GlaxoSmithKline Scientists Charged with Sending Trade Secrets to China

Ian Wilson - Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Ian Wilson – Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged five people in an alleged conspiracy to steal trade secrets from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and market them in China.

Two scientists at GSK’s Upper Merion, Pa. facility allegedly stole research data, procedures and manufacturing processes for biopharmaceutical products and sent that information to others who marketed it in China under a company called Renopharma Inc. Read more »

Drug Company to Put Up Giant Cigarette Butt in Dilworth Park Friday

Dilworth Park Cigarette Butt (photo illustration)

Photo Illustration, obviously

Every Philadelphian who has passed through the new Dilworth Park since its opening has come away with the same thought: This place could really use a 20-foot-tall cigarette butt.

Stop holding your breath and let out that last drag, Philadelphians: On Friday, GlaxoSmithKline will erect a 20-foot-tall cigarette butt in order to promote their Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ smoking cessation drugs. Hey, Dilworth Park wasn’t cheap.

The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. And, to make this mashup of a drug company and a public park even better, Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas — a paid GSK spokesman — will make an appearance to encourage people to quit smoking. Sure, why not? He quit smoking a year ago.

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PMHC Makes Big Move in Center City Office Market

The Public Health Management Corporation (PMHC) is moving from its offices at Broad and Locust to 1500 Market next year, taking over five floors of Comcast’s former corporate home. It sounds like the social services city contractor got inspired by GlaxoSmithKline’s latest innovations at the Navy Yard: the new PMHC will use one level of their new office space as a collective workspace with a cafe and gym. But unlike GSK, PMHC is staying downtown, which brings a sigh of relief for those worried about Center City losing its commercial density.

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