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Founded in 1961, Mylan created a generic pharmaceutical industry where none existed—and then led the way as that industry grew rapidly over the next few decades. Countless barriers threatened to slow the acceptance of generic drugs. But Mylan's disciplined attention to quality–combined with a willingness to break with convention even after its early successes—enabled the company to overcome these barriers and maintain the industry's momentum, and its own.
As the industry globalized in the new millennium, so did Mylan. An American success story with deep roots in Morgantown, West Virginia, the company made a series of acquisitions that transformed it almost overnight into a manufacturing powerhouse with global reach and purpose.
Published in Mylan's 50th anniversary year, this short history explains how one unconventional company learned to survive and thrive in the highly-regulated, hyper-competitive world of generic pharmaceuticals.
This richly illustrated short book charts 60 years in the life of an exceptional New York City independent school. Founded "on a wing and a prayer" by Ruth Younger, an Episcopalian nun, St. Hilda’s established its core values early on: of faith, scholarship, and unity in diversity. In the 1970s and '80s, the school had to adapt to changing social mores and a new educational curriculum, as well as to severe financial challenges that would force it to close the doors of its high school in 1993. This difficult step laid the foundation for growth and stability in the years to come.
Written for an audience of trustees, faculty, families, staff, and donors, A Joyous Adventure goes beyond the founding story, long familiar to the school community, to chart the path that St. Hilda's followed in the decades since, and how that history has helped the school become a special place to learn.
Peter Brooke wanted to reflect on his distinguished career as a basis for a wholesale reappraisal of the industry. To strike this delicate balance, he engaged Winthrop. The result was A Vision for Venture Capital: Realizing the Promise of Global Venture Capital & Private Equity (University Press of New England). Nicknamed “the Johnny Appleseed of venture capital” for his role in catalyzing the growth of venture capital, first in Boston and then around the world, Brooke argues that venture capital and private equity are essential elements of economic growth and development.
More than a business autobiography, A Vision for Venture Capital offers a fresh look at the history of private equity and how it can fulfill its potential in the 21st century. “Venture capital today is at last emerging as a truly global industry,” writes Josh Learner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School. “This evolution validates Peter Brooke's vision of many decades ago, and his pioneering efforts in this arena. This book provides a fascinating retrospective of Peter’s career, as well as a variety of insights about the likely evolution of the global venture industry.”
Frank J. Sprague (1857-1934) achieved an astonishing series of technological breakthroughs, from pioneering work in self-governing motors to the first full-scale operational electric railway system. A shrewd businessman, he also commercialized his inventions and promoted them to financial backers and the public. In Engineering Invention, Winthrop's Frederick Dalzell sets Sprague's story against the backdrop of one of the most dynamic periods in the history of technology. In a burst of innovation during these years, Sprague and his contemporaries-Thomas Edison, Nicolas Tesla, George Westinghouse, and others-transformed the technologies of electricity and reshaped urban life. Dalzell reminds us that even as large corporations became the driving force of technological change, the independent inventor continued to play a vital role in promoting innovation.
Founded as a charity school supported by the Anglican Church, Trinity survived lean years throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries to become one of New York City’s—indeed, the nation’s—preeminent independent educational institutions. How it did so is the subject of this new book.
Scrupulously researched and well-written with gorgeous illustrations drawn from Trinity’s Archives. Jacobson highlights different styles of leadership and changes in the school’s constituencies, adaptations to the evolving needs of America’s youth, and the place of elite education in a democratic society.
In 1930, philanthropist Edward S. Harkness bestowed a gift of $5.8 million on Phillips Exeter Academy, expecting to inspire "something revolutionary" in secondary education. Winthrop's Julia Heskel and Davis Dyer explain how the Academy developed its distinctive pedagogical approach in the 1930s and then successfully adapted it to fundamental changes in American society in the years ahead, including coeducation, an increasingly diverse community, and the emergence of a "post-industrial" or "knowledge" economy.
Founded in New York City when Thomas Jefferson was president, Wiley & Sons has been a major player in the publishing industry for two centuries. Now, on the occasion of Wiley's bicentennial, three Winthrop historians bring this rich history to life, showing how the company has reacted to trends within the publishing industry as well as to larger economic, social, and cultural forces. Knowledge for Generations sheds light on the long-term strengths and weaknesses of Wiley's business, illuminates the continuities and changes over time, and shows how family ownership has influenced the company's strategies, values, and corporate culture. Drawing on unrestricted access to company archives and extensive interviews with key executives, the authors tell a story of sustained business success amidst dramatic changes in the industry.