Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Listing of historical Pharmaceutical Corporate mergers

Some may find this useful. I have been trying to collate a large historical database of scientific deception, indexed against University, corporation, person and journal.

To do this, I needed to decide what to call various corporate entities. This is hard to do, as mergers and names vary with geographic location. For example the US division of Bayer went a completely different route from the parent Bayer (which re-emerged from the death camps of IG Farben). I have (for the moment) taken some poetic license.

Anyway, here is my work-in-progress - a historical listing of pharmaceutical mergers and major subsidiaries that can be sorted by date and company. Please send along any corrections or additions.

If you want to help maintain it (or if you know of anything better along these lines) then Email me. Feel free to criticize my artwork.

Earlier|Later|Main Page

1 comment:

Radagast said...

This is quite interesting, in and of itself. I don't know how you're organizing the data in the overarching project, but how does it look if, say, you list all the incidents of scientific misconduct according to the current corporate entity?

For example, incidents involving GSK would also cover historical incidents involving Glaxo, Wellcome, Smithkline, Beecham, and any subsidiaries. This doesn't work as well, when looking at companies that have de-merged, or floated specialist arms as separate entities, but, anyway... just an idea.

Perhaps it would be easier to deal with the data, by using academic institutions as the primary criteria (because they don't tend to merge and split, with such regularity)? So, I dunno, hypothetically, Harvard's been involved in 30 incidents, in the past 30 years, 10 of which have involved what is currently known as Company A, in various historical forms? One never knows, a trend might emerge!