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An open letter is being circulated urging pharmaceutical and biotech executives not to do business with firms that hire scantily clad women at cocktail parties held during industry conferences.

The impetus for the letter, which was initiated by two women who have high profiles in the biopharma world, was yet “another cocktail party in which inappropriately clad women served as eye candy” during the week-long festivities surrounding the recent JP Morgan health care conference.


The event, which is arguably the most important stomping ground for biopharma executives and investors, attracted some 9,000 people last month to San Francisco, where countless receptions and parties were held in hotels and restaurants dotting the city’s Financial District.

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