As head of Seattle Genetics since 2002, Clay Siegall is proud that the company was the first to receive FDA approval for an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), which is marketed under the brand name ADCETRIS. Used to treat Hodgkin Lymphoma patients who have not responded to chemotherapy, ADCETRIS’s antibody targets lymphoma cells and then delivers an anticancer drug. Siegall has said that Seattle Genetics is working to gain FDA approval to widen ADCETRIS’s use, which combined with the company’s plans to augment its drug pipeline, interests investors. Under Siegall’s leadership, Seattle Genetics’ stock price has nearly tripled in the last five years.
A frequent featured speaker at industry events, Siegall impresses audiences with his dedication to improving therapies for cancer patients. One of his responsibilities as CEO is to raise capital for Seattle Genetics to continue their research, an area that Siegall excels in. Bringing in more than $350 million from licensing agreements alone, Siegall ensures that Seattle Genetics will continue to develop breakthrough therapies that will benefit cancer patients.
With a dozen new drugs in development, Siegall is focusing on increasing the therapies available for cancer patients, which has been his goal since he co-founded Seattle Genetics in 1998. Xconomy reports that Siegall, in addition to running an ambitious biotechnology company, is on the Board of Governors of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Business Alliance and on the Board of Directors of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association. Also serving on the Boards of Directors for three private biotechnology companies, Siegall is extremely busy; nevertheless, he told Seeking Alpha “We think we can be the next big important biotech company.” This means Seattle Genetics would need to develop drug after drug, however, when it comes to new ways to meet cancer patients unmet needs, Siegall does not rest.
Winners have something in common. They are able, focused and highly organized. They set objectives and then work toward these set objectives with a passion only known to champions. Most importantly, they believe in achieving quality results. This is a fitting description of UShealth Group CEO Troy McQuagge, the serial gold award winner. Health insurance is one of the most competitive industries with the most stringent of regulatory enforcements in the United States. For a CEO or company to emerge the winner, he/she has to be the best of the best. Troy is best of the best. The obvious question most readers will ask is this: how did he beat all that competition? Did he dream himself onto the golden throne?
Troy McQuagge has been CEO of USHealth Group since 2014. He is reformist at heart. His time at the helm has been one long crowning moment for both the Group and himself. Growth figures have been stunning. When he joined in 2010, his first task was to identify areas of the business that needed rejuvenation. He identified the weaknesses in the distribution arm and set about the task of reforming it. What is the point of magnificent products sitting pretty on a shelf, gathering dust? He asked. USHealth Advisors flourished quickly and with it the whole business.
USHealth is based in Texas. It is an insurance holding company with a focus on small business owners. The group offers an avalanche of services, all tailored to suit the needs of the current health insurance market in the United States. The group boasts of a highly skilled workforce whose superb relationship with customers has helped to popularize the group’s products and services.
A graduate of the University of Central Florida in the legal field, Troy McQuagge has so many awards to show. In 2007, he bagged two Gold Stevie Awards. In 2012, he bagged Silver Stevie Award for leading his company to achieve the fastest growth. American Business Award followed this in 2013 for his innovation. In 2015, he won Stevie Awards for leading the best sales team. Before winning the 2016 CEO of the Year Gold Award, USHealth was awarded top status in the Golden Bridge Awards.
Apart from being a serial winner of Gold in a very competitive field, Troy MacQuagge is also committed to many charitable causes. He has done a lot -and continues to do- to help children. He is involved with humanitarian efforts at home and abroad, human rights advocating and health. Some of the charities that have benefited from his donations include HopeKids Dallas, HopeKids Phoenix, Crisis Nursery Phoenix and Semper Fi Fund. He has also volunteered at The Phoenix of New Orleans. Troy is currently a volunteer at Trinity Habitat for Humanity.
Doug Levitt is a musician, writer and former journalist. His book, called the Greyhound Diaries covers more than a decade of travels across America by bus. In the Greyhound Diaries Doug Levitt describes the people he sees and has conversations with. He also describes what he calls the forgotten man and woman in far off corners of the United States that are often ignored or unknown to a vast majority of people and the media.
