At ttopstart we work in an international team of creative innovators. In our series ‘Meet the ttopstart team’ we introduce you to our colleagues. We interviewed Federica about her passion for science, love for her job and personal interests.
When did your love for science and innovation start?
‘I decided I wanted a career in research in middle school. I wanted to be part of a field that I saw could make a difference in people’ lives. Also, I was captivated by the idea of being a researcher, I saw it as an opportunity for a very dynamic and exciting career.’
What is something biomedical innovators (people in your industry/niche) have to deal with that you want to fix?
‘I think that to be successful in Academia you are not just asked to be a great scientist, you need to be an excellent writer, to be successful in presenting and selling your ideas, to build a solid network. However, as a starting researcher, you are barely if not ever taught all these additional skills and you never really have the time to work on them. I would like to be helpful to researchers by supporting them with these additional tasks in what is for me a win-win interaction: they (hopefully) receive the assistance they need to keep funding their research and I am able to give my small contribution with the skills I have to the research field. I am passionate about research, and I am excited I get to contribute to it by supporting scientists in pursuing their success.’
Which project that you work(ed) on at ttopstart are you very proud of?
Recently, I have been involved in the full support of a proposal for the Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) two-stage call on the topic “Cardiovascular diseases – improved prediction, prevention, diagnosis, and monitoring”. This is a very competitive grant scheme that has the purpose of bringing together top teams from industry, Academia, SMEs, patient groups and others from different health-related sectors to deliver cutting edge projects combining cross-sector health research and innovation. Thanks to this assignment, I have had the opportunity to work with a big consortium of successful researchers, clinicians, and patient organization representatives for the co-design of a very ambitious project, a very educational and exiting experience. This has been a very intense project that has ultimately delivered a proposal of which both the clients and ttopstart can be very proud of!
What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?
‘Before joining ttopstart I was working in Academia. I have a PhD in Molecular Cardiovascular Biology from Maastricht University and during my last year as a PhD student I successfully applied for three individual fellowships to support my postdoc. Doing so, I realized that I enjoyed grant writing and I started to consider a career change. Also, I enjoy creating eye-catching graphical representations of scientific contents and I wanted to invest on this skill by finding a career that would allow me to use it.’
What do you like most about working at ttopstart?
‘I enjoy the work environment, as I find it very supportive and positive. I particularly appreciate the care in training the new arrivals in order to give them the tools to be successful in their tasks and the attention for giving and asking for feedbacks. I am also very happy that my interest in graphical representations of scientific contents has been received as a useful skill that can be helpful also to my colleagues.’
What’s your background?
‘I am Italian, I grew up in a town close to Venice and I completed my university studies in Padova. I am the only one of my family living abroad and I always try to join all of them for the Christmas holidays or for the summer vacations and we usually gather at my grandmother’s house.’
What are the values that drive you?
‘I wish to always be able to bring a bit of creativity to the table.’
‘Better remorse than regret.’
Do you want to become a ttopstarter as well?
Are you interested in joining our team? Check out our career page! We are always looking for talented and motivated people.
“I think that to be successful in academia you are not just asked to be a great scientist, you need to be an excellent writer, to be successful in presenting and selling your ideas, to build a solid network. However, as a starting researcher, you are barely if not ever taught all these additional skills and you never really have the time to work on them.”
– FEDERICA DE MAJO, PhD – CONSULTANT AT TTOPSTART