While last week I touched on some of the financial pressures facing companies in the industry, this week I was described a heightened situation currently facing companies. Companies are at a crossroads in which they are starved for innovation yet buckling under the financial strain of producing more innovation. While describing the situation, one interviewee summed up the current situation as “the writing on the wall” or in other words, “the end is near.”
I was very fortunate to discuss the issue with Bernard Munos, a consultant to companies and organizations on ways of improving innovation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Much of what I will be discussing today reflects that conversation. Continue reading
Hey, my name is Sadhna Gupta and I am a junior studying Public Policy, Economics, and Global Health. I was born in India, grew up in Boston, and have travelled a lot throughout my life—most recently, I just finished a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain. I love watching Duke basketball games, eating Taco Bell, and laughing. Also, I have a deathly fear of cats.
I have been lucky enough to get many opportunities to research social issues in North Carolina and around the world. I became interested in community development doing HIV/AIDS awareness work in a coastal city of Kenya through DukeEngage. Sophomore year, I participated in the Kenan Institute’s Moral Challenges of Poverty and Inequality lab and did an Independent Study on health concerns for American Indian tribes in North Carolina. This past summer, I returned to Kenya and interviewed girls to document barriers to primary school access for the Nike Foundation.
All of these fieldwork experiences have shown me that humanitarian aid and community intervention can sometimes create more harm than good. Continue reading