Scientist-entrepreneur Dr Piyush Patel believes in making the most of an opportunity
Dr Piyush Patel, MD, FRCP (C) is the founder of Allied Research International, a world leader in allergy science. He was selected as the national winner from the finalists for the prestigious Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Launched in 1989 with an initial investment of less than $10,000, Allied Research had two employees – Dr Patel and his wife Arati.
Within 10 years, the company grew to become a state-of-the-art facility with 15 employees.
“We financed the growth with RRSPs and a second mortgage, so of course there were sleepless nights. But I am the sort of person who just goes ahead and does things. I never started out thinking I’d be an entrepreneur.
An opportunity came up and I made the most of it.
“I enjoy the research; I enjoy the science; I like working with all these people,” says Dr Patel.Posted: Dec 31, 2012