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Weekend fun – read a good book: “Makers”

Killer Consultant

The story makes you learn about important innovation trends, like 3D printing, open innovation, crowdsourcing, biotechnology body enhancing, etc. I’ve been enjoying this book tremendously over the last days, thought I’d let you know about it. The book is “Makers” by Cory Doctorow.

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Weekend fun – read a good book: “Makers”

Killer Consultant

The story makes you learn about important innovation trends, like 3D printing, open innovation, crowdsourcing, biotechnology body enhancing, etc. I’ve been enjoying this book tremendously over the last days, thought I’d let you know about it. The book is “Makers” by Cory Doctorow.

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Top 10 Consulting Firms in San Francisco

Management Consulted

San Francisco, and the Bay Area in general, is famous for its long history of leadership in computing, semiconductors, software, biotechnology, the Internet and other innovation-based industries. C1 Consulting: A boutique life-sciences consulting firm committed to helping pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients.

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Fourth Industrial Revolution: Robots, Artificial Intelligence Will Destroy 5.1 Million Jobs by 2020

MishTalk

The Fourth Industrial Revolution includes developments artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, genetics, and biotechnology. Fourth Industrial Revolution Coming A new study on the " Future of Jobs " by the World Economic Forum at Davos claims a Fourth Industrial Revolution is Coming. Although no industrial revolution has ever destroyed jobs, the study concludes a net 5.1 million jobs will vanish in the world's 15 leading countries.

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Framework for Understanding Market Tops and Bottoms

MishTalk

One area that currently is frothy is the biotechnology sector. Last week I received an excellent article from Variant Perception on "Market Tops", and have permission to excerpt some of it. Here is a link to the summary page of Understanding Market Tops. What follows are a few snips from the full report. Framework for Understanding Tops In the following table, we summarize the signs of market bottoms and tops.

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The Brattle Group Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

In healthcare, the firm focuses on the enormous and fast-growing sectors of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and biotechnology. THE BRATTLE GROUP. Today we take a look at a boutique consulting firm you may not have heard of, The Brattle Group. Founded in 1990, The Brattle Group offers answers to economic, regulatory and financial questions posed by corporations, law firms and governments around the globe.

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Research: The Average Age of a Successful Startup Founder Is 45

Harvard Business

However, young people are less common in other industries such as oil and gas or biotechnology, where the average age is closer to 47. Patricia de Melo Moreira/bloomberg/Getty Images. It’s widely believed that the most successful entrepreneurs are young. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg were in their early twenties when they launched what would become world-changing companies. Do these famous cases reflect a generalizable pattern? VC and media accounts seem to suggest so.

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In Memory of Spock: Live Long and Prosper; Is He or Isn't He? Fish Tomatoes, Hand Transplants, Sci-Fi vs. Reality

MishTalk

But the agency was officially mandated with promoting biotechnology and bent over backwards to push GMOs onto the market. One of my favorite characters in TV history was Star Trek''s "Spock". Yesterday, Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Died at 83.

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Why It’s So Hard to Train Someone to Make an Ethical Decision

Harvard Business

Take the decision of Sam Waksal, the former CEO of the emerging biotechnology company ImClone Systems. One of the conundrums of ethical decision making is that many moral decisions that are quite straightforward — even easy — to resolve in a classroom or during training exercises seem far more difficult to successfully resolve when confronted during actual day-to-day decision making.

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The Promise and Challenge of Big Data for Pharma

Harvard Business

From our unique vantage points at Genentech , a leading biotechnology company with a major data science practice, and The Data Incubator , a data-science education company that places and trains data scientists , we have seen how the pharmaceuticals industry has leveraged big data for some potentially revolutionary advances and the challenges it has faced along the way.

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The Reason Silicon Valley Beat Out Boston for VC Dominance

Harvard Business

In contrast, New England has increasingly become a hub for ventures in life sciences; the first three-quarters of 2016 saw almost 60% of VC investments in New England go to ventures in biotechnology and medical devices. Despite the East Coast roots of technology entrepreneurship and venture capital (VC), by the 1990s Silicon Valley had gained a major advantage over the Cambridge-Boston area. In 1995 Silicon Valley’s share of all VC investments in the U.S.

