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Paul Okoye asks ‘How Safe Is Our Investment’

Posted by fidest on Friday, 24 October 2014

niger-salt-laborerBOLOGNA, Italy – “Investment is the life wire of every economy,” says author Paul Okoye. He notes that, in the present, the unstable financial and economic environment and the hardships that come with investment failure makes it a worthy endeavor to educate people about investments and world economics. He sets out to do just that with his book, “How Safe Is Our Investment” (published by AuthorHouse UK).This book takes a global view of the causes and failure of investment with particular attention to the human factor. This book is an attempt to create awareness concerning the investment failure and suggests corrective and curative measures. Okoye also makes an attempt to create awareness concerning the world’s ever increasing debt. “Unfortunately, the people who run our economy and investments lack the courage, wisdom and will to take appropriate or corrective measures to salvage the turbulent environment our investment exists in,” says Okoye. Democracy has not helped in this dimension. Fresh from the global financial crisis and still reeling from its far-reaching consequences, “How Safe Is Our Investment” presents a provocative take on how the world’s economies ought to tackle the looming issue economic instability.
Paul Okoye is from the eastern part of Niger — precisely Awkuzu, in Anambra State of Nigeria. Born in the city of Onitsha to moderate parents, he was educated at St. Raphael Catholic School and Boy’s Secondary School, Awkuzu, during which he was transformed by the radical teachings of his dean of study, Mr. Obadiegwu. Trained in business administration in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, he holds a BBA from London, a PGD from Zurich, and an MBA from the University of Wales. (niger)

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MEPs ask for further details of EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants

Posted by fidest on Friday, 24 October 2014

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayConcerns about how to reconcile the fundamental rights and non-discrimination of migrants with the need to gather information to dismantle criminal networks profiting from trafficking were the key points raised by MEPs in Wednesday evening’s debate with the Italian Presidency of the Council, represented by Benedetto Della Vedova, on the EU-wide police crackdown on clandestine migrants “Mos Maiorum”.MEPs called for more information on the joint police operation initiated by the Italian Presidency of the Council, the role of the EU border check management agency Frontex, and what happens to the people who are apprehended. They urged the Presidency to return to Parliament to present the results of the operation. Many MEPs stressed the need for a system of legal immigration and noted that the existence of such an operation shows the insufficiency of the Dublin regulations (which determine which EU country must process asylum applications) and questioned whether such ad hoc operations are the right tools to solve irregular migration. Many MEPs stressed that northern EU countries should show more solidarity with those on the southern borders, and some called for more stringent border checks.

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The sale of important works from the Maximilian Schell Estate

Posted by fidest on Friday, 24 October 2014

Maximilian Schell EstateAmsterdam/London/Paris – Christie’s is honored to be entrusted with the sale of important works from the Maximilian Schell Estate. The recently deceased Oscar winning Austrian actor, internationally acclaimed director, writer and producer Maximilian Schell had been dedicated to the arts throughout his life. Born to parents, who fostered close friendships with contemporary painters, Schell started collecting as a young adult and built an impressive collection including works by Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Jean Dubuffet and, from the early 1970s onwards, Josef Albers. From the moment Maximilian Schell encountered the work of the former member of the Bauhaus group, then teacher of the Black Mountain College and Yale Josef Albers at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, he was captivated by the artist’s experimentation with color. Josef Albers’ commitment to attaining perfection aligned with Maximilian Schell’s own and, introduced by Sidney Janis, they entered a unique friendship that would last until Albers’ death in 1976. Maximilian Schell, who avoided the fashionable in search of timeless masterpieces, which is rare to meet, amassed a collection of unique quality and integrity, which also became the largest private collection of works by Josef Albers formed during the artist’s lifetime. Christie’s will offer the 45 works from the Maximilian Schell Estate across five sales during November and December 2014 in Amsterdam, London and Paris. The main part will be included in Christie’s Amsterdam Post-War and Contemporary Art evening and day sales on 4 & 5 November 2014, further works will be offered in the Amsterdam sales Old Masters and 19th Century Art – including Dutch impressionism on 26 November 2014 as well as Modern Art on 16 December 2014; in London Christie’s will auction two autographs from the Schell Estate in its 25 November Books and Manuscripts sale and finally two works in the Tribal Art sale on 11 December 2014 in Paris.

