Happiest two years of my life.
The personal side of the Markey Trust was very good. Other grant programs made you feel anonymous. I would recommend keeping the selection process rigorous. I take the European point of view—justified elitism. Don’t give a little bit to everyone; give to very few and then the award will become a label of excellence.
I would like to thank the people who made the decisions for the opportunity. They gave me support to wander quite a long way from what I would imagine their support area [biomedicine] is.
The Markey was great because they didn’t burden us with bureaucracy, and at the same time, what little they asked us to do was clearly assessed, seriously and appropriately.