The Greyhound Diaries was inspired by the worsening economic situation and growing divide between the rich and poor in the United States. During his travels, Doug saw people struggle to make ends meet without the luxury of being able to travel by car. This is something most of us take for granted.
Mr. Levitt describes his journey by bus through America as being enlightening. The ideas of class division, racial division and political division faded away when Doug Levitt was sitting side by side with people of all races, political affiliations and classes across America. When you are riding together on a bus and using public transportation, you begin to realize what you have in common with your fellow people instead of what you have in difference. Doug Levitt realized that most of us, regardless of stories in the media or preconceived stereotypes want the same thing. That is a happy and prosperous life in a safe community.
The travels across America to both big cities and small towns off the beaten path, also inspired Doug Levitt to compose songs which he compiled into a musical album that is called the Greyhound Diaries EP. The album contains four songs that reinforce the themes found in Doug’s nonfiction book, the Greyhound Diaries. Doug now also travels across the United States as a performer, where he performs songs that he composed while on the road.
Doug Levitt was born and raised in Washington D.C. to a middle class family. He worked as a foreign correspondent for major news networks before coming back to the United States and deciding to embark upon a journey across America by bus. He says his inspiration for the journey was to find out what the condition of the American people was really like, especially during economic downturns.
OSI Group is a worldwide food distributor that has its humble beginnings in Oak Park, Illinois. The company was founded as a meat market in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. Otto used his ambition and business-savvy to grow the company into a force in the local area. He named his new enterprise Otto and Sons and began distributing meat to other businesses in the area.
The food industry continued to grow. McDonald’s was a phenomenon that was spreading across the country. Its CEO Ray Kroc was looking for a meat distributor for their new restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. He chose Otto and Sons. The company developed a strong relationship with McDonald’s over the coming years. Otto and Sons had the vision to understand the needs of a giant organization such as McDonalds. They implemented cryogenic freezing in order to maintain large amounts of product while preserving freshness. This allowed Otto and Sons to supply McDonald’s with the tremendous amount of product that they were continuing to need on a regular basis. They also introduced the patty cutting machine. This innovation made it possible for Otto and Sons to deliver the meat to their largest client exactly the way they needed. Ray Kroc eventually made Otto and Sons its exclusive provider of meat.
Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. They continued to expand their operations by opening a plant in West Chicago in order to provide services to other large restaurant chains. There are currently 65 plants operating in 17 different countries. OSI is the provider of food supplies to several different major fast-food organizations including Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway and Starbucks. It was named the 136th largest privately owned company in the United States by Forbes.
Company growth means more opportunity for those who are looking for careers in the industry. OSI has hiring bases in areas such as Poland, Germany, Hungary, the UK, Asia-Pacific and the United States.
Securus Technologies, the industry leader in inmate communications, recently offered its competitor, GTL, a chance to show off its video visitation system’s capabilities in a head-to-head challenge against Securus’ video visitation technology. GTL declined. For Securus, GTL’s unwillingness to participate in the contest gave a further boost to the widely held perception that Securus is the undisputed industry leader in video visitation systems.
Detractors have many words but little to say
The challenge that Securus issued to GTL came on the heels of years of hectoring and dubious criticisms on the part of GTL. Some of these criticisms were without any merit whatever, such as GTL’s ongoing claims that Securus had somehow infringed on their intellectual property rights in the implementation of their totally proprietary software.
Other claims had the color of truth but fell apart on closer inspection. These included allegations that the implementation of Securus’ video visitation system throughout the nation’s jails was motivated by corrupt or untoward ends. Specifically, detractors noted that in jails, often times, the installation of video visitation resulted in the permanent removal of traditional, in-person visitations. They contended that this was a violation of inmates’ rights. This charge was more difficult to answer, as the first part was clearly true. Many jails had eliminated traditional visitations after they had adopted video visitation systems.
