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June 14, 2011
In the Region Saul Ewing to merge with Boston firm Saul Ewing L.L.P. , of Center City, said it planned to merge with the Boston real estate and business law firm Dionne & Gass L.L.P. , effective July 1. The merger will bring seven new lawyers to Saul Ewing, five as partners, one as special counsel, and another as an associate, and expand Saul Ewing's East Coast presence with its first office in Boston. The combined law firm will retain the Saul Ewing name and have 235 lawyers.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
I received some interesting reactions from readers to Friday's column about the legacy of two pioneers of the region's biotechnology sector. I'd wondered aloud who might follow in the footsteps of Frank Baldino Jr. , the founder of Cephalon Inc. who died in December, and Hubert J.P. Schoemaker , the founder of Centocor Inc. who died in 2006. Both built large enterprises that continue to employ hundreds locally. In a comment posted online, Pennsylvania Bio president Christopher P. Molineaux listed seven local life-sciences entrepreneurs whom he suggested were walking that same path, including Steven Nichtberger , CEO of East Norriton-based Tengion Inc. , and Maxine Gowen , founder and CEO of King of Prussia-based Trevena Inc. In e-mails, readers in the biotech business mentioned how difficult it is to get from the point of drug discovery to putting actual product in consumers' hands.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
It is a problem so obvious you wonder why it hasn't already been solved: how to deliver online orders in a way that cuts the odds of missing a delivery or having a package stolen after drop-off to an apartment lobby, stoop, or an unsecured porch. One way Americans have worked around this, as their love affair with online shopping has grown in recent years, is to have deliveries sent to the office, which requires discretion and an indulgent boss. Or they suck up the status quo, unglue missed-delivery slips from the front door, and hope that, the next time, the truck comes when someone is home.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2013 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Old news: Companies have very few women on their boards of directors. Welcome news: Nutrisystem Inc. , of Fort Washington, and Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack , of Philadelphia, both just added a woman to their male- dominated boards. Unusual twist: It's the same woman. Andrea M. Weiss was appointed to Nutrisystem's board on March 4. Eight days later, Pep Boys added Weiss, 57, to its board. For the last decade, Weiss has been president and CEO of an Orlando-based boutique consulting practice called Retail Consulting Inc. Her resumé includes stops at retailers such as Ann Taylor , delia's , Guess , Intimate Brands , and The Limited . So it would seem self-evident why consumer-oriented companies like Nutrisystem (selling meal plans)
BUSINESS
June 30, 2011 | By Candice Choi, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The nation's biggest companies are spending more money on stock repurchases to keep investors happy. Standard & Poor's Corp. said Wednesday stock buybacks in the first quarter rose by 63 percent to $89.8 billion. That's up from $55.3 billion in the year-ago period. In the Philadelphia area, Airgas Inc., GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C., Innovative Solutions & Support Inc., GSI Commerce Inc., and ViroPharma Inc. were among the companies that announced buybacks in the first quarter.
BUSINESS
July 4, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Companies may feel like waving a flag this Fourth of July, but after what was a volatile second quarter, it might not be Old Glory. High oil prices, fears of a possible debt default by Greece, and the effects of Japan's triple disaster on the global supply chain all contributed to the gyrations in the stock market and thus the value of public companies. The Inquirer/Bloomberg Philadelphia Index rose 2.81 percent between March 31 and June 30, outperforming the Dow Jones industrial average (up 0.77 percent)
BUSINESS
July 25, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What if solvent Germany stops bailing out Europe and goes back to its own, stronger money? That would make German products cost more. But privately owned German industrial-sensor and controls maker IFM Electronic GmbH won't have that problem. The company dedicated its new factory and labs in Malvern on Monday, and is adding more abroad. "We make eight million sensors a year," said Roger Varma , head of the $700 million (in yearly sales) company's IFM Prover USA Inc.me off the line at IFM's factory in Tettnang, Germany.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Poptent , the video-production outfit with a major office in Conshohocken that uses crowdsourcing to produce content, has named a new CEO. Nick Pahade will succeed Rick Parkhill , the California investor who founded Poptent in 2007 to match independent filmmakers with Fortune 100 companies and ad agencies to generate content at about one-seventh the cost of traditional production. Starting June 3, Pahade, who lives in the Princeton area, will be based out of the Conshohocken headquarters, where about 30 of Poptent's 55 employees work.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raghunandan Yandamuri said he never intended to kill or harm anyone. The Montgomery County man told detectives that he simply wanted to kidnap 10-month-old Saanvi Venna for ransom. What happened next, he said, was "unexpected. " First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele, however, said Yandamuri acted quite deliberately. Motivated by gambling debts, he was carrying a four-inch kitchen knife to kill the child's grandmother and a note that demanded $50,000 and threatened to have the baby "cut into pieces.
BUSINESS
December 31, 2012
Simon's Fund, a Plymouth Meeting nonprofit group that works to protect children from sudden cardiac arrest through free heart screenings, research, and legislative advocacy, has named the following officers to its board of trustees: Mark Koenig, a sales executive in the cardiac-rhythm management division of Boston Scientific, is chair. Kenneth Fair, a partner at Naulty, Scaricamazza & McDevitt, is vice chair and secretary. Named to the executive committee are: Mitchell Bednoff, a partner in Sage Financial Group.
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