Author Archives: Ted Purlain

Amgen ranked largest biotech company by worldwide revenue


In a recently released report by, the Calif.-based Amgen was ranked the largest biotechnology company by worldwide revenue. Amgen is the world’s largest independent biotechnology firm with 12 approved drugs or therapeutic biologicals for 17 conditions, including Enbrel to … Read More »

Obama reiterates stance on Syrian chemical weapons while in Israel

Barack Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama recently reiterated his stance that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian military would directly affect American involvement in the country’s two-year-old civil war. Obama made the comments while conducting a joint press conference with … Read More »

Iran not opposed to direct talks with U.S. over nuclear program


Tehran said it is not opposed to direct talks with Washington to resolve the standoff over its nuclear weapons program. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini’s comments appear to be a softening of its longstanding rejection of any bilateral talks … Read More »

Washington expresses doubts about reports of chemical weapons use in Syria


The U.S. ambassador to Syria recently told Congress he has not seen evidence verifying claims that chemical weapons were used in the country’s two year civil war. Ambassador Robert Ford, who was recalled from his Damascus Post in the beginning … Read More »

Obama meets Israeli President Shimon Peres to discuss Iran

Barack Obama

Israeli President Shimon Peres recently said his country has faith in U.S. policy regarding Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Peres made the comments while speaking beside U.S. President Barack Obama in Jerusalem. Obama made his first trip to Israel since … Read More »

Syrian government and rebels accuse each other of using chemical weapons


Syrian government and opposition forces traded accusations over the alleged firing of a chemical weapon near the disputed city of Aleppo. Neither claim has been confirmed, but two dozen people are reported to have been killed by the resulting chemical … Read More »

Austrian diplomat says Syrian chemical arsenal a danger

Reinhold Lopatka

A top Austrian diplomat recently said Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile poses a threat to the country’s civilian population. Austrian State Secretary for the Foreign Ministry Reinhold Lopatka said the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be a disaster and … Read More »

SAIS dean sees possibility for progress in Iran nuclear talks

Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, recently pointed to signs of a possible break in the diplomatic struggle over Iran’s nuclear program. Nasr said Tehran entered the latest round of talks with … Read More »

Syrian rebels advance on positions near Golan Heights

Syrian rebel commanders recently announced their forces have taken a government military intelligence compound near the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. The compound is located near the Yarmouk River in the Shagara, which is only eight kilometers from Syria’s 1974 ceasefire line … Read More »

French magazine reports on Syrian nerve gas casualties


An expose in the French magazine Paris Match claims Syrian children and infants are being critically injured by nerve gas as the country’s two-year-old civil war grinds on. The magazine recently published disturbing images of an injured boy named Omar … Read More »

Chemical suicide sparks evacuation of Florida hotel


A hotel in Venice, Florida, was recently evacuated when police found a potential chemical threat in one of the rooms. Police called to investigate a suicide at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Venice ordered the hotel evacuated for approximately … Read More »

Tensions rise further as North Korea threatens South Korean island


North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un recently threatened to wipe out a South Korean island with around 5,000 residents. North Korean rhetoric has become increasingly bellicose since it became the subject of a series of new United Nations economic sanctions. The … Read More »

South Korea, United States conduct joint drills


Recent South Korean and U.S. joint military exercises prompted further rhetoric from North Korea, which said it carried through on a threat to end the 60-year-old armistice put in place at the end of the Korean War. The U.S.-South Korean … Read More »

Seib writes that Iran showdown nears

Gerald F. Seib

The Washington bureau chief of the Wall Street journal recently published an editorial arguing that the international effort to stop Iran from attaining nuclear weapons capability is about to enter a critical phase. Gerald F. Seib said it is possible … Read More »

Analysis shows preparedness is key to containing bioterror and pandemics


A recent analysis of the risks posed by bioterrorism or a potential pandemic states that the chances of either occurring are very low and the key to containing them is preparedness, communication and science. Rebecca Keller of Stratfor says media … Read More »