Helius Therapeutics CEO Carmen Doran has won in the Inspiring Women Leaders category at the New Zealand International Business Awards.

The judges said Doran was “passionate about empowering leadership and driving an environment of continuous improvement” and recognised her “hunger for excellence and having an impact on the world around us”.

They also commended her on her “phenomenal generosity of collaboration”, saying “she brings everything she has to the table, shares it, then multiplies it” and praised her as “the future of [women] leaders”.

The judges added: “She shines with her process-driven style and ability to unite her team to reach joint goals. She goes against the grain even when going up against adversity in a difficult industry.” 

The company has achieved a number of milestones, including being the first in New Zealand to gain a GMP licence to manufacture medicines and provide locally grown and manufactured products for Kiwi patients, as well as building the foundations for exports.

Along with Puro, Helius took home the Industry Collaboration trophy at the Cannabiz Awards in June.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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