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‘The Independent’ - Business News
The accountant's mission: to find the meaning of life

Sir William Castell, Amersham's chief executive, says the health science group is well placed to be a big player in all aspects of personalised medicine

By Stephen Foley
Monday, 18 March 2002

There is a giant drawing of a hunched, naked woman in the foyer of Amersham's corporate headquarters in Little Chalfont, north-west of London. Intermittently, a light is shone through from behind, illuminating the woman's internal organs, like some sort of colourful, all-body x-ray.

Designed by Amersham's in-house artist, Ivan Riches, Sir William Castell, the chief executive, likes the piece so much that it has been turned into a 3D computer image, put on CD-Rom and is being sent to schools around the UK. He is so pleased because it is one of the best answers yet to the question still often asked of his FTSE 100 health science company: What exactly does Amersham do?

Sir William said: "This is the quirky chief executive, trying to find ways to communicate what we do. What Ivan did, because I find it difficult to explain the company to people, is put it into art for me."
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