After some time working as an R&D microbiologist for a large food and drinks manufacturer, Monica completed her PhD in microbiology at the Autonomous University of Madrid. In her dissertation, she studied sustainable alternatives to the use of antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feeding. She then conducted postdoctoral research at the Complutense University of Madrid on new non-thermal technologies for food preservation; and at the University Hospital in Oslo, on antimicrobial drug development. In the last years, and after having transitioned out of academia; Dr Ganan has guided researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and companies through the early phase of their commercialization journey. In her spare time, she helps young researchers wanting to transition out of academia, supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes towards a better integration of science in policy.