Sunil Jayantilal Vadhia

United Kingdom
The Kent MBA 2018 (Part-time)

“Take on new challenges which take you out of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.”

  • Professional Role: Technical expert in oligonucleotide chemistry within the manufacturing sciences group
  • Career Path: MChem degree in medicinal chemistry, PhD degree in chemistry, worked in various R&D and manufacturing roles in academia, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology area
  • Professional Interests: R&D/manufacturing within the biotechnology/pharmaceuticals area, and the management of science-based businesses
  • Hobbies/Interests: Gym, and a young family – 3 months old daughter, exceptionally behaved

Achievements

My professional achievements include;

  • Certification: PRINCE2 qualification in project management
  • Awards: Herschel Smith scholarship for MSc degree in Management of Intellectual Property, and Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship for MBA degree
  • Process Chemistry (current role): Scaled-up the manufacture of 90 parts which resulted in a productivity saving of $900,000 for 2016
  • New Product Introductions (current role): Validated the chemical manufacturing process for 6 NPI projects between 2015-2018 for the European, Asian and N. American markets

Aspirations

Ultimate Goal: Reach the position of CEO or VP of a biotechnology or pharmaceuticals company

Advice

Ask for constructive feedback from your peers/managers, and then act on it. Develop your technical knowledge, apply it within the business to drive improvements, and then showcase these improvements. Take on new challenges which take you out of your comfort zone, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes – as long as they are not repeats.

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