August 2018

Healthcare Investing Hotshots Jacob Gottlieb and Stuart Weisbrod Reunited

Merlin Bio Med Group was an investment management company that specialized in healthcare. This company was co-founded approximately 20 years ago by Stuart Weisbrod. Weisbrod was a pro when it came to healthcare and biotechnology. Weisbrod had previously held positions at Prudential-Bache Securities, Oracle Partners, Harpel Partners and Merrill Lynch before starting his own company. His professional experience assisted in providing him with the skills that led to him hiring his all-star team. In the year of 2000, Jacob Gottlieb joined this all-star team as a portfolio manager. During this, time Merlin was at the peak of the biotechnology revolution. Gottlieb assisted in this company’s impressive achievement of returns that reached over 100 percent. Even though at this time they were not equal partners Weisbrod and Gottlieb were still a force to be reckoned with in the world of healthcare investments.

In 2007 Merlin went out of business and returned all the funds to their former investors. Although Merlin closed up shop the years spent there were not a total waste of time due to the results of the experience Gottlieb and Weisbrod gained. Gottlieb created his own investment firm after Merlin went out of business. Gottlieb’s firm, Visium Asset Management was worth 2.5 billion dollars in 2008 around the time of a recession. Thousands of business’ suffered and closed for good during this recession. With these almost inevitable odds against him, Gottlieb managed to pull through and managed to a score a hedge fund of $8 billion dollars for his company. However, this triumph plummeted in 2016 because three executives were accused of mismarking and insider trading. This caused a negative chain reaction for Visium that resulted in public destruction and the involvement of the FBI. Just like Merlin, Visium went out of business, however, Gottlieb has not. As for Weisbrod, he followed in the more successful footprints of Merlin by modeling his subsequent investment firm, Iguana Healthcare Partners after the investment strategies that worked well with Merlin.

Weisbrod and Gottlieb are still kept busy with their current independent funds but the two have decided to reunite under the same offices and rejoin forces for a future project. As of July 2018, Gottlieb is still trying to settle his unsettled business with Visium. Simultaneously Gottlieb is also deeply involved with his recent company Altium Capital. It has not yet been revealed when or what they are working on but judging by the results of their previous projects it is safe to say that whatever it is will make quite the statement.

OSI Group Expands Production Capabilities in Spain

OSI Group is continuing their expansion around the world as the demand for their products increases. In 1909, the butcher shop in Chicago owned by Otto Kolschowsky that would eventually grow to become OSI Group was opened by the German immigrant. Like many other businesses in the German-immigrant community eventually, the business was passed down to his sons who devoted their careers to growing the company into the multinational corporation that it is today. In recent years OSI Group has made considerable efforts to increase their presence and production capabilities in Europe and surrounding areas through various expansion and acquisition efforts.

One of the main products in high demand in that region are various chicken products, especially in Portugal and Spain. In the last ten years, studies have shown that there has been at least a 6% increase in demand for the protein every year. One of the main efforts to increase production capacity in the region by OSI Group was an expansion of one of their existing facilities located in Toledo, Spain. While the plant could process around 12,000 tons of chicken a year that has now been increased to 24,000 tons. In total, the plant can process 45,000 tons of meat products including chicken, pork, and beef. The expansion did not just include areas to increase production of their products, it also included features such as storage, a shipping area, refrigeration rooms, and a social area.

One of the most interesting features of the expansion includes a testing kitchen that will help the company improve their current products as well as develop new ones that will meet the needs of their growing customer base. Food manufacturers including OSI recognize that the preferences and tastes of consumers will constantly change over time and they must be prepared to meet these demands to stay successful. The local economy has also benefited from this considerable expansion as well. To meet the staffing needs of the expansion OSI Group needed to add 20 new people to their workforce. This addition brings the staff count at the Toledo, Spain plant to around 160 people.

