Meet our Head of Anatomical Pathology Development, Alessandra Zucca
1 . What is your role in Inpeco? Why did you choose Inpeco as your employer?
I’m the Head of Product Development in the field of Automation and Traceability in Anatomical Pathology. My responsibilities include the management of innovative projects, from the idea to the development of new products to be launched in the market. Inpeco's mission to automate clinical processes in order to reduce human errors while focusing on the patient's well-being was a natural fit with my background in bio robotics and convinced me that Inpeco was the ideal place to express myself.
2. Tell me about your journey to become a leader in your field. Why did you choose this career?
My interest in technology and my curiosity for medicine are the reasons why I decided to study at the newly established faculty of biomedical engineering at the University of Cagliari in 2004. After being amongst the first two graduate from the newly created university course, I continued my studies at the University of Pisa. During this new journey, I was exposed to the fascinating world of robotics which afterwards became my field of research. In fact, after my master’s degree I got a PhD at the Institute of bio robotics of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna. My experience in the research field has taken me around the world and I am particularly proud that I had the opportunity to develop part of my project in the field of organic electronics for wearable applications and nanotechnology at the Waseda University in Tokyo. My research experience ended with a Postdoc at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Cagliari. In 2015, I started my new career path in the Research and Development department in Inpeco. The skills acquired in the technical and managerial field and the focus towards innovation, were elements that allowed me to enter and grow in the company, build my team and reach my current role.
3. What are the challenges of managing your team and how do you overcome them?
One of my main priorities is that the team is happy, motivated and satisfied with their work. I always work to make the team feel like a united team, only in this way we can achieve the challenging goals we set together. That's why I always share the vision and the goals, and show enthusiasm by creating a stimulating environment and making the team always feel involved.
4. How would you motivate other women to achieve the same level of success?
To reach any goal you need commitment, competence, perseverance, passion and a bit of luck, always keeping in mind the goal you want to achieve. During my journey I had to make sacrifices and renunciations, but with determination and desire to get involved, you will reach your goals. Hence, my advice to other women is to participate actively, be proactive, do not put yourself on the sidelines and do not be shy to express your ideas and your opinions.
5. What are you doing in your free time outside work?
I like to do many things, particularly I love to travel, I'm a soccer fan and the weekend for me means going to the stadium (I hope I can go again soon). In lazy moments I like to read a good book or watch a good TV series on the couch, this is my recipe to relax.
6. The International Women’s Day 2021 theme is “ChooseToChallenge”, what does it mean to you?
In a world, unfortunately rich in inequalities, we need to begin to evaluate people based only on their skills and their individuality. We can choose to challenge and enhance the uniqueness of each individual by eliminating prejudice related to the most common stereotypes. The world is full of variety, let's focus on it because it is the element that enriches, this is my wish.
Thank you Alessandra!