Andrea joined the Lunaphore team in February 2018. After working for 5 years in banking, arriving to the startup world meant a big change in her career.
She explains how this change came about: “The reasons behind my decision were of different nature: the dynamic team in Lunaphore, which is very diverse and passionate, as well as the exciting challenges and responsibilities offered by the position; but above all, the opportunity to work for a company with a truly innovative product that contributes to make an impact in healthcare”.
Andrea’s daily tasks include interacting with current as well as potential investors, distributors and partners. “This is a great startup experience for a young professional like me” she says, “I highly appreciate the interaction with these experienced and interesting people which is harder to get in larger corporations”.
“The work environment is significantly faster and more dynamic, you are constantly exposed to new challenges.”
She immediately noticed the perks of working in a startup: “The work environment is significantly faster and more dynamic, you are constantly exposed to new challenges and you get a great deal of responsibility much faster, compared to a working in a multinational company, which implies that you have the possibility to take part in important company decisions, directly contributing to shaping its future.”
Moreover, these high-level interactions involve regularly pitching in front of large audiences. For Andrea, it’s clear: “the opportunity to pitch at business events has definitely helped me to improve my presentation skills”. However, this hasn’t been Andrea’s only learning: “Not coming from a biology background, I had to learn a lot about tissue diagnostics and especially about the immunohistochemistry field”.
“Not coming from a biology background, I had to learn a lot about tissue diagnostics and especially about the immunohistochemistry field”
According to her, the best aspect of working in Lunaphore is the great team spirit of the company: “While we work hard, we also have a lot of fun, there’s a great energy in the office and you can always count on your colleagues when you need some help”. She would recommend this experience to anyone interested in startups and medical technology. As she sees it, people with a proactive attitude, who take ownership of their actions and enjoy being exposed to new challenges make the best candidates, but being a team player and fitting in the team is just as important as the technical skills.