Weekend Digest: August 17th, 2018
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Weekend Digest: August 17th, 2018

F.B. International’s Weekend Digest is an easy-to-read breakdown of what we’re reading and highlighting from the past week.

More from this week’s theme: Blog–Food Industry & Food Safety

Food Safety & Knowledge Sharing Across Industries: An Interview with George Walker

What our team is reading this week:

Each week, the team at F.B. chooses an article to share. These are not necessarily related to international business, but are some “good-reads” we think you may enjoy.

Fabrice Bonvoisin, President

We all know at least one person who has been affected by cancer. Breast cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, leukemia and many other forms of this killing disease. When listening to an NPR report about “living drugs” (https://to.pbs.org/2MSNxvj) it reminded me how far technology has come in recent years. I first heard about this promising treatment for cancer on the Science Channel: a presentation of the research conducted by scientist in Pennsylvania, on reprogrammed T cells, armed with chimeric antigen receptors (CAR). These cells are called CAR-T cells. The National Cancer Institute provides a definition of these killer T-cells (https://bit.ly/2L0yRbT) and multiple treatments using these types of cells have been validated by the Food and Drug Administration (https://bit.ly/2nJiaZd). While these treatments sound very promising, there are still many obstacles. T-Cells don’t work equally on all patients (https://bit.ly/2waWBV3), and some forms like solid tumors seem to be also tough to treat (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).

I am an optimist by nature, so I do believe that it is only a matter of time before dying of cancer becomes a thing of the past. The real question is how pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and the entire healthcare system are going to adapt to this radical transformation of cancer patient treatments. According to the National Cancer Institute (www.costprojections.cancer.gov/), this is a $174 Billion Dollar question to address by 2020!

Image from Penn Today

    Article: https://penntoday.upenn.edu/news/second-fda-approval-car-ts-transformative-power-multiplies

Ruby Blau, Marketing Associate

What if the Earth was made of blueberries? Although it may seem silly, a version of this question was posted at on an online physics forum and piqued the interest of Anders Sandberg, neuroscientist and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. This question led to a thought experiment. Because scientists can often estimate the geological makeup of planets far away, it’s pretty interesting to imagine a planet like Earth made up of “billions of single blueberries floating in space.” This Forbes article is a nice, layman’s peek into geology and theoretical physics by way of blueberries.

        Article: https://bit.ly/2MerkL9

Balint Homonnai Varga, Assistant Project Coordinator

There comes a time when your nephew’s contagious obsession with dinosaurs gets to you. My little nephew knows the names and characteristics of numerous, if not all, dinosaurs by heart – when I’m around, I hear at least one mention of dinosaurs per hour. Inevitably, the affinity for the mystical creatures spread to me as well. In the recent weeks, paleontologists published a study, in which they name a new ankylosaurid species, Akainacephalus johnsoni from fossils in the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument, Utah. National geographic reports about the discovery in detail, and as always, the read is quite interesting.

Image from National Geographic

              Article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/07/news-akainacephalus-fossils-paleontology-grand-staircase-escalante/

Events you may be interested in next week:

  • August 21st: India’s Civil Aviation & Airport Development — Opportunities for U.S. Companies. Webinar sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service. Speakers and topics include: S. Suresh, Board Member – Finance, Airports Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation: Key airport development opportunities; Amber Dubey, Partner and Head of Aerospace & Defense, KPMG, New Delhi: Overview of the Indian aviation market; Mike Hopkins, Program Manager, International Air Traffic Control Systems, Raytheon: Best practices and doing business in India; Erick Kish, Commercial Attaché, U.S. Embassy, New Delhi: Assistance for U.S. companies in India. 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. CDT. Fee: $25. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2OHQDCS
  • August 21st: Export 101 and New Technologies You Should Know. Workshop, sponsored by the Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at the Center for Entrepreneurship, College of DuPage, will give you the basic understanding of how exporting works, including e-commerce. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Center for Entrepreneurship, College of DuPage, 2525 Cabot Drive, Lisle, IL. No charge; advance registration required. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2MVRaR1
  • August 23rd: Upcoming Infrastructure Projects in Brazil. Webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Commercial Service, will describe one of Brazil’s largest infrastructure development pushes ever, including plans to award projects in transportation, power generation and transmission, telecommunications infrastructure and water and sanitation, with an estimated total investment of $80 billion dollars. 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. CDT. Fee: $40. For information & registration, please see: https://bit.ly/2BeYkPe

Next week’s theme: Restaurant chains who go international–failures and success stories

Image from Business Management EU


This week we talked to a food industry expert, next week we’ll take that theme a bit further. From the classic case study of McDonald’s in France, to Starbucks’ faceplant in Australia and their impending entry to Italy we’ll examine chain restaurants who try their hands abroad. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to see these posts.

Author: Ruby Blau

Ruby is the Marketing Associate for FB International LLC. Ruby focuses on supporting the marketing, social media, and business development efforts of FB International’s clients.

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