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Meet our Outstanding Colleagues: Edgar

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NanoString on August 3, 2022

We call ourselves NanoStringers, and we bleed green! We proudly believe in the science and technology we make here.

Meet us. You will love us!

Edgar

Technical Training Engineer, Seattle

“While at NanoString, I’ve met so many people who genuinely believe there are indeed solutions to our problems, and they are willing to give their expertise, time, and financial resources as a community to work together towards creating an even better future, both in and outside of work.”

WHY did you choose a career in life sciences?

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the largest University in Latin America (UNAM), located in Mexico City. While studying, I completed internships in multiple engineering sectors as I sought out my passion.

I found my passion while working as an intern. I spent two and a half years in the biomedical engineering department at Medica Sur hospital, working during my free time and school vacations. I remember the first time I walked into a surgery room; I was amazed to see an instrument supporting someone’s life.
While at the hospital, I discovered the immediate and invaluable impact of various technologies and equipment that performed quick diagnostics and enabled powerful medical treatments. I decided to specialize in biomedical engineering and worked with hospital staff to create cool projects that counted toward my degree. These experiences helped me find my first job in the Life Science industry.

WHY NanoString?

When I arrived in the U.S. in 2013, I embraced my new career as a stay-at-home husband, but it turns out that taking care of the home is a full-time job with little pay or appreciation. It was emotionally exhausting planning our social life and the cleaning products were harsh on my hands. I was ready to return to life sciences…just about the time when my work visa came through.

I planted seeds and started networking. I grabbed the PSBJ and combed through a review of the best 100 biotech start-ups. I contacted people via LinkedIn and conducted 30 informational interviews and lab visits. Everyone I met was enthusiastic to share their story, show me their labs, and to introduce me to other professionals.

I applied to NanoString one Monday night. The very next day, I received a phone call from HR. On Wednesday, I had 5 interviews. When my future manager gave me a tour of the labs, I saw the instruments working and learned a little bit about the technology. I could see that NanoString would be a great fit and I was very excited to accept a job offer that Friday.  
While at NanoString, I’ve met so many people who genuinely believe there are indeed solutions to our problems, and they are willing to give their expertise, time, and financial resources as a community to work together towards creating an even better future, both in and outside of work.

If you would like to learn more about careers at NanoString, visit nanostring.com/careers/.

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