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Jan 19, 2015

Davos predictions: win some, lose some

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – As the world’s business and political elite ascends the Swiss Alps for an annual bout of crystal-ball gazing this week, history suggests the Davos pundits are likely to get plenty of things wrong.

More than 1,500 business leaders and 40 heads of state or government will attend the Jan. 21-24 meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to network and discuss big themes, from the price of oil to the future of the Internet.

Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015

Exclusive: More unit IPOs an option for evolving GlaxoSmithKline

LONDON (Reuters) – GlaxoSmithKline could consider more partial public share offerings for component units as it evolves in the coming years, potentially pointing to a break-up of the group if this offers value to shareholders.

Chief Executive Andrew Witty told Reuters the group’s large consumer health business would be more viable as a standalone operation following the conclusion of a $20 billion asset swap with Novartis NOVN.VX, especially if it bought additional assets.

Jan 16, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
Jan 15, 2015
Jan 15, 2015

Conflict trumps economy as top risk to world in Davos survey

LONDON (Reuters) – The risk of international conflict is now the biggest threat facing countries and businesses in the coming decade, trumping concerns about the economy, the World Economic Forum said on Thursday.

The group’s annual assessment of global hazards sets the scene for its meeting in Davos next week, although it is based on responses received some months ago. It is the first time the survey has headlined conflict as the top risk, reflecting an increasingly dangerous world.

Jan 15, 2015
Jan 14, 2015

AstraZeneca heart drug boosted by major clinical trial success

LONDON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca’s blood-thinning drug Brilinta cut the risk of death or heart attack in patients with a history of previous attacks, according to a major clinical trial that will boost hopes for the closely watched product.

Giving Brilinta to patients who had a heart attack over a year ago could more than double the number of people eligible for the medicine, which the company has predicted could eventually generate sales of $3.5 billion a year.

Jan 14, 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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