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IS fighters returning to EU: MEPs debate how to prevent internal security threat

Posted by fidest on Friday, 24 October 2014

terroristiConcerns over the possible threats to the EU’s internal security posed by Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) were raised by MEPs in a debate on Wednesday. Some called for a swift approval of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal to better detect potential terrorists entering or leaving the EU. Most stressed, however, that all measures taken by the EU to tackle this problem must respect fundamental rights.MEPs were divided on the possible withdrawal of EU citizenship from the foreign fighters of European origin, with some stressing that the priority should be prosecuting them as criminals.Some MEPs called for a swift approval of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, which would oblige air carriers to provide EU countries with the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU to enable these countries to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime and terrorist offences.Most MEPs stressed, however, that all measures taken by the EU to tackle this problem must respect fundamental rights.The causes prompting young people to join the IS (including unemployment and poor working conditions) also need to be addressed, they added. The stigmatisation of certain groups should also be avoided.Kobane: MEPs criticise Turkey and urge EU to do more to prevent a massacre. In a separate debate, MEPs stressed that preventing a massacre of the civilian population of the Syrian city of Kobane must be the first priority in the international community’s fight against IS. They also criticised Turkey’s inaction in the face of the threat and deplored the lack of a genuine EU strategy for the region.Many MEPs insisted that Turkey, as an EU candidate country, should align its foreign policy much more closely with that of the EU. They regretted that Turkey’s decision to allow Kurdish Peshmergas to cross its territory in order to fight for Kobane was „too little too late“. While recognising Turkey’s positive attitude in welcoming thousands of refugees from Syria, the majority of MEPs who spoke called on the EU to step up pressure on Turkey to act to prevent a massacre in Kobane.Many also said that the EU lacks a joint vision and strategy to combat terrorist groups in the whole of the Middle East and deplored the failure of EU member states to coordinate their efforts more closely.

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Istituita una Delegazione dell’Organizzazione Mondiale per le Relazioni Internazionali presso la Santa Sede

Posted by fidest on Friday, 24 October 2014

Piazza san pietroLa World Organization for International Relations (, riconoscendo l’importante ruolo internazionale della Santa Sede, ha deciso di istituire una Delegazione presso il Vaticano. Con questa scelta l’Organizzazione Mondiale per le Relazioni Internazionali (WOIR), fondata nel 1978 e accreditata presso il Dipartimento delle Nazioni Unite per gli Affari Economici e Sociali (ESANGO), ha voluto riconoscere l’importante ruolo e il contributo essenziale del Vaticano nell’affrontare i grandi problemi del pianeta e dell’umanità e ha così deciso di continuare a estendere la sua presenza nel mondo proprio a partire dalla nuova Delegazione per il Vaticano.«Fedele alla sua storia e ai suoi principi fondamentali, la WOIR avvierà dunque un dialogo con la Santa Sede al servizio della pace, della giustizia, della solidarietà e della dignità dell’uomo» ha commentato il Segretario Generale della WOIR, mettendo l’accento sull’enorme potenziale della Chiesa nell’affrontare e risolvere i problemi che oggi affliggono il mondo.Un enorme potenziale che ben si concilia con i principi stessi della WOIR i cui scopi statutari prioritari prevedono lo sviluppo delle relazioni amichevoli tra le nazioni basate sul rispetto del principio dell’uguaglianza dei diritti e dell’autodeterminazione dei popoli, la promozione della cooperazione internazionale nella soluzione dei problemi di carattere economico, sociale, culturale o umanitario e la promozione del rispetto dei diritti dell’uomo e delle libertà fondamentali per tutti senza distinzione di razza, sesso, lingua o religione.«Con il passare degli anni le priorità della WOIR hanno iniziato a includere sempre di più gli aspetti politici e diplomatici delle relazioni. Con la decisione di istituire una Delegazione presso la Santa Sede, abbiamo voluto riconoscere il ruolo centrale del Vaticano nel fare fronte alle tante emergenze che il mondo si trova oggi ad affrontare» aggiunge il Segretario Generale della World Organization for International Relations, che per la migliore riuscita dei propri scopi statutari si propone ora di rafforzare progressivamente lo sviluppo del proprio Servizio Esterno.L’istituzione di nuove Delegazioni consentirà -come previsto dallo statuto della WOIR ( di aprire un maggiore dialogo e rafforzare la cooperazione con Stati, Governi, Rappresentanze Diplomatiche, Organizzazioni Governative e altre organizzazioni simili, governative e non governative, per incoraggiare la cooperazione internazionale e promuovere misure efficaci per rafforzare la pace universale e la sicurezza internazionale.

