John (Ian) Cowie's Story

Author: John Cowie
John (Ian) Cowie's Story

In 1976 John (also known as Ian) travelled to the USA to research analytical methodology in Clinical Pharmacology.

The Fellowship

Ian travelled to Kansas City, Nashville, Buffalo and Washington DC, for four weeks, to investigate the running of clinical pharmacology laboratories. At that time, John worked as a laboratory technician in the University of Dundee and on his return to the UK was able to introduce new analytical techniques to the pharmacology department.

The Results

John soon discovered that the Fellowship helped to open up new opportunities, leading him to pursue a career in the commercial world, where he gained senior posts within the pharmacology and clinical diagnostics industries. His first post was as senior research scientist at Inveresk Research International in 1977.

John then rapidly progressed in his career and was soon promoted to senior management and board level positions within multi-national companies. He became National Sales Manager in the UK for Beckman Instruments Ltd, General Manager for Randox Laboratories Ltd in Canada and California, and he significantly contributed to successfully turning around a UK loss making subsidiary of YSI Inc into a profitable organisation when he was Sales & Marketing Director. During his time as International Sales Director with GDS Technology, Ian set up new international distributors in over 30 different countries and also became a Member of Council for the British Laboratory Supply Industry (now GAMBICA). He is also a Chartered Scientist and Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

In 2002, Ian became Chief Executive Officer and founder of Point Of Care Testing Ltd, a medical diagnostics distribution company, which supplies key point of care and laboratory products to both the NHS and private health care organisations within the UK. The company is also involved in carrying out cholesterol testing and FOB (faecal blood) testing for bowel cancer screening for the general public. More recently, under Ian’s leadership, the company acquired Analox Instruments Ltd giving the combined organisation the opportunity to manufacture and export diagnostic products throughout the world, as well as employ 18 British citizens in the UK.

Ian now has over 40 years business experience, mostly at senior level, within the medical diagnostics industry. He strongly believes that his Churchill Fellowship gave him the confidence to achieve his goals, as well as being instrumental in helping him to achieve his career path in business. Ian is now being considered for Freedom of the City of London.