Florida is a first generation entrepreneur, with over a decade of experience in the biotechnology sector. Her areas of research expertise include Molecular Research, Herbal Sciences, Phytobiotechnology, Radioisotopy facilitated Genomic studies, Plant tissue culture, Genome analysis, Genetic enhancement of Plants, Molecular oncology and bioinformatics. She started her career as a Scientific Personnel at SPIC foundation.
Currently she heads Biozone Research Technologies Pvt. Ltd., a Biosciences start-up enterprise based out of Chennai. It offers contract research academic and industrial training, publishing services and renewable energy solutions in its business cluster.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Biozone Research Technologies Pvt. Ltd. is a premier Bioscience Organization in Chennai, offering biosciences integrated research, analytical, academic, publishing services and herbal products. Research & Development has always been a focus area at Biozone and the In-House R&D unit is recognized by DSIR (Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India). The R&D division is actively engaged in various innovation based discovery solutions for pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. Biozone has shaped its business into three key growth verticals with the aim to deliver sustainable long term value for biotechnologists across the globe. Biozone Research Solutions offers customized research services in the fields of Molecular Biology, Plant Tissue Culture & Herbal research, Animal Cell Culture, Bioinformatics, Microbiology and Analytical services. At Biozone Institute of Life Sciences our dedicated training wing offers a wide range of courses and academic services to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The International Journal of Bioscience Research (IJBR), (ISSN no. 2321-7774) is an international, open access, online, peer – reviewed journal for biosciences brought out by our documentation services wing, BRT Publishers.
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
Once I quit the job at Hindustan College and was wondering what next, I was approached by two of my former students to coach them for their practicals. Thus started Biozone with two students in the balcony of my home at Chennai.
What is your life mantra?
Staying positive in distress and always
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
The biggest and foremost challenge in the life sciences industry is the huge investment and slow returns. Secondly, to establish credibility amongst the clients and gaining their confidence so that they outsource their research work to you has been a big challenge.
How did you overcome those challenges?
I used my strengths and worked on my weaknesses.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
My venture has been completely self funded and bootstrapped with support from my family and well-wishers. A major support was the initial Loan and continued support from Indian Bank.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
Patience, perseverance and positivity
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Planning and prioritizing the works
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
Over-confidence, which makes me take blind risks at times
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Success comes to those who do not give up!
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Being naive and vulnerable
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Have plan B in all your calculations.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
Expanding the Bioinformatics services, technology transfers of our developed leads and opening up branches across India for our contract research and training divisions
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I would have started Biozone a little earlier with a proper investment plan.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Maldives, Toronto and Kanyakumari!
Share a quote that inspires you the most.
“Take risks in your life, if you win, you lead, if you fail, you can guide!” – Swami Vivekananda