However, the second part of the allegation, that it was a violation of prisoner’s rights and, implicitly, that there were untoward motives involved, is false. It turns out that there are no constitutionally guaranteed rights for jail inmates to have access to visitations, although the legal picture with respect to prisons is more complex. But, ultimately, the reason video visitation has been used to replace in-person visits at jails is solely due to safety. What’s more, inmates who would have been talking to visitors from behind bullet-proof Plexiglas and over a pay-phone-like receiver often reported a better experience using video visitation anyway.
Sweetgreen represents the start of something never seen before in fast food. In order for us to think of food as “fast”, we require our food to drown us in calories and salt. The idea that salads giving us just about everything we could want in our food. However, that is exactly what Nathaniel Ru is delivering with Sweetgreen. Finally, fast food is healthy and made with our nutrition in mind.
The Millennial Twist On Things
Ru is a Millennial and he wants Sweetgreen to clearly reflect the sensibilities of a Millennial. This means that you don’t need to walk in and order your food before it prepared. The Sweetgreen app and website allows you to order food before you even enter the restaurant. In fact, the app is so popular that nearly 30% of all orders are placed through the app. Millennials are intrinsically tied to their phones or at least some other sort of mobile device, so their concept of fast food needs to reflect that. This truly represents Millennial culture and everything it values.
Reaching Out To The Crowds
Sweetgreen isn’t simply another attempt to make a profit. Nathaniel Ru had a specific mission he wanted to carry out and every aspect of Sweetgreen reflects this reality. To further advance the mission of Sweetgreen Ru created the Sweetlife music festival. This festival specifically focuses on uniting customers of Sweetgreen with their favorite musicians in order to create something big. Sweetlife offers the perfect opportunity for celebrities to highlight some of the most important issues of our time and convince young people they have a responsibility in changing things. Millennials are the most socially conscious generation we’ve seen and Sweetgreen reflects this.
The American Dream Revisited
The story of Nathaniel Ru is a story we’ve seen very often in American hsitory. He is the son of immigrants who came to America with the hope of creating a better life for themselves and their children. Fulfilling the duty of each successive generation in finding ways to improve upon the foundation of the former, Ru graduated from Georgetown University and opened up his own business. This story, especially in the fast food industry, is nearly par for the course. The fast food industry changes with every generation, and Millennials are shaping it into their own vision with Sweetgreen.
It’s amazing to think that one product could take the place of your shampoo and conditioner, but Wen cleansing conditioner does that. The wonderful part on Twitter is that it cleans the hair without using sulfates which can harm one’s hair. It causes one’s hair to have what many shampoos can hinder and that is it does not remove the oil one’s hair produces. It also causes hair to become strong, and soft. The softness added to the hair will make it easier for one to comb and style hair.
The Wen Cleansing Conditioner is not the only product Wen offers. Also offered is WEN Hair Nourishing Mousse which causing one’s style to be kept in place without harming the hair with chemicals. It causes hair to be thicker and fuller. It’s great for women that enjoy blow drying their hair as it provides botanical extracts to nourish the hair. It gives hair the much needed hydration for health. The marvelous products on thegloss.com that Wen offers do not stop there because they offer Wen Anti-Frizz Styling Crème.
This product is made to overpower frizz for eight hours. It strengthens hair so that it does not break off. It causes ninety-five percent less breakage once it’s used only one time. One’s hair can be eighty percent more resilient under heat styling. Once styles on overstock.com are completed one’s hair appears shiny and admirable. Another product that will treat your hair in order to maintain it healthy and marvelous is Wen Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment. This deep conditioner moisturizes hair on a high level. It should be used once a week to cause live changing results in the condition of hair. The results on totalbeauty.com will be noticeable and the simple natural ingredients used are the powerful Shea Butter, and Sweet Almond Oil.
Mike Baur had the vision to help build digital companies that offer something different and unique. This vision was the company, Swiss Startup Factory, which was started in 2014. The company is located in Zurich. They offer many different services to help get your company off the ground. The 360-degree approach provides the guidance and vision to make your startup a success.
