Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mikhail Blagosklonny and His Journey through Cancer Research

Three years ago Everolimus was only an idea. When this drug, similar to rapamycin showed improvement in human immunity, it was time to celebrate. It was a step closer to people trying to slow down ageing. It was believed for a long time that ageing happens because on a molecular level, the body cannot repair itself quite as good as the time goes on.However, rapamycin and drugs similar to it can be used to effectively improve people’s condition, prevent diseases and slow down the possible damage done to the cells. Mikhail Blagosklonny is one of the scientists working on using rapamycin and other similar drugs to slow down ageing and treat cancer. At the moment research shows that rapamycin can be administered to people with osteoporosis and improve the life expectancy with people with Alzheimer’s. It is a drug currently administered to transplant receivers so that their bodies wouldn’t reject the newly transplanted organ. There is not enough research at the moment to know for sure what other properties Rapamycin will unravel, but it isn’t toxic, and people have not reported allergic reactions to it.

Mikhail Blagosklonny worked as a professor of oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute before his interest in the connection between cancer and research started. He has both an M.D. and PhD. Experimental medicine and cardiology were his fields of study at the First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg.His career started in New York where he worked as an associate professor of medicine. Afterwards, his career led him from Valhalla to Albany where Blagosklonny applied his knowledge and expertise as scientists at the Ordway Research Institute.He worked there till 2009 when Roswell Park invited him to come onboard. His research mainly concentrates on cancer and mechanisms of ageing as well as preventative medicine.He believes that helping people to avoid cancer from appearing might be the way forward.

Any treatment that could be administered before the cancerous cells appear and multiply would allow people to not get sick in the first place. It would not right out cure patients with advanced forms of cancer, but it would decrease risks for others. It’s possible that it would eventually lead scientists to a complete cure of this debilitating disease.Mikhail Blagosklonny also works in publishing. He’s the editor of several peer-review publications, such as Cell Cycle and Oncotarget. He gives young scientist opportunities to be published and get reviewed by esteemed professionals in the field as well as their peers.Oncotarget keeps people informed about the newest discoveries and research I the field of oncology. Since Mikhail Blagosklonny is interested in the subject of cancer himself, he enjoys working with young professionals and scientists discovering new facts about cancer and its various forms.His passion and dedication are noted by his peers, and his colleagues enjoy his company and his knowledge. Mikhail Blagosklonny has a personal approach to every new research project he takes on since people’s lives could be dramatically changed because of it.

Issues that Sparked the Launch of the Frontera Fund

Two prolific journalists in the media industry were arrested by the Maricopa police due to claims that were later settled. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were shocked in the middle of the night to be handcuffed by Joe Arpaio at their respective homes and driven to the police station without a clue of what was exactly happening. On their arrest, Joe Arpaio, the city sheriff accused them of breaking the law because they published news about him that was not so pleasing to read. Lacey and Larkin, the two principal executives of the Village Voice media, were displeased by the Sherrif`s claims and requested to deal with him in the court of law.


Arpaio always termed himself as one of the most feared sheriffs in the state of Arizona and most cases he was always terrible to his victims. The feared sheriff in town took another significant step to look for any individual that read the published issue that had exclusively featured him. He threatened to arrest the readers of the magazine and prosecute them in the court of law, just like he had done to Michael and Lacey. Due to the disturbing stories in the social platforms concerning the arrest of the two prolific journalist, a lot of concerns was raised by their readers and fans who wanted to know why they were arrested and also demanded investigations be conducted based on the Joe Arpaio`s claims, which they termed as wicked. The fans of the two journalists saw the claims as not valid and worth their arrest.


Arpaio accused the two journalists of acting against the law and challenging his leadership unlawfully. Michael and Lacey had published on the sheriff’s prisons sorry state and went ahead to explain his harsh treatment to the inmates. Besides, they accused him of not treating his employees well and abusing his power.


