How was your career path to reach your current position? What were the main decisions that lead you to your current positions?
One of the most important decisions I took was to pursue a doctorate degree where I could learn and apply different disciplines, from medicine to electronics, and to live outside Portugal. It gave me the opportunity of working in a wide range of teams and cultures.
Why did you start your career in the field of healthcare?
My career in healthcare sector started during my PhD work, where I could design a lab-on-chip device for SNP detection.
What are/were the main challenges you encountered as a woman pursuing your career?
The main challenge has been to combine private and professional life. It is very important to find a balance and to not give up on finding this equilibrium.
What traits do you think you have, that helped you reach your current position?
One of the main characteristics is to be objective and very resilient. The fulfillment of the commitments you had taken is fundamental to generate trust between colleagues and peers.
What role did mentors have during your career journey?
For me a mentor has the role to advise and to teach. These are the main characteristics for mentoring and leadership.
If you were about you career from scratch - which field/trend/technology would you look into?
I would look into the advancements in precision and genomics medicine and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
What do you think is needed to support women entrepreneurship in healthcare?
Women are very determined in pursuing a goal. Thus, it is very important to believe in the objectives that we intend to achieve and to "clear paths" to reach the goals that make us fulfilled. Innovation and non-conformity along with ethics and integrity are the pillars for women to play an active role in any area of intervention in society.
Do you have any message you want to share with other women that think about pursuing an innovative idea in the field of healthcare?
One good message is a quote from a Portuguese writer, Fernando Pessoa: “stones on the way? I'll get them all, in the end I build a castle”.