Studentís internship leads to job offer and a vision to connect science with business
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Ann Damien’s industry internship saw her use a widely-implemented product innovation model to help a multinational company improve its communication of idea-to-launch processes.
Undertaking her Bachelor of Biotechnology Honours project with the R&D Department of Cook Medical led to job offer with the medical device manufacturing company’s Brisbane branch.
“I was made an offer straight after submitting my thesis,” said Ann, “and will be continuing the work I started on the project as well as forming a team which will help implement changes to enable the adapted model to be taken up by the company globally.”
Ann’s supervisor at Cook Medical, Senior Engineer Eddie Mills, said Cook Medical looks for adaptability, professionalism and ability to get the job done in the students it places.
“The UQ Science programs prepare students well for business experiences”, he said.
Originally from Kerala, India, Ann was attracted by UQ’s international ranking, its reputation for world-class researchers in the life sciences, and its campus facilities, which she described as “excellent”.
She completed dual majors in Molecular Biotechnology and Innovation Management, graduating with first class honours.
During her four years of study, Ann was involved in a number of student associations, created study groups on social media, and was a student volunteer for camps and conferences arranged by industry association, AusBiotech.
“One enriching extra-curricular activity for me was a vacation project I did with Dr Susan Rowland over a summer,” she said.
“A team of us interviewed biotechnology professionals at UQ’s radio teaching studios, which not only boosted my communication and investigative skills, but helped me gather expert tips on key biotech issues.”
Ann said that her time at UQ allowed her to meet “some amazing students” and to build international friendships.
“The freedom of university life meant I could push myself, while choosing my opportunities and building valuable skills like leadership, time management and networking,” she said.
Ann’s volunteering has included a project with Centacare Trinity to improve the treatment of children with a disability. Between graduation and taking up a job with Cook, Ann was a humanitarian volunteer in India, working with youth, the aged and contributing to food programs in rural areas.
Aspiring to bring people together, Ann hopes through her career to build bridges between knowledge-seeking scientists and commercially-oriented business people.
“I’d like to work in the health industry and improve outcomes through successful translation of innovations to products”.