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A New Method to Treat Cancer with Seattle Genetics

Clay Siegall is the CEO and the President of Seattle Genetics, a company that specializes in biotechnology with the intention of helping cancerous individuals located all over the world. As the co-founder of Seattle Genetics in 1998, Mr. Siegall has used his science background to not only develop and test, but also research vigorously of new ways to treat cancer without bringing in toxic chemicals into the body. Seattle Genetics was essentially built on scientific innovation among the employees of this company who all have a vision to help others. The leadership of Mr. Clay Siegall has proven to be invaluable for the company as he has not only earned this company the approval of the FDA, but he is also the mastermind behind creating the lead product of antibody-drug conjugates that has heavily tested and experimented on in order to conclude that this drug does in fact help treat the cancerous cells in individual bodies.

The hard work of the workers of this company has resulted in the antibody-drug conjugate which is a drug that has been specifically designed to kill cancer cells within the body. What sets this drug apart from other drugs is the fact that this antibody-drug has been designed to never harm the non-targeted cells within the body. This means that this method of treatment is not only more effective, but it also prevents toxins from entering the body which is a result of other methods such as radiation and chemotherapy. This product has been heavily marketed in over 60 countries around the world in order to offer individuals a cheaper method to cure cancer.

The true mission of this company is to make the world a better place and to reduce the rate of illness. Seattle Genetics is currently in collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited which has helped with the development with the in-depth clinical program. With a strong feeling of respect and scientific innovation, this company has been able to flourish over the last few years. Clay Siegall hopes to see this company expand into many more countries with the intention of helping people.

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Kenneth Goodgame: Not Afraid of Hard Work

In today’s day and age, we need more hard workers like Kenneth Goodgame, SVP CMO at True Value Company and Marketing, Sales and Retail Merchandising expert. He is the type of man with a lot of experience and someone that isn’t afraid to put in the work to see his work all the way through. When it comes to marketing, you won’t find anyone better than him at marketing. As far as marketing, a lot of it is knowing how to say things the right way. Speech is such an important part of it. If you don’t know how to get across what you want to say, you can lose your audience. Kenneth Goodgame knows how to keep an audience engaged and he knows how to read a room and get the most out of his time with that particular group of people. When you have been around the block like him, it is second nature.

What is wonderful about Kenneth Goodgame is the fact that he does incredibly amounts of research whenever he has to market something. He is a big believer that if you are prepared and ready, the rest of the work is already done when it comes time to present what you have to present. The hard part, as they say, is over. He has done his homework, knows how to make the most out of his time, and he knows how to make an impact with the other people in the room. When you have been doing it as long as him, it is second nature. As they say, it is like riding a bike. Once you have done it before, you can do it over and over again.

As far as sales, now that one is a little bit more tricky with how reluctant people can be to make a sale. When it comes to Kenneth Goodgame, he never met a challenge he didn’t like. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t see it as a challenge. He believes in what he is selling and when you believe in what you are selling, it isn’t that hard to get that across to other people. In fact, it comes across naturally. It doesn’t take work and you aren’t lying to the people. You are simply telling them how great the product is, what it does, how it works and the many benefits of it.

As you can tell, there is nothing that Kenneth Goodgame can’t do in his field. He has the confidence, experience, and knowledge to handle whatever is put in front of him. He truly wakes up, every single day, ready for whatever the day is going to bring and you know he is going to give it his all. It’s not a cliche. It’s true.

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Job Gains Push Markets Higher, But Fear Still Persists

An unexpectedly large increase in non-farm payrolls for the month of June sent markets flying higher on Friday. After a disappointing report in May, June saw payrolls increase by 287,000. The good news caused the S&P 500 to briefly touch its record high.

The strong jobs report was a fresh of breath air for investors. The markets had sunk after May’s report, which was revised down from 38,000 jobs created to a paltry 11,000. The sell-off was exacerbated by the United Kingdom’s recent vote to leave the European Union.

For the time being, the upward trend of hiring in manufacturing and other areas remains intact. However, as the market pushes toward new highs and investor confidence increases, risk-aversion continues to persist.

The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note closed with a yield of 1.366%—a record low. This would suggest that there is significant demand for an asset that performs best in jittery markets. However, it’s happening at the exact same time that market prices suggest an increase in appetite for risky assets.

Something has to give as an increase in demand for both stocks and bonds cannot continue in perpetuity.

One of the reasons that may explain what we’re seeing is that optimism in the U.S. market creates demand for U.S. securities while uncertainty overseas creates demand for U.S. Treasuries.

As investors place their bets, whether continued strength in the U.S. job market is enough to trump problems in the European Union and China remains a 50/50 crapshoot.

