With GapSummit 2016 just over the horizon, the GBR Team thought it would be great to reflect and catch up with some of our alumni from the inaugural GapSummit, and we’re planning to make this a regular feature going forward.
Dr Evelyn Linardy attended GapSummit 2014 as a Leader of Tomorrow. At the time she was conducting her doctoral research, profiled in the video above, into portable DNA detection. The project was performed at the University of New South Wales, Australia in conjunction with a biotech start-up SpeeDx, and has potential applications that will make a great impact to medical diagnostics.
Dr Evelyn Linardy
She’s completed several career milestones since GapSummit 2014, submitting her PhD thesis in September of that year, passing with flying colours and graduating shortly after.
Following her doctorate, Evelyn participated in a health-focused business course, which could also serve as credit towards a potential future MBA. She has now transitioned into a marketing and business development role at SpeeDx, retaining a strong biotech-focus as part of her career goals.
From her experiences since, she had this advice for the upcoming GapSummit attendees:
With this new perspective in mind, I realise even more how great the GapSummit event was. I wish I knew what I know now. I would really have taken the opportunity to discuss the potential for collaborations with all the other attendees and mentors.
Evelyn continues to embody the ethos of grow, connect, challenge. She is now a committee member of the Early Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Network in New South Wales, Australia. The organisation provides networking and workshop events for young researchers who are eager to learn more about the industry and government.
She’s excited about the prospect of helping the member-base (250 and growing) access opportunities like those that GBR offers, and is eager to help send them to participate in GapSummit events in the future.
It would really expand their horizons
The GBR Team couldn’t agree more!
We look forward to catching up with more of our alumni and welcoming a new batch of Leaders of Tomorrow into our community.