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The Coastal Bend Region Consolidates Regional Cooperation to Facilitate Communication and Commerce with Tianjin, China

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

AerialCorpusChristiCORPUS CHRISTI, TX, USA – Port Corpus Christi Authority, the Cities of Corpus Christi, Portland and Gregory and Counties of Nueces and San Patricio will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tianjin Commission of Commerce, People’s Republic of China. The MOU will be signed in a formal ceremony, Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center 402 Harbor Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401. Esteemed delegates from Tianjin, China and the Coastal Bend region will join together in the signing of the MOU. The purpose of the MOU is to promote friendly contact, culture exchange, and cooperation to benefit the future of the regions surrounding Corpus Christi, Texas and Tianjin, China. Additionally, both regions will work together to facilitate investment in each other’s region, promote cooperation, exchange of technology for the benefit of key industries, and create a friendly commercial environment. “Our region is experiencing positive economic growth and attention. Not only are we getting national focus, we are joining with international groups to bring business and industry to the Coastal Bend. Today we take another great step in developing our economy.” Said Representative Todd Hunter, Texas House of Representatives. “As the port continues to develop the infrastructure needed to support the region’s economic development efforts, it is important to build strategic business partnerships to facilitate the consolidation of negotiations, and also promote and exchange knowledge to create favorable conditions for new business opportunities for the Coastal Bend.” Said Judy Hawley, Port Commission Chair.

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Ubidata is proud to present new projects for 2014 alongside a capital increase and an investment programme for a strong 2015

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

BruxellesBrussels, These recent projects reflect a new phase in Ubidata’s growth strategy with a rollout of a new Android app and improved functionality of its telematic device to strengthen its position in the rail infrastructure supplier market. Of course this builds on all the well-known attributes of Ubidata telematics systems in rendering useful information to streamline business and save clients time and money.With Ancotrans’ large and sophisticated fleet came the need to develop an information delivery approach which will help the client save money and resources helping not only the bottom line but also the environment. Ubidata’s redesigned and easy-to-use Android app has been launched to ensure the right communication gets to key stakeholders to help them make the right decisions.Our work with Samskip in the Netherlands has showed how Ubidata can add flexibility and give power to a client system which is reliant on third party subcontractors. We help Samskip in empowering them take control by converting data into key performance indicators. This way Samskip can make decisions independently of other railways undertakings backlogs and can then consolidate their work accordingly.VoestAlpine Railpro found Ubidata’s solution effective over their large fleet by reducing redundancy by up to 15%. Ubidata’s telematics product helps flag up where redundancies in the system can and do occur which helps focus the client’s resources and time.These new client projects illustrate how Ubidata’s international client base is growing and underline an exciting new capital increase that has now begun. This investment phase will fund key areas of growth in product development and client relationship management. Ubidata’s aim is to grow the client base while continuing to serve current customers well through delivering the right information at the right time in the right place.
Ubidata is a Brussels based company specialising in Mobile Logistics Systems. On top of developing and commercializing fast evolving high-end software and hardware for the fleet and logistic industry, it offers a full range of services to assist clients in every step of the process: from analyzing their unique fleet situation and offering advice on the most optimal approach for improving their productivity to the seamless integration into their backoffices.

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Works from eight important family collections

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

dubayDubai – Works from eight important family collections from across the region and around the world drove the total for tonight’s sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art at Christie’s Dubai above the $8.5million high estimate to $12,510,875 / AED45,939,933. This was the highest sale total for the category since 2010. The sale was 95% sold by value, an indication of the continuing strength of the market and the demand from collectors around the world for works of top quality by the leading artists from the region. Among the 121 lots in the sale, 19 new artist records were set including for works by Hamed Ewais, Shafic Abboud, Bahman Mohassess, Koorosh Shishegaran and Samia Halaby. (photo dubai)

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Impressionist and Modern Art Day

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

impressionistNEW YORK – Christie’s is pleased to announce highlights of its upcoming Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper auctions at Rockefeller Center on November 6, as well as a second installment of its popular Picasso Ceramics online-only sale running October 24 – November 7, exclusively at A combined total of 407 works will be offered across Christie’s Day, Works on Paper, and Picasso Ceramics sales to complement Christie’s flagship Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on November 5 (see related release), creating even greater opportunities for both new and established clients to collect blue-chip works by the masters of the era. Paintings, sculptures, watercolors and drawings by some of the most acclaimed artists of the late 19th through early 20th century will be featured in the sales, including Fernand Léger, Maurice de Vlaminck, Amedeo Modigliani, Marc Chagall, and Paul Cézanne, among others. All of the works will be on view to the public at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries this fall, starting October 24 for Picasso Ceramics and November 1 for the Day and Works on Paper sales. (photo: impressionist)