Businesses Raise Prices in Response to National Living Wage

According to Business Insider, a survey shows that businesses in the UK are raising in response to the National Living Wage. In April 2016, the UK government did away with the National Minimum Wage of £6.50 an hour for workers over the age of 25, and replaced it with a ” National Living Wage” of £7.20 an hour. Rather than cut back on employees, over a third of affected business have raised prices to make up for the wage increase. The report by the Resolution Foundation also showed that 29% had experienced a reduction in profits. The survey, of 500 firms, found that only 14% of businesses were using less labor as a result of the change.

Before the introduction of the National Living Wage, there were widespread fears of widespread layoffs and an increase in unemployment. This does not seem to have been borne out, but instead business are responding with rising prices, and most indicated that they will have to continue on this trend in the next five years. They also expect to ask more of their current workforce as time goes on.

Brexit will have an additional impact on the National Living Wage. The original plan was to continue to raise it until it reaches £9 an hour by 2020. But, the negotiations of trade deals between the UK and the EU could have a significant impact on if it plays out that way. The Resolution Foundation estimated different scenarios of wage growth in the UK, and none looked promising for reaching to goal of £9 target.

Seattle Genetics Continues To Help The Fight Against Cancer

Seattle Genetics was founded in 1997 as a biotechnology company that focuses on developing antibody-based therapies to treat various forms of cancer. In particular, Seattle Genetics focuses on research and development of Antibody-Drug Conjugates, also called ADCs. ADCs are a treatment designed to improve the targeting ability of the immune system’s antibodies to help discover and destroy cancer cells.

Seattle Genetics currently has as its primary drug, ADCETRIS®, or Brentuximab Vedotin, which is currently approved for use as a cancer-fighting drug in over 60 countries. Adcetris is used to treat various CD 30-expressing lymphomas such as Hodgkin lymphoma, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, and mature T-cell lymphomas. In addition, Seattle Genetics is currently working on additional treatment options, such as Vadastuximab Talirine, which will be utilized to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Leading Seattle Genetics in the fight against cancer, is its President and CEO Clay Siegall, Ph.D. Dr. Siegall earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland before going on to complete a Ph.D. in Genetics at The George Washington University, in Washington D.C. The University of Maryland named Siegall Alumnus of the Year for Computer, Math and Natural Sciences in 2013 and was honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young in 2012.

Having served as the President and CEO of Seattle Genetics since 1998. Prior to his work with Seattle Genetics, Clay Siegall worked for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute from 1991 through 1997, as well as the National Cancer Institute from 1988 through 1991. Siegall also contributes to the healthcare field by serving on the Board of Directors of three other major pharmaceutical companies. Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Mirna Therapeutics, Inc., and Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc. all greatly benefit from Dr. Siegall’s experience and expertise in the pharmaceutical industry.

Over the last five years, Seattle Genetics has benefited from Siegall‘s leadership and its stock offerings have risen from $17 to over $41 per share.


London Wants to Solve the E.U. Problems Quickly

The most powerful players in London’s financial industry are calling for a quick resolution to the issues at hand in order to solve problems that remain. Doing so will allow the global economy and stock markets in Europe specifically to begin to figure out what the new normal is, invest in what looks like will be dominant down the line, and figure out how to do business with the rest of Europe and the world even though Britain’s foreign policy and therefor economic policy has come to be much more isolationist than anyone would have hoped for.

This is important, and it makes sense that people who make their living on the economy would want to see uncertainty in the economy be dealt with and handled as soon as possible. For London to be able to grow apart from the E.U. while still wanting to be a financial hub for all of Europe, serious time will need to be spent on Brexit negotiations that focus on the future relationship of London with the E.U. if that ends up being different than what the position of Britain as a whole is.

Uncertainty is hardly ever a good thing, and it’s certainly not helpful when you’re trying to develop industries that support the economy in a more sustained, stable way. If London wants to have a stronger financial market, it better hope for a quick resolution between the U.K and E.U.

Tarallucci e Vino and Restaurants That have Private Rooms

Restaurants are really great places to eat foods. People get to enjoy meals that are professionally created to not only taste well, but look appealing as well. While there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, there are some people that want private rooms. There are plenty of reasons for private rooms. Among the reasons for using private rooms are just meeting together with trusted family or running a private event. Fortunately, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from with private rooms.

Gramercy Tavern

This restaurant has been in business for more than twenty years. This restaurant provides some really well prepared American Cuisine. They also provide food that is seasonal and locally produced. They have a private room that is perfect for events with its classic spot.

Charlie Bird

This is another restaurant that has a great private room for events. They specialize in homemade spaghetti, uni=pasta, roast chicken, and plenty of other great dishes. However, they shine the most with their music. They provide some of the more energetic beats of hip hop and pop. Their private dining room is great for people with more than 10 in their groups.

