Ms Smitha Murthy, founder & CEO, Credora Life Sciences
Credora is a three-year-old start-up focused on molecular diagnosis of cancer and infectious diseases.
This passionate young lady holds a master's degree in Molecular Medicine from the University of Sheffield, UK, and began her career as a research assistant at the Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center (MSCC) in Bangalore.
"Initially I was just seen as a foreign-educated girl who came back to India to start a business. To convince those around me of my skills, vision and seriousness was more challenging than the fact that I was a woman," Ms Smitha shares.
She says that her desire to be independent and the fact that so much potential exists in the field of Life Sciences made her want to start on her own.
"Fortunately, my upbringing was such that I was always let to make my own choices, and my family had stood by and encouraged me. So it made the decision to be an entrepreneur a slightly easy one," she laughs.