Listen: Congressional paralysis, drug shortages, & biotech’s foul mood

first_img @damiangarde Does impeachment have a pharma angle? Who’s to blame for drug shortages? And why is Wall Street down on biotech?We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of “The Readout LOUD,” STAT’s biotech podcast. First, STAT Washington correspondent Nicholas Florko joins us to break down what the impeachment inquiry means for the congressional fight over drug prices and the fate of the FDA. Then, Dr. Ben Davies, a University of Pittsburgh urologist, calls in to discuss what happens when key drugs face dangerous shortages. Later, we dig into biotech’s rough third quarter and discuss how things might change before the year’s out. Finally, Davies sticks around for a lightning round, covering rosé, menswear, and mail-order erectile dysfunction pills.For more on what we talk about, here’s the latest on drug pricing legislation; here’s the news on the possible next FDA commissioner; here’s more on drug shortages; and here’s a preview of the coming quarter in biotech.advertisement Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Adam Feuerstein About the Authors Reprints We’ll be back next Thursday evening — and every Thursday evening — so be sure to sign up on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.And if you have any feedback for us — topics to cover, guests to invite, vocal tics to cease — you can email [email protected] [email protected] National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. [email protected] The Readout LOUDListen: Congressional paralysis, drug shortages, & biotech’s foul mood Damian Garde Tags biotechnologydrug pricingpharmaceuticals Interested in sponsoring a future episode of “The Readout LOUD”? Email us at [email protected] By Damian Garde , Rebecca Robbins, and Adam Feuerstein Oct. 3, 2019 Reprints @adamfeuerstein last_img read more

CU-Boulder MBA Entrepreneurship Program Ranked 16th By U.S. News & World Report

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 1, 2001 The CU-Boulder MBA entrepreneurship program was rated 16th in the nation in a ranking of graduate entrepreneurship programs released April 2 by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The ranking placed CU-Boulder’s MBA entrepreneurship program among the top 20 in the nation along with Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, MIT, Northwestern and the University of Pennsylvania. “This is gratifying recognition of our dynamic programs,” said College of Business Dean Steven Manaster. “Spearheaded by the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship and our strong faculty, this progressive, interdisciplinary program educates students on core business issues and provides real-world experiences through interaction with the business community.” The CU-Boulder MBA entrepreneurship program also was ranked 16th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2000. The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship is a joint program of the CU-Boulder colleges of business and engineering. “We are a student-oriented program and support those interested in entrepreneurship with a ‘living laboratory’ through fellowships, internships, mentorships, projects in entrepreneurial companies and real-world courses taught by top faculty,” said Kathy Simon, director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. The CU-Boulder business faculty was recently ranked 38th in the nation in a study published in the Academy of Management Journal. The CU-Boulder doctoral program in strategic management/entrepreneurship was ranked first in the world by the International Council for Small Business in 1997. In addition to CU-Boulder’s master’s-level entrepreneurship program, undergraduate students can pursue an area of application and certificate program in the field. For more information, view the U.S. News & World Report Web site at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/beyond/gradrank/gbmbasp6.htmlast_img read more

FAO, OIE declare war on foot-and-mouth disease

first_img “Recent FMD outbreaks around the globe demonstrate that animal diseases have no boundaries, can have a devastating impact, and require a global response,” Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO regional representative for Asia and the Pacific, said in an FAO release. The strategy will rely on the strengthening of veterinary services and collaboration and support from many groups, the two agencies said in press releases. The plan was endorsed today by officials from more than 100 countries at the second FAO/OIE Global Conference on Foot-and-Mouth Disease Control in Bangkok, according to an OIE statement. FMD is endemic in most of sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the FAO statement said. Its annual global cost, including production losses and vaccination expense, has been estimated at $5 billion. For poor farmers who depend on just a few animals, FMD can bring hunger and economic ruin, the agencies said. However, the FAO-OIE statement does not cite an explicit goal of eradicating FMD, only bringing it under control. Besides rinderpest, only one other disease—smallpox—has been eradicated through human efforts. Officials said the FMD strategy combines two tools developed by the OIE and FAO. The OIE tool, called the Performance of Veterinary Services Pathway (PVS), involves evaluating national veterinary services with the aim of bringing them into compliance with OIE quality standards. Reliable veterinary services ensure the quality and safety of livestock production, thereby protecting food sources, trade, and animal health, the agencies said. FAO developed the Progressive Control Pathway for Foot-and-Mouth Disease, the PCP-FMD, which guides countries through a series of steps to better manage FMD risks, beginning with active surveillance to determine what types of FMD virus strains are circulating in the country and neighboring areas, officials said. A crucial part of the process is coordination of control efforts with neighboring countries. Many countries are in the earliest stages of FMD control, the FAO said. The PCP-FMD is designed to bring countries to the point where they apply to the OIE for recognition of their control program and FMD-free status. Jun 29 OIE press release “The successful eradication of rinderpest, a joint effort by scientists, governments, donors, veterinarians and farmers, clearly shows that we can reduce and even eliminate the threat of major diseases,” said Juan Lubroth, DVM, PhD, FAO’s chief veterinary officer, in the FAO release. Rinderpest, another highly contagious cattle disease, was declared eradicated in May 2011. FMD can cause high mortality in newborn and young animals, weight loss, reduced milk yields, and lower fertility, the agencies noted. The United Kingdom had a severe FMD outbreak in 2001, with direct and indirect costs estimated at up to $30 billion, and Taiwan lost about $15 billion in a 1997 outbreak. See also: The campaign will include developing regional vaccine banks and centers for quality control and improving surveillance systems, laboratory capacity, vaccine quality control, and movement control of animals, the OIE said. The OIE said 66 of its 178 member countries are free of FMD. The goals of the new campaign are to control FMD in most countries and eliminate it in some, improve veterinary services and infrastructure, and enhance prevention and control of other major livestock diseases, the agency said. Jun 29, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) have announced a global campaign to control foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a highly contagious livestock disease that does not threaten humans but can be economically devastating. Jun 27 FAO press release May 25, 2011, CIDRAP News story “OIE declares rinderpest eradicated” CIDRAP FMD overviewlast_img read more

