Science has been overrun with politics – it’s time to take it back

At the onset of the Covid pandemic in February 2020, the pages of the Lancet, a very prestigious medical journal, carried a statement eulogising China and the efforts it had already made to deal with the virus. For the luminaries who signed the statement, no praise could be too high for the Chinese. They had […]

How mathematical models attempt to predict the spread of disease

The various pronouncements on coronavirus are a source of puzzlement to many. On the one hand there are lurid predictions of millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths. On the other, while the actual numbers are growing, they seem tiny so far compared to the scale of the predictions. Almost 100 years ago, […]

Pharmaceuticals and Taxation: International Experience

Here is a summary of a presentation that Volterra associate Nick Bosanquet recently delivered in Sao Paulo at a  conference sponsored by Interfarma – the Brazilian Research-based Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association.   Brazil can look forward to a very positive development period between now and the next Olympics There is a shift in global economic growth with a key hub […]