Imperial Bancorp of Inglewood, Calif., has established a Southern California life sciences group to serve the banking needs of start-up companies in the biotechnology, medical devices, and “e-health” industries.

Anna Maria Frost-Jensen, a senior vice president, is heading the San Diego-based group. It is part of Imperial’s emerging-growth division, which offers financial services to early-stage technology companies.

Imperial has $7 billion of assets.

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