Atlas Railroad Construction reorganises to grow

first_imgUSA: Genesee & Wyoming Inc’s Atlas Railroad Construction subsidiary is to be reorganised into a region-based commercial and operating structure, intended to facilitate expansion into the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest of the country. As part of this reorganisation, Atlas is relocating its headquarters from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania to Jacksonville, Florida.‘Moving to a region-based structure is key to our growth plans’, said Atlas President Gary Long. ‘While we will continue to maintain a strong presence in the Pittsburgh area, with our customers in the Northeast receiving the same high level of service, the move to Jacksonville provides access to a larger transportation and infrastructure workforce.’The company is aiming to leverage capabilities available within the G&W group to offer a turnkey service for customers seeking to develop rail-served industrial facilities, with Atlas able to build the track and other G&W subsidiaries providing shunting and terminal services.last_img read more

McAlmont spurs GCC to winning start

first_imgElegant right-hander Timothy McAlmont piloted defending champs, the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) to a winning start in this year’s New Building Society (NBS), Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) second-division 40-overs tournament at the weekend.  The Bourda side defeated hosts, Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) by 15 runs in a rain-affected 27 overs-a-side contest.GCC, sent in, posted 184-8 from their full complement of overs with the right-handed McAlmont recording a knock of 75. Stephon Wilson (30) and Bernard Bailey (21) were the other batsmen to contribute meaningfully to the competitive total.  Akeem Critchlow (2-25) and Nichosie Barker (2-31) shared four wickets between them for MSC who were dismissed for 169 in the final over with Jeremiah Scott smashing 97, an innings which nearly took his side over the line. Scott was supported by Shaquille Mosley who contributed 21 in the failed run chase. The competition continues this weekend.last_img read more

