Well, it’s done! The hippie hair is gone and I am now sporting a new bald look just as I turn over another year. I think everyone enjoyed watching the process. As you can see in the video, I think Jacqui had the most fun as she got to do the honours. Best of all, I managed to raise over $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. What a great way to help advance humanity! I highly encourage everyone to try this some time.
I believe firmly in gathering data, analysing it, and then using the information to support everything that we do at Ozgene. Our team is well versed in how this works. W. Edwards Deming once said, “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion”. Exactly! Gathering data isn’t necessarily the problem anymore, however, measuring and applying what the data tells us can be.
A while back I decided to grow my hair long. It has been in a ponytail for some time now and if you look at my LinkedIn photo, I look nothing like that in person. For years now, my family and my staff have hounded me to change my look. The time has come for me to do exactly that. That’s right, you read that correctly. I am shaving off my hippie hair! I may not even recognise myself once it’s done, let alone anyone else. That is beside the point though. You probably want to know the “why” behind this decision so let me explain.
Think of a large family where a few members have a particular illness or disease. They go to the hospital to get their DNA examined. This might lead the doctors to discover that these family members have a genetic change. They can then contact a company such as Ozgene and ask them to design and generate a mouse that has exactly the same genetic change as these family members. If these mice develop a similar disease, then one of the causes for that disease has been found. You now have an animal model that can be used to find a cure or treatment for that disease.
The team at Ozgene has over two decades of experience creating customised knockout and knock-in mice for pivotal medical research globally. Over 300 scientific publications are based on research using Ozgene mice.