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Biostrap Sets Partnership With Children’s Hospital LA

Biostrap USA has entered into a research partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to help analyze sickle cell anemia patients.

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Curative Loses County Contract for Covid-19 Testing

L.A. County is cutting ties with Curative after the FDA warned that the startup’s Covid-19 test was producing false negative results.

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Diagnostics Startup Curative Is Testing Thousands of Angelenos for Covid Every Day

On any given day, thousands of drivers snake through the Dodger Stadium parking lot, not to catch a game but to swab their mouths to test for Covid-19.

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ImmunityBio, NantKwest Deal Boosts Immunotherapy Platform

When billionaire biotech mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong announced in late October that he was stepping aside as chief executive of El Segundo-based biotech firm NantKwest Inc., the decision was presented as a move by Soon-Shiong to spend more time on his many other endeavors, including the pursuit of a Covid-19 vaccine.

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UI Medical Readies for Walmart Product Rollout

Long Beach-based UI Medical’s innovative diaper-like continence products for men will soon appear on shelves at Walmart.

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Kite Cleared to Market Cancer Treatment in EU

Santa Monica-based pharmaceutical company Kite was granted conditional marketing authorization within the European Union for its new drug Tecartus, which is used to treat a rare form of lymphoma.

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FDA Clears Avenda’s Laser Technology for Urology Treatments

Santa Monica-based Avenda Health Inc., a software and medical device company that spun out of UCLA, has received FDA clearance for its laser ablation technology.

Fulgent Wins Extension of New York Covid Testing Contract

Fulgent Genetics Inc. has been awarded an extension of its contract for Covid-19 testing for New York City’s public schools.

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Book of Lists Profile: Fulgent Genetics Rises to the Covid Testing Challenge

Temple City-based Fulgent Genetics Inc. entered 2020 as a small, niche genetic testing company that was poised for significant growth.

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Virtual Visits Surge for LA’s Teledentistry Companies

A pandemic-induced turn away from in-person dentist visits has given a lift to L.A.’s fledgling teledentistry industry.

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Covid Test Maker Innova Acquires Pomona Lab

Pasadena-based Innova Medical Group Inc., which makes rapid antigen test kits, has acquired Pomona-based Biological Laboratory Inc.

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Radiology Partners Completes $885 Million Acquisition

El Segundo-based Radiology Partners Inc. completed its acquisition of Mednax Radiology Solutions for about $885 million.

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UCLA to Launch Online Master’s Program in Health Care Administration

UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health will launch an online master’s program in health care administration next fall.

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Xencor Inks Licensing Agreement with Janssen Biotech

Monrovia-based pharma company Xencor signed a research collaboration and licensing agreement with Janssen Biotech to develop drugs to treat prostate cancer.

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Claremont Graduate University Receives $14 Million Gift

Claremont Graduate University has received a $14 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to create a health study center.

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