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Eli Hurvitz, 79; expanded Teva into global drug maker

By Amy Teibel
Associated Press / November 23, 2011
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Eli Hurvitz, the one-time laboratory dishwasher who transformed Teva Pharmaceutical Industries from a small Israeli medical company into the world’s largest generic drug maker, has died. He was 79. Mr. Hurvitz was born in Jerusalem, where he studied economics at The Hebrew University, and got his start in pharmaceuticals washing dishes in the laboratory of one of the three drug manufacturers that eventually merged to form Teva.

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