Patrícia Calado

Head of Clinical Innovation at NTT DATA Portugal

I am Patrícia Calado, a results-driven professional dedicated to accelerating positive impact through the uptake of innovation into healthcare. My career was built on collaborative work with healthcare institutions, industry, and research organizations all over the country. Currently I am the Head of Clinical Innovation at NTT DATA Portugal, with the mission of transforming healthcare by driving research and innovation in clinical practice, while harnessing the power of technology to elevate health outcomes. Previously I was a member of the Board at NOVA Medical School as Vice-Dean for Research, responsible for developing and implementing the faculty’s research and innovation strategy in close articulation to the Dean. My journey includes working for different innovation and funding agencies in Portugal as the National Contact Point and Delegate for Health in the EU Research and Innovation Programme (2015-2022). Between 2020 and 2022 I was a member of the Board at the Agency for Clinical Research and Biomedical Innovation (AICIB), were I led the international strategy of the Agency and set up the team of National Contact Points and Delegates for Health. I have 25+ years of experience in the fields of Health and Life Sciences with experience in the coordination of multi-disciplinary teams in the context of academia, SME, and governmental agencies. I am driven by inspiring and motivating people to achieve a shared vision and goals. During my career I implemented processes of transformational leadership by encouraging innovation and empowering my teams to take risks and learn from mistakes, while creating a culture of trust, openness, and learning in the organization. I have a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon and a degree in Biology from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra.

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