Office Space: Barrister Executive Suites Inc., a West L.A.-based provider of office space, meeting room facilities and virtual offices, has opened offices at West Wilshire Center, 11620 Wilshire Blvd., in Brentwood. Barrister will occupy the ninth floor with more than 61 offices available for rent.
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Moving In: Lift-It Manufacturing Co. Inc., a Vernon maker and seller of slings and safety equipment, has purchased a Pomona industrial building for $4.06 million from Seventh Street Development. Lift-It is moving to the 38,678-square-foot building at 1603 W. Second St.
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New Move: Inner Power Yoga has moved from its longtime home in Calabasas to a larger space in Woodland Hills. The yoga studio, at 21928 Ventura Blvd., has taken a 2,400-square-foot location formerly occupied by Le Bon Bakery. Owner Linda Pushkin-Suffin, who opened the Calabasas studio in 1998, says she will boost the number of classes offered each week.
Healthy Boost: Valley Community Clinic, a North Hollywood provider of primary care and other medical services, has received a $150,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation, a Woodland Hills non-profit that works to improve the health of Californians. The grant will go to support the clinic’s new prenatal center.
Taking Over: Lowe’s Cos. has sold a Canoga Park office structure for nearly $4.88 million to Valley College of Medical Careers, a building tenant. The three-story property, at 8399 Topanga Canyon Blvd., totals 38,113 square feet. Valley College of Medical Careers will eventually expend on the second and third floors.
Financing Deal: Response Genetics Inc., a Boyle Heights maker of diagnostic tests for cancer, has raised more than $7.8 million from the private placement of approximately 5.3 million common shares. New investors accounted for the majority of the purchase agreements.
In the Swim: OriginOil Inc., an L.A. developer of technology turning algae into transportation fuels, has partnered with Aquaviridis Inc., a Preston, Minn.-based commercial algae grower. The two companies have teamed up to develop algae production at Aquaviridis’ facility in Mexicali, Mexico, as a potential model for other algae production sites. OriginOil will also use the facility to test company innovations.
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