Updated on 6 March 2013
Due to its fast and good paced growth, Asia has become very popular with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for their multinational trials in recent years. Acceptance of India as a clinical research hub by the global pharmaceutical industry has led to a plethora of business opportunities for a variety of ancillary businesses, such as contract research organizations (CROs) and central laboratories. Conducting clinical trials represents an average of 37 percent of the total cost of bringing a new drug to market. Very often the efficacy end points are based on lab data, therefore laboratory testing represents a critical step in supporting the evaluation of a new product.
Every step of a career ladder presents its unique challenges, but if you start enjoying the challenges, they no longer remain as such and then you overcome them very easily. I believe in enjoying what I do, I also try to ensure a positive work environment where people under my leadership are motivated to meet the challenges of our industry. They in turn become my strength. Creating and retaining a strong working team is the biggest challenge in today's professional life. Lastly I believe experience teaches you to remaining calm and composed during the rough times - as they always pass.
In my free time, I listen to music and also dance. To the young women in our country, I would like to say that there are a lot of great opportunities in our country; we need good scientists for our developing country and it's up to us to make the difference.
I believe that being successful requires a balance across all facets of life. You can't reach your potential in your professional life if your personal life is off kilter, and, as they say; all the money in the world cannot buy happiness. So the key is to create this sense of harmony and harness the powers all around us both from a personal and profession perspective to help us realise our potential. If you can do that, and live in a fully harmonized way, you really are a wise person.
I can't say balancing the various horizons of my life has always been easy. However, a wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act on and restore harmony. She knows the meaning of true generosity; that happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony; and will endeavour to maintain courage and grace during times of low tides. Hence, I continue to strive to achieve this balance between these separate yet interrelated aspects of my life.
(As told to Vipul Murarka)