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Jan 21, 2015

Incoming Takeda CEO ready to do deals after refocusing drug company

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Takeda Pharmaceutical, Japan’s largest drugmaker, is ready to look at doing deals now that it has refocused operations, its incoming chief executive said on Wednesday.

Christophe Weber, who will become the company’s first foreign boss when he is promoted from chief operating officer (COO) in June, said he is anxious to screen opportunities as the global pharmaceuticals sector goes through a record wave of deal-making.

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. Ebola chief calls for final $1 billion to fight virus

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – United Nations agencies need a final $1 billion to fight West Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic as experts move to a new phase involving a massive detective operation to trace remaining cases, the U.N. Ebola chief said on Wednesday.

David Nabarro estimated that an overall total of $4 billion in new money, equivalent to all the aid committed so far, was needed by relief agencies and the worst affected countries themselves to end the epidemic and “help these countries to get back to the economic trajectory they had”.

Jan 21, 2015

Gore, Pharrell announce global Live Earth climate concert in June

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – A Live Earth music event to demand action on climate change will be held on June 18 across seven continents, including Antarctica, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore and pop star Pharrell Williams announced on Wednesday.

Seven concerts will be held in cities across the world, including Paris and New York in what will be the largest event of its type ever staged, Gore said.

Jan 21, 2015
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Jan 20, 2015

U.S. is bright spot for Davos CEOs in troubled global economy

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Chief executives are more worried than a year ago about the global economic outlook, as deflation stalks Europe and commodity prices wilt, but the United States stands out as a bright spot.

That is the verdict of a worldwide survey of more than 1,300 CEOs, released on the eve of the Jan. 21-24 World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, that also found business leaders still moderately confident in their own firms’ ability to grow revenues.

Jan 20, 2015
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      "Ben Hirschler is European pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare correspondent, based in London. Previously, he was in charge of British company news and before that was posted to Johannesburg, covering the economic challenges facing post-apartheid South Africa."
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