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Report reveals firms may not be taking ‘business process resilience’ seriously enough

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

london-centralLondon, 22 October 2014: According to a new report from FT Remark and Wipro (NYSE:WIT), business process resilience is mission-critical, but businesses may be missing opportunities to fortify themselves. In a global survey of 330 C-suite executives, nearly all respondents (98%) agreed that technology risk management is important or very important to the overall running of their firms, and 84% felt their firms’ technology risk management programmes add value. But 35% described their firms’ spending on technology risk management as ‘focused on the next year’, with a further 17% working on a ‘project-by-project basis’. Less than half (41%) described their spending as ‘focused on the long-term’. In addition, only 15% of those surveyed said decisions on technology risk management were made at board level, even though system failures have implications that reverberate throughout businesses’ ecosystems.This report seeks to identify how businesses are rising to the challenges that technology presents, and how they are making their businesses more resilient in the process through strategies, investments and partnerships.“In developing resilience plans, businesses should consider the full range of their operations, from customers to third party suppliers,” Nick Cheek, Managing Editor at Remark, part of the Mergermarket Group, explains. “Businesses should also concentrate on making themselves agile and modular, so that they can minimize the impact of negative events,” he concludes.Technology has also brought fantastic opportunities to businesses of all sizes. Data is power: the more businesses can understand about their customers, partners and products, the more agile and effective they can be.“Firms should think of business process resilience broadly,” says Alexis Samuel, Global Managing Partner, Wipro Consulting Services, Wipro Ltd. “Rather than being considered fodder for CIOs or CTOs, corporates should view these issues as board-level ones that have far reaching implications for disparate business arms.”Balasubramanian Ganesh, Chief Executive – Products & Solutions business, Wipro adds: “Over the years, the level of investment has not kept pace with the level required to address inherent and emerging risks in provision of services to customers. The aggregate impacts of this under-investment, accompanied by increase in customer expectations, have created risks to service which are no longer acceptable. Such risks will typically need to be addressed by a significant and sustained programme of investment.”

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Citizenship: Civil Liberties Committee Chair welcomes reshuffle to new Commissioner

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

european parliamentReplying to widespread concerns in the European Parliament, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, presenting his team to MEPs on Wednesday morning, announced that Dimitris Avramopoulos would take over the responsibility for “citizenship” from Tibor Navrasics. This means that citizenship will be grouped with Migration and Home Affairs.The Chair of the European Parliament Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), welcomed the change of Commissioner:”I am confident that Commissioner-designate Dimitris Avramopoulos is extremely competent to manage the additional policy area of citizenship in his portfolio of Migration and Home Affairs, especially after his impressive hearing in the European Parliament”, Mr Moraes said.”However, our committee shares some concerns regarding the decision not to place citizenship in the portfolio of the Vice-President Frans Timmermans. It would have been more beneficial to have placed citizenship in the portfolio of Mr Timmermans as bridging citizenship and fundamental rights is a more sensible link which would help to strengthen policies to protect the rights of European citizens”.”Citizenship is a key area of our committee as it covers a number of areas in the area of discrimination which is in the remit of the LIBE committee. Given that there will be no more official hearings in the European Parliament; we should insist that Mr Avramopoulos comes to talk to the LIBE committee as soon as possible to discuss this new portfolio”, concluded Mr Moraes.

