People often ask me what it takes to become the Smartest Region in the World. It may sound strange, but imagination might be more important than knowledge. If knowledge alone was enough to know the exact solution to a problem, then you would take care of it in one go, and the problem would be solved. That’s not how it works, of course. It’s always a matter of trying, trying again, and then trying some more. That’s what innovation is. You need space and freedom of thought, and you can’t be afraid of having different ideas, and accept that not everything will work the first time. Ninety per cent of medical research doesn’t produce the answer to the question you had hoped to find. So does this mean you failed? No, because now you can check off what didn’t work.

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