Due to the people’s pressure on the release of the two executives, the sheriff got them out of their separate cells and let them go home. Michael and Lacey then filed a petition in court to challenge the annoying arrest by the sheriff. The jury involved in listening to the case noted that the detention of the two was more of an assault which was against the law. The jury found Arpaio guilty of his deeds, and the two were highly compensated with a huge amount of money. Michael and Lacey then used the cash to start up the Frontera Fund through which they began to address various issues like human rights, immigration rights, freedom of speech, among others.

Desiree Perez

Desiree Perez; One of the Brightest Women Dominating the Entertainment Industry

When the name Jay-Z is mentioned, Desiree Perez inevitably pops up. For those who are not familiar with the name, Des Perez is the woman that is partly behind the success of Jay-Z. She has been with him for a little over 23 years and during this time, Jay-Z has grown from being just an artist to a reputable artist and a wealthy businessman. In short, that is what Desiree Perez does, transform peoples’ lives.

Des Perez is the one who helped to stabilize Tidal. Tidal had for a long time been having management issues, but since Jay-Z called Des to be part of the team, things have not been the same. Tidal is today competing with music streaming platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. All this is courtesy of strategic decision making done by Desiree Perez. Within the few years that she has been with Tidal, she has enabled it to be a multi-million business with millions of subscribers and millions subscribing on a monthly basis. Related article on

Aside from being on the management team of Tidal, Des Perez is integral in the running and success of Rock Nation. Hers is to help in getting clients better contracts terms that will increase their net worth and help them in bettering themselves. She manages the likes of Meek Mill, Rihanna and Beyoncé. She ensures that contracts do not disadvantage them. Also, she is in charge of their reputation.   Head over to to read more about Dez.

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So far, as an executive of Rock Nation, she has successfully planned Beyoncé’s world tour, which was a big hit and brought a lot of money, both to Beyoncé and the company. She also boasts of having helped Rihanna to get a huge contract with Samsung. She does all these and yet continues to be behind the scenes.  Check

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Rick Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides, Leading InnovaCare Forward

InnovaCare Health, based in Fort Lee New Jersey, is a healthcare management company offering Medicare and Medicaid Advantage plans. They are the leading provider of managed health care services in North America. InnovaCare Health is striving to build managed health care models that are coordinated, cost-effective, innovative, and driven by quality. They do this by putting patients first and developing strong patient-provider relationships. Their models are innovative and focus on quality health care solutions. Top-quality leadership is essential to make this happen. InnovaCare has the outstanding leadership of Dr. Richard Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides.

Dr. Richard Shinto is President and CEO of InnovaCare with more than 20 years of clinical and operational health care experience. Before assuming this role in 2008, Dr. Shinto was COO and Chief Medical Officer at Medical Pathways Management Company. He has also held top management positions at Medical Management for MedPartners, Cal Optima Health Plan, and NAMM California. Shinto earned his Bachelors in Science from University of California and his medical degree from State University of New York. In addition, Dr. Shinto has an M.B.A. from University of Redlands. In 2012, He won Ernst& Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In July 2016, Dr. Shinto announced the new Chief Administrative Officer of InnovaCare Penelope Kokkinides. Before being promoted she was COO and Vice President of Clinical Operations at InnovaCare. Kokkinides has over 20 years of healthcare experience, and she specializes in simplifying the process of working with governmental agencies. She too has served in top management positions at Centerlight HealthCare, Touchstone Health, and AmeriChoice. Kokkinides earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and classical languages from Binghamton University. She has a Master’s degree in social work from New York University and a Master’s degree in public health from Columbia University School of Public Health. Kokkinides obtained a post master’s program advanced degree in alcohol and substance abuse as well.

Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Shinto and Penelope Kokkinides, InnovaCare works to ensure all stakeholders are pleased with the healthcare process. InnovaCare strives to see patients receive top-quality affordable care while building sustainable, innovative, and cost effective networks for healthcare providers. InnovaCare’s two Medicare Advantage plans in Puerto Rico earned four-star ratings from the government demonstrating excellence in patient experience and access. Besides Medicare Advantage plans, InnovaCare also offers Vita Care which focuses on chronic conditions and Caribbean Accountable Care which is a shared savings program.