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Meet Marta, one of our clinical product owners

Marta in front of a blue background.

We’d like to introduce you to Marta, one of our clinical product owners. Marta has an extensive medical research background – focused on tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and stem cell research – and a beloved dog called Zaba, which means ‘eating without manners’ in Hungarian. Marta joined us as one of our research associates in October 2017 and after eight months shifted to product development.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation about without any preparation?

I could always talk about topics that are close to my heart. So, besides the obvious – that is digital health and product development in healthtech – I would probably discuss animal rescue and conservation, environmental issues, and how to manage pets’ health.

What surprised you the most about Ada on your first day?

I think the kindness and openness of the people. I joined Ada when the size of the company was much smaller – around 70 people. I remember I was a bit intimidated at first by all the great minds around me, but my colleagues were super helpful and kind from day one. They introduced me to things I needed to know – whether that was about the deep realms of our technology or about the best lunch spots in the area. Because of this, my integration with the company and culture was very easy and quick.

When people come to you, what do they usually want help with?

It typically has something to do with product development in general. If it’s not about advising on processes, then it’s about the roadmap, product features, strategy, or goals we have in our team.

Marta is outside and playing with her dog on a green lawn.

What would you do with the extra time if you didn’t have to sleep?

I would read a bunch of books and spend more quality time with my dog.

What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Leaving academia behind. I spent ten years in academia conducting scientific research, which I enjoyed and learned a lot from. However, at some point, it didn’t satisfy me anymore. I wanted to work in a fast-paced environment and to be closer to the beneficiaries of my work, so I quit and started to look for jobs in healthtech. Having no tech industry experience meant this move could have been risky. It worked out well: I may have been brave or simply determined.

Marta sitting on a sofa in the office and working on her laptop.

How do you boost your productivity?

If I’m tired, there is nothing that can help me. So, to maintain productivity, the most important thing for me is to get enough sleep and eat well. I’m also aware of my most productive hours in a day and try to use those effectively: Mornings and late afternoons are the best time for me to work on complex tasks, and around midday is best for meetings and alignments. To stay focused, I create a small to-do list every morning and try to stick to it, avoiding interruptions and procrastination. If I need some extra help, well, there is of course always coffee in the kitchen and movie soundtracks on my playlist.

What do you do when you’re stuck solving a challenge?

It depends on the challenge. If it’s something outside of my expertise and I know an expert on the topic, I usually ask for help. If it’s something I can resolve alone, I find a quiet spot to read and think about it. At other times, what works best for me is to think out loud: Discussing with my colleagues brings a fresh perspective. So, it really changes challenge to challenge, but what is important is to find the most efficient way to solve it so it does not hold my team back.

Thanks, Marta!

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Henri Jakobs

Henri is Ada's German copywriter.