Good morning. Here are five things you need to know to start the day.
Biogen to report Q3 earnings this week
The Cambridge drugmaker appeared to be in a period of decline after the failure of its Alzheimer’s drug, but surprise results from a new drug for the same disease have raised the hopes of investors significantly, reports Rowan Walrath. Here are three things investors are watching for this week.
Former HBS dean dies
Jay Light, 81, who headed Harvard Business School from 2005 to 2010, died of leukemia last week in his South Dartmouth home.
Golf simulator bar opens
A business will open this fall between City Hall and the Old State House that combines golf with a bar and food.
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Check out photos from our 40 Under 40 event
Last week we held our first in-person 40 Under 40 event since 2019, and invited honorees from both of the past two years to attend. Here’s what the event looked like.
401(k) contribution limit increased
The employee contribution limit for 401(k) and similar workplace plans will jump $2,000 to $22,500 for 2023, the largest increase ever in terms of dollars and percentage, reports the Wall Street Journal.
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This day in history
Today in 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to successfully take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel. (History.com)
A new Spanish-language, health-focused radio show and podcast debuts
There’s been a lot of attention in the past two years on racial disparities in the health care system. One fact you may be to learn: Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S., with 50% of Hispanics having private insurance coverage in 2020 compared to 74% for non-Hispanic whites, according to the federal statistics.
This past weekend, a new, local podcast launched that may help address some of those disparities as it pertains to Spanish-speakers in Massachusetts. GBH and the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the state, El Planeta, are teaming up with Harvard Medical school to produce “Salud,” a podcast and 30-minute radio show focused on health issues important to the Hispanic community.
The show will air on GBH 89.7 FM at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings for at least eight weeks, and kicked off this past weekend. It will also be available on YouTube and major podcast platforms on the Thursday before each broadcast date.
Javier Marin, CEO of El Planeta (with which the Boston Business Journal also has a partnership to cross-publish select articles of interest to Spanish speakers), said of the new podcast, “Our company has a deep purpose to reach the Spanish-speaking Latino community with content that improves their life, amplifies their culture and informs their decision-making. We are thrilled to see GBH on board empowering our community to become a catalyst to prosperity for America.”
The first episode explores longevity and health through the stories of Rosenda, a woman from Guatemala who recently celebrated her 102 birthday, and Angela Alvarez, a Cuban singer nominated for a Latin Grammy at 95. Interviews with human longevity experts offer insights into what it takes to become a centenarian. Future episodes will look at Alzheimer’s disease, nutrition, long COVID, adolescent mental health and the high prevalence of diabetes within the Latino community.
Online registration is now closed. If you are looking to purchase single tickets for this upcoming program please email msherman@bizjournals.com. Single tickets are $200 per ticket.
The BBJ’s Partners with a Purpose feature is a monthly article highlighting effective and unique partnerships between businesses and nonprofits.
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