BSc (Biological Sciences), 2002
Dr. Poh Tan is a proud mother of two boys whose drive for success developed in spite of a challenging childhood. She is determined to make a positive impact in the world through commercializing medical research and advancing science education. She is the founder and CEO of Innoguidance Consulting, a management consulting firm that helps bring innovative ideas in biotechnology to market, and is also the founder of Newton’s Geniuses, a science enrichment center for young children.
Dr. Tan graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Science, and subsequently earned a PhD from UBC faculty of medicine with a focus on stem cell biology. Her research has been shared with international audiences and is published in top-tiered journals. Recently, she spoke about the myths and misconceptions of stem cells as a speaker at TEDx Stanley Park. For the past 10 years, Dr. Tan has been mentoring SFU science graduates and MBA students by helping them to seek success and pursue meaningful careers.
As an advocate for science education, Dr. Tan is pursuing a second PhD in the Faculty of Education at SFU. She hopes to develop programs that will nurture curiosity in young children and help them develop skills, like perseverance, that are critical for success later in life.
Read more about Poh Tan here: http://www.sfu.ca/science/alumni/inspiring-alumni/profiles/poh-tan.html