Ruhi Khan named VP of Acorda Therapeutics
HAWTHORNE, NY–Ruhi Khan recently named Vice President, Business Development, of Acorda Therapeutics reporting to President and CEO RonCohen, M.D. Previously, Ms. Khan was the Executive Director, Business Development at Acorda.
Before joining the Company, Ms. Khan was the Senior Director of Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. While at Lexicon, she led the business development function for both in-licensing and out-licensing of programs, research stage collaborations, technology assessments, spin-outs and other strategic initiatives. She was also responsible for market research and market analysis for clinical product candidates. Prior to that, Ms. Khan was a Director at Fidelity Biosciences, the biotech venture capital investment division at
Fidelity Investments; in that capacity, she had operational management responsibilities at EnVivo Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company focused on the development of therapies for central nervous system disorders. Ms. Khan has a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School.
â€œI`m delighted to announce the promotion of Ruhi Khan to Vice President of Business Development,â€ Dr. Cohen said. â€œRuhi`s first assignment after joining Acorda was to lead our process to obtain a commercialization partner for Fampridine-SR outside the U.S. She did an outstanding job of executing this process and concluding a great deal with an optimal partner, Biogen Idec. I expect Ruhi to continue to be a major contributor to Acorda`s future successes as we work to capitalize on business development opportunities and build shareholder value.â€
Islamic Studies at Lehigh University hosts first speaker
The Center for Global Islamic Studies at Lehigh University welcomed David Lelyveld, author and professor of history at William Paterson University, to give the centerâ€™s inaugural lecture in Linderman Library on Wednesday.
Lelyveldâ€™slecture, â€œSir Sayyidâ€™s Dreams: Biography and Islamic Dream Interpretation in Nineteenth Century India,â€ focused on the life, accomplishments and dream interpretation of one of the most well known Muslim reformists in late colonial South Asia, Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan.
The Center for Global Islamic Studies was launched in the fall of 2009 with the support and grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is an intellectual community committed to the study of Islamic civilization. â€œThis four-year grant provides support for library acquisitions and faculty research,â€ said Robert Rozehnal, the director of the center and professor of religion studies. â€œThanks to this grant, the center now has a real dynamism and direction.â€
The grant also funds three visiting faculty positions: a professor of practice in Arabic, a visiting scholar and a pre-doctorate/post-doctorate scholar.
During their time at Lehigh, each visiting scholar will teach a range of courses in their respective fields, while contributing to the intellectual life and numerous activities of the center.
Lynchburg mosque to hold open house
LYNCHBURG, VA–The Greater Lynchburg Islamic Association is holding an open house this Saturday for everyone in the community to come and learn about Islam.
The mosque was opened last December and on average about thirty people attend the prayer services. Speaking to the media GLIAâ€™s president, Maqsud Ahmad, said youâ€™ll often hear in the media about those who are not representing the true image of Islam.
â€œWe want to tell them that you know we are just like you, we are as friendly as you are. We believe in one God, the same God you believe in.â€
Mosque opposed once again in Gwinnett County
ATLANTA, GA–Gwinnett County Commissioners delay voting on a zoning application that would allow a mosque to move forward with its expansion.
The commission is considering a re-zoning application by the Darus Salam mosque. They want to build a 20,000 square-foot, two-story mosque with towers.
Neighbors against the mosque say the issue is traffic and parking.One woman told commissioners, â€œIt is not about the mosque itself. Itâ€™s about how they conduct themselves toward the neighborhood.The mosque said they need the space to accommodate a growing number of worshipers. They have bought the surrounding property. In addition to the mosque, they are planning a small strip mall with stores downstairs and a library upstairs.County staff recommended the re-zoning application be denied. The Commission is delaying their vote.
Interfaith prayer service held in Toronto
TORONTO, CANADA–About 100 people from synagogues, mosques and churches gathered last week at the Church of the Transfiguration for an historic service of Evensong (the traditional Anglican late-afternoon/evening service), sponsored by the Neighbourhood Interfaith Group. The Reverend Canon Michael Burgess, incumbent, officiated at the service; Imam Dr. Abdul Hai Patel delivered a sermon; Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl of Beth Tzedec congregation recited a prayer, and Archbishop Terence E. Finlay, former Bishop of Toronto, gave the blessing.
â€œThis interfaith Evensong service and kosher-halal reception is a unique way of bringing people of our Abrahamic faiths together,â€ said Bryan Beauchamp, chair of the Neighbourhood Interfaith Group, which represents five Christian denominations â€“ Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and United Church â€“ and three Jewish denominations â€“ Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist.