Tammy Tai
Tammy Tai

I grew up in the Bay Area—diverse, progressive, and (even back then) focused heavily on the tech industry. My parents were immigrants from Taiwan who eventually became U.S. citizens.

When it came time to go to college, I headed across the country to Boston to study at MIT. It was a perfect fit. The focus on science, engineering, and innovation at MIT complemented my interest in STEM. Plus, they had a strong Division III swimming program--I’d been competitively swimming since I was nine years old.

I majored in biological engineering and did research in the Langer Lab. For two years, I worked on Gio and Andrew’s long-acting gastric retentive dosage form project—a precursor to Lyndra. I was fascinated with the technology and its many positive implications for medicine. But I also found I was fascinated with the biotech industry in general. After graduating, I joined the science team at Lyndra to continue working on the dosage form.

Though I started my job with some familiarity with Lyndra’s technology, there was so much I didn’t know. Working alongside so many brilliant scientists and engineers was intimidating at first, but the science team welcomed me with open arms. Their patient guidance helped me settle into my new job. I felt like an asset from the very start. Though I was still learning from my colleagues, I also felt like I had something to contribute. Lyndra is filled with so many accomplished and talented people who come from all sorts of backgrounds. I’m particularly proud to work at a company run by a female CEO with so many capable and intelligent colleagues who are women.

It was the nuts-and-bolts behind the technology that drew me into research as an undergrad, but it was the potential global impact of Lyndra’s mission that made me want to continue working on it after graduation. Throughout my life, I’ve been taught to never stop learning and to never be satisfied with the status quo. Right now, the status quo in healthcare has a lot of gaps and areas in need of improvement—patient adherence and accessibility among them. The idea that our technology could one day change the world of medicine is what keeps us going.

Lyndra reminds me a lot of my days as a competitive swimmer. Swimming is both a team and individual sport. The success of a team hinges on the individual performances of each of its members and, without the support of a team behind each swimmer, it’s nearly impossible to have the drive and motivation to keep going. The same could be applied to Lyndra. Everyone has immense individual responsibility, but the team is very cohesive and driven towards the same goal. The readiness to support one another and the combined determination of everyone brings our technology closer and closer to reality every day.