In this special column called the “TLC x Fempreneurs Series”, we will be featuring inspiring Female Entrepreneurs (Fempreneurs) in short. You will be able to have a sneak peek at their mindsets and their daily habits.
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Meet Lin Andrea Chow (Regenosis)
Tell us a little about yourself. What is your business/ brand about?
I am Andrea, the co-founder of Regenosis and a proud mother of 3. Regenosis is a health business that works to counter the effects of aging with tailored programs to improve the healthspan of customers.
What got you started on your business?
A couple of years ago, my mother fell sick at the age of 59, and my father contracted lung cancer at the final stage. Seeing them fall sick as they got older prompted me to start living a healthier lifestyle, along with my husband, Shaun. We started to get interested in geroscience, which is leveraging our body’s DNA and cell signaling pathways to identify markers that can help us identify our body’s predisposition to certain diseases. In 2019, my husband and I decided to start Regenosis with Professor Brian Kennedy, whom we knew through a mutual friend, to improve people’s healthspan.
Before you started on your business, what did you do on a full-time basis?
Before starting Regenosis, I was in the real estate industry for many years, since 2004.
What were some difficulties you faced in your life and how did you overcome them?
I was always a very independent person, and never relied on my parents even though they were considered quite well off. When I had my first kid at the age of 26, Shaun and I were still in the early stages of our career so we were not really financially stable yet, so it was pretty challenging for us to have to juggle establishing a career and taking care of our children. We also started a business together during that time, which eventually failed. What helped me to overcome that challenge was being determined and having perseverance. I learned early on that you should focus on working towards your passion and not blindly chase money, because that will never be sustainable. Chasing my passion was ultimately what led me to start Regenosis.
Who inspires you?
My grandmother inspires me greatly. She is an extremely strong woman, and her life story inspires me a lot. As the only surviving child of her parents, she initially did not plan to get married as she wanted to take care of her parents. However, she ended up getting married but her husband passed away when her children were still very young, which made her life very challenging. However, she is someone that has a lot of determination and self-discipline, who would set out to do whatever she has planned, to a tee. She used to have a clock beside her all the time, and she would stick to a strict schedule of what time to eat, what time to work out, etc. These habits allowed her to live a long and healthy life till she was 100. I admire her resilience a lot and admire how disciplined she was.
What excites you most about your industry?
I think the geroscience industry is extremely exciting because it is a burgeoning medical field that is starting to gain significant traction in addressing age-related diseases. In this pioneering industry, I feel excited and fortunate that we are able to help develop geroscience and contribute to helping people live better and more productive lives.
What is your vision / personal motto?
Don’t give up easily. I strongly believe that we must have perseverance when we do anything in life. We must commit to the process and learn from it. If we give up halfway, we will never be able to reap the fruits of success.
Do you have any words of advice for other ladies who are starting their businesses/ starting to pursue their dream?
Think hard before you start your own business, and don’t start a business just because you think it can make you a lot of money, because that is not sustainable. If the business does not make money, you will just give up. Find something that you are passionate about, and commit to learning about it and getting good at it.
What have you learnt recently that you hope the other ladies can take back?
I have learned that self-love is really important. Self-love is the foundation of a lot of things in life, and also self-discipline and independence are crucial too. One thing that I learned recently is also that people need to learn to listen more instead of talking sometimes! We also need to always have a positive state of mind and stay away from negativity in our life from people, because they will make you unhappy in the long run, and keep you from achieving your goals.
How do you think you can help ladies to feel confident and empowered?
I feel that females at different age ranges have different things which give them confidence. For women below 40, it might be appearance/dressing. For women above 40, it might be financial security and health/well-being. I find that the best advice to help women feel confident and empowered is to be independent and never rely on anyone else. Learn more about yourself when you are young, set goals in your life, and be accountable for what you set out to achieve. Having something to work towards will help you build that confidence.
What is one thing you are grateful for?
I am extremely grateful for good health! For example, in my case, I was able to have a smooth pregnancy (natural birth) in my 40s which I am grateful for. Health enables one to do many things in life, such as spending time with family, seeing your children/grandchildren grow old, and enjoying activities such as exercising and working out. I have come to realize that health is the most important thing in life, and we should all try to age gracefully, such as maintaining our physical health and preserving our appearance to still look vibrant as we age. There will be many developments in reverse aging in the years to come. Till then, we must make sure to keep ourselves in good shape so that we can leverage that technology to help us lead more productive lives as we enter the golden years of our lives.
What do you do in your free time as self-care? How do you unwind?
I exercise a lot in my free time and do different forms of exercise such as muay thai, cycling, barre, yoga, and pilates. I make sure to exercise daily, as I think that exercise is important to keeping our bodies healthy, as well as having a strong mind. I actually really love spending time alone, and I frequently go out to hike/take walks alone. At home, I have a room where I unwind, where I will read for inspiration, as well as reflect regularly on life, and set targets for myself. I find that this keeps me in the right headspace, and keeps me accountable to myself.
Let us know more about what you do!
At Regenosis, we believe you deserve to savour life in health, be it in your prime or at retirement. Our team of experts will customize a holistic program that works for you. With us, you will be in professional and safe hands.
You may find me featured in Singapore Women’s Weekly, Singapore Motherhood and in The Straits Times, The Peak, Channel NewsAsia, Nikkei Asia, and Robb Report.
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