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Firm Builds Tech Bridge Between Asia, Middle East

INVESTMENT: DPL taps South Korean money to back Israeli startups.

Trio gives birth to $50 million fund that will nurse Israeli life sciences startups with South Korean money.

Herbalife Foe Reaps Democrats’ Liberal Assistance

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Bill Gunderson shares the story of how Democratic operatives were enlisted to short Herbalife stock.

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Businesses Still Battle Disability Suits

LAW: Plaintiff attorneys raise costs by going straight to filing.

Reform intended to curb abuse of the Americans With Disabilities Act has not stopped business owners from being sued multiple times for the same infraction.

Apollo Signs Deal with Rite Aid

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. announced on Tuesday that it is partnering with Rite Aid Corp. to help manage the health of patients with chronic conditions.

FDA Panel Backs Staar Product

Shares of Staar Surgical Co. jumped 15 percent on Monday after the lens company announced that a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel had recommended U.S. marketing approval for an implantable eye lens.

C3 Jian Closes $60 Million Financing

UCLA spinoff C3 Jian, Inc., which is developing drugs to fight tooth decay, on Monday said it raised $60.5 million in a just-completed Series D financing.

CytRx Shares Volatile After Report

Shares of West L.A. biotechnology firm CytRx Corp. rebounded after falling as much as 10 percent Friday due to reports that the company has worked closely with a stock promoter to boost interest in its shares without disclosing its involvement.

Herbalife Discusses Board Nominees with Icahn

Herbalife Ltd. on Thursday said that it would postpone next month's annual shareholder meeting for five days so it can continue discussions with Carl Icahn about adding more of his nominees to the company's board.

FTC Opens Herbalife Probe

Shares of Herbalife fell more than 7 percent on Wednesday after the company disclosed that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has opened an inquiry into its operations, which have been under attack by an activist hedge fund manager.

Kythera Regains Global Rights to Chin-Fat Drug

Shares of Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. rose more than 4 percent Tuesday after the Calabasas company said it has regained global marketing rights to its fat-dissolving drug.

Apollo Medical Starts Clinic Business

Apollo Medical Holdings Inc. announced the launch of a new business that will own doctor clinics.

Herbalife Applauds Ackman Expose

Herbalife Ltd. on Monday pointed triumphantly to a New York Times article that provided evidence the company’s leading critic was launching a smear campaign against the L.A. nutritional supplements company for his own advantage.

Survey: Local Large Health Insurers Rank Low in Satisfaction

Two health insurers based in Los Angeles County ranked poorly in customer satisfaction compared to other competitors in the state, according to a new J.D. Power & Associates report.

Medical Imaging Business Looks Good to Investors

HEALTH CARE: RadNet’s shares rise after company beats analyst expectations.

Imaging company RadNet looks good to investors after a healthy fourth quarter.

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Biometric Devices Deliver Healthy Funding Round

HEALTH CARE: Scanners pull in $10.7 million for UCLA off-shoot company.

Bruin Biometrics, a UCLA spinoff developing biometric diagnostic sensing devices, completed a $10.7 million funding round late last month, the largest since the Westwood company’s founding in 2009.