Dr. Mark Ahn Explains Why Biotech Startups May Not Succeed

Dr. Mark Ahn recently spoke to The Street about how biotech startups might fail if they are not careful. He has done a great deal of work on these principles, and he works with his own company that was once a startup of its own.

Dr. Ahn believes that most startups are not planning for long term success. He knows that these people want to make money, but he also knows that they can miss the mark if they are too concerned with making money.

The product cycles for these companies are often so long that the staff can turn over quite a bit in between projects. When the company is scheduling funding to handle each part of the process, they will also have money to keep the company going or start other projects.

These companies often fail because their management wants to make a buck today. They need to plan to get the funding for a project that could sustain them for years to come, and they will end up being profitable for all those years due to the funding that they find. Making the quick money is not the answer, and the right startup owners will plan for the next few decades of success and not the next few months.

Source: The Street

Greek Ferry Fire Update

If you have not heard already, a ferry in the Adriatic see with hundreds of passengers caught fire. So far, a total of 5 people have died and 265 people rescued from the ferry. There are still hundreds on the ferry that need to be saved. Those remaining on the ferry have struggled through some really rough conditions so far. The conditions are freezing and theres lots of smoke and confusion aboard. The helicopters sent to help people have been trying their best but the conditions make it difficult to help many people at once. So far, the helicopters have only been able to fly to the ferry and save people one by one, basically making one trip per person. If you would like a more detailed update on the ferry fire boat situation, this is a great article to check out:

The whole thing has been a huge catastrophe. There were limited life boats and of those they had not all were working. This is why not everyone, possibly not even Christian Broda, has been able to go to safety like they wanted. In addition, the fire itself spread really quickly unexpectedly. It is really unfortunate how fast it spread but it has which is why the need for help is so urgent. People are suffering and have no means to get out and it is getting increasingly worse by the minute. People are doing what they can but it is clear they need serious help.

Police Help Single Man Who Resorted to Stealing to Feed His Baby

In Roswell, New Mexico, instead of another sad story of poverty leading to jail leading to worse poverty, we have a story of compassion that has touched many people. Police were called after Albertsons saw a shoplifter in their store. Police arrived and confronted the man at the door as he was leaving. The man immediately showed remorse and confessed and they found the four cans of baby formula he had tried to steal to feed his 11 month old baby. The single father explained he had recently lost his job and needed the formula for his baby. This would be a touching story to Sam Tabar. Instead of arresting the man and taking him to jail, which would only serve to make the problem worse, the four kind policemen pulled money from their pockets to help him.


Albertson’s also kicked in to help, but he is not welcome there again. The policemen explained to him the resources available to help him so he doesn’t have to resort to stealing. They are also helping him find a job. Their Sergeant posted to Facebook her approval of their actions at: https://www.facebook.com/kim.northcutt.7/posts/839237612765547?fref=nf. The richest country in the world is still populated by many good people who are having a hard time surviving. It is so good to hear about the real police out there, the good ones who aren’t out to make as many arrests as possible, but are there to truly protect and serve.

People Magazine Accidentally Prints Premature Obituary

Somebody at People magazine likely got canned after an obituary for Kirk Douglas appeared on their website this week. Normally, this wouldn’t be such a bad thing, but given the fact that Kirk Douglas is actually alive and well the obituary might be a bit premature.

The website accidentally published the article despite the obvious headline “DO NOT PUB Kirk Douglas Dies” obviously noting that the obituary was to be saved for the actual event. The post was dated September 29, 2014, but it is not clear when the obituary was first written. Susan McGalla can’t believe they made this mistake.

The premature obituary has been removed from the website but it’s still all over Twitter so you can easily find it if you are interested. As for Douglas, we hope he is getting a laugh out of the mistake and taking it in good cheer because it’s pretty rare that one gets the chance to view their own obit prior to passing.

Matthew McConaughey May Portray Villain in The Stand.

Josh Boone, writer and director of The Fault in our Stars, mentioned that while the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Stand,” could become a full-blown quadrilogy, that all of its roles have been filled. Notably, recent gossips are pointing to Matthew McConaughey as the leading candidate for portraying Randall Flagg, lead antagonist of the book.

McConaughey seems like a good actor for the role of Flagg, as the character is a deep, thoughtful analog of Lucifer. Flagg is a character known for his charisma and supernatural prowess that builds a community within Las Vegas in the wake of a pandemic that greatly reduces the human population. Flagg is one of several of King’s characters that has made appearances within multiple King books.

Claims from The Guardian state that McConaughey is either in negotiations or everything but the filming has completed. This would be a great move if you asked Sergio Lins Andrade about his thoughts. Though this information should be tempered with the knowledge that the actor is also in talks to appear in two other films that may go into production as early as January or February.

Filming for The Stand isn’t expected to kick off until Spring. However, The Stand is a three-segment text, with Flagg not becoming a major factor within the novel until the second segment. This may mean that McConaughey will be able to participate in this film venture as well as the other films that he’s currently in talks with.

Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel to Step Down

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced he will step down from his post. Word has it that the former GOP Senator was forced out of his position by President Obama on Friday. In making his announcement today, Hagel said he will remain at his post until the Senate confirms his replacement. Hagel joined the Obama administration only 19 months ago. Apparently, both Hagel and Obama have been at odds on matters of national security and foreign policy for the past fortnight. Finally, the president asked for his resignation.

