Gerard Arino Estrada
Novel technologies in medical imaging

Note: Gerard Arino Estrada was a Business Development Fellow in 2017/18. This interview was conducted in fall 2017.

After completing his graduate studies in Spain, Gerard Arino Estrada spent a year researching in Hamburg, Germany. Estrada is currently a postdoctoral scholar at UC Davis, focused on novel radiation detector technologies for medical imaging.

In a nutshell, describe your project or venture.

I do not have a concisely defined project or venture. I am pursuing a career in academia in the development of novel technologies for medical imaging.

What’s important about your research or project—and where do you hope to take it?

Given the competitive landscape and the limited funding resources, I want to conduct a systematic research strategy that maximizes efficiency and impact on society.

What are you most passionate about in your work?

I am passionate about contributing to global benefits in society, specifically in improving healthcare.

What was the most important thing you learned at the Entrepreneurship Academy?

It’s hard to say as we touched on a lot of interesting material. I liked the idea of starting to test an idea in a small and very well-defined scenario and expand it gradually as it succeeds.

What is the most unexpected advice you received from a mentor?

That in a pitch, I should care both about delivering the required technical information and creating an emotional impact on the audience.

Do you plan to participate in the Big Bang! Business Competition or “just” the workshops? How do you expect this to help you as an aspiring entrepreneur?

I don’t plan to participate, however I am closely following my colleagues who are participating.

How will your experiences as a Business Development Fellow help you to change the world?

I think the Business Development Fellows program will provide me with the tools to design a systematic way of facing uncertainties and how to reduce them. I believe resolving small problems efficiently will help me grow as a researcher, carry on big projects and meet long term goals.