—Dr Radhika Bobba
(Medical Services), Stempeutics; partner & founder, Anhvita
BioPharma Consulting, Bangalore
An active member of Drug Information
Association, India; and Indian Society for Clinical Research, Dr Bobba
is actively working with regulatory bodies to strengthen the Indian
regulatory policy in line with international recommendations
Q What challenges did you face as a woman
during the initial stage of your career?
When I joined the industry, in the
early 1990s, there were few women in the middle and senior management
positions. Certain gender biases were prevalent. I did overcome that
when colleagues and bosses realized the seriousness with which I
approached the tasks assigned to me.
the secret behind your successful career?
The most important factor for my
success is my family’s support. I
followed an unconventional path — after medical school most of my
friends chose academia and clinical subjects; and I was the only one
who tried to find a job in the industry. These experiences have been
critical in making me an effective team member and a lead. I have a
strong drive to offer better patient care, and unafraid to try
a woman effectively run a business at a leadership level in the
life sciences industry?
The challenges are no longer in
running the business but on how to find
the time to ensure deliverables are achieved at a consistent high
quality, and within the set timelines. There are more women leading by
example, and the acceptance levels are higher now.
you see the future for women in the life sciences industry?
Women in the life sciences industry
are armed with a “can do attitude”,
and look for feedback frequently. They need challenges, and
organizations should offer a variety of development opportunities. More
women will become entrepreneurs and focus on niche specialty areas.
This change has been possible because of the burgeoning IT and ITES
industry, that has expanded the footprint for women within the industry.
you balance family and work?
I am fortunate to have an extremely
strong family support. Family-work
life balance is complex.
the qualities needed to become a successful entrepreneur?
Be passionate about your work,
believe in what you do, and focus on
what you want to achieve; learn from the job role, know the people
around you, and be willing to change; gain the courage to try new
things; and step back and look at the big picture though you are an
expert at what you do. Financial strength or support is a key factor in
aiming to be an entrepreneur.
Try to follow science with clinical
relevance. Get a wide range of
exposure in the field including commercial aspects and finance,