When it comes to event spaces, Tarallucci e Vino has two event spaces that provide customers with what they need in order to make the most out of their event. The private event is made complete with Chef Riccardo Bilotta’s assortment that provides a combination of modern cooking with traditional Italian food. This allows for an experience that will be enjoyed by everyone. The Taralucci e Vino has two rooms that people will will enjoy. There is the Mezzanine, which is a room that is perfect for small gatherings for up to 50 people. There is a lounge area, a bar, and brick tables that are customized. Then there is a loft on the 6th floor that is versatile for any event. One could do a business event, or a birthday party which family and friends could enjoy.

Private events are one type of activity that many people enjoy in order to celebrate their accomplishments. There are quite a few restaurants that are able to provide accommodations for private events. Their rooms are the perfect combination of compact while able to host a large number of people. Each room has its own style and theme while providing people with a lot of comfort.

Wall Street’s $971 Billion Piggy Bank

Business Insider recently released a story on the more than $971 billion Wall Street investors have in available capital. This money sits, unused, by private equity firms.

This is a massive amount of money, and it’s exciting to think what could be invested in with that kind of money. Entire sectors of the economy could be uplifted in one trading session of much of that money were to be consolidated and used cooperatively. This is money that could invest in sustainable technology and renewable energy, water and resource preservation startups, companies that finance non-profit micro loan, and on and on and on. A lot of money could be made doing the right thing for communities if Wall Street saw that and decided to spend it on what it likes most (profits) while also doing good for people in the economy.

This also shows how Wall Street could afford to be taxed at a higher level in a nonpartisan fashion in order to fund free tuition at all in-state public institutions and part of a universal health care system. There is so much money sitting in Wall Street that it becomes incredibly difficult to justify how little Wall Street has paid the government in fees and taxes over the years. We should demand that more money for social spending come from higher taxes on investors and speculators on Wall Street.

Pokemon GO: Can This Mobile Game Help Small Business Owners?

It’s been 20 years since a team of Japanese game designers came up with the Pokemon fictional universe, which was born out of a Nintendo Game Boy portable video game system. Since then, Pokemon has grown into a lucrative industry that has captivated the minds and wallets of enthusiasts around the world.

Although each Pokemon video game released since 1996 has become very popular, its latest version has been making headlines due to its potential impact on brick-and-mortar retail shops.

Pokemon GO is an augmented reality game that calls on players to find fictional creatures with their smartphones. Essentially, Pokemon GO turns the real world into hunting grounds for strange monsters that can be collected, traded, nurtured, and trained for battle. Pokemon GO monsters can be found just about anywhere; however, they can only battle at Pokemon Gyms, which are mostly local businesses and public landmarks.

Aside from Pokemon Gyms, local businesses and public places also serve as PokeStops, where players can collect items that are useful for nurturing their digital monsters.

At a time when owners of small brick-and-mortar businesses are concerned about how e-commerce and mobile apps keep customers home and away from stores, Pokemon GO could boost foot traffic, increase sales and generate interest.

According to a recent article published by Forbes magazine, a trendy boutique and a museum in Arkansas are welcoming Pokemon GO players to their establishments with signs and blog posts. Business owners whose stores are PokeStops and Pokemon Gyms should take advantage of this opportunity by offering discounts and special offers to players.

Traditional Shopping Mall Brands Cannot Keep Up With Teen Fashion

Millennial teenagers are proving elusive to major American retailers these days. The late 20th century was a great time for mall brands such as Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, J. Crew, Gap, and others; however, the same cannot be said about the present.

According to a poll conducted by financial news website Business Insider, American teens do not think shopping malls are cool anymore. This is a major concern for department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom, which are highly dependent on mall sales.

Although online shopping is somewhat attractive to American teens, more than 60 percent prefer the brick-and-mortar experience when it comes to fashion purchases.

When it comes to their ideal shopping experience, Amnerican teens still like the Abercrombie & Fitch formula of music, decor and atmosphere; however, they don’t like condescending attitudes or feeling ripped off. Millennial teens are smart; they know when clothes are overpriced, and they are not terribly interested in wearing attire that is plastered with commercial logos.

Teens also feel that major brands that pretend to cater to them do not actually care about them. This is a powerful message that Macy’s and the like should pay close attention to: teens would really appreciate if they are asked about their preferences instead of being stereotyped.

With teens staying out of shopping malls, anchor stores no longer have the upper hand. Major retail brands will have to compete against e-commerce giants such as Amazon, and they also have to adjust to the shifting trends that teenage shoppers are interested in.