The Remarkable Career of Stephen Murray

Stephen P. Murray passed away at age 52 on March 12, 2015. Murray was a prominent businessman and philanthropist.

Murray was born in 1962 and grew up in Westchester County, New York. Murray’s educational accomplishments include a degree in economics from Boston College and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School.

Throughout Murray’s career, he assumed positions that required leadership skills and business savvy. Murray’s career began in 1984 at the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. While at Hanover he worked as a credit trainee and rose to the role of vice president of their middle-market lending division. By 1989, Murray was involved with a unit within Manufacturers Hanover that dealt with company buyouts. The Manufacturers Hanover Company merged with JPMorgan in 2000.

Murray continued to be a key contributor after the two companies merged. In 2005, Stephen Murray assumed the role as the head of JPMorgan’s buyout division. A year after the two companies merged friction between JPMorgan’s private banking clients and the buyout division arose. The friction was due to a possible conflict of interest. To address the problem, it became necessary to create a level of separation between the two divisions. Murray became a key contributor in resolving the problem.

In order to eliminate the issue, Stephen Murray co-founded CCMP Capital, a spin-off company of JPMorgan. The creation of CCMP rectified the issue and restored the relationship between the two divisions. Murray explained the solution saying, “It was difficult for JPMorgan to bring us deals because they couldn’t be perceived as favoring their in-house firm, the relationship is better now that we’re separate than when we were together.” In 2007, Murray was elevated to president and Chief Executive Officer of CCMP.

Sadly, Murray had to leave the firm in April of 2015 due to health problems. Murray’s passing deeply grieved his contemporaries. Murray’s predecessor, Greg Brenneman, said: “We are very saddened to learn that our friend and former partner, Steve Murray has passed away.” Brenneman also reflected on Murry’s talent as, “a terrific investor and dealmaker”. Brenneman praised Murray for his, “positive contributions”, and credited him with the success of CCMP.

Murray balanced his drive for success with the desire to help others. This was evident by his support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Lower Fairfield County food bank. Murray’s professional accomplishments and his compassion for others made him a remarkable man.

Dr. Clay B. Siegall – President and CEO of Seattle Genetics

On January 30, 2013, Mirna Therapeutics appointed Dr. Clay Siegall as an outside director to the company’s board of directors. Dr. Clay, Ph.D., is the co-founder, President and the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Directors of Seattle Genetics. He was chosen as an outside director of Mirna Therapeutics due to his great experience in the production of pharmaceutical products geared in the fight against cancer. Mirna Therapeutics is a biotechnology company that specialized in the development of micoRNA therapeutics as well as its commercialization.
Dr. Clay Siegall graduated with a Ph.D. in Genetics from the George Washington University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology degree from the University of Maryland. Prior to becoming the CEO of Seattle Genetics Dr. Siegall worked for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals Research Institute from 1991 to 1997. He had also worked at the National Institutes of Health and Cancer Institute from 1988 to 1991.
Seattle Genetics is a renowned biotechnology company that focuses on the development and commercialization of innovative, empowered monoclonal antibody-based therapies for the treatment of cancer. Dr. Clay B. Siegall co-founded the Washington-based company in 1998. Under his leadership as the Chairman of the Board and CEO, Seattle Genetics has built a range of antibody-based therapies that aim to address the unmet needs of cancer patients. ADCETRIC is Seattle Genetics’ first commercial product which was approved in August 2011. ADCETRIS operates commercially in two indications in more than 50 countries including the United States, Canada, Japan and the EU. Throughout the years, the company has manufactured a wide pipeline of different product candidates. Seattle Genetics has also joined various strategic licenses for its ADC technology, including with companies such as Genentech, AbbVie, GSK and Pfizer under the leadership of Dr. Clay.
Seattle Genetics, whose initial public offering was in 2001, has engaged in capital-raising activities that have seen it secure more than $675 million under the leadership of Dr. Clay. He views MicroRNA-based therapeutics as an exciting area of cancer treatment and research. Mirna is indeed well positioned with an amazing pipeline of product candidates.

Sources:

http://www.pegsummit.com/uploadedFiles/PEGS/Agenda/15/PEGS-Interview-Siegall.pdf

http://www.mirnatherapeutics.com/pdfs/releases/2013%200130%20Mirna%20Siegall%20BOD.pdf

Adam Goldenberg Had A Series Of Business Endeavors Prior To JustFab

The widely known clothing company, Fabletics, got it’s start from three different people. Kate Hudson is one of these individuals, but she did not start the company alone. Instead, she worked alongside Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler to launch and run this company, which is part of a larger corporation known as JustFab. Nowadays, the company sells products to a very large number of people, and growth has been anticipated by many experts. In fact, so much growth is anticipated in the company that there are plans in the works to launch as many as 100 offline stores for Fabletics within a relatively short period of time. However, Adam Goldenberg did not get his start with JustFab. Instead, he had a series of successful endeavors prior to his career with JustFab.

