President - Innovation Forum Manchester
Cell Therapy Professional
Originally coming from Estonia, I moved to the UK to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Molecular Biology and Translational Medicine at the University of Manchester. Throughout the degrees, I have completed several local and international summer internships in Estonia, UK and Germany, specializing in cancer research.
I have experienced working in several pharmaceutical settings: being a Pharma Analyst in a global consultancy and Safety Screening Scientist at AstraZeneca.
Currently, I am involved in research and manufacturing personalised immunotherapy for melanoma patients. This is the most challenging and rewarding role I have ever had: making a difference to the society by extending patients’ lives and helping them to beat cancer!
Apart from solid academic background, I have developed soft skills which are vital for successful leadership. I always enjoyed communication and networking with people and was eager to strengthen my negotiation skills. When I came across Business Development Associate position at IF, I did not hesitate to take up the role as it could provide development opportunities. I endeavoured and got positive results! My career has rapidly progressed and almost within a year I became a President of IF, Manchester. This move not only allowed me to support company’s growth and become even more Global, but also to better understand myself and do something I am passionate about!