Phyllis Meng, co-founder and CEO of Pure Global, brings a diverse data analytics and technology background to her role.

With experience gained from positions as a Key Data Expert at Citadel Securities and Technical Team Leader at Google, she blends artificial intelligence and biomedical engineering to develop innovative platforms for regulatory and compliance professionals.

Tell us about yourself, your background, and your current role.

I am Phyllis Meng, the founder and CEO of Pure Global. My journey began with a passion for both life medical engineering and computer science, leading me to pursue a degree in Life Medical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where I honed my interdisciplinary skills. Fueled by a strong belief in the transformative power of artificial intelligence, I decided to switch to computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in the United States.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of working at renowned companies such as Google and Citadel Securities, where I gained valuable experience in software engineering, technical leadership, and quantitative analysis. My expertise lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and biomedical engineering, allowing me to spearhead projects that leverage cutting-edge technology to address real-world challenges.

Almost four years ago, I founded Pure Global to revolutionise the medical device industry. At Pure Global, we provide AI-enabled solutions for medical device compliance and market access on a global scale, empowering companies to navigate regulatory complexities and expand their reach. As the CEO, my role encompasses strategic leadership and driving the vision of the company forward.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

I’ve always been someone who seizes opportunities as they arise, rather than meticulously planning every step of my career journey. My approach is driven by instinct and a deep-rooted passion for innovation. When the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, I quickly adapted, transitioning from my role at Citadel Securities to founding my own business. Each decision, from landing a role at Google straight out of college to exploring the field of regulatory science, has been driven by my dedication to utilising AI to improve industry efficiency. My career trajectory has been shaped by aligning my professional choices with my interests and beliefs, constantly pushing me toward new challenges and opportunities for growth.

Have you faced any career challenges along the way and how did you overcome these?

Indeed, scepticism regarding the role of AI in regulatory science posed a significant challenge. However, with Pure Global, I have confronted this scepticism head-on and used AI to transform regulatory efficiency. For example, by leveraging vast datasets and practical insights, we’ve developed the GRIP Global Regulatory Intelligence Platform. This tool enables companies to easily navigate the complexities of the global market, exemplifying how our persistence and innovation have driven tangible results despite scepticism.

What has been your biggest career achievement to date?

So far, my most significant career achievement has been the establishment and growth of Pure Global into a leading force in the realm of AI-enabled solutions for medical device compliance and market access. Since founding the company, we have successfully positioned Pure Global as a trusted partner for medical device manufacturers worldwide, offering comprehensive regulatory intelligence and compliance consulting services.

We have empowered hundreds of medical device companies to navigate complex regulatory landscapes and gain market access in over 30 countries and regions globally. By leveraging advanced AI technology, we have streamlined the compliance process, enabling our clients to accelerate product launches, reduce costs, and expand their global footprint.

What top tips would you give to an individual who is trying to excel in their career in technology?

Stay true to your vision, seize every opportunity, and embrace change with confidence. In the dynamic landscape of technology, resilience and adaptability are key.

Do you believe there are still barriers to success for women working in tech, and if so, how can these barriers be overcome?

While barriers certainly exist, we are capable of overcoming them. By advocating for equal opportunities and challenging traditional norms, we can pave the way for greater gender diversity and inclusivity in the tech industry.

What do you think companies can do to support the progress of women working in technology?

Companies play a pivotal role in fostering inclusive cultures and providing equal opportunities for women to thrive. By implementing mentorship programs, professional development initiatives, and offering flexible work arrangements, companies can empower women to excel in technical roles and drive greater innovation and diversity.

There is currently only 21 per cent of women working in tech. If you could wave a magic wand, what is the one thing you would do to accelerate the pace of change for women in the industry?

If given the chance, I would elevate more women to leadership positions within companies, amplifying their influence and empowering them to drive meaningful change. By showcasing the abilities and contributions of women in tech, we can inspire future generations and foster a culture of inclusivity and equality.

What resources do you recommend for women working in tech, e.g., Podcasts, networking events, books, conferences, websites, etc.?

For women working in the tech industry, I highly recommend “Don’t Think of an Elephant!” by George Lakoff. This book provides invaluable insights into effective communication strategies that can help us navigate challenges and excel in our careers. By mastering these techniques, we can enhance our communication skills, build confidence, and assert our presence in the tech world more effectively. Additionally, I encourage women to participate in industry exhibitions, networking events, and professional conferences to remain informed about the latest trends and expand their network. Leveraging online platforms and social media to connect with like-minded professionals and joining relevant professional communities can also provide valuable resources and support. Through continuous learning, networking, and effective communication, women in tech can unlock new opportunities and achieve success in their careers.

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