Why fast-growing Philadelphia biotech firm Imvax picked the iconic Curtis building for its new HQ
Philadelphia Business Journal

Imvax expected to host an event in April or May to unveil its new headquarters at The Curtis in the Old City section of Philadelphia, but the ongoing pandemic scuttled those plans.

“Covid-19 clearly got in the way,” said John Furey, the former Spark Therapeutics executive who was hired as CEO of Imvax last year. “Once we see the light at the end of the tunnel with all of this, we’ll do something” to show off the new space.

The company previously operated out of a small office in Chestnut Hill and took the 17,000 square feet of space at the iconic Curtis building to keep up with its expansion.

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THE INTERVIEW: Villanova’s Peter Donohue on leadership during the pandemic
Philadelphia Business Journal

Despite having about 5,000 students living on campus this semester, Rev. Peter Donohue says Villanova University is disquietingly … quiet.

The coronavirus pandemic has prevented student gatherings of any kind at the Catholic college in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, so there’s “really nothing going on but academics,” said Donohue, now in his 14th year at the school’s helm.

The downtime has enabled the Augustinian priest to reflect on the role of a college president during a global pandemic — and on leadership in general — while simultaneously encouraging a community of young adults to sacrifice their individual needs to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the entire group (i.e. adhere to Covid-19 protocols). So far, his self-described stint as Villanova’s chief cheerleader has paid off with minimal confirmed coronavirus cases on campus and an otherwise uneventful start to the 2020-21 academic year.

Donohue recently spoke with The Business Journals’ Hilary Burns about how his job has changed since Covid-19 struck, and the effects the pandemic is having on college pricing and on-campus learning. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Nish is based in Princeton, NJ. He has developed a number of technical supports for individuals with autism. His most recent focus is in employment of adults with autism in the US and Ireland.

Cork man Sean Doyle named as British Airways’ new chief executive

Donal Moriarty will replace Doyle as CEO of Aer Lingus

The Irish Times

Sean Doyle, current Aer Lingus chairman and chief executive, is to become the new chief executive of British Airways, taking over from Alex Cruz. Donal Moriarty, currently Aer Lingus’ chief corporate affairs officer, will now assume the top job at the airline.

In a statement on Monday, IAG, which owns both Aer Lingus and British Airways, said that Cruz has stepped down after four-and-a-half years in the role.

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Reading Terminal Market launches $250,000 crowdfunding campaign to offset pandemic losses
Philadelphia Business Journal

Philadelphia’s historic Reading Terminal Market has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first time in its 128-year history in efforts to offset losses from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Launched via online crowdsourcing platform GoFundMe, the campaign has a goal of $250,000 and will run through the end of 2020. As of early Friday afternoon, just over $11,000 had been raised from 116 people.

The cash will go toward helping the public market stay open seven days a week, maintaining peak HVAC and ventilation operations, and subsidizing the extra cleaning and disinfecting practices in place during the health crisis. The fund will also help one of the city’s most popular attractions continue offering its various events and community programs, such as nutrition programs and food rescue collaborations with other local nonprofits like Philabundance, said General Manager Conor Murphy.

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