Initially, the business that Adam Goldenberg started was an online one. This business was first started by Adam Goldenberg prior to his middle school graduation. Essentially, the business was a bulletin posted on his internet site. Then, he began to make changes to the site, and these changes helped it to be even more successful. He named the site Gamer’s Alliance, and it became a highly successful gaming website. The site became successful enough that it began to get notoriety from individuals that ultimately offered him a very important job. When Intermix took notice of his website, they were very impressed. He was very young at the time, at the age of only 17. It took a bit of time before the company made the choice to hire him, but they did. Not only did Intermix hire him, but he was immediately hired to a very high level position within the company.

As time passed, eventually Adam Goldenberg decided that he would be even better off in business for himself. However, during the time that he was with Intermix, he started a branch of the company, called Alena Media. Alena Media was quite profitable for Intermix.

When he went into business for himself, he got together with his business partner from Intermix, Don Ressler on VB Profiles. The company that they started together was the successful company, Intelligent Beauty. This was the company that ultimately created JustFab, which ultimately gave birth to Fabletics. However, JustFab also runs two other well known clothing companies. ShoeDazzle and FabKids are also run by JustFab, and these companies are also both extremely successful. See: http://vator.tv/person/adam-goldenberg

Autism Awareness Festival In Dubai

April is a special month for people living in Dubai. This month is set aside for people living with autism. The autism month starts on 2nd, and it is filled with so many activities for people participating. In 2016, the special month was celebrated in style. A non-profit making organization known as Autism Rocks planned a unique fun filled event where people could attend with their families. Anyone interested to attend the festival was supposed pay Dh 50.

This year, the festival was quite different. Autism Rocks had invited some of the top rappers in America such as Flo Rida and Tyga to perform for the families attending the event. The primary objective of the festival was to raise money for people living with autism. Some of the money would also be used to do more research about the condition.
Autism is not a rare condition, but any people in the world look down upon people suffering from the disease. The common developmental disorder mostly affects how a person relates to the people around them and how they experience the world around them. Medical experts have not been able to know the cause of the incurable condition up to date. People suffering from the condition need a lot of support and love. Their families also suffer because of the stigmatization. In the modern times, the people suffering from autism have increased significantly, and this means that awareness must be created.
Sanjay Shah Denmark is the founder of Autism Rocks. He is a very famous businessman who is based in Britain and Dubai. He is also the founder of one of the biggest companies in Britain, known as Solo Capital. He is considered one of the richest people in the country. The accountant has many businesses in Britain and Dubai.

In 2011, one of Sanjay son’s was diagnosed with autism. He had been falling ill for months, and many doctors couldn’t find what was wrong with him. After many visits to the hospital, it was discovered that Nikhil had autism. This changed the life of the millionaire, and he started the non-profit organization to help people in the world who were suffering from the medical condition. The organization try’s to change the perspective of the people in the society about autism.

Autism Rocks started in 2014, and it has changed the lives of many people in the world. The organization has raised over six hundred million to support autism research and awareness. The organization manages to raise the funds by organizing concerts. The concerts are held in Dubai and London.

 

Learn more about Sanjay Shah:

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/founder-of-autism-rocks-sanjay-shah-adds-two-new-trustees-to-charitys-board-569263581.html

Everything you need to know about Seattle Genetics

Seattle Genetics is a leading biotechnology company, founded in 1998, that specializes in the development of antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) that work to kill cancer cells. These antibody-based therapies are created in conjunction with ADC and SEA technology. The company produces FDA approved products that are commercially available in 47 countries and counting. They address unmet medical needs through a robust product pipeline. As of July 2016, Seattle Genetics announces that their product, ADCETRIS, is the first in a new class of ADCs and, in collaboration with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, is commercially available in 65 countries. As of now, the drug is being conducted in a broad clinical development program evaluating its potential to become the foundation of treatment for CD30-expressing lymphomas. In August 2016, Seattle Genetics announced positive data from phase 3 ALCANZA clinical trial of ADCETRIS for CD30-expressing cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. The company is publically traded, SGEN. As of June 30, 2016, the company has $659.5 million in cash and investments. The company also has 140 million common stock outstanding.

