Meet the ttopstart team: Senior Business Developer Georgia Taxiarchopoulou

23 March 2022

At ttopstart we work in an international team of creative innovators. In our series ‘Meet the ttopstart team’ we introduce you to Georgia, Senior Business Developer and Team Lead. We interviewed Georgia about her passion for science, love for her job and personal interests.

When did your love for science start?

I fell in love with science and particularly chemistry when I was already in high school. The chemistry professor was not only focusing on chemical equations but also in experiments and science in a broader sense and how everything around us can be explained! This was the time that I start reading Science magazine and later entering University of Natural Sciences and Chemistry.

What is something biomedical innovators have to deal with that you want to fix?

Scientists and business innovators launch many initiatives to devise strategies for addressing biomedical innovation’s challenges. However, it is difficult to stimulate innovation to meet patients’ needs and ensure access to medicine. My personal goal is to provide them refined techniques and scenario development methods, promote an open dialogue identifying issues and ask bigger questions. In this way, we can find the balance between stimulating true innovation, particularly towards addressing unmet needs, and ensuring both financial sustainability for health systems and accessibility for patients.

Your favourite quote:

‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit’        – Aristotle

What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?

Being trained as a chemist for some years and driven by curiosity, I am always searching for creative solutions and new angles for addressing biomedical innovation’s challenges. My mixed education background in science and business helped me a lot to be able to understand scientific questions, build multiple business cases and come up with new ideas. Before joining ttopstart, I was working in Danone where I earned experience on building strategies and using market insights and translate them into business opportunities.

What is your role at ttopstart?

As a Senior Business Developer and Team Lead at ttopstart, I collaborate with researchers, academic institutes, and biotech companies to design their strategy, define their goals and priorities and work together on the execution plan. I try to make them feel confident and comfortable to share their thoughts but also their doubts, their vision & objectives and together translate them into actions delivering high value projects that can truly affect patients’ lives and bring better quality of life. I prefer to consider myself not only as their collaborator but also as part of their team and build long and trustful relationships.

What do you like most about working at ttopstart?

What I like most about working at ttopstart is that I have the opportunity every day to work with excellent scientists and entrepreneurs on different innovations that can make an impact on patients’ lives and make healthcare accessible to everyone! I am inspired by the daily talks with my colleagues and love the company’s environment which is open and caring. I love brainstorming sessions with my colleagues to build new processes and tools and challenge each other. Catching up with my colleagues at Friday’s drinks is my week’s highlight.

What’s your background?

I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a student, I enjoyed doing many sports and I was part of the volleyball team for 6 years. I studied Chemistry at the University of Patras, a city in Peloponnese where I start living alone and working as a Private Tutor in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Parallel to my studies, I was also working as a sales representative. As a Chemistry student, I was part of the Chemistry student association and I was organizing events and company visits for the Chemistry students.

Although I love science and fundamental research, I realised early enough that I wanted to know more about the end product and how this can make a real impact to people’s lives. Netherlands and Leiden University were offering the opportunity to combine my scientific background with business fundamentals during my Master studies. This was exactly what I was searching, and I came to the Netherlands to follow a slightly different professional career and live in a new country opening up my horizons.

What are the values that drive you?

One of my strongest motivators in my work is the desire to exploit scientific discoveries and work for a truly ethical company. We believe in transparency and openness and these are values that are commonly shared among the ttopstart professionals. Our clients trust that we deliver as promised and they feel comfortable to share their developments and innovations with us.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I feel alive when travelling and explore new places that I have never been before, I am getting excited when playing tennis and meeting my friends tasting delicious food, I love dancing and signing to my baby boy, it’s pure happiness.

Your motto:

‘Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow’, Albert Einstein

 

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.

“One of my strongest motivators in my work is the desire to exploit scientific discoveries and work for a truly ethical company. We believe in transparency and openness and these are values that are commonly shared among the ttopstart professionals.

– GEORGIA TAXIARCHOPOULOU, MSc – SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPER AT TTOPSTART

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