The company helps in the way of an accelerator. They provide the coaching and mentorship to make the right decisions from day one. Financing is a large piece of the puzzle that is available through the Swiss Startup Factory. They tackle several parts of the finance puzzle, including payroll, bookkeeping, health benefits and overall cash flow. This is extremely important in a startup as typically the entrepreneur’s core competency is not in the financial and accounting side. This takes unnecessary stress from this aspect of the business. Another dynamic feature is the office space and the ability to cohabitate. This provides space for sharing ideas as well as talking through problems or even celebrating successes. So three facets to the Swiss Startup Factory are, the startup accelerator, co-working spaces and accounting and financial advice.
This is an elite program that the most viable startups will be chosen to participate in the startup accelerator. Ambitious goals are set out for the first three months to show progress, determine viability and ultimately create a successful startup.
Mike Baur’s education, including an executive MBA and experience in the banking industry for twenty years comes as a valuable asset as he is leading startup companies through the first three months of life. His upward mobility throughout his career shows his ability to learn quickly and adapt to people’s needs. He gained valuable leadership skills as a commercial apprentice at USB and on the board of a large Swiss Private Bank. Along with his finance career, Mike has an interest in helping others. Mentoring various entrepreneurs on startups is a favorite pastime as he builds relationships and continues to build his network. This ultimately gave the life to this adventure and he gets to pursue a lifelong dream.
Big Spending And Big Expectations
Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros spend a fortune in 2016 on political contributions. With the 2016 U.S.A presidential elections, the Syrian migrant crisis, and Brexit this year spiked the interest of George Soros. This year did not turn out well for the left. Brexit passed, European countries are pushing for tougher immigration policies, and Donald Trump is now president election of the United States. It wasn’t an easy fight for the right however. Soros and other powerful donors ensured that these political movements were ultimately close calls barely holding enough influence to succeed.
The European Scene
A major focus of Soros’ attention early on this year was in Europe. Europe experienced two major events this year motivated by concerns over immigration. The first of these concerns was the increase in migration from North Africa and Syria. Migrants are fleeing their countries due to war and a lack of economic opportunities, but E.U countries are struggling to assist them. In an effort to aid these migrants Soros gave the E.U $500 million dollars. Despite his efforts the migrant crisis would eventually result in the success of the Brexit campaign and other victories for the European Right.
The Trump Effect
After the nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the Democratic and Republican party nominees Soros took serious interest in the American presidential campaigns. Awakening from a long period of inactivity in American politics he decided to give $8 million to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. This contribution was soon followed by other major donors pitching in to give Hillary’s campaign a financial boost. Eventually Hillary Clinton was the center of the largest campaign in American history, but all of that effort would ultimately go to waste.
A Shocking Turn Of Events
The 2016 election took an unexpected turn of events. Although most polls placed Hillary Clinton with a comfortable lead Donald Trump ultimately eeked out an electoral college victory with gains in midwestern states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan. While George Soros found this news upsetting he has prepared for this unexpected outcome. He has shifted his focus towards finding a way to make sure that Trump fails to enact his agenda and restore power to the progressive left. To do this he turns to his fellow liberal donors.
The Democratic Alliance
To combat the rise of Donald Trump George Soros is relying on the Democratic Alliance. Formed in 2005 by Soros and other progressive donors the organization focuses on coordinating political contributions to targets the donors have collectively agreed to support. Last year the Democratic Alliance formed a new project called “2020 Vision”. This effort focuses on increasing the political influence of Democrats on a state level to eventually improve power on a national scale. To reach their goals the donors are seeking to improve outreach and has offered to support movements such as Black Lives Matter. Whether or not George Soros is successful in turning things around will come to light in the coming years.
Vitamin C is the most important vitamin in the body. It helps us prevent wrinkles on the skin that can be caused by stress. Vitamin C cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from food. Buying store bought vitamin C is not good either, because that vitamin C is made in a laboratory, which becomes a pro-oxidant in the body, rather than an anti-oxidant, which can lead to kidney stones in the body. Taking the wrong kind of vitamin C can cause many health problems such as hair loss. It is important to get vitamin C from natural sources, such as our food, and is vital for keeping us young and boosting the immune system. Vitamin C breaks down cholesterol.
