In five years The medical industry is constantly experiencing new developments, but we are still in need of so many more. With the increase in resistant bacteria, more innovation will undoubtedly be needed to prevent the spread of infection. With a growing concern against tackling ‘super-bugs’ the aim is for the antimicrobial molecule we have developed to become industry standard, supplying both medical and consumer products, and become the new norm for a variety of medical applications across the globe. Your highest point One of the highest points was the first significant breakthrough with the efficacy – to see your technology actually working was a very satisfying moment. It brings the project to life and invigorates the whole team – it proves the hard work, decisions you’ve taken together, determination and tenacity is paying off. Notwithstanding that, I am not sure I can equal signing the license agreement with Hartalega. Having the biggest manufacturer of nitrile gloves in the world form a joint venture with you and trust you with such an important project was my highest point so far – I knew once they were supporting the project there was little chance it could fail. Your lowest point Because I was attempting to infiltrate a sector that I had very little experience in, there were some interesting learning curves. One mistake I made early on was persevering with sub-standard suppliers. In hindsight, I should have been more decisive in making alternative arrangements and it cost us some time in getting the product to launch. What would tell your younger self? Don’t let the pressure take away from the pleasure. Your policy wish list More funding available for healthcare research from the government. The healthcare service is under strain, but accessible funding can result in vital developments that can ease the burden. I personally struggled to find investment for my idea but was able to pull together the necessary resources. Many can’t, and this may result in groundbreaking ideas not being pursued. Your biggest piece of advice to other entrepreneurs Stay focused on your project. It’s so easy to get distracted by other good ideas. If you have any chance of success you will need to commit 100% to it. That way you will at least have no regrets.
Guilty pleasure: Galaxy chocolate. I’m supposed to be on a diet, but I just can’t resist. What would make you a better leader? More knowledge. As someone who likes to innovate I have a thirst for learning, not just about technology but also in ways to run my business more efficiently and my own personal development. To harness respect from you everyone you work with and for, you need to lead by example. I work around some very exceptional people and it is difficult not to pick up good habits from them. Personal growth equals company growth.
The one app you use the most: WhatsApp, because I work with teams in both the UK and Malaysia, it’s very convenient to create WhatsApp groups to action tasks and get instant feedback.
A day in your life A 5K run at 7am followed by a nutri bullet, desk by 8am, start running through my task list for the day prepared the night before, conf call with Malaysia at 10 am, lunch at 12:30, if possible any meetings are booked for the afternoon, when working from my home office I can be there to put the kids to bed at 7pm. On your reading list right now: Principles, by Ray Dalio On your watch list right now: Suits S7
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