Pfizer has called on the biopharmaceutical industry to join the company in committing to unprecedented collaboration to combat COVID-19. “In this troubling time, Pfizer is committed to doing all we can to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Albert Bourla, the company’s Chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Many companies, including Pfizer, are working…

TOPICS’ first editorial, published in March 2002 – The situation has improved, but some of the content remains relevant 18 years later. The recent formation of Taiwan’s new Cabinet provides a good opportunity to review the difficulties faced by international companies attempting to implement a globalized business model in Taiwan. Much has been done to…

In the fall of 2007, Taiwan Business TOPICS invited 14 experts to offer their thoughts on “what Taiwan should aim to be like” in their areas of expertise by the year 2020, and how to achieve those goals. Their views were published in the November 2007 edition of TOPICS under the heading “Vision 2020.” With 2020 now upon us, TOPICS sought to re-engage with the…

As 2020 begins to unfold, markets the world over are faced with numerous opportunities and challenges posed by the “intelligence revolution” – the emergence and advancement of smart technologies, next-wave communications systems, machine learning, robotics, and others. Every facet of life, from how humans work and consume goods and services, to how we commute and…

Taiwan was for a time the most advanced colony under the Japanese empire, and there is a lingering affinity in Taiwan for all things Japanese, including its diverse cuisine. While options for Japanese food in the capital Taipei are plentiful, not all can be considered high-quality or authentic. One place that definitely achieves that standard,…

You wouldn’t be alone if the first things you think of at the mention of Wyoming are big swaths of farming and ranch land and beautiful natural scenery. After all, the western U.S. state is known far and wide for its superior-quality agricultural products, especially its premium-grade beef. But it may surprise you to know…

As the U.S.-China trade war continues, an air of uncertainty hangs over the global financial-services sector. The precariousness of the situation caused stock markets to perform very poorly last year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average’s annual return for 2018 was -5.63%, while the S&P 500 returned -6.24%, the first decline for the two indexes after…