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– Building a strong and sustainable Life science sector – together

Uppsala profile – Håkan Engqvist

What would you say you do that others don’t? I get a lot of energy in projects where I could see a tangible outcome, an unsolved problem. I know that others do that as well, but I think I might take that a little bit longer than what many others do. I think I drive it further.

I’m prepared to do quite a lot to commercialize a project, work wise, in hours, to run that forward. And sometimes I get confused and when I think, oh, we were supposed to do this project now, and then I realized it was just me who thought that we were going to commercialize it. Then I realize that it might not have been the other’s idea.

What has created opportunities for you? I think I’m not afraid. I’m prepared to take risks. So I think that creates opportunity. I never seen myself as afraid. So I take risks. And yes, most often it is so. And it just could be to take contact with someone or spend time on something that might be seen to be a bad idea and so on. And that creates opportunity.

How do you perceive rivalry or competition? I think I am fine with rivalry and competition. I don’t like if it’s dishonest, otherwise I think I have no problem with it actually. Everyone is doing their thing, trying to survive or trying to make their thing grow. And if it is someone doing something very close to me, and they are successful and I’m not, because that happens, of course, that’s actually quite fine for me. Then they have done something that I haven’t or they worked harder or been more talented.

Do you have a specific rival or someone that you measure yourself against? No, not really. That would have been good. No. I don’t have that. Anyone that I, you know, specifically follow or try to be better than.

Would you like to have one? I think so. Yeah. I think that would be fun.


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