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Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation.  An Interview with Bruce King, President- Helmer Scientific

Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation. An Interview with Bruce King, President- Helmer Scientific

Introduction to Helmer

Helmer Scientific provides integrated solutions for safeguarding temperature-sensitive medications, blood therapies, and biologics. Helmer serves healthcare customers in more than 130 countries from its US headquarters in Noblesville, IN, which also houses its R&D center and advanced FDA GMP manufacturing operations.

Q: Describe how your business embraces a bold mindset. How does this translate to impact in your industry? How does this translate to impact on the local economy?

A: Two primary areas spring to mind:  First, since 2010, we shifted toward a bold new strategy that focuses on our emerging role as a key part of integrated supply networks in healthcare, not just a medical equipment manufacturer focused on storage of Blood and Medications.  This shift in mindset required the development of all new software development and integration capabilities to go along with our longstanding strengths in refrigeration engineering and FDA-compliant advanced manufacturing. This strategy directly impacts the local community through the creation of higher tech jobs in IOT-related work but also indirectly in that we are confident that the integrated products we are developing will actually improve the safety and reduce costs of temperature-sensitive medications and blood transfusions over time.  

Secondly, we have continued to embrace a bold mindset in our generosity programs and culture.  Through extraordinary volunteerism, we support many non-profit partners who are making a tremendous difference in the lives of vulnerable people both across the globe and in our own central  Indiana community. It would have been easy to become complacent with our generosity programs after we won the Indiana Governors Service Award in 2013, but we boldly doubled down, creating a cross-functional steering team in 2016 that injected all new life in our giving.  We created all- new granting and volunteer support programs with an objective of supporting the underlying service interests of our employees. The result has been an outpouring of support and engagement from our teams and new levels of impact for the community.


Q: What does being bold mean internally, as an element of your company culture?

A: Our culture demonstrates boldness by resisting the complacency that can come with 40 years of success.  We talk frequently about heritage not being synonymous with culture and ensuring that nostalgia never becomes a reason to avoid the pursuit of improvement and innovation.  Just a few short years ago, we decided to invest in a whole new team dedicated to continuous improvement and driving bold changes and re-invention at Helmer. This was a bold move for a relatively small company but demonstrated a commitment to growth and change.  The results have been amazing. There is no part of our business that isn’t being constantly innovated, and we love the process of learning and growth.


Q: Will you share how your innovation-mindset attracts talent in today’s workforce. How important is talent attraction is for your business?

A: We have found that the higher-tech strategy we’ve undertaken recently has been more newsworthy and that buzz can help us get the attention of a larger talent pipeline in an otherwise noisy environment.  Our goal is to attract bright, high character people who care about others and want to be part of something bigger than themselves. Since our core business is to support customers who literally save lives every day, we have discovered that if we can get people with those characteristics in the door, they usually want to stay!

 

Q: As a Noblesville business, will you share a few examples of how the local landscape supports your culture, growth, and ability to be bold?

A: We were one of the first tenants in the Saxony business park near Hamilton Town Center and, in the ten or twelve years since, it has grown to provide all of the amenities we could have hoped for as far as restaurants, hotels, and services.   The location has been ideal for us given our draw of employees from throughout central Indiana.

Learn more about the City of Noblesville’s Stay Here Grow Here initiative.  

 

Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation.  An Interview with Ajay Patel, President- Verdure Sciences

Being Bold. Businesses Making Big Impact Through Bold, Innovation. An Interview with Ajay Patel, President- Verdure Sciences

Introduction to Verdure

Verdure Sciences® is a supplier of plant-based ingredients with an emphasis on intrinsic synergies and clinically backed tangible health applications.

Many botanical extracts are known for their long history as a traditional remedy in their country of origin. As globalization, agricultural practices, and environmental factors continue to change, consumers prefer to buy products that have proven safety, efficacy, and clinical substantiation. Verdure was founded on the demand to answer these needs. By investing in the research of various botanicals and maintaining rigorous quality control expectations for growing, harvesting, and manufacturing, this market need has translated into Verdure’s strength and differentiation.


Q: Describe how your business embraces a bold mindset. How does this translate to impact in your industry? How does this translate to impact on the local economy?

A: We’ve created breakthroughs in advancing natural plant-based therapeutic delivery forms via a global footprint by aligning with the top brands within the industry. In doing so we’ve contributed to the consumer confidence in natural dietary supplement products especially with supply chain management including traceability, quality, and purity coupled with scientific rigor by aligning ourselves with highly reputable organizations and universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As for the local economy it has given us an opportunity to invest in a brand new campus which we opened last week, commitment to hiring additional high paying jobs, and exploring avenues to set up the future supply chain for North American grown botanicals, including Maple.

Our facility is conducive for bringing in customers and health care professionals for training and symposiums from around the world, which obviously impacts other Noblesville business in a positive manner.

Q: What does being bold mean internally, as an element of your company culture?

A: It begins with expectations we set for each individual within the organization, that the sky is the limit for growth, striving for perfection is in our DNA, addressing competition and threats as a  positive challenge, not to get too comfortable as we cannot continue to be innovative nor excel, and be accepting of change to truly embrace the global marketplace.

Q: Will you share how your innovation-mindset attracts talent in today’s workforce? Touch on how important talent attraction is for your business.

A: Our business is very unique for not only Noblesville and Indiana but the Midwest region in general. The Natural Products Industry is rapidly growing while always under evolving regulation. In particular, Supply Chain, Quality management, and R&D are key areas for innovation as well as continuous improvements. Hence, finding the right talent and fit for not only the specific Industry but also the key areas of the business is critical. Having the likes of Purdue, IU, and other institutions is definitely a great asset; however, other that are more familiar with the industry offers a large pool of talent, and it imperative to have not only a great workplace but growing communities with great living, healthcare, education, and entertainment options for employees.

Q: As a Noblesville business, share a few examples of how the local landscape supports your culture, growth, and ability to be bold.

A: Having been in Hamilton County for the last 21 years, Verdure moved from Carmel to Noblesville 15 yrs ago for the opportunity to be part of the growth, where the companies presence is valued and align in common goals for the positive impact on the community. When we began looking to build our headquarters we looked at multiple locations primarily throughout Hamilton and Marion County, and ended up staying with Noblesville because they believed in our vision, to provide a corporate facility that enables us to provide a great working environment that values wellness and health of both the workers and those our work touches both internally and externally.

Our seven-acre campus provides a natural wetland that embraces native plantings, walking trail, greenhouse, and wellness facility where employees can engage in multiple wellness activities from yoga, gardening, or enjoys the proximity to the soon to be complete midland trail!

Learn more about the City of Noblesville’s Stay Here Grow Here initiative.