Medical Research & Philanthropy - Social Impact Bonds & Big Pharma

I am a pharmacist's daughter. Some of my fondest childhood memories consist of weekends and school breaks spent working in my father's downtown pharmacy. That may seem strange, seeing as chemistry, biology and mathematics were not my strongest subjects. It was at this "job" that I was first exposed to business and commerce.  At an early age (elementary school) I learned how to work a cash register and count change - on a machine that didn't tell you how much change was owed; when I got my driver's license I was delivering prescriptions to seniors and those who were shut-in; and March break consisted of a weekend doing inventory for year-end.  Some really basic business and life skills were gleaned from watching how my father operated this small business.

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