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Sheetal Warke : Charting New Paths By Spearheading Technological Advancements In Biosciences

Sheetal Warke : Charting New Paths By Spearheading Technological Advancements In Biosciences

 Sheetal Warke ,  Director - Digital Transformation

Sheetal Warke

Director - Digital Transformation

Bioscience, at its core, is the study of life and all living organisms. This broad, subject area includes scientific study of micro-organisms, humans, animals or plants. The scope for biological sciences is continually expanding, driven by the latest technological advancements and the interdisciplinary nature of modern scientific inquiry. This includes studying fundamental processes in living organisms, exploring genetics, understanding micro-organisms and diagnosis of diseases in microbiology, rapid disease detections in Molecular Biology using PCR, RT-PCR & technology platforms, Animal & Plant Cell Culture in-vitro processes and uncovering the intricacies of ecosystems. Addressing global health challenges, such as infectious diseases and public health crises, involves the expertise of biological experts and research scientists.

HIMEDIA is the leading global diagnostic company which encompasses a diverse range of life-sciences disciplines such as Microbiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant Cell Culture, Genomic Sequencing, Chemicals, Lab Instruments & more. It emerges as an innovative leader in the realm of Biosciences, distinguished by its expansive catalogue of over 30000 SKUs with groundbreaking products. Under the leadership of Sheetal Warke, serving as the Digital Transformation Director, HIMEDIA Laboratories, has seen impressive growth and success in the digital technology space. Warke’s rich experience and profound insights into the industry have been instrumental in driving the company’s advancements and reinforcing its position at the forefront of biosciences digital solutions and innovations in Forensic, Genomic Sequencing, Molecular Biology, Agriculture and IT space.

During a personal interview, Sheetal provided insight into her professional background as well as the current trends in the industry.

Can you provide a concise overview of your professional history and experiences? What drives your daily activities and motivations?

Professionally, I boast a robust background in IT software engineering, holding degrees from esteemed institutions like BE-IT from TKIET, Shivaji University, MS-AIML from Liverpool John Moores University, UK and PGPX in Management from UCLA University, USA. With over 15 years of experience, I have led diverse IT projects, spanning SAP ERP System developments, Web and Mobile Applications, Data Analytics, ISO QMS-tracking automated reporting solutions, Website design and developments, SEO Optimization and Tracking systems, Website database management systems and Social Media Platform management systems, showcasing my versatility.

My motivation stems from a trio of principles: prioritizing problem-solving through positive affirmations, maintaining healthy habits for physical and mental well-being, and harbouring a fervent drive to innovate and elevate my organization through cutting-edge digital solutions. These guiding forces underpin my daily routines, propelling me towards sustained excellence and growth.

Could you share the distinctive experiences and lessons learned beyond academics during your time at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore?

Enrolling in the postgraduate diploma program in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
(PGD AIML) at the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIITB) fulfilled my long-standing aspiration. The faculty's expertise and teaching methods were exemplary, providing a deep understanding of complex concepts. The collaboration with UPGRAD, the online learning platform, enhanced the educational experience with immersive resources. IIITB's preparatory courses in Python programming and mathematical fundamentals laid a robust foundation for the AIML curriculum.

Additionally, the online platform faci-litated doubt-clearing sessions, and industry interactions, and provided mentorship, fostering academic growth. The rigorous coursework, stringent exams and assignment assessments instilled discipline and motivation. Overall, IIITB's comprehensive approach enriched my understanding of AIML principles and techniques.

Our ultimate goal is globalizing our solutions & delivering pioneering innovations

How do you characterize HIMEDIA Labo-ratories and its standing in the market?

HIMEDIA Laboratories commem-orates its 50th anniversary this year, marking a significant milestone in its journey. As a results-driven technology company specializing in biosciences diagnostics, HIMEDIA holds a prominent position as India's leading number one diagnostic company and ranks among the top three global brands in microbiology. Additionally, its molecular biology and cell biology business verticals are rapidly emerging as key players, globally in the market. The state-of-the-art R&D facilities are the main driving force in the mission of HIMEDIA to provide affordable and quality products, which distinguishes HIMEDIA in the Biosciences market. With a comprehensive and complete range of diagnostic offerings across microbiology, molecular biology, plant and cell biology, Lab chemicals and lab aids, HIMEDIA continues to uphold its commitment to providing high-quality products to customers worldwide in more than 150 countries globally.

