Hollywood & Pharma – Who Are the People Who Made 2015 ‘Juicy’?

END OF YEAR SUM UP 2

We know what you’re thinking

With so many sum-umps and reviews, you just can’t stand to read yet another Pharma trend sum-up.

We know, because that’s what we were thinking too. So, this year we’ve decided to spice things up a little bit, because  it’s the holiday season and you deserve some rest and, well…because it’s fun.

So, let’s put some fun Hollywood-“gossip” into our “bow-tie” Pharma world!

This Year’s Bad Boy

Surprisingly enough, the Pharma industry has provided the leading candidate for this prestigious title.

Martin Shkreli

US actress Reese Witherspoon poses during the photocall of his film "Mud" presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 26, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)

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Former CEO at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, is definitely this year’s bad boy now, officially with his FBI arrest, but also due to his notorious 5000% price raise of an HIV life-saving drug, along with other controversial statements on social media.

Charlie Sheen

US actress Reese Witherspoon poses during the photocall of his film "Mud" presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 26, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)

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Putting up a pretty good fight for the title from the Hollywood front, stands Charlie Sheen after revealing his HIV diagnosis while admitting to having unprotected sexual relations with two people since the diagnosis. Or does his honest exposure make him this year’s good boy? You decide…

Top Paid

As opposed to Hollywood, where the highest grossing films are quite often a reliable indication of the year’s top paid actors, in the Pharma industry, it turns out sales figures are hardly an indication at all for top paid CEO’s.

Len Schleifer

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Wearing the crown in the Pharma world with $41.97 million is Len Schleifer, CEO of Regeneron, a company with just few marketed products, but where compensation goes a long way.

Robert Downey Jr.

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With just a tad more, Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., stands tall at $80 million this year, which makes him top paid actor for the third year in a row! Makes Pharma pay checks look a little slim, doesn’t it..?

Woman of the Year

Just before it looks like men are dominating our list, two women have made it to earn this title, not given by us of course, but rather by two distinguished institutions.

Denice Torres

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The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association has proclaimed Denice Torres, JD, MBA and president of J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare to be woman of the year.

Torres has lead McNeil to increase their sales at a double-digit rate, reclaiming leadership in several OTC categories as well as the No. 1 healthcare professional recommendation for many of those products.

Caitlyn Jenner

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Another equally important institute, Glamour Magazine, has recently announced Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality TV personality, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, to be their woman of the year, shortly after her receiving ESPY’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

And speaking of women…

Most Disruptive and Influential Women This Year

With all due respect to honorable institutes such as those mentioned above, sometimes the most influential people in the world start only with a vision, which then turns into a game-changer.

The Pharma industry has seen two such women this year:

Anne Wojcicki

US actress Reese Witherspoon poses during the photocall of his film "Mud" presented in competition at the 65th Cannes film festival on May 26, 2012 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/GettyImages)

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Two years after Anne Wojcicki sold a groundbreaking DNA test without the proper FDA approval, 23andMe is now making an impressive comeback. Taking patient centricity a step further, 23andMe is offering the new approved DNA test directly to consumers, covering 35 genes that can cause diseases, at a cost of only $199!

Elizabeth Holmes

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Another entrepreneur disrupting the Pharma industry these days is Elizabeth Holmes, only 19 years old when she started her company, Theranos. Holmes has made it her purpose to make cheaper diagnostic tests that require only a few drops of blood from a finger prick.

Despite a minor set back by the FDA’s restriction on the company’s unapproved blood collection device, it seems Holmes is just starting her innovative path in Pharma.

Just how disruptive can Hollywood be?

Reese Witherspoon

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Well, here’s an example – Reese Witherspoon has received this year’s Glamour’s Hollywood Hero Award for co-founding a production company dedicated to bringing female-driven stories to the big screen.

Now that’s what we call visionary!

So admit it…

2015’s Pharma industry’s roundup has never been so glamourous!

Who knows, maybe the men and women who made this year so interesting in Pharma and in Hollywood have something in common.

Either way, until the next big drama…

Have yourselves A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year from all of us here at Verix!

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McBee, T. P. (2015, October 29). Caitlyn Jenner, Trans Champion: “Maybe This is Why God Put Me On Earth”. Retrieved from http://www.glamour.com/inspired/women-of-the-year/2015/caitlyn-jenner

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