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In November 1986, when Joaquin Viso founded Mova Pharmaceutical Corp., the first locally owned pharmaceutical manufacturing firm, it seems he was really just following his nature. A self-described true explorer who loves venturing into remote places, Viso is no stranger to breaking new ground. In 1977, he became the first Puerto Rican to head a locally based pharmaceutical company when SK&F Co. appointed him president of its island operations. He has been forging ahead in unexplored territory ever since.
"I believe being creative is one of the most important things necessary for success; you can't be afraid of doing things no one else has ever done," says this CARIBBEAN BUSINESS Top 10 Business Leader for the fourth consecutive year. "We have the talent here to do this, and that is what will give us our competitive advantage."
Thus far, just about everything Mova has accomplished is a first for Puerto Rico. The company, which now occupies nearly 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space and employs nearly 500 people, has a carefully laid plan guiding …