Laboratory & Allied is a renowned company that has many years of experience in developing and manufacturing branded products. They are committed to offering the highest quality products to treat diseases, enhance health, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.We had the opportunity to interview Lab & Allied CEO Dr Suprakash Mandal
This Is how The Interview Went down
1.Give Us a backgroud of Lab & Allied?
Laboratory & Allied is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company that has been in existence for over 45 years. Launched in the year 1972 by our late founder Mr Vithal Patel, the company continues to provide essential quality medicines at affordable prices for both human and veterinary under the able leadership of our chairman Mr Manesh patel . Over the past forty five years, the company has grown from strength to strength to become one of the leading indigenous manufacturing units in the country and launching products under specialized segments like Diabetes, hypertension and chronic pain management.
Laboratory &Allied Ltd has a presence not only in Kenya but also enjoys extensive coverage in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Burundi, Swaziland and Botswana. Our focus in these countries is based on market size, market profile, protection of brands and regulatory standards in these countries. We however look forward to expand into new untapped markets within the region in the next couple of years.
2. Which school did you attend and what did you pursue?
I studied my Primary and secondary education in St.Patricks H.S. school &The Airforce School in India .I enrolled at KLEs Pharmacy school,J.N medical College where I did my Degree in Pharmacy .Later on, I proceeded to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Management specializing in Marketing& Production.
3. What was your first job?
My first job was as an Executive Assistant to MD in a pharma company Group called Cosme Matias Menezes group in Goa ,India. It was my first insight into the pharmaceutical industry.
4. What part of your job keeps you (or can keep you)awake at night?
My accountability and responsibility towards my customers, team of employees and Management stakeholders for deliverable s expected from me.
5. What is the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
My Zonal Manager once told me that ‘’the key to success as a pharma professional is knowledge and perseverance “and I have instilled that concept ever since and always advice my team members on the same.
6. How do you relax?
Spending time with my family is one of the biggest ways that I relax and ensuring that I maintain a healthy balance between my work and my family is important for me. Playing with my four year old son is particularly one of my favorite pastimes. Other than that, I love to listen to soulful music of different languages, watch movies to keep my mind relaxed.
7. What is your best book and your best quote?
Best book read recently :Socialnomics by Eric Qualman
Best quote: “Everything comes to us that belong to us if we create the capacity to receive it”. Rabindranath Tagore-First Noble Laureate from India
8. Where do you see Lab &Allied ltd in the next 10 years?
In the next 10 years, I see the company having had a dominant presence in major markets within the region in all major categories of the private and public distribution network.Increased product portfolio with introduction of high end medicines and brands that will cater to emerging disease patterns. Up gradation of capacity and quality in our products with special emphasis on human resources being an integral part of the development.
9. What are some of challenges facing pharmaceutical industry in Kenya?
The Pharmaceutical Industry like all other industries are faced with challenges relating to the market, workforce, competition and manufacturing issues but there are some challenges we face as a local manufacturer although we are always supported by Pharmacy and Poisons Board to minimize them. The competition from imported goods being brought into the country is our biggest challenge which give us competition on prices as we are not on level playing fields and this makes us hesitant on taking risks in increasing the product basket.
10. What is your message to other aspiring pharmaceutical manufacturers /Pharmacists?
The pharmaceutical industry is an ever growing and dynamic industry. The potential is very huge manufacturing as well as in trading. A career for an individual or a business proposal entrepreneur is welcoming to the industry. Innovation, sustenance and systematic operations by being proactive is a key component of success and I would advise people to be objective and success shall follow.
Lab & Allied Contact Information
Laboratory & Allied Ltd.
P.O. Box 42875, GPO 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel – Pilot line: +254 20 804 0306
Telkom Wireless Nos. : 020 233 7478, 020 804 0304
Office Mobile: 0722 406 189, 0724 042 443
Cell No : +254 708 903 168
Plot No. 209/ 10349, Opp. Sameer Business Park, Mombasa Road.
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