AC client RIDC’s support of the growing robotics industry in Pittsburgh was highlighted in Geek Wire article: Our robot neighbors: Hanging out with the mechanical inhabitants of ‘Robotics Row’.
“The rise of Robotics Row is as much about real estate as it is tech. A lot of these companies need big open spaces for research, development and testing. Pittsburgh’s stock of old mills and factories provide ample opportunities for these companies to find the space they need…
The Regional Industrial Development Corp. had a lot to do with that. RIDC is a 63-year-old company that develops manufacturing, industrial and research and development space throughout the area…[They] have saved and reused countless old buildings, even though doing that can be more expensive and difficult. Companies want those big open spaces for R&D, and keeping past structures guarantees that at least some remnant of Pittsburgh history remains even as the city remakes itself yet again.”
The Pittsburgh Business Times story here: Women’s panel gives tips on networking, mentoring, planning.
Kossovsky points to evidence that superior reputations create additional value. He cites the recent example of Merck CEO Ken Frazier’s reaction to the racist protests in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend of August 12–13, 2017. Early in the morning that Monday, Frazier held a press conference and announced that he was resigning from President Trump’s Manufacturing Advisory Council. “That act raised Frazier’s profile very quickly,” says Kossovsky. “He was known within the industry before that, but not among the general public.” There was the expected surge of activity on Google, with people searching for more information on Frazier, but in terms of the market, “for about the next 10 weeks, Merck outperformed the SNP 500 pharmaceutical index, ultimately by about 3.5%, which for a company of its size translates to creating an excess of almost $6 billion in value.”
And Frazier’s move was no fluke, Kossovsky adds. “He showed that the company had a mechanism where they could take the event of that weekend, process it, and make a board-level decision by Monday morning. That’s a lot of activity for a company of that size, and a lot of risk for a company to take. It meant they had a risk management system in place that could handle it.” For Kossovsky, Frazier’s action was “an incredible example of how a CEO of a pharma company can create value by raising the expectations of stakeholders and signaling that the company is indeed an ethical one.” – Excerpt
To read the Pharmaceutical Executive article in full, visit: Accentuate the Positive: Tackling Pharma’s Reputation Problem