscience Summit eyes taking industry limelight from San Diego.

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Cedars Sets Sight on Stem Cells

Health Care: $2M grant; 450 jobs on tap

Cedars-Sinai invests in stem cell manufacturing.

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Aiva Health Gets Investments From Google and Amazon

Aiva Inc., a digital health startup based in West Hollywood, has snared two investments in one week from tech behemoths Google and Inc.

SCAN Health Plan of Long Beach Names New Legislative Advocate for Seniors

SCAN Health Plan, a Long Beach-based nonprofit insurer for Medicare Advantage, has appointed Adrienne Morrell to serve as its senior vice president of public, government and community affairs.

City of Lynwood Considers Buying St. Francis Medical Center

The City of Lynwood has expressed interest in buying St. Francis Medical Center a month after its nonprofit operator filed for bankruptcy.

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Cedars-Sinai Researchers Develop Drug to Combat Pancreatic Cancer

A new drug developed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center can prevent pancreatic cancer from growing in mice, while staving off resistance to chemotherapy agents commonly used by humans, according to a new study.

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.

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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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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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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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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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.