Dr Amilra De
commonly known as AP) is a Professor in the School of Chemistry and
Chemical Engineering who during his 40-year career with Queen’s
University developed a blood analyser that has sold 10’s of
millions of units and saved countless lives around the
In today’s episode we talk about:
Growing up in Sri Lanka
The role his grandparents played throughout his life
Moving to Belfast in the 70s
Why he was working on a molecular sodium sensor
How it got picked up by Big Pharma
The Lion King
And the wisdom of surrounding yourself by curators, mentors, and
other people going deep into an area of expertise
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