Paula García holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Salamanca, and has 15 years of experience in biomedical research, first as a researcher and then in project management and R&D calls, both in the public –hospital - field and in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. She has extensive experience in writing proposals and managing competitive projects and since 2013 she has collaborated on several occasions as an expert evaluator for the European Commission. Now, she joins the IDIBELL as head of the Pre-award department, within the Business Development and Innovation Area.
What brings you to IDIBELL?
My entire career has been linked to research in the biosanitary field, so at IDIBELL I can take advantage of my previous knowledge and experience. On the other hand, IDIBELL, despite not being as well known as other research centers, has enormous potential and it is a motivation for me to be part of the change that it is undergoing in recent years.
Taking that into account, what do you think are the main challenges of the Pre-Award department?
Among all the department challenges I would highlight, on the one hand, strengthening collaborations with researchers to be able to offer more personalized support which is adapted to each individual need and, on the other hand, contributing to the institution's objective of promoting internationalization, through participation in international calls in our case.
What could your main contribution to the department be?
I hope to help improve team dynamics, which, in my opinion, is key to do a good job. We have an heterogeneous team, with different profiles and experience levels, and also great potential and human quality. Besides, I think I can add value when it comes to the preparation of competitive proposals.
How would you describe the activity carried out by IDIBELL’s Business Innovation and Development area?
The main objective of the Innovation and Business development area, is to work in a coordinated manner with our innovation partners, jointly evaluating the researchers’ ideas and projects to find the most suitable form of funding according to their type and degree of development. A good funding strategy -both through competitive calls, private investment, or combining both sources if necessary - is essential for research to be carried out and transferred to society.