The growth of the FGC – Watering the grassroots

first_imgHow does the growth of the FGC compare with other esports and how has it improved? Esports has come a long way in the past few years. We’ve seen a boom in sponsorship and revenue towards games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends; which makes for huge improvements on production quality, player care and overall happiness of the community. However, when it comes to the FGC, there is a different approach. Fighting games differ massively from MOBA’s and other games such as Counter-Strike or Call of Duty, where you require a team and a practice regiment to go with it. The FGC sees themselves as very grassroots and likes to keep the community vibe on a more humble level. With this, they maintain control over how they would like their community to be run. However, they miss out on a more considerable prize pool potential, sponsorship opportunities and production that would no doubt boost fighting games into the mainstream gaming audience.Regardless, this hasn’t stopped the FGC and overall, these communities maintain their raw passion for the game, putting out their blood, sweat and tears to run events, with little to no profit.SEE ALSO: GOML 2019 shaping up to be Canada’s premier FGC eventThis said, fighting game competitors are starting to see a small improvement to the prize pool, as more sponsors take notice of this dedication to the game. The concept of the FGC is still a new one to sponsors looking to invest their time and money into these communities. Though, esports giants like Team Liquid, TSM, Cloud 9, CLG and Echo Fox have already dipped their toes into smaller FGC games; which leads the way to more exposure.Kashan Khan, a Commentator, Content Creator and Player for Team Liquid said: “It was a lot different. Five years ago was when it started getting better. Sponsorships started helping, so the venues got better too. “Smash in particular started with very humble beginnings. Prize pools, venue quality and entrants shot up.”One of the issues for the FGC is the game revenue. For example, Super Smash Bros. Melee is still going strong, but it’s not a game that you can purchase skins, characters or general DLC for. Nintendo in the past year or so has noticed that game is still a thriving community and has helped out in places. However, with newer Smash games such as Smash Bros. Ultimate, are patchable that has the potential to make significant revenue with in-game purchases such as the ‘Fighter’s Pass’. Could Smash Bros follow a game pass or skin models like League of Legends or Fortnite?Sadly, this isn’t even close to the massive revenue titles such as League of Legends makes. In League, you can buy multiple characters followed by multiple skins for your characters and wards. There’s even a gifting system where you can gift your friends with skins or characters. The revenue from this is enormous, and Riot Games can then invest that money into events such as the LCS. According to SuperData, League’s revenue for 2018 was $1.4 Billion, and the prize pool for the Worlds 2018 was $2.25 million(£1,950,740). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold a whopping 12 million copies by January 2019, yet the prize-pool for the Smash Ultimate Summit was just $51,917 (£40,084).Though some fighting games make some revenue on in-game purchases, it’s not at the same level.Sujoy Roy, Director of Esports at Luckbox said: “There were always people playing, but now people are watching. For instance, that’s where gambling comes into it, monetising this brings more viewers.”This means the FGC has to look elsewhere. Content creation from players, events streamed on Twitch, player sponsorship and gaming company sponsorship; Capcom regularly supports the Street Fighter community and holds events like Capcom Cup. There are other outlets such as gambling and betting on players too. With exposure from content creation especially, there’s been a rise in pay for the players, even if it’s not necessarily from the tournament prize pool. “There were always people playing, but now people are watching.” Twitch and Youtube are such helpful platforms for these high-level players who can provide knowledge, entertainment and also an insight on tournament life. The FGC remains supportive, so streams and videos tend to be popular; giving the FGC and it’s players more exposure.“Players have finally started making enough money, that’s when players realised it was worth it,” said  Esports Agent for Evolved Talent Agency, Barry Lee.So how can we help push the FGC communities so that the players can further benefit from the efforts that they put into their game? It’s already started being put in place for team games, and I believe it’s better cared for players. For instance, the typical stereotype gamer stays up all night playing video games and chugging energy drinks. SEE ALSO: Optimising esports performance – Healthy body, healthy mindNaturally, this stereotype doesn’t line up with peak performance in tournaments. Almost no player would benefit from no sleep or an unhealthy diet. Forcing a healthier lifestyle on players isn’t a feasible option but giving players who are not part of a team the resources is a good start. Esports teams have houses in which a nutritionist, dietitian, fitness coach and so on. This means the team are much more likely to succeed.However, players from the FGC who don’t live in their team houses lack the same support. Admittedly, it might be expensive to hire a team of people for just a single player but having someone send nutritional, fitness and sleep information to their FGC players might help. Greg Laird, founder and CEO of Chaos Esports Club believes it’s a positive thing to see more focus on fitness in esports: “It’s great to see we have more access to new resources; a lot of teams have dieticians or nutritionists, fitness coaches and so on.”An improvement in health and wellbeing can pay dividends to a player’s performance at a big tournament. This leads to slicker gameplay which creates a snowball effect. Fantastic gameplay makes for better online content and highlights, which then breeds more exposure to new sponsors. Sponsors are looking for someone to represent their brand, and at a guess, they may be more likely to invest in a more stricter high level ‘athlete’ than the old sleepless stereotype gamer.ESI HALL OF FAME 2019 REGISTRATIONlast_img read more

