Founder of Biotech Startup NervGen Pharma Shares Their Top Insights

Nervgen Pharma founder.

Any entrepreneur can tell you, launching a startup is a learning process. Therefore, one of the best things you can do prior to launching a startup of your own is to learn from those who have blazed the trail. We were fortunate enough to hear some valuable insights during our interview with Dr. Harold Punnett of NervGen Pharma that will inspire, motivate, and teach aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike. 

What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

“Find a mentor if possible. Ask a million questions. Then start.”

What is your advice for entrepreneurs in your industry specifically?

“It's arduous, expensive, and complex. And yet, because of the rewards a successful drug can bring to humanity, the process is filled with hope. And that's not a bad reason to go to work every day.”

What is your advice for coming up with a unique startup idea?

“Find something you are passionate about. If you are not, you will not be willing to do the work necessary to be successful. It's going to be the hardest thing you have ever done. Don't start without realizing this.”

What is your advice for overcoming challenges and failure?

“Expect them. Delays and problems will occur. My only advice would be to try and anticipate what problems may occur and have a definitive strategy that might mitigate them if they happen. Otherwise, you are reacting to events instead of planning for them. In other words, don't just plan for success but also plan for failure.”

What is the biggest lesson you learned and what can aspiring entrepreneurs take from it?

“This has to be deeply embedded in your soul. It's not for everybody. In fact, it is for the very few. Congratulations if you are one of them. You are in for a wild ride. ‘Tell me, what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life’ –Mary Oliver.”

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