'Giving up is not an option!’

Being an entrepreneur in the Life Sciences industry is tough says Ms Monisha Hajra, founder of ScientiaBio. She shares that many entrepreneurs have given up owing to numerous obstacles. Being a woman entrepreneur is yet another challenge, she feels.


Ms Monisha Hajra, founder, ScientiaBio

Ms Monisha began as an intern at Biocon as a R&D scientist soon after obtaining her post graduate diploma in Bioinformatics, at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB), Bangalore.

"It was exciting to join Biocon, one of the aspirational companies in the life sciences. I was keen on learning, and I met young, dynamic, and like-minded people who wanted to start on their own out of the unknown," she recalls while speaking about the beginning of her entrepreneurial spark which was induced within her.

After which, at 26, she ventured into a business partnership along with three other partners, lasting for two-and-a-half-years, which dealt with academic trainings on clinical trials.

Then in 2009, she was selected for a three months executive business program on ‘Women Entrepreneurship' funded by Goldman Sachs.

"This was a major turning point. Out of the 300 participants, I was among the top 30 chosen ones," she says. "There I gained confidence and left the partnership business and began ScientiaBio in 2010 as the only founder."


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