Science2Innovation (case study, 2019) | December 5th, 2019 | Visit the original article online
̈ ̈Once I saw a t-shirt in London that said: ́Be a scientist: Save the world.” (Bea Zatorska, November, 26, 2019)
¨She's the Indiana Jones of science,” that's how Bea's daugher describes her mother.
Beatrice Zatorska was born in France, moved to Poland then Denmark, Moscow, London, Israel, and Mexico City. That's right, seven coutnries excluding the four others she lived in for short amounts of time, at most a year. These included the United States, China, Germany, Spain, Mexico and sub-Saharan Africa.
¨I've lived in every country in Europe but Albania," she boasts.
And why "the Indiana Jones of science"?
Because wherever she goes, Beatrice seeks to unearth the Holy Grail of knowledge, believing that possession of this grail will give companies of the future superhuman powers. Indiana Jones chased his grail by dodging Nazis. Beatrice does it by research and by scouring her immense human network for those hidden gems of knowledge to unleash science in the world.
¨You have 165 million research papers a year out of which 30 percent are in applied research. Yet only two percent of these are known and used. Why?! What happened to that valuable 28 percent? Five thousand years ago Da Vinci innovated an idea that contemporaries said was crazy. It was the parachute. Imagine today’s undiscovered ideas that could change the world! Companies need to innovate to survive and flourish. Those that think the same way, work with the same workers, do the same research, day in day out, typically dissolve, just as Nokia did in 2000.¨
It was the lucky companies - Siemens, LG Electronics, Samsung, Huawei, and Goldman Sachs among others - that gleaned from Beatrice’s experiences. She graduated with a degree in History from the University College of London and delved straight into management consulting (it was the first listed job she saw), where, among other responsibilities, she helped companies commercialise technologies.
“I have a sixth sense, ̈ she said, “on how I see products making money in other fields. I have pictures in my head of how technologies can be reapplied. Maybe that’s because I’m dyslexic, so I naturally think beyond the usual ways."
Some of her most exciting ideas include suggesting X-16 fighter jets for the automotive industry, using Agri-tech for facial creams, and applying bio-cognition for police voice recognition in Europe’s most progressive law enforcement agencies.
And, yes, Beatrice used her History studies to delve into the “Whys ̈.
“All my life,” she remarked, “I’ve been driven by the pursuit of understanding - of knowledge. Knowledge gives you more answers rather than problems. Even technology - there’s no such thing as “bad” technology. Killer drones? Facebook? Biotech? Everything can be used for good and for bad.”
“And history? History helps us evolve towards the world of the future and reminds us to avoid the follies of the past so we can better thrive in the future.¨
Apparently, Beatrice is that rare mortal who’s never had a bad day in her life, would love to live to 200 and beyond, and jumps up each morning raring to solve something new.
“I feel really privileged that I wake up every day and look forward to the day ahead. There’s always something to solve in life, always something to do.”
And if things don't go right, “I just change it. There’s no time to hesitate, markets move on.”
A lucky meeting with Kris Jack at startup incubator, Antler, in 2019, not only spooned more work on her plate - hence more ‘fun’ - but also more “whys” to investigate. Cofounding science2innovation is the closest Beatrice came to her "untapped Holy Grail.”
Job marketplace platform connecting researchers and companies, science2innovation, suits our Indiana Jones. “I already see exceptional research ideas coming out of our company. It makes me think about how I can solve basic problems that I never looked at before.”
Everyday, Beatrice reads through all of the new blitzcards being written from across the globe, showcasing new technology from published research. The way that these technologies can be applied in various industries is enticing if not downright sexy.
On one blitzcard, she said, “Years ago I worked for a retail project in California trying to figure out how to reduce food waste. They would have loved that blitzcard showcasing ideas that I hadn't thought about before.”
According to Beatrice: “The future is brimming with industry opportunities for job-seekers from academia. We’re on the brink of Edenic days; the world of the future. Robots - who’s scared of them? For conservative-minded people, it’s unemployment. For original thinkers with passion, it's fun! Mind-stretching! Dope!”
That´s science2innovation with its user-friendly, one-stop shop of brilliant scientists and scintillating tech proposals that slice across industries. For companies, the platform is a more cost effective, relevant solution to recruiters and risk-free; for academics - they find their dream jobs.
While Kris focuses on the job-seeker, Beatrice is there for the companies, both striving to provide an exceptional user experience.
If you're looking for top talent, Beatrice suggests: When you’re browsing through the blitzcards, look at how the researcher understands your industry and whether their tech solutions can be applied to your real-world problem.
To retain top talent, she recommends: “Accommodate them as much as possible (within reason, of course). Keep them interested and help them apply their expertise.”
For job-seekers, Beatrice emphasises communication:
Researchers should realise that companies use a different language to communicate and search for solutions to their companies’ problems and have different goals from academia. Academics are trained to pursue 100% truth or success; for the businessman 80% is fine. Businessmen want actionable ideas, presented simply and clearly. Researchers also need to think of the business - on how their research solves the company´s problem - and realise that secondhand solutions are just as important as innovations.
According to Beatrice, such proposals may well be the 2% bit of the “Holy Grail” that moves the world forward.
When someone asked Bea whether she thought she had contributed her two percent to the world, she reflected then said: “I think so because I've found some things that have helped people live better lives, healthier lives, more productive lives and now to find jobs that advance science in the world.”
Beatrice Zatorska is a management professional with almost 20 years of managerial experience setting up and growing new business in terms of headcounts and revenue growth. She served as a Senior Director with client-facing and corporate development responsibilities, with P&L accountability and a direct reporting line to the CEO. Her sectorial experience includes Financial Services and FinTech, IT, Telecommunication, Digital, High Tech, AI and Machine Learning, Cyber Security, Analytics and Healthcare. Beatrice is the cofounder and CEO of science2innovation - startup connecting industry and academia.