Black and White Program


Interview with Tim Ruane, CEO of InSite Vision

June 11th, 2012 by John Eastman | Interview

In May of 2012, John Eastman interviewed Tim Ruane, CEO of InSite Vision (INSV). Their discussion spanned the CEO’s experience in maneuvering in and out of the FDA, clinical trials, managing approved assets, and the CEO’s pragmatic approach towards medical fields and drug commercialization.  Below is the first segment of that interview, discussing the 47 […]


Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NWBO.OB) interview with Linda F. Powers CEO

May 15th, 2012 by John Eastman | Interview

Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NWBO.OB) is a development stage biotechnology company that develops and commercializes immunotherapy products that generate and enhance immune system responses to treat cancer. John Eastman interviewed Linda F. Powers, CEO for this article. JE: So tell me, how would you distinguish or set apart the type of work that Northwest is doing […]


Interview with Alex Walsh, CEO of Lithium Exploration Group

April 2nd, 2012 by John Eastman | Interview

Lithium Exploration Group (LEXG_OTCBB) is a US based exploration and development company. Its focus is on the acquisition and development potential of lithium brines and other precious metals that demonstrate high probability for near-term production. Currently the company is gearing up for development of its Western Canada and South America properties, and investing in technology […]


Interview with Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OPKO Health

March 26th, 2012 by John Eastman | Interview

OPKO Health Inc. (NYSE: OPK) is a pharmaceutical and diagnostics company headquartered in Miami, FL that develops and commercializes novel and proprietary technologies. These include molecular diagnostics tests, vaccines to diagnose, treat, and prevent neurological disorders, infectious diseases, oncology, and ophthalmologic diseases. The company works in the United States, Chile, and Mexico and is headed […]


The potential for a cancer vaccine… A discussion with Dr. John S. Yu M.D., Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd.

November 14th, 2011 by John Eastman | Interview

JE: How did you come to be involved first as chief scientific officer, then as director, and now as chairman at IMUC?

Dr. Yu: Well, the company that I founded with a colleague of mine — I was originally attracted toward commercializing our therapy because of some of the frustrations I felt as an academic investigator in terms of being able to develop therapies for our patients, and that was essentially a therapy did not have a strong commercial backing and a clear pathway toward commercialization. It was something that was very difficult to take past the phase one clinical trial, meaning the small clinical trial testing a few patients. If you wanted to develop a therapy that would be applicable to the population of patients out there, it had to be strategically developed with an eye toward commercialization from the start. Let me give you an example of this.


Dr. Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT)

November 26th, 2010 by John Eastman | Interview

Robert Lanza, M.D. is considered one of the leading scientists in the world. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts in February, 1956 and is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) (OTCBB:ACTC.OB), a pioneer of embryonic  stem cell research. Dr. Robert Lanza is also an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, […]


The Growing Trend of Collaborative Law

March 6th, 2009 by John Eastman | Featured · Interview

The practice of collaborative law offers plaintiffs and defendants in legal disputes a structured process of settling their differences– an alternative to court processes that can often become costly and emotionally draining. The practice enables couples seeking separation and divorce to focus on family issues that will benefit their children by establishing a cooperative environment, as opposed to litigation. Black and White talks to Susan DiGirolamo, a collaborative law practitioner in Pennsylvania, about the quickly growing trend. DiGirolamo has been practicing law for 15 years. Her collaborative law practice is nearly two years old.


Wall Street Insurers: A Discussion with Managers About Risk, Asset Management, and Loan Servicing

October 28th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

The failure of American Insurance Group (AIG) and subsequent government rescue has cast a sharp focus on other insurance firms on Wall Street. While much of the public did not initially associate an insurance firm with high-risk securities, it is well know that insurers have a substantial amount of cash generated from premiums that they […]


An American in China

August 8th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Michael Jonas is an American who has lived in China for the past three years. Black and White talks to Jonas about living and working in China– touching on the issues of Chinese transportation and health care systems and environmental conditions in rural and urban China. The discussion also covers the Chinese nationalism that Jonas experienced.


Poet Toi Derricotte

July 18th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Toi Derricotte is a writer and poet, author of five books, and co-founder of Cave Canem, a summer workshop for African American poets. She is currently a professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Black and White talks with the writer about her early influences as young writer, the influence of singer Billie Holiday, how her writing voice is changing, and her present work that positions her as a role model for young writers.


Dr. Dan Lathrop: The study of the Earth’s magnetic field

July 3rd, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

For over a decade, University of Maryland geophysicist Dr. Dan Lathrop has been on a quest to construct and run tests on spherical models that simulate the physics of the Earth’s magnetic field. Now completing work on the fourth model, his academic group is close to their biggest feat yet: filling the rotating sphere with sodium to create a self-generating magnetic field. Black and White talks with Dr. Lathrop about his work and influences.


Artists of the 55th Carnegie International: Andro Wekua

July 3rd, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Andro Wekua’s installation in the 55th Carnegie International entitled “Get out of my room” is a hauntingly evocative piece. Of this work Wekua explains: “Although the work is meant to be exhibited and looked at, the figure in the installation is secluded, and resists being looked at.” John Eastman interviews the young Georgian-born artist.


Art Zeile, New CEO of

June 20th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Wachovia Capital Partners, the private equity investing arm of Wachovia Corporation and fourth largest bank holding company in the U.S., has acquired web hosting firm In this recent transaction industry executives Art Zeile and Joel Daly, former founders of Inflow, are installed in the roles of CEO and COO respectively. Black and White talks with the new CEO Art Zeile about how the transaction developed, what the future holds for the firm, and what other potential acquisitions may be forthcoming.


