—Suchitra K Ella
& Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech International, Hyderabad
Suchitra’s leadership combined with
hands-on approach to work, logical pursuit, attention to detail, and
organizational skills have been the driving force for her successful
Q What are the factors that inspired you
to jointly set up a company with your husband, Dr Krishna Ella?
Dr Ella was getting trained in
molecular biology, microbiology, pharmacology in the US. With a
background in economics, I pursued a career in financial services with
specializations in marketing and business management. I wanted to
return to India, but couldn’t find any challenging assignments due to
lack of R&D in the industry. I have a natural urge for risk taking,
so I decided to start our own company.
Q What kind of management strategy do you
For managing the company, I follow
transparent and system-driven hierarchy, innovative technology and
marketing models. It is important to motivate scientists in R&D to
solve public health problems.
Q As a woman entrepreneur, what are the
challenges you faced in running a business?
Women entrepreneurs face the same
challenges as men. Entrepreneurship is not gender-based.
Can you share your
learning with budding women entrepreneurs?
I have learnt not to compromise on
passion and innovation; also think
out-of-the-box, and learn from failures. As an entrepreneur, one needs
to overcome several challenges such as competition, government hurdles
and markets barriers.
Q Where do you see Bharat Biotech five
years from now?
Bharat Biotech will become a strong
innovation-driven technology provider in vaccines and biopharma, with
emphasis on solving public health concerns related to infectious
diseases of the emerging markets and the developing world. The sky is
the limit for Bharat Biotech as we are lined up with new molecules, new
vaccines, and intellectual property rights.