Estefania (Estefi) Alvarez, PhD
Senior Scientist, Gynecological Surgical Division’s Innovation team, Hologic
AWIS Professional Member since 2018
“Participating in the AWIS Mentor Circle gave me the opportunity to expand my network and learn from women in STEM who were experiencing similar challenges to my own, empowering me to strengthen my professional development skills and position my experience to advance my career.”
What is your favorite word?
Determination (my motto: ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, you can!).
How do you define it?
I have a strong sense of purpose, internal strength, and confidence that allows me to lay out a plan, follow through, and face each challenge with resilience and a positive mindset. I focus on the silver lining as obstacles arise and try to stay focused on the future and what’s possible.
Has your word influenced you during your career, or is it a word that you have chosen retrospectively?
Determination is ingrained in my DNA. I am a results-driven person and apply a goal-oriented mentality to everything I do. I remain determined to do whatever it takes to achieve a goal, whether that’s completing a marathon, supporting my family, or delivering on life-changing, innovative, products to patients around the world.
How does AWIS impact your career journey?
Participating in the AWIS Mentor Circle gave me the opportunity to expand my network and learn from women in STEM who were experiencing similar challenges to my own, empowering me to strengthen my professional development skills and position my
experience to advance my career.
What are you reading? (or what’s your favorite book?)
Blue Ocean Shift. The sequel to Blue Ocean, this book provides a framework for the new concept of nondisruptive creation versus disruptive innovation. Working in the medical device industry where competition is abundant, this book gives powerful examples of organizations from around the world who applied the author’s processes and were able to create new market growth rather than make small improvements to products and services that exist in already competitive industries.
Estefania (Estefi) Alvarez, PhD, is the senior scientist in Hologic’s Gynecological Surgical Division’s Innovation team. Hologic is a global leader of women’s health, offering solutions for screening detection and treatment that provide a continuum of healthcare solutions for women. Dr. Alvarez is a medical device technology innovation leader, with a clinical and business strategy mindset who has a successful track record of delivering and supporting insight driven product launches that profoundly impact patient’s lives. A customer-centric team member at Hologic for the last six years, Dr. Alvarez has been successful at translating clinical insights into early stage feasible concepts and supporting them to commercialization, resulting in several patent applications across the company’s surgical and breast divisions. Additionally, Dr. Alvarez’s impact extends to Hologic’s strategic expansion efforts by delivering technology assessments, ultimately resulting in actionable recommendations, portfolio optimization, licensing, merger and acquisition decisions, and research partnerships. This applied experience has expanded across advanced imaging equipment, minimally invasive image guided surgical devices, and implantable devices. She is a competitive marathon runner who grew up in Quito, Ecuador, and currently resides in Watertown, Massachusetts, with her fiancée.