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Cubist Pharmaceuticals

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cubist PharmaceuticalsCubist Pharmaceuticals è un’azienda impegnata nella ricerca, sviluppo e commercializzazione di prodotti farmaceutici che rispondono a importanti medical need insoddisfatti per il paziente acuto ospedalizzato con focus specifico su nuovi antibiotici per il trattamento di infezioni gravi e potenzialmente letali causate da batteri multi-drug resistant.
Cubist ha il global headquarter a Lexington, in Massachusetts, la sede internazionale a Zurigo, in Svizzera e ha recentemente aperto la sede italiana a Roma. Nel 2013, l’azienda ha ottenuto entrate nette totali per 1,1 miliardi di dollari. L’investimento di Cubist a livello globale in ricerca e sviluppo nel campo degli antibatterici è significativo e la maggior parte della sua forza lavoro è focalizzata sulla ricerca, lo sviluppo e la commercializzazione di antibiotici. Attualmente sono 4 i farmaci di Cubist in commercio negli Stati Uniti. Due di questi farmaci sono disponibili sul mercato italiano attraverso partnership commerciali con altre aziende. Fino ad oggi, Cubist ha commercializzato i suoi prodotti al di fuori degli Stati Uniti solo attraverso partner commerciali. Cubist continuerà in futuro a collaborare con i suoi partner, ma ha intrapreso un processo di espansione che porterà alla costituzione della sua organizzazione commerciale europea che sarà in grado, previa approvazione delle autorità regolatorie e negoziazione dei prezzi, di commercializzare nuovi farmaci in Europa in modo indipendente. Al momento Cubist ha due importanti molecole all’esame dell’Ente regolatorio europeo, con previsione di approvazione nel 2015; altri farmaci sono attualmente in Fase III di sviluppo e l’azienda sta lavorando su programmi pre-clinici di sviluppo che rispondono a significativi medical needs.
Per ulteriori informazioni su Cubist: quadro del progetto di espansione globale di Cubist, la nomina nel corso di quest’anno di Roberto Florenzano nel ruolo di Country Manager di Cubist Pharmaceuticals per l’Italia.
Cubist si avvale della collaborazione con alcune aziende italiane per la produzione dei suoi farmaci: ad esempio, il principio attivo del farmaco più importante attualmente in commercio di Cubist, è prodotto in Italia per tutto il mondo. Oggi Cubist si avvale di sei diversi siti produttivi in ​​Italia, creando direttamente e indirettamente opportunità occupazionali locali.

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WJC supports change in US legislation to strip Nazi war criminals of social security benefits

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

New YorkNEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress  announced its support for a change in United States law that presently allows certain presumed Nazi war criminals who were granted US citizenship by making false statements to immigration authorities to keep their social security entitlements in case they voluntarily leave the country. As reported by the ‘Associated Press’ on Sunday, numerous Nazi war criminals evaded deportation from the US by voluntarily leaving the country and renouncing their US citizenship rather than going through lengthy and costly deportation proceedings. They thus continued to draw on pension and other benefits whereas in the case of deportation, they would have been stripped of these entitlements. During the 1990s, the WJC supported the US Justice Department’s stance that not stripping Nazi war criminals who had entered the US on false pretenses of their Social Security benefits would hasten their departure, a goal sought at the time by Holocaust survivors who did want to have erstwhile Nazis and Nazi collaborators living in their midst. World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder declared: “While we understand the position taken by the Office of Special Investigations at the Justice Department at the time, we strongly feel that today the relevant legislation should be changed and that Nazi criminals should no longer benefit from Social Security payments if they illegally acquired US citizenship after the war. The expectation was that most if not all the individuals in question would be prosecuted by the European countries to which they returned or where their alleged criminal activities had been committed. Sadly, this proved not to be the case. And we note with grave concern that other countries have also been paying social benefits to Nazi war criminals.“The World Jewish Congress commends the Office of Special Investigations for its yeoman’s work over the years in exposing and deporting Nazi war criminals living in the US, and for stripping many of them of their Social Security benefits. At the same time, we continue to insist that all suspected Nazi criminals be put on trial. As US law does not allow for such trials in most cases, it is preferable that they take place in Germany, Austria, or in the respected suspects’ other countries of origin.”There cannot and there should not be such a thing as legal closure when it comes to genocide, and we support the US authorities in their efforts to track down all suspected Nazi war criminals, no matter what their age is today, and to bring them justice. We owe it to the victims of the Shoah that this effort is pursued relentlessly and with perseverance,” said Lauder.

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New exhibition space and office in Shanghai

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

shanghaiShanghai In a formal ceremony that witnessed the performance of a creation of a unique work by artist Qin Feng, Christie’s officially opened their new exhibition space and office in Shanghai at the historic Ampire Building, near the Bund.“When James Christie first opened the doors in London in 1766, nearly 250 years ago, his intention was to bring people art lovers together with the art they loved. Today in Shanghai we open this wonderful building that speaks of the history of the city, the tradition of Christie’s and yet also feels very contemporary and looks to the future. This building gives us the opportunity not only to bring art from around the world to Shanghai, but to bring the art of China to the rest of the world,” Steven Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s commented in his opening remarks. “China now plays a hugely important role in the global art market. Nearly one third of all buyers are from Asia and in the last year, 20% of all new clients to Christie’s globally came from Greater China. We continue to lead the art world in our dedication to be an advocate for Asian art and culture on the global stage. During the last year, we have staged over 73 public exhibitions of Asian and Chinese art across the world. And today, we witnessed a wonderful artist, Qin Feng (born 1961), creating a work in a unique project that shows art itself is at the heart of what we do.” (photo shanghai)

