How long have you been working at CellaVision and what is your education?
I have been with CellaVision for only a month, and my education is Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry. As an undergraduate, I am an engineer. In addition, I’ve been working for about 20 years within machine learning which is perhaps the most relevant for my current position.
What does your job as a Development Manager Computational Imaging involve?
I would say that my new team has a very clear objective. We will develop a product based on fairly new technology, Fourier Ptychography Microscopy (FPM), using the patents acquired by CellaVision. This technology enables combining a large field of view with high resolution and thereby provides new opportunities in diagnostic microscopy. In order to start the development activities, I have to work both with New Business to understand our customer needs and how we can position ourselves in the market. And I also work a lot with our fantastic Innovation team which has accomplished some amazing results already. I am so happy to continue to help commercialize this.
What do you like most about your new job?
There is a long list, I usually say that this is like my dream job. If I were to identify the top of my list: First, the culture is fantastic; a friendly and welcoming environment. Secondly, the area is super challenging from an intellectual perspective, with many dimensions to develop. And thirdly, what these products are supposed to accomplish. They have the potential to make digital microscopy more available and efficient, as well as expand the limits of diagnosis based on visual microscopy.
This distinguishes CellaVision from my other workplaces:
I’ve been with quite a few companies, and they have been quite diverse, so it’s hard to say. I have never felt as much at home as I do with CellaVision, both culture-wise and with what we are doing. It spans many areas, ranging from medicine to computer science and engineering.
What are three things people don’t know about you?
When I went to the gymnasium, my hobby was working as a DJ. And when I was 16, I was driving an “EPA-Traktor”, this doesn’t really translate- it’s a Swedish thing. I’m a 4 on the Enneagram, and that is strange as type 4 is mostly for artists. There are a lot of twists to the Enneagram and I’m a counter type which explains why I don’t typically behave as a tormented artist.
If you could have a dream dinner party, who would sit at your table?
The people I enjoy the most spending time with are my husband and my daughter, every time I have dinner with them is a gift. But thinking about interesting people throughout history, I always admired Mahatma Gandhi and his principled way of living. He said: “If you have the truth as a companion, it’s not possible to defeat you”. Others, I think Nelson Mandela. He was also a spiritual man who I could learn a lot from. I would also like to meet Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) and Jesus, they could also join. That’s probably enough for an interesting dinner conversation.
What do you do for fun?
I read about the Enneagram and I’m engaged in politics and I think that is fun. I play with my dog, and spend time in my garden, but not so often though.
What would you tell your 20-year-old self?
There is so much I wish I could have told that girl. I would have wanted to make her aware of her unbeneficial ways of acting. I wish I could share the little wisdom that I have gained to spare her some hard times.
Do you have any advice for people thinking of applying to work for CellaVision and especially Computational Imaging?
As my team is very young, things are uncertain and will change during the coming years. So, if you like to change and uncertainty and see it as an opportunity, then my team might be something for you. It’s also essential that you like math and programming- those will be the main competencies that we are looking for. And, that you feel passionate about developing the area of digital microscopy and the value that we have the opportunity to add to health care, in terms of efficiency and improved diagnostics. So, if that is a motivator and driving force for you, the work here will be very enjoyable.