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Want to succeed in biotech? Don't be incremental. Try to change everything.
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On Wednesday afternoon, Forbes estimated Puma Biotechnology Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Alan Auerbach's net worth at $1.19 billion. Then long-awaited details on a positive clinical trial of Puma's breast cancer drug, neratinib, were released. Puma shares, which had spiked a year ago and made Auerbach a billionaire when it was [...]
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Today, at a glitzy press conference at IBM’s new Watson headquarters in Manhattan’s swank Silicon Alley, IBM and Apple announced that they are partnering with Japan Post, which is among other things the largest health- and life-insurance company in Japan, to start a project that will provide iPads to millions [...]
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Harvard psychology professor is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, , The Better Angels of Our Nature, and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. It's no surprise, then, that he would have perhaps the clearest explanation of [...]
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Last year I gave grades to 16 large-cap pharmaceutical companies. It only seemed right to do it again.  I've given letter grades between F and A+ to all pharmaceutical companies that have market capitalizations above $50 billion (now there are 17, one more than last year). It's like high school with unpronounceable [...]
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Yesterday morning at a conference on infectious disease in Hyderabad, India, Marc Bonten, an epidemiologist from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, presented results from a giant and innovative study Pfizer conducted of its vaccine, Prevnar 13, in adults over 65. In 84,496 Dutch patients over the age of 65, those who [...]
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Jardiance, a pill made by Boerhinger Ingelheim and Eli Lilly, is the first diabetes pill ever shown to prevent patients from dying of heart disease. It is a breakthrough result. It’s also a big shock. Jardiance’s benefit seems to have little to do with the medicine’s ability to lower blood sugar and [...]
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A top cardiologist is accusing a drug maker with whom he worked closely of making misleading statements about its weight loss medicine and refusing to release data that would undermine its previous claims. The pill, Contrave, was prescribed 117,000 times in its first three months on the market, a better launch [...]
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An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment being developed by biotechnology firm Biogen Idec seemed to slow patients’ inexorable cognitive decline in a small, preliminary study. The result will probably lead to greater hope for a new strategy for drug companies: Treat Alzheimer’s patients early, when the disease is mild, and use brain imaging [...]
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; “In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead. The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.” Those words were written by Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and James [...]
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UPS engineers map out routes for their drivers consisting of "a series of right-hand loops"
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I would find this interesting if not for the case when I almost got hit by a UPS truck that was making a left turn.
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VideoA linguistic analysis done at Forbes' request indicates that Newsweek fingered the wrong man when it tried to unmask the creator of the digital currency, Bitcoin. Bitcoin allows users to conduct transactions with no or low fees and a relative degree of privacy. There is close to $8 billion of the [...]
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Stylometrics is not far from astrology as a science, as you correctly point out it can disprove far more than it can prove.  I wonder if anybody's done a statistical analysis on his name as a question of collision frequency.
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I cover science and medicine for Forbes, and believe that this will be biology's century.
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I cover science & medicine at Forbes.
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    1995 - 20199912
  • Columbia University
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