A deficiency in it can lead to wrinkles, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, male infertility, and weak immunity. The most common deficiency leading to wrinkles is collagen loss which comes from a lack of vitamin C and silica in the body. Stomach acid is needed to absorb silica. Antacids and alkaline water decrease stomach acid, which decrease collagen, which lead to even more wrinkles! That’s why Markus has created his own supplemental product, Green Formula. Stress, smoking, stimulants and medications lead to vitamin C deficiency. Vitamin C is used for treating diabetes, heart disease, HIV, cancer, male infertility, alcohol cravings, drug gratings, viral infections, arthritis, and allergies. Caffeine and energy drinks also deplete the body of vitamin C. A deficiency in vitamin C can also cause a person to have easy bruising, receding gums, bleeding gums, varicose veins, slow healing and fatigue.
Taking too much store bought vitamin C can cause vitamin B12 deficiency which can lead to anemia, hair loss, bone loss, wrinkles, emphysema, and heart disease. The best vitamin C that he has found from his research is gibing or kakadu plum. The kakadu plum has the highest vitamin c content on the planet and kills parasites in the body. Pine trees also have very high vitamin C content, as well as MSM which is good for the joints and slows the aging process and are good for pneumonia.
Standing vs Sitting: Sitting is the New Smoking
In this video, Markus Rothcranz tells the truth about why sitting is so bad for you, and why you should make an effort daily to get on your feet, get moving, and kick the habit of sedentary living.
If you’re careful, you’ll see that you can actually get worse by sitting. Markus shows you all the reasons why you need to stand up more, and he makes his case bravely. You can always see just from looking at the early part of the video actually how much time people spend sitting down: it’s a lot, in fact, most of the day for many.
If you want to kick this habit, you can always take a five minute break every half hour to stand up, or you can do some good investigating and find a standing desk for your office or home office. If you have a standing desk, you can always put a treadmill in front of it, or even a bicycle (Markus has done both).
You’re sure to love how your body changes when you make time to stand up more. Your body engages more muscles than ever when you stand up, and you can be sure to engage these muscles more often if you take regular breaks and maintain an active lifestyle outside of the office. So, with all this evidence about how standing is better for you, why wouldn’t you want to give it a try? Markus has definitely proved the power of standing up to save your life.
Different Types of Cleanses explained, by Markus Rothkranz
In the YouTube video “Different Types of Cleanses Explained, by Markus Rothkranz” viewers learn the difference between the various types of fasting programs that he recommends. Rothkranz explains that interested individuals should start with simple water fasts where users consume nothing but water. He explains that this type of fast results in the cleanest form of cleansing and results in flushing out harmful toxins from the body. He then describes a green juice fast as the next step people can take when they follow his recommended fasting program. He suggests that this is a way for the body to gain nutrients during a fast without consuming anything solid. Rothkratz explains that no digestion takes place with a water or green juice fast.
Markus Rothkranz also discusses the next stage which is the green smoothie stage. This is where fiber is added to a faster’s diet. Whole celery, whole green apples, and other green vegetables can be mixed with green powder and a parasite formula. After this stage is the raw food stage. This can be combined with the green juice fasting stage if people like. He explains that the type of cleanses that people do depend on their end goals. If individuals want to flush out their systems then water or green smoothies may be enough. However, Rothkranz explains that people can work their way from water, to green juice, to smoothies, to raw foods for a week at a time if their end goal is to flush out years of toxins from their bodies.
Individuals can choose a parasite formula before introducing raw foods back to their diet according to Markus Rothkranz. He suggests that people can use this if their goal is to remove parasites from their body. He does suggest that people consider whether they want a full cleanse or just to remove parasites. He also advises that people who take their supplements at the earlier stages rather than the later stages try cutting the pills in half because it may be too harsh on their systems without solid foods.