Could you describe your leadership style and the principles or strategies you adhere to as a leader?

My leadership style is intricately crafted around three core principles: an unwavering dedication to the art of problem-solving, the cultivation of team motivation and engagement, and a commitment to continuous learning and technological literacy. I believe in investing substantial time to deeply understand challenges, inspired by Einstein’s approach to problem-solving, which asserts that a well-defined problem is a problem half-solved. This founda-tional belief is complemented by my effort to foster a team environment where every member feels valued, encouraging open dialogue and leveraging collective intelligence to innovate and solve complex issues. Furthermore, recognizing the fast-paced evolution of our industry, I prioritize keeping abreast of techno-logical advancements and encourage my team to do the same, ensuring we are not just current but ahead of the curve. By conducting thorough problem analysis, nurturing a motivated team, and promoting continuous learning and tech proficiency, I strive to guide my team through industry challenges, turning obstacles into opportunities for growth, innovation, and enduring success in our dynamic field.

How do you stay informed about current industry trends to guide your organization towards future success?

Amidst the digital transformation accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a growing
recognition of the importance of embracing digital solutions. To stay ahead, I pursued postgraduate studies in AI and ML in 2020. At HIMEDIA Laboratories, I've led various digital transformation projects, including the SAP ERP system-based material-man-agement portal, HIGENOMB sequencing-services lab portal, HIGENOMB primer and probe design application and Automated reporting solutions. We're also implementing AIML digital solutions. We have developed a niche and generic HIGENOMB Forensic- ID DNA Quantification Software, validated at Forensic Science Lab, Chennai. Leveraging technology, we've developed a Soil Testing Application for agriculture and a NPK crop nutrients and Organic recommender system for our sister concern, Warkem Biotech, empowering farmers with comprehensive soil health reports and organic solutions. These initiatives underscore our commitment to adopting and innovating with the latest digital technologies to drive growth and meet evolving market demands.

What is the ultimate goal you are aiming to achieve in the future?

Over the next five years, I aim to utilize my IT expertise to propel our organization to new heights of growth. I intend to spearhead digital projects in the biosciences sector, focusing on cutting-edge automated solutions. Recognizing the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of digital needs in the market, we now plan to broaden our vision and aim to address a wider range of digital challenges. This strategic shift isn't just about keeping up with trends but setting the pace for digital innovation in biosciences. By enhancing our efficiency and productivity, we aim to maintain a competitive edge in the industry. Despite the challenges ahead, I'm confident in our ability to achieve remarkable results and lead our organization toward a ground-breaking era of growth and innovation.

As a frontrunner in the industry, what guidance would you offer to the emerging leaders?

My advice to aspiring leaders is to prioritize continual learning and skill development. However, it's crucial to understand that skill acquisition isn't just about putting 100 percent effort into learning new abilities; instead, having the right mindset accounts for approxi-mately 80 percent of the success, while only 10-20 percent comes down to actually enhancing your skills. Without the proper mindset, attaining excellence or mastering a new skill becomes a significantly tougher challenge. It's this blend of 80 percent mindset and 20 percent skill improvement that truly makes a difference in achieving success. This balance is essential in navigating the competitive landscape of the market.

Sheetal Warke, Director - Digital Transformation, Himedia Labora-tories

With over a decade of combined experience in technical and administrative roles, Sheetal Warke has extensive expertise in SAP - Advanced Business Applications Programming(ABAP), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AIML), Data-Analytics, Digital Marketing and Business Administration. She adeptly manages, leads, and oversees software development projects, often taking a hands-on approach to in-house SAP ABAP and other programming language developments, as and when needed to fulfill requirements.

Hobbies: Reading, learning new things, listening to songs, and hearing spiritual talks
Favourite Cuisine: Pav-Bhaji, Palak-Paneer, Batata-Vada Pav (Mumbai
special), Ras Malai, & Mysore Pak
Favourite Book: Rich Dad Poor Dad – By Robert T. Kiyosaki, The Goal – By Eliyahu M. Goldratt
Favourite Travel Destination: Kerala, Kashmir & Alaska
Awards & Recognition: Certificate of Honor from CEO Insights, Outstanding
Academic Achievement from Worcester State University

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