Artists of the 55th Carnegie International: Sharon Lockhart

June 13th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Sharon Lockhart Pine RidgeSharon Lockhart is a photographer and filmmaker that was born in Norwood, MA and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Since 1992 she has exhibited her work in Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, Japan, the Netherlands, and across the U.S. Her film ‘Pine Flat’ was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. The intimate photographs from her series of the same name capture the emotional portraits of the children that she came to know while living in a cabin in the foothills of the Californian Sierra Nevada Mountains. Black and White discusses her influences, her approach to her subjects, and her upcoming work.


Artists of the 55th Carnegie International: Ranjani Shettar

June 6th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Ranjani Shettar’s sculpture “Just a Bit More” at the 55th Carnegie International features a room-sized netted sculpture made out of uniquely formed organic materials. The work, the fourth in a series of her beeswax pieces, is at once both joyful and serene. The colorful palette of the skillfully netted hanging material draws the viewer and entrances them.


Akhilesh K. Verma: a View from India

June 6th, 2008 by Anita Choudhary | Interview

Mr. Akhilesh K. Verma is a citizen of India and a Senior Advocate, practicing for over 15 years in New Delhi, India. Black and White talks to him about the current happenings, U.S.-India relations, and issues of global concern.


Artists of the 55th Carnegie International: Barry McGee

May 30th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Barry McGee is a prolific artist that for the past 20 years has become famous for his graffiti “tagging” as well as work exhibited in major galleries around the world. He is represented by Deitch Projects gallery in New York City, and is currently exhibiting in “Life on Mars,” the 55th Carnegie International. John Eastman discusses the rebellious nature of his work, his intentions for the Life on Mars exhibit, life in San Francisco, and upcoming work.


Interview with Douglas Fogle, Curator of “Life on Mars,” the 55th Carnegie International

May 16th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Black and White interviews Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art Douglas Fogle who is curating “Life on Mars,” the 55th Carnegie International. In an interview with John Eastman, Fogle discusses the choice of the exhibit’s theme, his experiences with the artists, what other curators have influenced him, and how the exhibit engages its visitors.


Talking Shop with George Davison

May 9th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Davison, Inc. is a company that aids entrepreneurs and corporations in developing their new products. Black and White talks to George Davison, President and CEO of the 19-year old firm, about influences from his early years, business lessons learned as a professional paintball player, and “InventionLand” – the continually evolving facility that helps enable creators.


Trevor Field of PlayPumps International

April 14th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

At a 1989 agricultural fair, Trevor Field discovered a child’s playground roundabout linked into a water pump. He saw this invention as a means to solve the Sub-Sahara African clean water shortage and developed it into the innovative PlayPump water system. Eighteen years later, more than 1,000 PlayPump systems have brought clean drinking water to those who need it most. John Eastman talks with Trevor Field about the South African-U.S. nonprofit organization, the motivation for his quest, the key entities that aid his organization, and his goal to expand the geographical reach of his systems.


The Value of the U.S. Dollar: Q And A with Two Currency Experts

April 4th, 2008 by Linda Rosencrance | Interview

The declining value of the U.S. dollar and its effects on the economy have been the subject of much debate in the financial community. Linda Rosencrance interviews two currency experts at investment banking firms who discuss the perceptions, underlying reasons, and effects of the U.S. dollar’s value around the globe. (Photos L-R: David Resler, Marc Chandler)


A Look at Intangible Assets

March 14th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

A corporation’s intangible assets can be as important as its tangible brick and mortar ones. While they do not appear on the balance sheet of the corporate entity, their mismanagement can have far reaching effects on market value. The phrase “hard to build and easy to lose” describes these difficult to measure elements that contribute so significant to the value of a company. Nir Kossovsky, MD of Steel City Re talks about management of intangible assets. Part 1 Part 2


Inventing with Marks

February 29th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Small business meets big business in the world of product development, patenting, manufacturing, and retailing. Black and White interviews Mike Marks, inventor and co-founder of WorkTools.


Robert Brandegee: A Well-Designed Life

February 22nd, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Robert Brandegee, co-founder of marketing and communications firm Brandegee Inc., outlines how his firm was effective and how his organizational process worked for clients. Now retired from business, he is a furniture designer, artist, and art collector.


The Science of Dr. Irving Wender

February 4th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Dr. Irving Wender, Distinguished University Research Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, speaks with Black and White. The discussion touches on Wender’s focus on extending our energy resources, his work and patents, his involvement with The Manhattan Project developing the first nuclear bomb, and his views of the existing nuclear climate of several countries.


OLPC Adapts and Moves Forward

January 28th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

When One Laptop Per Child introduced a cost-effective laptop, they created a new market for educational PCs in developing countries. They have constructed a powerful idea for learning, which, in conjunction with the laptop, can improve the lives of millions with educational opportunities. Walter Bender, President of Software/Content and COO of OLPC elaborates on their original mission, the passion of Nicholas Negroponte and the OLPC staff, and the adjustments that they have made since the inception of their product.


Xerox’s Erasable Paper Project

January 17th, 2008 by John Eastman | Interview

Manager of Xerox Canada’s New Materials Design and Synthesis Lab Dr. Paul Smith talks about erasable paper— an emerging product that is self-erasing and reusable. The product was inspired by an anthropological study and has the potential to reduce paper waste and save energy. Xerox Canada worked in collaboration with the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.


Iran: Dr. Mary Banihashem’s view

December 21st, 2007 by John Eastman | Interview

At the age of nine, Mary Banihashem left Iran for London with her family. Now as a registered doctor and private U.S. citizen, she discusses the leadership, foreign policy, and media representations of Iran and the U.S.