Inspirational Women Leaders Of Tech: Christina Lopes of FidoCure On The Five Things You Need To Know In Order To Create A Very Successful Tech Company
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My career has always been mission-focused. Having grown up between Brazil, the US and Ireland, I witnessed the stark differences in education, access to quality healthcare and political/financial stability that can occur across borders. These experiences inspired me to close these gaps in developing countries by bringing resources like capital, technology and ideas to communities in need. I see my role as connecting the financial industry and those with capital resources to communities with key unmet needs, especially in health.
So many people don’t have access to advanced technologies because of economic circumstance. Usually, it’s not that the science doesn’t exist, or even that there are financial barriers — it’s simply an issue of access, caused by where they live, or the language they speak. One of my most formative experiences was during my tenure on International Planned Parenthood’ advisory board, where I helped roll out Bolivia’s pilot pre-cervical cancer vaccine program — they have one of the highest cervical cancer rates in the world, and really benefited from access to modern medical advancements.
I became personally impacted by cancer when I cared for my father at the end of his life as he was facing a terminal cancer diagnosis. I saw obvious gaps in the industry that compromised care: chemo and radiation, while powerful forces to fight disease, also damage a patient’s healthy cells and can really diminish quality of life.
I’ve always been moved to help those who are marginalized and voiceless, which is interesting, seeing as I’m working to fight for dogs to have access to modern medical treatment!
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