Planning for good health
Contrary to popular belief, biotechnologists and experts in medical science are not those who remain within the confines of laboratories; they are experts in a number of areas, offering advice and training to businesses and commercial entities.
Peter Bradley, who recently joined our Panel of Judges of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards, is a highly skilled and scientifically trained leader with an extensive knowledge of the health, pharmaceutical and laboratory industries, but also a qualified expert to advise businesses of their financial and administrative health.
Mr Bradley is a graduate in Applied Science from the University of South Australia, a postgraduate (Masters) in Technology Management from the Melbourne Business School and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.
Beginning his career as a scientist in clinical pathology, Mr Bradley worked in hospital laboratories across the Tasman before shifting to the Melbourne Red Cross Blood Service. Thirteen years at Australia’s largest biopharmaceutical company CSL Limited kindled in him the desire to “turn good science into great business.”
His dual role as Managing Director of Qatalyst BioConsulting, a commercial consultancy firm with proclivities towards the life sciences sector and as the (part-time) Chief Development Officer of Innate Therapeutics Limited (ITL), a drug development company, provides him an insight into evolving trends in the market.
Firms focusing on the development and marketing technology based products would find the extensive knowledge and experience of experts like Mr Bradley a valuable asset.
His previous role as the Managing Director of a privately held biotechnology company and his earlier and current assignments in sales, marketing and distribution management have earned for him reputation as a master in the respective fields of work. He is also known for his expertise in development of products focused on blood transfusion and infectious disease.
Those involved in his profession say that Mr Bradley that strategic planning and implementation of new technology are among his strong attributes, while his in-depth knowledge of clinical and regulatory issues, operation management and sales accord him the right to leadership roles.
Mr Bradley said ITL is in the process of commercialising its immune-modulator technology, which could open up new vistas in immune therapy.
“The first clinical focus is progressive Multiple Sclerosis which currently has no long term therapeutic options,” he said.
His hobbies include wine collection, road bikes and long distance swimming.
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Notwithstanding the fact that substantial potential exists for enhancing trade, investment and commercial relations between New Zealand and India, it is important to harness the resources properly, says an expert.
“Both countries have many complimentary skills and resources and the opportunities for partnering are enormous, says SPI Capital Founding Shareholder and Director Ray Knight, who recently joined the Panel of Judges of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2010.
He said India’s entrepreneurs and investors, rich with financial capital, were looking for high quality opportunity, which their counterparts in New Zealand can provide.
“It is important to create a better understanding between the two cultures and business communities to ensure constant, adequate and appropriate flow of resources and opportunities,” he said.
Economists and planners believe that effective engagement with India would entail a sound knowledge of not only the laws of that country but also its business practices and the enormity of the size of the market.
“It is important to engage professionals to advice on relevant issues,” they said.
Since his first assignment as an executive in charge of distribution of international technology software and hardware brands for a New Zealand company, Mr Knight has come a long way, taking on major challenges. His expertise as a senior manager in a local company helped it register a high phase of growth and establish its presence in international markets.
His current assignments include contract and advisory roles in a number of New Zealand based companies.
His company, SPI Capital helps in mobilising capital and manages investments in the property and other sectors.
Mr Knight’s extensive experience spanning more than 20 years, helps small and medium enterprises to develop and implement growth strategies,
He has had extensive experience in growing technology companies with a focus on developing international markets.
His clients say that Mr Knight has a passion for assisting companies reach their full potential by sharing his knowledge and experience.
“He is a strategic and results driven leader with more than 20 plus years experience in implementing effective growth and improvement programmes in small to medium sized businesses,” they said.
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A Partner in Progress
The fact that talent overrides age and experience has often been proved by the meteoric rise of young professionals in the private sector. They bring synergy, energy and professional competence to their roles, becoming a source of endearment and qualitative engagement with their peers, superiors and of course clients.
KMPG New Zealand Partner in the IT Advisory Technology Division (Risk Advisory Services) Partner Chandan Ohri personifies the expression that competence supersedes all other factors in commercial and professional success. In less than eight months into the job at the primary consultancy firm, he has proved his calibre in enabling his growing list of clients understand the benefits and risks that attend on the marketplace. With a focus on effective governance, he brings technology to the executive teams and the board of directors as decision-making topic.
A discussion with the young executive could be inspiring and informative. With knowledge gained as a Chartered Accountant, MBA in International Business and experience earned as Fraud Examiner, Information Systems Auditor and a professional in Information Technology Governance and Strategy, Business Intelligence and Data Management, he brings to his job core principles and practices of quality management.
Mr Ohri’s ability to perceive the larger picture with a futuristic vision enables his clients to accrue the benefits of proper planning and efficient execution.
His colleagues say that the young executive has helped clients understand and execute both onshore and offshore outsourcing models on shared services, software development and ERP implementation.
His 17 years of working life have seen him developing services delivery model, information management, business intelligence, ERP implementation, Governance, Risk Management, IT Project Management, IT Strategy, IT Audits, Business Processes Improvement and other IT consulting services.
He also provides high-level expertise on approach to managing sensitive information, information security reviews, disaster recovery & business continuity workshops, penetration testing and software development life cycle.
Among the accolades and citations that he has earned over the years include the Northern Region Young Chartered Accountant of the Year Award (2008) and Enterprise Award for Excellence in MBA (2004).
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