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Navitas battle just warming up

Navitas co-founder Rod Jones attacked the company’s earnings forecasts at today’s annual meeting, as chairman Tracey Horton was narrowly re-elected with 50.8 per cent of the vote.

Healthscope opens books to $4.5bn offer

Healthscope has opened its books to Brookfield Capital Partners after the private equity firm made a $4.5 billion play for the private hospital operator, trumping a rival offer already on the table.

Navitas rejects $2bn takeover

The board of Navitas has rebuffed a $2 billion takeover offer from a consortium of investors, which includes co-founder Rod Jones, saying the deal is well below its valuation of the education services company.

Gut health and cancer care win big

The Noisy Guts Project and Chemo@home have taken home the respective Emerging Innovation and Growth categories at last nights Innovator of the Year awards, marking a big win for Perth-based healthcare and research.

Jones retires from Navitas board

Navitas founder Rod Jones has stepped down from the board to manage his conflict of interest in relation to the $2 billion indicative takeover proposal for the education services company.

ECU announces $48m science building

Multiplex has been awarded the construction contract for a $48 million science building at Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus.

Wearable amputee tech wins pitch night

Medical device startup JR-TeCH has won first prize at last night's 2018 Perth Biodesign Pitch Night, producing a wearable technology for above-knee amputees.

Align interests with outcomes

Opinion: Why not align private sector tax cuts to cost-effectively improving the performance of education and health?

ResApp tumbles on study

Shares in medical tech firm ResApp Health have more than halved today, after the company released the preliminary results of a new US study on its technology.

Uni VCs skip education strategy launch

Premier Mark McGowan and StudyPerth chair Rod Jones this morning launched a new strategy to attract international students to Western Australia, with Mr Jones throwing out a challenge to the sector to turn the strategy into action.

Healthscope again targeted with $4.1bn bid

Private equity firm BGH Capital and AustralianSuper have returned with another $4.11 billion bid for Healthscope, five months after the private hospitals operator rejected their takeover attempt.

Sanderson to replace Cowan as ECU chancellor

Edith Cowan University’s longest-serving chancellor, Hendy Cowan, will retire from his position after 14 years in the role.

Chief scientist to chair Lotterywest, Healthway

The state government has today announced the appointment of chief scientist Peter Klinken as chair of both Lotterywest and Healthway, continuing the gradual integration of the two organisations.

Capitol buys more WA clinics

Melbourne-based Capitol Health has expanded its West Australian network with the acquisition of two South West radiology clinics for $5 million.

Navitas up 21% on $2bn takeover

Shares in Perth-based education services provider Navitas closed 21.8 per cent higher today after the company received an indicative takeover proposal from consortium that includes founder and director Rod Jones.

$2bn takeover bid for Navitas

Navitas co-founder and former managing director Rod Jones has backed an indicative takeover bid for the education services company led by Australian private equity giant BGH Capital.

WA judge to lead royal commission

West Australian Supreme Court judge Joseph McGrath and former Australian Public Service commissioner Lynelle Briggs have been appointed to lead the federal government's aged care royal commission, which is expected to take 18 months.

UWA trading room wins big

The University of Western Australia’s new trading room has been named as the education project of the year at the annual AV Awards in London, beating out entries from the University of California and the Qatar National Library.

WA secures $126m for training

The state government has signed up for the Commonwealth’s vocational training fund, which will provide up to $126 million in matched funding for a planned incentive scheme to boost apprenticeships and traineeships.

Pindan wins $6.4m contract

Belmont-based Pindan has been awarded a $6.4 million state government contract to complete upgrades at Collie Senior High School.

Bank on a punitive aged care outcome

Despite the damning testimony at the finance royal commission, the banks are likely to emerge largely unscathed; the same will not be true for aged care providers.

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