Cátia Bandeiras, PhD

Novartis

Catia Bandeiras received her MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Instituto Superior Tecnico in 2011. Her early interest in research and on the impact of new medical technology in society led her to follow a research career in diverse fields, starting by Computational Epidemiology in Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia and in Tissue Biomechanics in the University of Aveiro. In order to understand and create computational tools that could help researchers to understand the requirements to bring Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) to the market, she returned to Tecnico in 2015 for her PhD in Bioengineering in the scope of the MIT Portugal Program, which she concluded in 2019 after 2 years of research in the United States. Her PhD was focused on the creation of open source codes for the simulation of stem cell bioprocess economics to inform early cost-utility models for the introduction of these therapies in healthcare systems.

In early 2020, she began her industry career in the Access field at Novartis Portugal, currently being a Health Economics and Outcomes Research Manager at the Novartis Global Service Center in Dublin, Ireland. In her role, she supports international projects for informing access strategies for innovative medicines.

Besides her regular professional activity, she has always been interested in Science Communication and talking about her PhD life experience. She talked about these topics on her old blog and as a guest contributor for other websites, social media, and as a public speaker. She is also an active volunteer in communication in Engineering, having been the Communications Coordinator of the IEEE Portugal Section in 2020 and she is currently the Newsletter Coordinator for IEEE Region 8 (EMEA) and editor at IEEE Potentials, a magazine towards the Engineering Student audience. She was an avid quizzer but, currently, the activities she enjoys doing the most on her downtime are cooking, reading, yoga, and embroidery.