—Dr Saral Thangam
Director, Norwich Clinical Services, Bangalore
Dr Saral Thangam, a winner of
awards—such as Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) Shakuntala
Amirchand Award—for significant contribution to biomedical sciences has
several publications to her credit in national and international
journals. Here Dr Thangam shares her achievements as an entrepreneur
Q How did you tackle challenges during
the initial stage of your career?
I am a physician trained in
Christian Medical College, Vellore. As a woman doctor I have
successfully followed many role models. Many women have excelled in the
medical field, an area that has been very supportive to women.
Q What has been your formula for success?
I enjoy my work every moment.
I believe that remaining grateful for the opportunities that we have,
brings greater opportunities.
Q As a leader, what are the challenges in
running a business in the life sciences industry?
Being a leader in the life sciences
industry in the current global economic scenario is a challenge. In
order to run a business successfully, as a leader, one has to attract
and retain clients, talent; visualize and evolve a strategy for growth
and opportunity at every level.
Q How do you manage family and work
Balancing work and home is a
challenge. Most women are better at multi-tasking and have the ability
to stay focused at work, while also supporting, nurturing and caring
for their families. At the end of the day, we each find a balance that
we are happy about.
Q How can women emerge as leaders in life
The life sciences industry employs
women at different capacities and provides a woman-friendly
environment. I do not believe that there is any specific discrimination
against women in this industry. However, there are several jobs in the
life sciences sector that require staff to be present at night and
after-hours. These are by nature difficult for women especially those
with families to care for. In my present and previous positions, I have
had the privilege to work with many women, several of whom were in top
positions. The key is to remain sensitive to women in order to
encourage their growth.
Q How do you see women in life sciences
industry in the next five years?
There are several highly-qualified
women in this industry with excellent track record. I believe that
women have a great future in this industry.
Q Could you suggest five tips to become a
To become a successful entrepreneur
one needs to show willingness to take risks, be self-confident, work
hard, care for people around us, and have an urge to do things at the