Dr. Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades

Dr. Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades

Founder and Director
Theramir LTD, Promed Bioscience LTD, RSL Revolutionary Labs LTD

Trailblazing the Biotech Frontier

Dr. Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades, a visionary in the biotech sector, has pioneered an integrated, holistic approach to cancer care as a cofounder of three biotech startups: Theramir Ltd, Promed Bioscience Ltd, and RSL Revolutionary Labs Ltd. The “wow” factor lies in orchestrating these distinct yet harmonized approaches, creating a comprehensive patientcentric model in oncology. But it’s more than just medical innovation; it’s a deep-rooted compassion, a call to truly open our ears and hearts to listen to the patients and their families. Now, more than ever is the time to be attuned to their needs and aspirations.

What challenges have you faced as a woman in tech?

In navigating the biotech sector, my path has been shaped by unique challenges that have strengthened my determination. As a frequent minority in tech gatherings, panels, and boardrooms, I’ve often felt the weight of underrepresentation, leading to a sense of isolation that has, in turn, made me more resolved to assert my expertise. Those moments where my voice needed to work harder to be heard have become lessons in perseverance and the impetus for harnessing my team’s collective strength. Together, we’ve tackled the nascent biotech ecosystem in Cyprus, addressing the shortage of resources and infrastructure by championing a culture of innovation essential for sectoral advancement. This mission has been as personal as it is professional, requiring a delicate balance between a demanding career and family life that also included the emotional journey of supporting loved ones through illness and “loss.” These personal commitments taught me resilience and compassion. Moreover, the scarcity of women in leadership has not deterred us; instead, it has instilled a pioneering spirit, motivating us to pave new pathways for mentorship and fostering growth in the field.

What do you think about the future of women in tech? 

The future of women in tech, particularly in Cyprus, hinges on cultural evolution and focused initiatives. While there’s been global progress in women’s representation in tech, Cyprus lags in fostering a culture that champions gender diversity in this sector. Women’s unique perspectives are invaluable; their increased involvement can drive innovation and create comprehensive solutions that cater to all. We need to address both overt and subtle biases. Education plays a pivotal role. Strengthening STEM programs for girls and celebrating female tech leaders can inspire a new generation to enter this domain. Moreover, partnerships between local tech companies, educational bodies, and the government can help build a robust framework that nurtures female tech talent. In essence, while there’s a long journey ahead, with collaborative efforts, we can envision a future in Cyprus where women are not just participants but leaders in the tech landscape.

What are your thoughts on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry? 

Diversity and inclusion in the tech industry are ethical imperatives and vital for driving innovation and progress. In regions like Cyprus, where these concepts are gaining traction, we see positive changes, but the journey is still ongoing. Embracing diversity means welcoming a mosaic of genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds, enriching the pool of ideas, and driving problem-solving. This is particularly transformative in the biotech and healthcare sectors, where varied perspectives can lead to breakthroughs in patient care and treatment options. Inclusion goes hand-in-hand with diversity, creating a space where everyone feels valued and can contribute meaningfully. It’s about dismantling biases, tearing down walls that hinder progress, and fostering environments that nurture talent. By encouraging women and girls to pursue STEM careers, we’re not just filling gaps in the workforce; we’re adding essential voices that will shape the future of healthcare innovation. It’s imperative to share with the new generation what we’ve learned; that doesn’t just prepare them for the challenges ahead but ensures a more prosperous, inclusive future for the tech industry, with healthcare poised to reap the rewards of this diversity.

What are you most passionate about? 

My most profound passion is making science accessible, ensuring it serves the people who need it most. I’m dedicated to creating a hub in oncology and biomedical research that responds directly to patient needs, merging scientific discovery with genuine human care. It’s about more than innovation; it’s about nurturing a connection between groundbreaking research and real-world applications to improve lives.

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