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Multiresistenze batteriche

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 23 October 2014

psicofarmaciCubist Pharmaceuticals sta gettando le basi per una presenza diretta in Europa: anche l’Italia fa parte di questo progetto di espansione? Cubist è una azienda biofarmaceutica americana fondata più di 20 anni fa a Lexington (Massachusetts). La nostra mission è la ricerca, lo sviluppo e la commercializzazione di antibiotici nuovi e innovativi per combattere le infezioni da germi multiresistenti nel paziente acuto ospedalizzato. Cubist negli Stati Uniti è già una Azienda leader in questo settore con un fatturato di 1,1 miliardi di dollari.
Cubist fino ad ora non ha mai avuto una presenza diretta in Europa ma ha commercializzato le proprie molecole attraverso partnership con altre grandi aziende. Recentemente ha annunciato un piano di espansione internazionale per commercializzare direttamente le nuove molecole in alcuni Paesi chiave. Il fenomeno delle multi-resistenze dei comuni batteri, con incidenza particolarmente elevata in Italia, dove sfiora il 30-50%, fa aumentare il medical need. Anche per questo motivo l’Italia è uno dei primi Paesi nei quali intendiamo consolidare il nostro progetto di espansione internazionale. La forte crisi economica che attraversa il nostro Paese tende a scoraggiare gli investimenti da parte delle aziende estere: su quali elementi si basa la fiducia di Cubist per investire in Italia? Qual è la politica di investimenti e di risorse umane che la vostra azienda intende applicare?
Indubbiamente, da parte degli investitori internazionali, se c’è, da un lato, interesse ad investire in Italia, dall’altro c’è anche un certo timore per l’instabilità della situazione economica e politica. Cubist fonda la sua fiducia su un preciso medical need che in Italia è elevatissimo. Inoltre crediamo che Cubist abbia una storia importante da raccontare e che in momenti storici come questo sia di vitale importanza investire laddove gli altri non investono più. Nello specifico mi riferisco all’investimento in ricerca e sviluppo di nuovi antibiotici, settore dal quale molte Big Pharma sono uscite – si pensi che sono circa 30 anni che non viene sviluppata una nuova classe di antibiotici o una nuova molecola per i batteri Gram negativi – ed all’investimento nello specifico nel nostro Paese, anch’esso deprioritizzato da molte aziende, farmaceutiche e non, per tutte le ragioni che conosciamo. Tutti questi fatti ci sembrano sfide sufficienti per iniziare a costruire qualcosa di veramente importante in questa area negletta. La scelta strategica di entrare sul mercato italiano significa portare investimenti, creare occupazione, ricerca clinica, lavorando a stretto contatto e in collaborazione con Istituzioni ed esperti infettivologi italiani che sappiamo essere un’eccellenza a livello internazionale. Oltretutto Cubist ha investito e continua ad investire nel nostro Paese centralizzando in Italia gran parte della sua produzione: infatti, collaborando con importanti aziende manufatturiere chimico-farmaceutiche, ha portato e continua a portare in italia grossi investimenti per creare impianti ex novo o adeguare impianti esistenti. Per fare un esempio, il principio attivo del farmaco più importante di Cubist viene prodotto in Italia per tutto il mondo. L’impegno di Cubist è focalizzato su un medical need emergente, il trattamento delle infezioni batteriche gravi: un’area terapeutica da non sottovalutare, ci può spiegare perché?
Una infezione contratta in ospedale può costare la vita. Alcune settimane fa nel corso del Congresso mondiale di malattie infettive mi hanno colpito le parole di un esperto internazionale che diceva: «oggi la gente è giustamente ancora spaventata da alcune malattie infettive come l’AIDS. Ma non tutti ci rendiamo conto che oggi, grazie alle nuove terapie, l’HIV è diventata una malattia cronica con la quale si può convivere, mentre contrarre in ospedale una peritonite o una polmonite da germi multiresistenti è potenzialmente letale per la mancanza di nuovi antibiotici per combatterle».

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