Heroes of the COVID Crisis: How Stephen Russell & Imanis Life Sciences Stepped Up To Make A Difference During The Pandemic

Authority Magazine Editorial Staff
Authority Magazine
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9 min readDec 23, 2020


Self-sacrificing — A hero is someone who does something heroic for the benefit of others. This doesn’t mean that a hero can’t benefit from his or her own heroism, but their deed or performance or accomplishment is not primarily for personal benefit. They are selfless in their service — not self-serving.

As part of our series about people who stepped up to make a difference during the COVID19 Pandemic

I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephen Russell, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, and co-founder of Imanis Life Sciences

Dr. Russell, inspired by frontline workers committed to making a difference during these unprecedented times, is leading Imanis Life Science’s efforts in providing first-of-its-kind, accessible tests and research that can further improve and accelerate collective efforts in finding a cure for COVID-19.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit. Can you tell us a bit about how and where you grew up?

I grew up on the south coast of the United Kingdom, the second youngest of seven children. When I was 13, I moved to Moray, Scotland to attend Gordonstoun School, a co-educational independent boarding school.

Through my education, I was inspired from a young age to pursue a career in bioscience.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?

Field’s Virology by Bernard N. Fields, the authoritative reference book for virology, stands out for providing all aspects of virus biology as well as replication and medical aspects of specific virus families. Working in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical field, the book has had an immense impact on me.

I can easily lose myself reading Field’s Virology and would hope to have it on hand with me if I were ever on a desert island.