Employee Spotlight: Marie Utterbäck

In our employee spotlight series, we share the story of the people behind Atlas Antibodies. To keep up with our series it is now time to meet the next person, Marie Utterbäck. She has been with the company for seven years and currently works as a product manager. During her voyage she has transitioned from starting out in research and development, to gradually move towards a more commercial role. Keep reading to take part in her exciting journey, and to learn more about the opportunities that lie within a company in growth.

Hi Marie, could you List five hashtags that describe your personality / interest?

Marie: Of course, they would be: #Horseriding #Traveling #Proteinanalysis #Marketing&Sales #Dataanalysis

Do you have any hobbies, if so what/which?

Marie:  Yes, horse riding. This has been my hobby since I was a little child. Unfortunately, I don’t have my own horse anymore, but I try to go to the stable as often as I can. 

Could you shortly describe your background? What road did you take to get to Atlas Antibodies? 

Marie: I started my career at Atlas Antibodies in January 2015 as a Master thesis student while studying Molecular Biotechnology in Uppsala. After I graduated, I got the opportunity to stay on at the company and work with the R&D team, which I happily accepted. At that time, we only were around 20 employees, which is very different compared to today, when we are around 80 employees. If I look back at the years, I have spent at Atlas Antibodies, it really is an incredibly journey this company has been on. It also makes me very happy to have been a part of that journey.

How has your Role/Career developed during your employment?

Marie: I started out working for almost five years together with the R&D group. I began as a Laboratory Engineer and then later worked as a Research Scientist. The next step in my career was to move to the commercial team to work as an application specialist. This was really exciting for me since I got the chance to use the technical knowledge, I built during my time working in the R&D group to help our customers succeed in their research. During my time as an application specialist, I also learned a lot about the commercial side of the business, which then helped me move into my current role as Product Manager

How would you describe your current role? what are the most rewarding aspects, and what would you say are the most challenging ones?

Marie: In my current role as Product Manager, I am responsible for the road map of the product. This means I work with defining the strategy for the product and its development, based on feedback from customers, insights from R&D and by understanding market needs. I work very closely with the R&D department regarding product development and with sales to assess and execute commercial opportunities. I also collaborate with the marketing communications team on product launches and other marketing activities we perform.

What I like the most about my role as product manager is that it is so diverse. I get to work with product development as I did during my time in R&D which is great. I, also get the opportunity to move closer to the customer and to collaborate with marketing and sales, which I also appreciate.

What I find to be the most challenging aspect of my role, is that I need to understand and have a holistic view including all parts of the business (R&D, sales, and operations) to be able to make the right decisions for the product. This can sometimes be challenging, as I am still growing into my new role. At the same time, it also provides great learnings for me in my professional development as a product manager.

What would you say are the best things about working in life science?

Marie: Firstly, I would say that I think the area is so interesting in itself. I am also a person who really likes to learn and understand things, so I always want to learn more about the field every day, which is why I enjoy working in that field.

The second thing is that I every day can feel that we make a difference. For us it is not by performing the actual research but instead by providing the researcher with reagents that meets their needs, so that they can succeed with their research. Being a part of that feels really great to me.

Could you describe a great Atlas Antibodies memory you have? one of your favorite company Memories?

Marie: I have many great memories from my time with the company, one of them is a product launch in 2019 during a conference in Australia. This is a great memory for many different reasons. We had worked with the development of this product for a long time, and we were all proud of the result. It was a milestone for us to finally be able to show it for potential customers.

The feedback we received was very positive, which we of course celebrated during our time down under, and where is a better place to celebrate something like that with your team than in a country like Australia? The trip also meant I got to spend some quality time with my coworkers, where we had the chance to see kangaroos and other cool animals, which I also enjoyed as it created a great team spirit for us. I consider that trip one of my greatest Atlas Antibodies memories.

Thank you, Marie, for sharing your story with us.