Seattle Genetics (SGEN) Clay B. Siegall on Q2 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Clay Siegall is the co-founder, president and CEO of Seattle Genetics in 1998 located in Bothell, WA. He is presently a Chairman of the Board and has been there for 18 years. He has built the company into a leader and innovator of the biotechnology worlds through its multiple strategic licenses for its ADC technology that include Genentech (Roche), AbbVie, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer. These have spawned more that $300 million to date. In addition, Seattle Genetics collaborates with both internal and external programs that amount to more than 20 ADCs in clinical development.

Siegall studied at the University of Maryland and obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Zoology and then a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Genetics at The George Washington University. Before working for Seattle Genetics, Dr. Siegall worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute from 1991 to 1997 and the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health from 1988 to 1991. Currently, he resides on the Board of Directors for three companies; Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical for 2 years, Mirna Therapies, Inc. for 3 years and Alder Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ALDR) for 10 years. Mirna and Alder BioPharmaceuticals are both private biotechnology companies.

He has received Entrepreneur of the Year for Pacific Northwest Ernst and Young in 2012 as well as Alumnus of the Year for Computer, Math and Natural Science at the University of Maryland in 2013.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/claysiegall

http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=607509&privcapId=34145

Future Tech: Better Search Results Using Image Recognition

Someday soon you’ll be able to log onto the Internet and search for images just by typing a description. Hold on you say, can’t we already do that. Well, yes, but the way the search engines algorithms work is by searching for the text that the image is tagged with. So for example, say you’re looking for an image of a man wearing with glasses wearing a white shirt and a hat. If you type that into Google the results you get will show what you’re looking for, but will also show you images that aren’t necessarily what you want. Someone could upload an image of a puppy and as long as they tagged it as a man with glasses, white shirt and a hat, you’ll see the puppy image included in your search results. But that is about to change thanks to image recognition.

Image recognition is the term used to refer to computers analyzing an image and determining what is in the image. So using our example above, when you search for the bespectacled man with the white shirt and hat the computer will search for images matching that description instead of the text tagged onto the image.

Searching for video will also become more accurate using this method. This works because a video is essentially many slightly different still images played at a high enough speed to give the impression of movement.

Of the many applications of image recognition, one of the most exciting may be product recognition. Imagine seeing an article of clothing or other physical product that you like. Now imagine taking a picture of that item with your phone and using an app to search for information on the product. This is what the Slyce visual search engine does. Using the app you can take a photo or use an existing product image to search for more information about the item.

We live in a time inundated with media and as time progresses we will be even more so. Image recognition will be the technology to help us sort through our digital lives.

Securus Finally Gave Us The Privacy We Needed

I know that a lot of people are calling jails every day, but a lot of them are not secure because they are not using the service that is guaranteeing the safety of their calls. We went with Securus because we knew that they were going to keep the calls secure, and that helped because we usually have calls with our lawyer when we get in touch with my sister. Our lawyer is a family friend who is like a part of the family, so we have to be careful just for her sake.

I picked out the service because I thought it would give us all what we wanted, and that made it easy for all of us to check in on my sister. Her best friend comes over to talk, and then sometimes she has private talks with our lawyer friend. My parents have sat down to talk to her in private, and all the calls are at least secure for us.

I know my parents are talking to my sister about things that are really personal, and they do not even want to say them in front of the lawyer so that they do not come up in court, but they have been scared that someone would hack the calls. I picked out Securus because I knew I could show them that at least Securus is protective of our calls.

The calls that we are placing I think are helping my sister feel alright while she is in jail, and I know it helps her get ready for her court case. We are all going to be there, and we are going to keep calling her in the interim. It has been easy to use, and it has saved us a lot of paranoia. Our calls are secure and help our family stick together.

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I Finally Saved Cash For My Wedding

My husband and I waited a long time to get married because we were not in any rush to walk down the aisle. I was pretty insistent about how we were going to pay for it, and I made sure that I had help from Laidlaw & Company to save my money. We started an account that was just for the wedding, and I asked Matthew Eitner and James Ahern to tell me what to do. I literally had no clue what I was doing, but I was going to save that money if it killed me.

U.S. Federal Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Laidlaw & Company And Its Principals Matthew Eitner And James Ahern

The money we started saving was going to cover all the parts of the wedding, and I kept calling and pestering my broker because I wanted to know if my flowers, the caterer and the photographer were paid for. It was kind of nice to have my broker checking everything off the list the same way I was, and I just kept checking in until I was close. My broker told me a lot about when I could expect to have all the money I needed, and then he got us into saving for the honeymoon.

