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How you made it: interview with Fasha Mahjoor, CEO of Neoteryx

Published: Saturday 11th July 2020

In this week’s virtual guest interview, Hannah from the team at Zoek is accompanied by Fasha Mahjoor, a leading entrepreneur who by education is an architect, yet, has been involved in research and manufacturing of scientific products for 36 years.

Zoek Interviews Fasha Mahjoor

As the founder and CEO of Phenomenex, Fasha has been committed to the research, manufacturing, and distribution of chromatography products worldwide for over 34 years, until the company was acquired by Danaher corporation in Nov 2017.

In 2015, Fasha also founded, and is CEO of, Neoteryx, now a world leader in blood micro-sampling, which is also playing an increasingly important role in sampling during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the below Q&A, learn more about Fasha’s career journey and what it takes to become successful in the science and pharmaceutical industry…

Click below to watch the full interview:

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Q: What do you find to be true, that most other people would disagree with? (05:26)

A: Luck. You constantly hear people say that sometimes you have to be lucky to be in the right place at the right time. I don’t believe that is true. I think, those that have the perseverance and the will and the goal, they will in the right place at the right time. They may create their own luck.

Q: What top tips would you give someone to become successful in scientific innovation? (08:48)

A: Whatever you do, you need to evaluate and bring something to the industry that certainly improves anything that has been done in the past. Unfortunately, while I’m not a scientist, but a million times I have seen scientists attempt to develop something that could be better, but it might not have a market at all. Or sometimes they don’t always look to ensure that it’s better and has many useful purposes. So, being very innovative and bringing something new is clearly a huge and very important issue in the world of science.

Q: What impact has coronavirus had on the supply and demand for your blood micro-sampling kits? (13:00)  

A: Firstly, supply – you always get a little bit concerned on the supply chain. However, we’re fortunate that we manufacture the majority of the raw materials ourselves. We do naturally always reply on some other third party, but fortunately they are all very secure, so we don’t have any issues.

While Neoteryx is doing fine, we are very proud that as a company our business has gone up massively, dramatically, in the past several months. We are working literally 16 hour days, 7 days a week, supplying our products to the governments, laboratories, universities and institutions for covid-19 testing. Incidentally, our tests are nothing like the ones you see on television, fast and all that. They are done by scientists and have very sophisticated instrumentation processes.

If you are interested in learning more about different entrepreneur’s work/life experiences, watch our full guest interview series here.

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