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Replacing big pharma's products: how good are the generic options?

Big pharma and its big price tags have been the target for many a politician seeking to lower the cost of health care in the U.S. Martin Shkreli and his questionable big-pharma persona are an easy target and embodiment of how some continue to squeeze…

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Does aid work? Markets, big goals or both?

The year 2015 was a significant time for the world as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — targeted at a core of eight different issues, ranging from universal primary education and HIV/AIDS to extreme poverty and hunger — were replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are an even more aspirational set of goals targeted at 17 different issues.

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Human trafficking: The economics and the disgust

Sara is a young, single mother living in Moldova. For the last two months she’s been looking for work with no luck. She reads an ad in the local newspaper that’s offering good paying jobs serving in restaurants in Italy. She calls the number and in a…

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IDEA labs and the changing face of medicine

On April 25, 2016, nearly 450 students, investors and entrepreneurs gathered at the Cambridge Innovation Center’s St. Louis location for a unique sort of Demo Day. The event was hosted by IDEA Labs, a student-run startup incubator founded at Washingt…

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Modern slavery in your life whether you know it or not

Slavery as an institution has existed in almost every human society since Neolithic times. As the age-old process of buying and selling of humans as property for involuntary labor continues, slavery has been legally banned in every country of the wor…

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The goal of the Center on Business and Poverty, an initiative of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters and Science, is to support innovative writing and community projects related to employers who participate in social enterprise.

The Center’s mission is focused on:

Writing guest editorials for significant print and online publications about social entrepreneurship.

Composing weekly columns for the Deseret News and the Telegraph Herald, respectively the flagship periodical of the 20th largest print and online media group in the US and the largest newspaper and online presence in Northeast Iowa. Through syndication and copying, our pieces are seen weekly in as many as 20 periodicals.

Helping run online financial literacy and free tax preparation programs for employers.