Kanaka says that he’s extremely impressed with how fast the pharmaceutical industry moved to create vaccines in response to COVID-19.
Those working in the field of drug development and analytical testing are hidden, yet integral, heroes of the world. “Not many people understand the amount of time, money, and resources that go into creating new therapeutic drugs,” said Kanaka. “I hope that a greater portion of society eventually recognizes all of the care and craft that goes into creating new medicines for those in need.”
Kanaka is excited about the future of his industry. He anticipates a move towards more automated tools and greater adoption of artificial intelligence will yield more positive outcomes. He hopes to see a new generation enter the field with the same excitement that has driven him throughout all of his years.
Kanaka offers the following advice to the next generation: “Be curious and foster your creativity. At the same time, be patient, humble, kind, and empathetic—and don't be afraid to take risks. Learn from your failures.”