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Atara Biotherapeutics funding round hits $52M

By   /  Friday, January 10th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Technology, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Atara Biotherapeutics funding round hits $52M

Thousand Oaks-based Atara Biotherapeutics has brought on more investors to its second financing round, bringing the total raised to $52 million.

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Amgen’s chief financial officer to depart

By   /  Thursday, January 9th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on Amgen’s chief financial officer to depart

Chief Financial Officer Jonathan M. Peacock is leaving Amgen to pursue broader career opportunities, the company announced. Michael A. Kelly has been named acting CFO.

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Westlake Village founder’s trust gives $540M to cancer research

By   /  Monday, January 6th, 2014  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Nonprofits, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Westlake Village founder’s trust gives $540M to cancer research

Ludwig Cancer Research, started by Westlake Village founding developer Daniel K. Ludwig, has donated $540 million to six U.S. Ludwig Centers on behalf of the late philanthropist’s trust, the organization announced Jan. 6.

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Strawberries top tri-county farming forecast in 2014

By   /  Friday, January 3rd, 2014  /  Agribusiness, Central Coast, East Ventura County, Green Coast, South Coast, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy, West Ventura County, Wine & Viticulture  /  Comments Off on Strawberries top tri-county farming forecast in 2014

Strawberries remain the largest piece of the pie in the Tri-Counties’ multibillion-dollar agriculture industry, but there will be slightly less acreage in the New Year.

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Thomas Aquinas prevails in suit over birth-control mandate

By   /  Monday, December 23rd, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Health Care, Latest news, Top Stories  /  Comments Off on Thomas Aquinas prevails in suit over birth-control mandate

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, a Catholic four-year liberal arts college, has prevailed in a lawsuit challenging the birth-control mandate of the Affordable Care Act, the school said Dec. 23.

The U.S. District Court judge, however, ruled against Thomas Aquinas’ co-plaintiffs, including the Catholic University of America and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, in the suit over the new health-care law.

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California Energy Commission awards grants to two regional research projects

By   /  Monday, December 23rd, 2013  /  East Ventura County, Latest news, Technology  /  Comments Off on California Energy Commission awards grants to two regional research projects

Ron Pretlac of GreenTech Motors Corp. in Westlake Village and Peter Jardine of Shape Change Technologies in Thousand Oaks will receive almost $95K each from the Energy Innovations Small Grant Program.

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USDA creates emergency response framework to fight citrus disease

By   /  Friday, December 20th, 2013  /  Agribusiness, East Ventura County, Latest news, South Coast  /  Comments Off on USDA creates emergency response framework to fight citrus disease

The framework will allow the USDA and its partners to coordinate resources, share information and develop strategies to combat a serious bacterial disease affecting citrus crops locally and in other states.

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