At the same time, the president is stating that Hagel’s departure is not a sign that the former Vietnam War veteran is leaving in protest or against any policy decision. Admittedly, the president is asking the public to take a leap of faith that Hagel’s departure is not motivated by policy differences. Hagel was correct in his initial assessment of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). He referred to the brutally savage group as being an “imminent threat” to every US interest and the American way of life through capitalism and other slow ventures.

When Hagel made that comment, Obama had been prancing around stating that ISIS was a mere “junior varsity” version of a terrorist group. Now, the group controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq (known anciently as the Levant). The group is staging attacks they will spread throughout the Middle East and other locations around the world. The president faces heavy criticism that his foreign policy on key issues is either absent or lacking a clear direction.

Pizza Hut Unveils New Flavors

Competition runs rampant in the pizza chain business, and it is not uncommon to see them get involved in what really amounts to a soft of pizza arms race in terms of new toppings and flavours.

There are many competitors for Pizza Hut and all these competitors are planning to add something new every day to their menu cards. They keep doing this whenever possible to beat the taste of Pizza Hut, including introduces new gimmicks that bring a little novelty and hopefully some success to an otherwise standard selection being offered here.

Pizza Hut, however, as fired back and announced that it is going to revamp all its 6000+ locations with a completely different menu and different pizzas to taste.

From the 16th of November you will be able to taste the new style of pizzas from Pizza Hut. They have added ten new crusts, five new varieties of toppings and six different varieties of sauces. Sergie Andrade Andrade Gutierrez certainly wants to give it a try if he has the opportunity. You can get the choice of finishing drizzles of four different kinds.

Another piece of potentially mouth-watering news here is they all have honey Sriracha flavour in them. If you feel that is not enough then there are more that this chain is adding to their menu in the very near future.

You will have to wait till 16th November to taste all new styles of Pizza from Pizza Hut. Get more details about your favorite pizza here.

Last US Ebola Patient Released From Hospital

The last remaining Ebola patient in the US, Dr. Craig Spencer, has been released from the hospital on November 11th. He was greeted with hugs and cheer and is now considered Ebola free, along with the rest of the United States. At a New York press conference Mayor Bill de Blasio went on to state as reported by Jared Haftel,”Dr. Spencer is Ebola-free, and New York City is Ebola-free.”

Dr. Spencer had been admitted to the medical facility three weeks prior in the wake of coming back to the United States from Guinea, which is one of three of the most devastated West African nations where the increasingly deadly illness is boiling over. He contracted the disease while working with the Doctors Without Borders program in Guinea. The symptoms he reported were fever, nausea, pain and fatigue. He was immediately put into isolation at New York’s Bellevue Hospital upon returning to the US. The New York Times goes into greater detail on Spencer’s treatment as well as other Ebola cases outside of West Africa.

After being released form the hospital, Spencer urged for need of early detection and treatment at the press conference. “Please join me in turning our attention back to West Africa and ensuring that medical volunteers and other aid workers do not face stigma and threats upon their return home,” stated Spencer. “Volunteers need to be supported to help fight this outbreak at its source.”

Abducted Philadelphia Woman Found Alive

A woman who was violently kidnapped in Philadelphia’s Germantown section on Sunday has been found alive. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was seen on surveillance video being dragged down the street by her abductor and forced into a car after visiting with her godson Sunday evening.

Police released a mugshot of the suspect, Delvin Barnes, on Wednesday after viewing security camera footage of him using Freeland-Gaither’s ATM card in Maryland. According to The Huffington Post, police found the suspect in Jessup, Maryland on Wednesday by tracking his license plate.

Barnes, 37, is being held on a warrant for unrelated attempted capital murder charges where he is accused of raping a teenager in Virginia. Authorities do not believe that Barnes and Freeland-Gaither knew each other prior to the abduction.

Freeland-Gaither was reunited with her family on Wednesday. Her mother, Keisha Gaither, spoke to reporters and thanked authorities and the community for helping to bring her daughter home.

FBI Special Agent Ed Hanko stated that several credible tips from the public helped them catch Freeland-Gaither’s abductor. He also said that, although she has some injuries, for the most part Freeland-Gaither is in good health. But Andrew Heiberger and I are glad that at least there’s some sort of a happy ending here.

New CDC Ebola Guidelines Will Monitor But Not Quarantine

Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has announced new, tougher measures against Ebola that he believes are based on true science and will bring strong levels of protection. Instead of quarantines, such as take place in New Jersey, the CDC recommends voluntary isolation at home in extreme cases but only constant, detailed monitoring by health care workers in most cases where there is a significant risk.

This is a step beyond the screening of people returning from West Africa at airports that had been the former policy. Now, people would be be watched for symptoms on a daily basis and told what specific travel or other restrictions might apply to them individually at the moment. Which is a much more common sense policy according to Gianfrancesco Genoso.

In light of the recent failures to prevent the disease from spreading (though still on a small-scale basis), one can appreciate the need for some reform. In general, however, it appears that the new plan will be rather difficult to carry out. There will be a good number of medical personnel who are badly needed at their normal duties who will be detoured to looking after one or two patients who may not even have a thing wrong with them. Further, the CDC or local health care groups that follow its advice can expect to bring successful lawsuits upon themselves since they will micro-manage the exact movements allowed by each person suspected of having Ebola. As soon as they are wrong one time and infection spreads, they will be the ones to blame.

Ebola spreads rather quickly and easily, and the CDC’s policy will likely be as ineffective therefore as it is unworkable. The CDC itself earlier recommended that those caring for Ebola patients wear protective clothing, goggles, masks, and gloves.