TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - Amid the fanfare of a Goan Jamboree, a spirit
has been kindled and a hope has been born. SAPNA (South Asian Pharma Network
of Americas) has been launched to celebrate the community's burgeoning
presence in the North American pharmaceutical landscape.
The timing is perfect, as the last decade has seen a deluge of South
Asians join pharma and biotech companies.
SAPNA, comprising of members of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and
Bangladeshi descent, is committed to making the fledgling organization a force
to be reckoned with. Its goal is to foster ties within the community and to
network to empower its members.
Apart from its multi-faceted offerings, what makes this organization
unique is its strong presence of women in the workforce, especially in
Air Of Excitement
This is a dream come true, says SAPNA director Jimmy Ghadiali, a senior
manager at pharma behemoth, Sanofi-Aventis. "When I first started in the
industry back in 1975, you could count the number of South Asians on your
hands and still have fingers to spare."
Through sheer dint of hard work and the belief that he was as good as
anyone from mainstream Canada, Jimmy went on to become the first South Asian
to receive the prestigious Marketing Hall of Fame Award in 2003.
Partnering For Progress
SAPNA will form strategic alliances with established and mentor
organizations like CAPIH (Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian
Heritage) and its American counterpart, AAPI (American Association of
Physicians of Indian Origin), says SAPNA founder Prem Karunakaran, president
of Toronto-based Karisma Communications, North America's only visible-minority
led full-service communications agency.
"By affiliating with these physician groups, we not only strengthen ties
with opinion leaders in our industry, but work together for a common goal:
patient well-being through outreach programs," he said.
Another invaluable stakeholder in the communications conduit is the
media. Says Karunakaran: "Our goal is to disseminate best medicine practices
at the grassroots level through our prolific media connections with a hope to
enhance well-being in the community. A healthy community is a happy
To empower its members to achieve
professional and social excellence
that in turn can result in
Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers
- Respect for all
- Commitment to community
- Transparency in action
- Professional advancement of colleagues
- Passion for Excellence
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For further information: Contact: Melissa Cohen (416) 663-1500 ext. 226