An Employee Story – Maria Bakshinskayte

Nov 12, 2021


When did you join the Monstarlab family?

I joined Copenhagen Office in the start of August.”

Which relevant past employment roles do you hold?

In the past I was working mostly in science, as a research assistant. One of my most recent roles was working with the World Health Organisation research team in the University of Copenhagen. I became a part of the project that was exploring antibiotic over-use in five different regions of Russia. The team was doing interviews with doctors, pharmacists and patients, to find out how easy it is to get an antibiotic without prescription, and how people in various roles in the healthcare system and outside of it see that situation. I was mostly focused on getting interviews with a research team in Russia, to see the backstage part of the story, find out why there are certain inconsistencies in their data and is there anything more behind it.”

What is your educational background?

“I was studying Biology with a focus on Molecular Immunology back in Moscow, and then moved to Copenhagen to study Pharmaceutical Sciences and Social Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen. The combination of these educational programs gave me a wide range of knowledge about almost all aspects of the world around us and inside us, from studying cells and plants to understanding reasons behind patients skipping life-dependent medications. I love the Life Science Sector; It can always keep me curious.“

Why did you decide to join Monstarlab?

“After a few years in Science, I was looking towards working in the industry. With all the excitement of research, I was missing the feeling of personal impact and wanted to be closer to helping people. When I learned more about Monstarlab and their work, I felt like it was the perfect match for me. To start with, I was really impressed with the level of projects they worked on before, and besides that, I felt that my personal beliefs align with the company values and the direction of growth. I joined Life Science vertical as a Junior Consultant and am very excited to be a part of this dynamic and passionate team.” 

What will your primary focus be?

“I will be mainly focused on various Life Science related projects as consultant and project manager. While a lot of projects in Monstarlab are related to creating or upgrading an app or a website, Life Science projects are mostly about optimisation of processes. For example, I just joined one of our projects as a lead of communication and organisation change management. It is a big project, and the level of responsibility is also very high when you are working with a leading pharmaceutical company,  so that would be my main focus for the next few months.”

What do you hope to achieve, both professionally and personally?

I didn’t work a lot with project management previously, so for the start I would like to get deeper into that area and learn as much as I can. There are few different practices – maybe even philosophies- that I haven’t really gotten into before and do really enjoy learning now. Did you know how much psychology and neurobiology is involved in project management strategies? I find it extremely exciting.“

Which projects/clients have you worked on?

One of the interesting projects I participated in previously was finding information on COVID-19 treatments for a company called Humanitrack. That was a volunteering project for me during the start of the pandemic, in April 2020. No one really knew anything about treatments back then, so every day was unpredictable. The drug that was considered life saving one day, was banned from use another day, and then remembered and used again. This period had a high level of uncertainty about almost everything, and it was great to feel that I might bring some more knowledge about the disease we are all facing.”

How would you describe Monstarlab’s work environment?

“So far it seems like one of the nicest places I had a chance to work in. Everyone is very invested in their work and wants to do the best for the client, even if it is harder for them. When you are in the office, you can instantaneously feel the positive and friendly atmosphere, and notice that people care about each other.”

What characterises the Life Science sector at the moment?

I believe that Life Science is an area with great potential. Nature and climate are some of the most important topics right now, and health will always come first, so there is a lot of investment and development. I think the pandemic became a stimulus for the new research and made people more aware of their health and some of the factors affecting it, so I hope we would see the sector growing in the next few years.” 

Which trends do you think will influence the life science sector in the future?

We can see that many other sectors (banking, transportation) are moving towards automatisation and digitalisation, and I believe the Life Science industry will slowly join the trend soon. One of the examples was Coronapass that almost everyone has/had to use. Everyone had to be able to access and share their health information fast, and the industry adapted to that. I see the demand for that in society and I am looking forward to more great innovations to come.” 



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