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Rebel With a Cause

From Master Brewer to The Medicine Maker Power List Top Three. How?

In India in the 1970s, it was really tough to get acceptance as a female brewmaster, and I quickly realized that although I was very keen to pursue this profession, it was going to be tough to earn credibility within the brewing fraternity. People believed that a woman would find it difficult to deal with male employees and trade unions – a lame excuse, especially as even then I was being consulted for advice on operational issues by leading breweries! Disappointed with the system, I took up a job offer with a leading brewery in Scotland and was preparing to fly out of India when I had a chance meeting with an Irish entrepreneur who offered me an opportunity to set up a biotechnology company in India. I thought, why not start my own business and show them what a woman can do? It was rebellion and the desire to prove myself that made me take up the challenge. In those days, biotechnology was an unknown area in India and enzyme technology, which I started with, was unheard of.

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Charlotte Barker

As an Editor at Texere, I’m working closely with our audience to create vibrant, engaging content that reflects the hard work and passion that goes into bringing new medicines to market. I got my start in biomedical publishing as a commissioning editor for healthcare journals and have spent my career covering everything from early-stage research to clinical medicine, so I know my way around. And I can’t think of a more interesting, challenging or important area to be working in.

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