Take Yourself to the Top

Want to be a Leader?

Leonardo di Vinci once wrote: Ask
advice of him who governs himself well. 
Learning to govern oneself is a principle of leadership, and can be taught and then honed. But not just through books. Often, the best leadership tenets are learned in real life. Bayer is offering a chance for young, potential leaders to govern themselves, test themselves and put their burgeoning leadership in action.
The Bayer Hemophilia Leadership Development Program is one of my favorite programs in our community. It’s a rare opportunity to be in the thick of decision-making, action and marketing. Read about it below, and apply at www.HemophiliaInternship.com! Deadline is March 13!

 Start shaping your future and your community! 
Apply today for the Bayer Hemophilia Leadership Development Program. 
Friday, March 13, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET 
To learn more and complete an application, visit www.HemophiliaInternship.com
 Making a change in the world begins by making a change in your community! Apply to be an intern through the Bayer Hemophilia Leadership Development Program and begin to learn how to be the change YOU want to see in the world. 
Students enrolled full-time in college who are touched by hemophilia can apply now for the opportunity to: 
Engage in leadership training and hands-on business projects 
Learn how to support the hemophilia community as a potential future leader 
Apply now for a six-week paid internship at Bayer HealthCare’s U.S. headquarters in New Jersey. 
In addition to working directly with leaders at Bayer, selected interns will: 
Collaborate with local hemophilia organizations and learn about efforts to support the hemophilia community and partnerships with business professionals 
Meet with healthcare public policy professionals to experience first-hand how effective advocacy relations impacts legislative decisions 
Be responsible for developing a project that will be presented to Bayer Senior Management.
Learn more at   www.hemophilialead.net

Great Book I Just Read
Take Yourself to the Top
Laura Fortrang
This is the perfect book for beginning leaders. A hard-hitting, direct and fun read about how to clarify your needs, set goals and remove obstacles to your goals. Fortrang is a life coach who shows us that without self-mastery, we will continue to be victims of our own biases, addictions, blaming mindsets, and circular thinking. A quick read, fun and impactful, you will start to make immediate changes after reading this! I’ve been reading this book for over 10 years every January to kick off the new year and get myself on track. It works! Four/five stars. 

Big Week for New Hemophilia Products

There was lots of news this week under the heading of “What can I look forward to when I don’t have gene therapy?”

How about extended half-life factor? So, instead of prophy three times a week, you dose once, and it lasts all week? Extended half-life factor is the next great thing in hemophilia, while we wait someday for a cure. I think this will be a reality in the next two years.

This week Biogen Idec (a company right here in Massachusetts; yes, they are freezing just like the rest of us this week) announced that they’ve dosed their first patient with extended half-life recombinant factor IX.There are about 6 companies studying long-acting factor IX. One of these is also GTC Biotherapeutics, also located in Massachusetts, which has a FIX product in preclinical studies. And this is really different: GTC is using transgenic animals, like rabbits and goats. These animals are specially bred to excrete human FVIII or IX through their milk glands. Fascinating!

Now even when a company has a new product in clinical trials, this doesn’t mean that it automatically will come to fruition. These are trials, and sometimes things don’t work out. For example, just this week Bayer cancelled its LipLong study, which seemed so promising. Bayer was exploring an extended half-life factor VIII (BAY 79-4980), but results weren’t as expected. But don’t worry; they are also working on another extended half-life FVIII in different preclinical trial.

One thing to note: you can actually voluteer to participate in one of these studies. Go to clinicaltrial.gov. You could help make history!

Great Book I Just Read
Take Yourself to the Top by Laura Fortgang

I read this book every two years at New Year’s to get motivated, to reasses and to plan. Not only for my business, but also for myself. This book has been around a while, but I love its no-nonsense approach, its friendly and cajoling tone, its practical applications for thinking bigger, laying the groundwork for success and removing all obstacles. I recommend it for anyone starting a business or starting a new passion within a business. First step, get off the caffeine. Man, it’s like she reads my mind in this book at times! Four stars.

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