July 26, 2016 |
Last week I asked why big drug companies were moving biotech jobs from Philly to Boston and other brainy centers. Some thoughtful replies: The University of Pennsylvania is no Harvard, argues Douglas Simon, a former Penn anesthesiologist- turned-financial adviser. He's not dissing Philadelphia science. He's blaming a persistent divide between scholarship and sales. "The roots of this go very deep into our history and culture, as well as to the goals of our institutions," Simon told me. He says schools led by Penn have a strong record of training medical leaders and piling up NIH-backed research - but they have avoided involvement with "commercial enterprises," which were viewed as "crass and not intellectually honest.
July 19, 2016 |
What does Boston have that Philly lacks? Merck told workers last week it was moving more than 300 jobs out of Montgomery County and New Jersey, and "increasing our investment in areas where biomedical research is converging, specifically in Cambridge, Mass. " Adderall maker Shire Plc moved more than 500 jobs from Chester County to Massachusetts last year because "Boston is a biotech center," a spokeswoman said. AstraZeneca has demolished labs and sold the former high-rise tower and South Campus at its U.S. headquarters just north of Wilmington, and is building its Innovative BioHub next to Cambridge.
March 23, 2016 |
WHDH-TV, the local NBC station in Boston, has sued Comcast Corp. in federal court over a decision to strip the independent broadcaster of its network affiliation, saying that could leave millions of people without access to free over-the-air NBC shows. Boston-area viewers wishing to watch NBC News programs , The Voice , or other shows may be forced into a pay-TV package in a metro area in which Comcast is the dominant cable provider, the suit says. "I put a lot of effort into [WHDH-TV]
March 9, 2016 |
Philadelphia will not host Forbes' 30 Under 30 millennial-fest this year, and probably not any time soon. The organizers announced Monday - at a news conference attended by the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts - that the four-day gathering will head to Boston in October. "I first want to thank Philadelphia for serving as host city over the last two years to kick off our Under 30 Summits," Randall Lane, editor of Forbes magazine, said in a news release. He went on to say that Boston's summit would triple in size and include young entrepreneurs worldwide.
February 23, 2016 |
I'M NOT SURE what trade-deadline deal that did not happen concerns me more: that the Sixers reportedly came close to moving rookie center Jahlil Okafor to the Boston Celtics, or that president/general manager Sam Hinkie said teams had interest in role players Robert Covington, Hollis Thompson and T.J. McConnell but nothing was worked out. WARNING!! For those who keep telling me they are tired of me only writing "hit pieces" on the Sixers, this might be considered another one. Let's start with Hinkie saying at a press conference on Friday: "There's been a lot interest in even the undrafted players.
December 4, 2015 |
Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas received a three-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for an illegal hit on Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad during the third period Tuesday. A spokesman from the NHL's Department of Player Safety said Gudas made the head "the main point of contact on a hit where the head was avoidable. " Gudas, who was not penalized on the play, delivered an extended forearm to Zibanejad, knocking him out of the game. The 6-foot, 204-pound Gudas will forfeit nearly $16,000 for the three games he misses.
November 28, 2015 |
76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor was involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning, according to a video obtained and published by the website TMZ.com. In the video, Okafor - who stands 6-foot-11, weighs 271 pounds, and turns 20 on Dec. 15 - is seen shouting at several individuals, then shoving a man to the ground. After at least one person tries to restrain him, Okafor punches a man who appears to be the same individual he had pushed, knocking him to the pavement again.
November 9, 2015 |
'My persona has been hijacked," Boston Globe editor Walter "Robby" Robinson declared last year, writing about what it felt like to witness a certain Hollywood star assume his identity, his mannerisms, his walk, his talk. "If Michael Keaton robbed a bank, the police would quickly have me in handcuffs," he added. Keaton, on the phone last week and reminded of Robinson's remarks, laughed. "Robby was so easy to play, in a way," said the actor, part of an ace ensemble - Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber - who wear the ID cards of real-life Globe reporters and editors in Tom McCarthy's thrilling journalism drama, Spotlight . Robinson, whom Keaton plays with the perfect calibration of accent and comportment, was the editor of the paper's Spotlight unit, a small troop of reporters allowed to dig deep and go long on big stories.
November 6, 2015 |
Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics, a for-profit company spun out of nonprofit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said Wednesday that it would open a "satellite" office in the Boston suburb of Waltham, Mass. Spark has been the most prominent Philadelphia company trying to make money by using gene therapy to cure or treat diseases. In October, it reported positive results from a late-stage study of its most advanced gene-therapy product, meant to treat rare genetic eye problems.
October 30, 2015 |
BOSTON - 76ers fans must remember this: The team has potential but is young and inexperienced. The Sixers' opener, a 112-95 setback to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at TD Garden, proved they have a talented Twin Tower tandem in Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel and a lot of improving to do as a team. Okafor showed he's an early front-runner to win rookie of the year. The 6-foot-11, 268-pounder made his first five shots to score 10 of the Sixers' first 17 points. However, he cooled off once the Celtics decided to guard him with the 290-pound Jared Sullinger or double-team him. The former Duke standout missed four of his next five shots before turning it back on in the fourth quarter.