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//Explore a Career in Health Innovation | Pilar Puig-Sarriès, Phd

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Pilar Puig-Sarriès has extensive experience in developing initiatives in both health and life sciences, and she is currently heading up the innovation for the program CRAAASH Barcelona which helps European health-tech research teams launch device, diagnostic and digital health innovations that improve health and patient care.
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Explore a Career in Health Innovation | Pilar Puig-Sarriès, Phd

Xpert: Pilar Puig-Sarriès, Phd
Job Role: Innovation Project Manager
Company: Biocat, CRAAASH Barcelona
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Let’s talk about innovation in the field of health and life sciences. Pilar Puig-Sarriès has extensive experience in developing initiatives in both health and life sciences, and she is currently heading up the innovation for the program CRAAASH Barcelona which helps European health-tech research teams launch device, diagnostic and digital health innovations that improve health and patient care.

Disclaimer: Pilar has a great story of how she took ownership of her science career and if you are just starting out in your career, check out the first 8 minutes of this interview. Pilar shares how she sourced her own internships at labs in the USA and how she goes about creating opportunities for herself throughout her career journey.

Below you will find other transcribed highlights from the interview.

Happy watching / reading!

Nexgen Careers: What kind of trends are you seeing in the health tech startup field?

Pilar: I would say that telemedicine is a trend. Being able to talk to your doctor from your own home is a big trend. Women’s health is very trending. Also everything related to the elderly. In the world’s population, the average age is growing, right? And who has the money? it’s not, people that are in their 20’s, you don’t have much money, we all know. When you are in your 30s, you are creating a family. So you need the money for the family. But when you are maybe 50, 60, 70, you have the money. So there is a market there and you can start selling to this market. So the elderly are also a good sector.

Also sequencing the proteomics, genomics and metabolomic data. It’s also that we are seeing a lot of, and personalized medicine.

In terms of like European guidelines, so not in terms of the status, but what Europe is asking for, is involving the patients, making the patient’s almost part of your startup or letting them co create.

So I think that we have to change our mindset and understand that any business has to become a social business, in which you always need to interact and be close to your customers, clients or patients.

NGC: I think it’s great that technology is growing within the health sector because we were talking to a machine learning engineer who was also working in the health tech sector. And he said that health care systems generally are lagging behind in this field. So it’s great for you guys to make sure that these companies exist. So there’s a lot of career opportunities there and there’s a lot of cool things going on there.

Pilar: Science is a hot topic and it’s gonna be for a few years. It’s something useful for the human kind, the more the better. And I think that investors are also seeing that it’s a very profitable sector as well. It is one of the sectors that gives the most return on investment, so it’s smart to invest in the sector.

3 Quick Questions

What good in the world does your job do?

I am talking all the time with companies in the healthcare sector. And I think I’m somehow helping them or guiding them a little bit towards success. I’m just helping very little, I know, but I think it’s at the right moment that I can help them. So this makes me feel really good.

What is the best part of your job?

Also I’m in this because I like to talk to people and to think that I’m helping people. And that I can share my knowledge with them and see that it’s useful. This is very, very positive.

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into a your field?

Don’t be obsessed about joining a specific field. Because many fields are very interesting. As long as you put energy and you’re part of a nice team. I think you can like any field that you want to join.

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