Have you met... Cláudia Ferreira?

Claudia is a biologist, but it didn’t take long for her to find her passion for the corporative side of science. Her story teaches us the power of mentorship!

With a BSc in Biology, Claudia always thought she would be a researcher working in her country.  She started with an internship in cancer research, but it didn’t take long for her to understand that she needed to get out of the country to get better opportunities. She also found a mentor, Mónica Bettencourt Dias (our first interview – see here!) - With the support of her Portuguese mentor she found a PhD abroad in the UK. Soon Claudia to started exploring the corporative side of science with experiences in consulting and as a business developer. Now, Claudia is the senior market strategist of a medical device company.

Claudia, what is the skill you most appreciate in young scientists or colleagues?
Be able to see the big picture and envision what the future might bring. It is important not to be narrow-sided and predict where current activities may be of use in the future.

In your opinion, what is going to be the greatest breakthrough in science in the next 20 years?
In my opinion, “the breakthrough” would be if we all started to think more holistically and create an environment where there would be more communication/connection between basic science and translational science. I don’t know if that will happen in 20 years…or ever! But it’s what I hope for.

What skills acquired during your PhD you found useful as a business developer and consulting?
A PhD gives you a lot of transferable skills. As a business developer, I think that my ability to project management was highly stimulated during my PhD.  As a PhD student, you must handle a lot of projects at the same time and be able in a short amount of time to come up with solutions and answers to a lot of different questions. That ability to changing your mindset from project to project is now very useful to me. As for consulting, I think the PhD prepares you for problem-solving. After some time, you start to understand that although different problems might have different surfaces, their solutions are similar.

On a bad day, how do you clear your head?
(Sign), I love sports! Lately, I have been doing a lot of body combat.