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Robert Yates to lead Merck KGaA’s life science division

BY Allison Cerra

DARMSTADT, Germany — Merck KGaA announced that Robert Yates was named president of Merck Millipore, the drug maker’s life science division.

Yates will report to Bernd Reckmann, who leads the company’s chemicals business sector, which includes the Merck Millipore and performance materials division. Millipore was acquired by Merck in July 2010.

Prior to his new role, Yates worked at Roche for 22 years, most recently in Roche’s diagnostics division, where he led the life sciences business in Penzberg, Germany.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb completes Amira acquisition

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Bristol-Myers Squibb has completed its previously announced acquisition of another drug maker.

Bristol said it has completed the acquisition of small-molecule pharmaceutical company Amira Pharmaceuticals, based in San Diego, for $325 million. Amira’s portfolio focuses on the discovery and early development of new drugs to treat inflammatory and fibrotic diseases.

The transaction was originally announced on July 21.

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Gillette Venus encourages young Latinas to reveal their inner ‘goddess’

BY Antoinette Alexander

HOUSTON — Procter & Gamble’s Gillette Venus razor brand is launching a new scholarship program for young Latinas through the Venus Goddess Fund for Education.

Gillette Venus launched the he Venus Goddess Fund for Education in February 2011 in partnership with celebrity spokesperson Jennifer Lopez.

"Houston is a rich, vibrant market and the home to many Latinas who will run households, companies and their own businesses. Research shows Latinas have a higher incidence of enrolling in college, and we want to do what we can to support their goals of attaining a degree," stated Joshua Talge, Venus brand manager.

In partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Venus will offer $40,000 in scholarships to Houston students who apply and share their experiences on what motivates them to pursue their goals. Applications are available online at Hsf.net/venus through Oct. 28, 2011, and scholarships are open to all Latina students residing in the Houston metro area who are planning to enter college to pursue a two- or four-year degree and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Venus encourages Latinas to "reveal the goddess in you," which means celebrating their confidence, passion, hard work and dedication to their multiple life roles and goals. Maria Marin, an expert in helping women be more confident to pursue life goals and passions, shared this sentiment by empowering Latinas to pursue a college degree: "Latina women are modern goddesses, and through a college degree, any woman can feel ready to start a business, lead an organization, take on managerial roles or feel better prepared to steer their families forward," stated Marin, who is supporting the Venus program and offering tips and motivation for young students wanting to complete a college education.

 

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