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Bayer Bayer AG (/ˈbaɪər/; German pronunciation: [ˈbaɪ̯ɐ]) is a German chemical and pharmaceutical company founded in Barmen (today a part of Wuppertal), Germany in 1863. It is headquartered in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and well known for its original brand of aspirin. Bayer marketed heroin in 1895 and invented aspirin in 1897. The Importance and Future of Antimicrobial Surveillance Studies Robert Masterton + Author Affiliations Reprints or correspondence: Dr. Robert Masterton, Ayrshire and Arran National Health Service Board, The Ayr Hospital, Dalmellington Rd., Ayr KA6 6DX (

Imidacloprid Imidacloprid is currently the most widely used insecticide in the world.[3] Although it is now off patent, the primary manufacturer of this chemical is Bayer CropScience (part of Bayer AG). It is sold under many names for many uses; it can be applied by soil injection, tree injection, application to the skin of the plant, broadcast foliar, ground application as a granular or liquid formulation, or as a pesticide-coated seed treatment.[4][5] Imidacloprid is widely used for pest control in agriculture. Other uses include application to foundations to prevent termite damage, pest control for gardens and turf, treatment of domestic pets to control fleas,[2] protection of trees from boring insects,[6] and in preservative treatment of some types of lumber products (e.g., Ecolife brand).[7] Authorized uses[edit] Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world.

Conflict of interest The presence of a conflict of interest is independent of the occurrence of impropriety. Therefore, a conflict of interest can be discovered and voluntarily defused before any corruption occurs. A widely used definition is: "A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgement or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest."[1] Primary interest refers to the principal goals of the profession or activity, such as the protection of clients, the health of patients, the integrity of research, and the duties of public office. Secondary interest includes not only financial gain but also such motives as the desire for professional advancement and the wish to do favours for family and friends, but conflict of interest rules usually focus on financial relationships because they are relatively more objective, fungible, and quantifiable.

What is a CRO, and why would you want to work for one? : London Blog The second of four posts on alternative careers, based on presentations at the Source Event 2008 A simplistic view of lab-based careers might split the options into academic research or work in the industrial sector. Either route, but particularly the latter, can encompass a broad spectrum of roles and goals. Working in industry need not mean that you’re part of a big pharma company like Glaxo or Pfizer, as Elizabeth Allen explained at this year’s Source Event. Allen designs Phase I clinical trials for a living. She works for Quintiles, a contract research organisation (CRO) that partners with pharma companies to speed up the drug development process.

CNNMoney: What a scientist didn't tell the NY Times on honeybee deaths - Oct. 8, 2010 Jerry Bromenshenk, bee investigatorBy Katherine Eban, contributorOctober 8, 2010: 1:42 PM ET FORTUNE -- Few ecological disasters have been as confounding as the massive and devastating die-off of the world's honeybees. The phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) -- in which disoriented honeybees die far from their hives -- has kept scientists, beekeepers, and regulators desperately seeking the cause. After all, the honeybee, nature's ultimate utility player, pollinates a third of all the food we eat and contributes an estimated $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy. The long list of possible suspects has included pests, viruses, fungi, and also pesticides, particularly so-called neonicotinoids, a class of neurotoxins that kills insects by attacking their nervous systems.

John Boehner Backed Deregulation Of Online Learning, Leading To Explosive Growth At For-Profit Colleges With a mere eight lines buried in an 82,000-word budget bill passed in 2006, Congress eliminated legislation that had for more than a decade limited how many students colleges could enroll in online courses -- rules aimed at protecting students against dubious programs. Those eight lines have proven a potent fertilizer for a for-profit college industry that has since grown to enormous proportions, collecting most of its profits via federal student aid dollars. In the five years since Congress deregulated online education, enrollments at for-profit colleges have nearly doubled. Six major corporations owning for-profit institutions have enjoyed initial public offerings on Wall Street, with each promoting the rapid growth of online classes to investors and netting millions in compensation for executives. Revenues have doubled at the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University, two of the largest players -- so has the rate at which its students have defaulted on their federal loans.

Small biotech experts offer cautious approach to CRO use The idea of two men and a compound transforming into a company that makes a profit may seem like a pipedream without outsourcing, but experts from small biotech cautioned that companies should be weary of CROs during any stage of their development. Bonne Adams, VP of clinical operations at Tracon Pharma, which is a company with only ten employees, offered a lot of scepticism around CROs to attendees at BIO 2014 in San Diego on Wednesday. Tracon abandoned outsourcing in favour of in-house clinical development after trying the former apporoch a couple of years said Adams, who explained that by doing so the firm was able to cut cost 20% to 30% which was a big deal for a small company. Adams noted that not only did Tracon save money but it also improved the quality of its clinical work and eliminated the “policing” of CROs, which she said can be burdensome. CRO turnover

Part I, The myth of authentic choice By Mike Klonsky This is the first part of a two-part series of posts on Charter school mythology. "The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread." -- Anatole France Current conceptions of school choice were originally conceived by free-market, neo-liberal ideologues like the University of Chicago's Milton Friedman. In his 1955 article "The Role of Government in Education" Friedman first proposed a system of publicly operated schools with privately run but publicly funded schools, using payment vouchers issued to parents/consumers. Corporate school reformers have taken up Friedman's choice banner and succeeded in framing their charter school narrative as a matter of choice vs. containment.

Microbiology at LGC - LGC Group We have more than 25 years’ experience in providing specialist microbiology services to support the discovery and development of antimicrobials. With a flexible and innovative approach, we are focused on providing you with the answers to help progress your goals. We have an extensive isolate collection and our microbiologists provide a bespoke and specialised service. Supporting all phases of the drug development pipeline, we have particular strengths in discovery screening, preclinical efficacy and safety, veterinary products and clinical trials support. Honeybee researcher who blames virus for CCD has financial ties to pesticide manufacturer (NaturalNews) The New York Times recently published a story on a new report that claims to have discovered one of the primary causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire colonies of bees mysteriously die. But the report, which pins a fungus and virus combination as the culprit, was headed by a researcher with financial ties to Bayer Crop Science, the creator of pesticide products that are also linked to CCD. Why is this important? For starters, Bayer is responsible for the production of neonicotinoid crop pesticides that have been increasingly linked to causing CCD.