NBC analyst criticized over comment about Simone Biles

first_imgTrautwig later deleted the tweet. RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An NBC gymnastics announcer has come under fire on social media over comments he made about the adoptive parents of American gymnast Simone Biles.The 19-year-old gymnast and her younger sister were adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron Biles, and his wife, Nellie, after spending time in foster care. Simone Biles refers to them as her parents.Announcer Al Trautwig, though, on air has referred to Nellie and Ron as Simone’s grandparents. When a woman tweeted to Trautwig that he should refer to Ron and Nellie as her parents, Trautwig tweeted back: “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” United States’ Simone Biles forms a heart shape with her hands at the end of the artistic gymnastics women’s qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) Trautwig later deleted the tweet.center_img He was criticized by Carrie Goldman, an adoptive mother who writes a blog, “Portrait of an Adoption.” Goldman said NBC needs to make sure its commentators are educated about adoption. She says the comments deeply disrespect adopted children and parents.When she was a toddler, Simone and her little sister, Adria, still in diapers, went to live with their grandparents in Texas while their mother struggled with addition to alcohol and drugs back in Ohio.The couple adopted Simone and Adria in 2000 when the birth mother’s parental rights were terminated.Ron and Nellie provided the structure that the girls needed and set the foundation that helped produce what could be the greatest gymnast of her generation.Simone is the three-time reigning world champion who has won 14 medals at worlds, including 10 gold, since 2013, and is poised in Rio de Janeiro to become the fourth straight American to win the Olympic all-around gold.Though Simone remains in contact with Shanon Biles, she is quick to correct anyone that calls Shanon her mother. Shanon Biles is her biological mother, she says; Nellie Biles is Mom.___AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org He was criticized by Carrie Goldman, an adoptive mother who writes a blog, “Portrait of an Adoption.” Goldman said NBC needs to make sure its commentators are educated about adoption. She says the comments deeply disrespect adopted children and parents.When she was a toddler, Simone and her little sister, Adria, still in diapers, went to live with their grandparents in Texas while their mother struggled with addition to alcohol and drugs back in Ohio.The couple adopted Simone and Adria in 2000 when the birth mother’s parental rights were terminated.Ron and Nellie provided the structure that the girls needed and set the foundation that helped produce what could be the greatest gymnast of her generation.Simone is the three-time reigning world champion who has won 14 medals at worlds, including 10 gold, since 2013, and is poised in Rio de Janeiro to become the fourth straight American to win the Olympic all-around gold.Though Simone remains in contact with Shanon Biles, she is quick to correct anyone that calls Shanon her mother. Shanon Biles is her biological mother, she says; Nellie Biles is Mom.___AP Summer Games website: http://summergames.ap.org,RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — An NBC gymnastics announcer has come under fire on social media over comments he made about the adoptive parents of American gymnast Simone Biles.The 19-year-old gymnast and her younger sister were adopted by their maternal grandfather, Ron Biles, and his wife, Nellie, after spending time in foster care. Simone Biles refers to them as her parents.Announcer Al Trautwig, though, on air has referred to Nellie and Ron as Simone’s grandparents. When a woman tweeted to Trautwig that he should refer to Ron and Nellie as her parents, Trautwig tweeted back: “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.”last_img read more

Sociedad strike Vela deal with Arsenal

first_img ““Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal FC which will allow Carlos Vela to continue at the club on a permanent basis.  “This club, this team has the ambition to make it better, and I am convinced that we will perform an exciting year.” “The player meanwhile, has signed a contract extension which ties him to Real Sociedad for the next four seasons. The player’s previous contract was due to expire in June 2016. The Mexican striker has now formally signed his new contract.” Sam Marsden Upd. at 21:09 The Gunners were tipped to activate a buy-back clause they maintained on the player from when they sold him 2012, thought to be in the region of €4million, but instead have let Sociedad pay a reported a €11m to buy out the clause, with as much as €5m to be added on in future performance-related bonuses. The Mexican forward, who rejected the chance to go the World Cup with his country, said he was “happy” everything was resolved.center_img Real Sociedad released the following statement on their website: Carlos Vela will remain at Real Sociedad next season after the Basque club managed to come to an agreement with Arsenal over the player’s future. “We knew it would not be easy, but thankfully it is resolved and all parties are happy,” the 25-year-old explained.  24/06/2014 CESTlast_img read more

Aguero sits out Argentina training; Messi and Di Maria work on set plays

first_img Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET EFE He picked up the knock in his country’s 1-0 win over Uruguay on Tuesday night. Although he trained the following day, it was deemed best he took a breather on Friday.  Manchester City striker Aguero didn’t take part at all because of a pain in his shoulder.  Sergio Aguero did not train on Friday, while Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria practiced free kicks away from the rest of their Argentina teammates. center_img On the pitch next to where the rest of the squad was training, Messi and Di Maria worked on dead ball situation with Sergio Romero in goal.  19/06/2015 Argentina have four points from two games in Group B at the Copa America and will take on Jamaica, who have lost both their matches, in their final game this weekend.last_img read more

Las Palmas’ midfielder Alen Halilovic ruled out until 2018

first_img Halilovic injured his ankle in the win over Athletic Club last week after a challenge from Raul Garcia and was carried off on a strecther.  IN SPORT.ES efe Former Barcelona player Halilovic is currently on an 18-month loan with La Liga side Las Palmas from Hamburg. Croatian international Alen Halilovic will have to undergo surgery and will be out for at least two months, the player revealed on Sunday, with Las Palmas coach Pako Ayestaran confirming the news shortly after.  15/10/2017 CESTcenter_img Halilovic, adiós al 2017 The first diagnosis spoke of a “trauma” injury and later a “strain of the ligament” according to an MRI scan that was described as “reassuring”, although it was pending “further tests”. Those further tests have finally confirmed the severity of the injury and the need for an operation. Upd. at 23:45 If the estimated duration of Halilovic’s time on the sidelines will be a minimum of two months, ruling him out of action until the New Year. last_img read more