There are a lot of things to pay for in a wedding, and we did all ourselves with help from the Laidlaw & Company team. It felt really good to know we did not have to burden anyone else with it, and I decided not to worry about saving for anything ever again. We could save for a house, buy a boat or take a vacation on cash we made at Laidlaw & Company. I am pleased with it because it is just one account I have to keep track of, and no one made me feel like I was a novice when I had to save for my wedding.

Soros Makes Rare Bullish Investments

Soros Management LLC is one of the biggest hedge funds on the market today. It has had one member that has been inordinately quiet in recent years. That person is the fund’s founder, George Soros. Soros is one of the most successful investors in the history of the stock market in the United States. He owns the second biggest hedge fund in the country. Soros Management LLC manages $30 billion of George Soros and his family’s money. While Soros has been fairly quiet in recent years, he recently made some rather bearish trades that has some market specialists worrying about the future of the market.

This is because of the reason that Soros decided to take a large portion of his stock holdings and place them in gold. For those that don’t know, this is a common practice by smart investors when they think that the market is going to do poorly. Gold almost always performs well when the market is in a downfall. George Soros has made a career out of profiting big by betting against the market. In fact, the last big trades he was known to make were during the financial crisis caused by the fall of the housing market in 2007. He made $1 billion off of that trade that year. He also made another billion dollars during his first famous trade. This is when he went against the grain in 1992 and bet against the British pound and was proven to be correct.

Read more:
@georgesoros

George Soros – CNBC

He fears for the future of the global market because of the economic and political situations around the world in Europe, Russia, and especially China. Many question this because the Chinese market has been stable this year. Soros worries about its future and the future of the world market because of their unstable political climate. He feels that their closed-off government and lack of regulations is going to lead to fall and trouble in markets worldwide.

As far as Europe, Soros believes that Britain leaving the European Union is just the beginning of its collapse. He feels the ongoing migration crisis is going to take its toll on the rest of the EU and cause it to collapse completely. This could also have a disastrous effect on the worldwide market.

Soros has not been an active trader in recent years. He has been closely monitoring the activity of his fun during this span, though. He has also been busy with other endeavors. He is a busy political activist and philanthropist. He has helped Hillary Clinton raise millions for her Super PAC. His Foundation also gave away over $800 million in charitable donations last year. The future will only tell if Soros latest prediction on the market is correct.

Learn more about George Soros:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/george-soros-just-made-big-bearish-bets-everybody-panic-and-then-consider-buying-2016-06-09

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-bearish-george-soros-is-trading-again-1465429163

Dr. Jennifer Walden: A Perfect Example Of Success

Harper’s Bazaar magazine recently bestowed the honor one of the 24 best beauty surgeons in the United States to Dr. Jennifer Walden. An acclaimed plastic surgeon, Dr. Jennifer Walden established the Austin, Texas-based Jennifer L. Walden, M.D., PLLC and Walden Cosmetic Surgery Center, PLLC. She maintains an office in Falls, Texas as well. Jennifer is a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Texas-Austin and earned a medical degree from the University of Texas medical branch.

Upon graduating from medical school, Dr. Walden made her way to New York City and started her career at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. She learned under the tutelage of renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Sherill Aston.

Friendliness and warmth always follow Jennifer wherever she goes and many of her colleagues will attest to that. Though assertive, she is a confident woman with a knack for success. A commitment to hard work and being the best has brought Dr. Jennifer Walden to where she is today.

Jennifer can point to her family and upbringing in Texas as key elements that set her on a path to success. She lived in the Northwest Hills section of Austin, Texas. One of five children, her parents stressed that education was an import element to succeed in life. Her mother served as a surgical nurse and her father was a dentist. Jennifer thinks of her parents as role models and true heroes.

After medical school and a focus on success, Jennifer delayed dating, getting married and having children until she established her practice. As she approached being forty, Jennifer’s maternal instinct kicked in and decided that she wanted to have children. Unable to find a gentleman she wanted marry, Jennifer decided to have children via in-vitro fertilization. She gave birth to twin sons in November of 2010. After the birth of her sons, she relocated her practice to Texas, so her boys could grow up in a family environment as she did.

Learn more about Dr. Jennifer Walden:

https://www.realself.com/find/Texas/Austin/Plastic-Surgeon/Jennifer-Walden