Reactor Blast Kills Two, Injures Two Others

                                                                                          Issue # 3071 | November 19th, 2019      




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Reactor Blast Kills Two, Injures Two Others

A reactor blast in the upper floors of Jeevika Life Sciences in Hyderabad, India has killed two and injured two others. According to published reports, about 20 persons were working near the reactor when it exploded. The blast blew the roof of the building to pieces with locals reporting hearing the blast as far as a mile away. The resulting fire took roughly four hours to bring under control. However, before the police and fire department personnel could reach the facility for rescue operations, two of the workers had already succumbed to their injuries. Authorities say restoration and rescue operations will remain underway throughout the week. Learn More
 



Novartis Ending Drug Discovery at Shanghai R&D Hub, Will Focus on Early Development

Looking to capitalize on China's growing biopharmaceutical ecosystem, Novartis has decided to end drug discovery at its Shanghai R&D hub and shift resources toward early development and commercial activities. First reported by FierceBiotech, the restructuring will eliminate about 150 early discovery jobs in the near-term but add 340 development and commercial roles by 2023. According to Fierce, Novartis does not intend to stop drug discovery at any of its other research sites, which span from California to Massachusetts to Basel, Switzerland. Learn More




Supreme Court Rejects 'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's Final Appeal

"Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli has lost his legal bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court review his 2017 federal convictions on securities fraud charges. The high court included Shkreli's petition with a group of potential appeals that it denied without comment this week. The decision ends the appeal process for the businessman notorious for driving a 5000% price hike on a drug used to treat an illness that attacks those with the HIV virus and others with weakened immune systems. Shkreli, 36, is currently serving a seven-year sentence at the low-security federal correction center in Allenwood, Pennsylvania. He is scheduled to be released in September 2023, a federal inmate registry shows. Learn More

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1975   "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Opens 
          in Theaters


On this day in 1975, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a film about a group of patients at a mental institution, opens in theaters. Directed by Milos Forman and based on a 1962 novel of the same name by Ken Kesey, the film starred Jack Nicholson and was co-produced by the actor Michael Douglas. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest went on to become the first film in four decades to win in all five of the major Academy Award categories: Best Actor (Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher, who played Nurse Ratched), Best Director, Best Screenplay (Adapted) and Best Picture. Learn More

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Why You Should Treat the Tech You Use at Work Like a Colleague


Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time -- when companies invest millions of dollars in new tech tools only to have frustrated employees disregard them, says Nadjia Yousif. In this fun and practical talk, she offers advice on how to better collaborate with the technologies in your workplace -- by treating them like colleagues. Learn More

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Looking back at the last decade, which of the following comes closest to your view?

I've accomplished more than I expected to            
I've accomplished less than I expected to