by Marie Jung
The July/August Special Issue of PharmaVoice Magazine features 100 individuals designated by the publication as some of the “Most Inspiring” people in the life sciences, and the event celebrating the honorees took place in New York City in September. Influenced by the inclusion of adjectives as the subtitle and means of introduction for each of the people presented in this edition inspired a writer (yours truly) at SDCRN to analyze some of the frequently used buzzwords and figure out how PharmaVoice crafted this truly holistic picture of inspiration.
Here are some of those traits, and some of the individuals that embody them:
Visionary: To be a visionary requires a certain amount of luck, and also the ability to recognize the possibilities of things not yet discovered. Whether it is organizing people, health care methods or research projects, having a vision is paramount to guiding things and developing them to their full potential.
Innovation: Innovation is defined as the introduction of new things or methods. It requires a combination of precise command of the task at hand as well as a certain creativity. Intrinsically tied to vision, innovation could be described as its more serendipitous and playful cousin. Both are essential to building inspiration.
Passion: An innate desire to change the world and fuel discovery could be argued to be the main essence of becoming someone worthy of being called “Most Inspiring”. Whether it manifests itself into intense determination like Alex Zapesochny and his development iCardiac technology or dropping out of Northwestern to pursue his venture full time like Rishi Shah, nothing says passion like complete dedication to the cause.
Leadership: As easy as it might be to assume that leadership all fits into one mold, the PharmaVoice 100 make it clear that there is no one particular model for what a leader should look or act like. Leadership takes on interesting qualities and variations depends on the field the leader is in and goals the leader is trying to implement. Whether it is taking up an interest in mentorship, investing in team membership, practicing pragmatism, or being relentlessly supportive and loyal, leadership is an important facet of being an inspiring individual. Notable leaders of the PharmaVoice 100 include: Tim Davis of Exco InTouch Ltd, Dr. Donald Deieso of the WIRB Copernicus Group, and Lori Grant of Klick Health; all accomplished leaders when it comes to furthering health needs.