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Meet Trailblazer Saw Yen Ow

“My passion is technology,” says Ow, CSL’s Associate Director of Analytical Biochemistry. Based in Australia, he was born in Malaysia and has lived in China, Japan and the United Kingdom.


When your passion is technology, it can take you almost anywhere. In Saw Yen Ow’s case, that curiosity led him to live in four countries in addition to his native Malaysia. He’s fascinated with all things tech – from drones to games to the technology that powers his scientific research with biotech leader CSL in Australia, where he’s Associate Director of Analytical Biochemistry.

On a daily basis, he and his team are seeking to understand the behavior and molecular structure of medicines CSL develops for people who have rare and serious diseases. We asked him: Why is medical science so important right now?

“For me, it's about the human connection. It's about that coming together of scientific and understanding so we can be better, individually and collectively.”

Learn more about Yen in the video above.

We interviewed him as part of our Everyday Trailblazers series, a chance to celebrate CSL scientists and learn more about their unique talents and abilities outside of work. Today’s scientists are pioneers who are willing to take risks and forge a path where none currently exits. Trailblazers are innovative thinkers who challenge the status quo, opening new frontiers for others to follow. They’re also everyday people  – parents, partners and friends with eclectic personal interests and passions that contribute to the creative spark needed to drive new and better medical solutions.

In that spirit, CSL launched this campaign to spotlight eight of its scientists based in Australia, where the global biotech was born more than 100 years ago. The campaign – which will take various forms, including billboards – features Yen and other trailblazers like Simone Ruedin, a football-playing vaccine production coordinator with Seqirus, a CSL business that is a world leader in influenza vaccines.