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Companies Can Address Talent Shortages by Partnering with Educators

Harvard Business

“Together, in response to industry demand, we’re creating a dedicated pipeline of skilled biomanufacturing professionals,” said Bruce Van Dyke, chair of Quincy’s Biotechnology and Good Manufacturing Practice program, in a recent interview with us. Bernhard Lang/Getty Images. Although it’s hard to pinpoint when skills shortages became the norm in the U.S.,

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Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

Harvard Business

We worked with a startup biotechnology company. Looking at the executive teams we work with as consultants and those we teach in the classroom, increased diversity of gender, ethnicity, and age is apparent. Over recent decades the rightful endeavor to achieve a more representative workforce has had an impact. Of course, there is a ways to go, but progress has been made.

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How to Get Yourself Invited to Important Meetings

Harvard Business

She was on the legal compliance team at a fast-growing biotechnology company. MINCHU/Getty Images. In a work culture with too many meetings, we often look for tactics to get out of meetings. But sometimes you need to get into a meeting, perhaps because the decisions made there will have implications for you or your team, or maybe because you feel you’ve been left out of important discussions.

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Why Women Feel More Stress at Work

Harvard Business

In one study, female and male MBA students were paired and asked to negotiate the purported purchase of a biotechnology plant. Everyone in today’s supercharged workplaces experiences stress. Yet executive and professional women consistently experience more stress, anxiety, and psychological distress than do men.

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Why Boards Aren’t Dealing with Cyberthreats

Harvard Business

pharmaceuticals, biotechnology & life sciences, health care equipment and services); Industrials (e.g., One of the greatest challenges facing boards today is the one directors feel least prepared for: cybersecurity. Yahoo’s disclosure in December of what could be the largest data breach in history was hardly an isolated incident. Indeed, the Guardian dubbed 2016 the “year of the hack,” and cyberthreats are increasingly common across all sectors.

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Innovation Should Be a Top Priority for Boards. So Why Isn’t It?

Harvard Business

pharmaceuticals, biotechnology & life sciences, health care equipment and services); Industrials (e.g., Jason Jaroslav Cook Creative/Getty Images. Corporate directors and executives alike recognize that today’s pace of change continues to accelerate and that firms need to innovate to stay ahead. But are boards doing enough to support innovation, as they should? We conducted a survey of over 5,000 board members from around the world to find out.

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Innovative Companies Get Their Best Ideas from Academic Research — Here’s How They Do It

Harvard Business

In virtually every advanced field, whether it’s information technology, biotechnology, agriculture, or renewable energy, America holds a leading position. vincent tsui FOR HBR. Since World War II, the U.S. has been an innovation superpower. Other nations may challenge in one field or another, but no one can match its depth and breadth.

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So Many M&A Deals Fail Because Companies Overlook This Simple Strategy

Harvard Business

The rationale for this approach is highlighted when you compare, for example, the different approaches to M&A employed by a number of legacy pharmaceutical companies and by some relatively newer players in the biotechnology industry. We have all seen or heard of high-profile cases where M&A deals didn’t work out. AOL–Time Warner, HP-Compaq, Quaker-Snapple — these are just some of the big ones.

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7 Charts Show How Political Affiliation Shapes U.S. Boards

Harvard Business

pharmaceuticals, biotechnology & life sciences, health care equipment and services); Industrials (e.g., Are corporate boards as polarized politically as the general population? That’s one of the questions we asked ourselves as we conducted a survey of directors of public and private companies headquartered in the United States.

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Technology Progresses When Business, Government, and Academia Work Together

Harvard Business

” His organization is trying to change that by reaching out to all areas of the ecosystem — “we include academic institutions, venture capitalists, and industrial players ranging from big pharma to startup biotechnology firms because we believe that the best science happens when we get everybody’s perspective, Depinho says.” By the mid-1980’s, the American semiconductor industry seemed like it was doomed.

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Why Mexico’s Economy Doesn’t Depend on the Next U.S. President

Harvard Business

Intense biotechnology research and development activities at some of the country’s universities (and their research farms) have raised the complexity and level of the industry’s outputs. The Mexican peso initially fell 13% in trading after Republican Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in a surprise result over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It was the biggest drop for the currency since an economic crisis in 1994.

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The Growing Conflict-of-Interest Problem in the U.S. Congress

Harvard Business

million for stock in drug device companies in 2015 alone (the numbers are estimates, which is all that is legally required), but Peters is a three-time winner of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization legislator of the year award, the only lawmaker so honored, and is noted for leading opposition to the Innovation Act , legislation that pharmaceutical companies opposed because it imposed new restrictions on patent-infringement lawsuits.