Christina Avram’s Impact Story

What does impact mean to you?
Impact to me means being part of something bigger than myself, working to uplift and empower others, and contributing my skills, expertise, and knowledge to improve and strengthen our society.

Can you tell us what your current role is?
I am currently a Medical Affairs Specialist for a global medical device company, Becton, Dickinson & Co. My PhD training is in Immunology, and I use my research, critical thinking, and communication skills in my role to translate scientific findings to commercial stakeholders, design impactful clinical studies, and strategize to create new and innovative technologies for patients undergoing surgery.

Thinking about impact, can you describe 2-3 projects or initiatives you were involved in that mark a major achievement for you in your role?
I led the Medical Affairs strategy for clinical study design and global expansion of a new medical device used in surgery. I communicated and educated our commercial/sales team on the novel findings of a new clinical study for a product in our infection prevention portfolio. I collaborated with a cross-functional team to gain FDA approval for a new medical device and launch a drug/device product in Europe.

How has your membership in WIB helped you in your professional growth?
WIB has surrounded me with women that are true leaders and change-makers. I have gained mentors, friends, and family through WIB that have helped me transition from academia to industry, fostered my professional and personal development, and transformed me into a confident leader with a growth mindset. I have learned valuable tools and insights from the speakers and events that WIB provides me as a member. I have also gained a community of people that I can turn to for advice when navigating challenges in my career.

How do you plan to further your impact in the future?
I plan to further my impact by becoming a leader in scientific communication and strategy. I want to lead a team that advances new technologies and therapies for patients and foster my passion for communicating science to help bridge the gap between scientists and non-scientists and encourage the next generation of female leaders.

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