Sameer Jejurikar, Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is a board certified plastic surgeon in Dallas, Texas. His focus is on cosmetic surgery of the eyes, nose, face, breast and body. He is a member of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Dallas area including Pine Creek Medical Center, Dallas Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Dr. Jejurikar was born and raised in Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, and he performed his residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. He then received a year of sub-specialty training in aesthetic training at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He is certified in plastic surgery through the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is a member of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons. He holds a state medical license is Michigan, New York and Texas. Dr. Jejurikar has contributed numerous book chapters and journal articles to publications such as the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the Journal of Surgical Research, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Microsurgery; and has given several national presentations.

Patient reviews rank Dr. Jejurikar among the top doctors in the nation. He received the 2012 Compassionate Doctor Certification from Patients’ Choice. He was also honored by The American Registry when they added Dr. Sameer Jejurikar to The Registry of Business Excellence.

Southridge Capital: Cyrptocurrencies and the Digital Market

Pretty much everyone has heard about cryptocurrencies. Most know that they do have a geeky reputation and that many are confused by the technology to say the least. However, there are organizations that realize the importance of cryptocurrencies such as banks and governments. A U.S Senator by the name of Thomas Carper stated that virtual currencies are the most well-known Bitcoin that has not only created imagination but also has placed fear and confusion in many.


According to Newswire, it can be very difficult these days to discover a major accounting firm, bank, well-known software company or government that has no intentions in getting into cryptocurrencies let alone being apart of their own personal blockchain project. For years, the media coverage has created a hype when it came to the digital currencies, but there are still many questions that remain and go unanswered.


Cryptocurrencies hit the market very unexpectedly as a sidekick product that was from another invention. Bitcoin’s inventor and founder, Satoshi Nakamoto says this is a decentralized digital type of cash system that involves a large network of peers. Each would have a record and a full history of many transactions and even the balance on every account. Once all of that is confirmed and locked in it immediately becomes a digital record and what is called a block chain. You can visit for more.



When it comes to cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is the digital standard that is used. It’s volume is well over 200,000 transactions in a single day. No matter if the market is volatile, this new digital currency will certainly change the world and is here to stay. It’s rise and popularity was been seen when several institutions begin implementing Bitcoin into their organizations. Some of the biggest banks out there such a Citibank, Desutsche bank, Barclays and more. Southridge Capital has made it clear they are highly aware of cryptocurrency and has offered to assist in their public debut by providing them with advice. Southridge has an executive team with strong skills and a firm understanding of the marketplace when it comes to executing financial plans.



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Peter Briger: An Influential Principal of the Fortress Investment Group

The Fortress Investment Group is a private equity firm established by three financial experts – Wes Edens, Randal Nardone, and Rob Kauffman. The business was built in 1998, and it has grown to become the largest private equity firm in the United States. As the business grew, the founders hired individuals who have shown exceptional skills in managing the company. One of those who joined the Fortress Investment Group’s management team was Peter Briger. He is from San Francisco, California, and he has extensive experience in managing a business focusing on the financial industry. He is presently serving as the company’s principal, and he contributed a lot to the company’s growth.

Peter Briger was born and raised in the West Coast, and as a child, his dream was to become a successful businessman. To realize his dream, he started to move out of California and traveled to the East Coast. He enrolled at the Princeton University and took up a Bachelor’s Degree related to business. He decided to take up an MBA Degree, later on, enrolling himself at the University Of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business, considered as one of the top business schools in the world. Peter Briger learned a lot about business while he was studying at the prestigious business school, and used it to his advantage. After he graduated from the University Of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business, he started to look for a job, and he worked for different financial firms until he found out about the Fortress Investment Group.

The management at the Fortress Investment Group knew that he was a great asset to the company, and he proved to them that his expertise in managing the business would positively help the company. In 2007, Peter Briger was one of those who pushed for the company’s debut at the NYSE, and it became beneficial to the Fortress Investment Group because their assets grew to more than $65 billion. Today, the Fortress Investment Group is under the Softbank Group, and Peter Briger still works as one of its principal, and he keeps on working hard to keep the company on top. A Force of Innovation: Two Decades of Fortress Investment Group