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June 11, 1991 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Assn. of Securities Dealers said Monday that it is reviewing stock trading in three Irvine companies that recently had public offerings underwritten by a small New York brokerage that is under investigation by federal regulators. Company and association officials said high trading volume and fluctuations in the share prices of Ropak Laboratories, International Physical Systems Inc. and DVI Financial Corp. attracted market regulators' attention.
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January 9, 1992 | Cristina Lee / Times staff writer
Marketing agreement: Ropak Laboratories, a developer of laboratory tests that offer an alternative to live-animal testing of cosmetics and eye-care products, said it has reached agreement with a Brazilian firm to market Ropak products in South America.
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BUSINESS
June 8, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an apparent victory for animal-rights advocates and an upstart Orange County company, the state Senate on Thursday approved a bill outlawing eye and skin tests on rabbits to determine the safety of cosmetics and household products. If the animal-rights legislation is signed by the governor, California would become the first state to outlaw the eye and skin irritancy tests on rabbits. And Irvine-based Ropak Laboratories, which has developed an alternative testing method, would get a big boost.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1991
Ropak Laboratories, which makes test kits used to determine if certain pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and household chemicals will irritate eye tissues, said Monday that it has appointed William J. Fisher president and chief operating officer. Fisher, who had been a consultant to Ropak Laboratories, succeeds Dr. Christopher Kelly, who remains as the company's chairman and chief executive. Fisher specializes in start-up and turnaround management through his consulting firm, William Fisher & Co.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1991
Ropak Laboratories, which makes test kits used to determine if certain pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and household chemicals will irritate eye tissues, said Monday that it has appointed William J. Fisher president and chief operating officer. Fisher, who had been a consultant to Ropak Laboratories, succeeds Dr. Christopher Kelly, who remains as the company's chairman and chief executive. Fisher specializes in start-up and turnaround management through his consulting firm, William Fisher & Co.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1992 | Cristina Lee / Times staff writer
Marketing agreement: Ropak Laboratories, a developer of laboratory tests that offer an alternative to live-animal testing of cosmetics and eye-care products, said it has reached agreement with a Brazilian firm to market Ropak products in South America.
BUSINESS
February 26, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ropak Laboratories Inc., a developer of laboratory tests that offer an alternative to live-animal testing, said Monday that it plans to raise $6.75 million in its first offering of stock to the public. Ropak Labs has developed a laboratory test that mimics human eye and skin responses to determine the safety of cosmetic and household products. The company's Eytex and Skintex tests are used by more than 100 customers and distributors through Ropak Corp., its Fullerton-based distributor.
BUSINESS
June 27, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expressing concern about outlawing "a viable testing option" to ensure consumer safety, Gov. George Deukmejian has vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state to ban eye and skin tests on rabbits in the development of cosmetics and household products.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1991 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The National Assn. of Securities Dealers said Monday that it is reviewing stock trading in three Irvine companies that recently had public offerings underwritten by a small New York brokerage that is under investigation by federal regulators. Company and association officials said high trading volume and fluctuations in the share prices of Ropak Laboratories, International Physical Systems Inc. and DVI Financial Corp. attracted market regulators' attention.
BUSINESS
February 26, 1991 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ropak Laboratories Inc., a developer of laboratory tests that offer an alternative to live-animal testing, said Monday that it plans to raise $6.75 million in its first offering of stock to the public. Ropak Labs has developed a laboratory test that mimics human eye and skin responses to determine the safety of cosmetic and household products. The company's Eytex and Skintex tests are used by more than 100 customers and distributors through Ropak Corp., its Fullerton-based distributor.
BUSINESS
June 27, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Expressing concern about outlawing "a viable testing option" to ensure consumer safety, Gov. George Deukmejian has vetoed a bill that would have made California the first state to ban eye and skin tests on rabbits in the development of cosmetics and household products.
BUSINESS
June 8, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an apparent victory for animal-rights advocates and an upstart Orange County company, the state Senate on Thursday approved a bill outlawing eye and skin tests on rabbits to determine the safety of cosmetics and household products. If the animal-rights legislation is signed by the governor, California would become the first state to outlaw the eye and skin irritancy tests on rabbits. And Irvine-based Ropak Laboratories, which has developed an alternative testing method, would get a big boost.
BUSINESS
January 25, 1990 | Gregory Crouch / Times staff writer
Stake Increased: Ropak Corp. said it has increased its 20% stake to a 33% interest in Ropak Laboratories, formally known as National Testing Corp. The Fullerton company paid $500,000 in cash for the 13% stake it acquired last week. Ropak Labs in Irvine makes test kits used to determine if certain pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and household chemicals will irritate eye tissue. The test kit is sold as an option to the use of live rabbits in such tests.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1992
InVitro International said Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with a Maryland laboratory to use the Irvine-based company's eye and skin products for research on skin irritation. Microbiological Associates Inc. in Rockville, Md., evaluates cosmetic and personal-care products, household products, agricultural chemicals and biotherapeutics for corporations and research institutes.
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