Employee Spotlight: Yifan Liu, Product Manager and Car Fanatic!

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What’s your title/role at BrightInsight? 

As a Product Manager leading our solutions, my role is to make sure that we create compelling products that are impactful to both our customers and end users. This means taking products and/or features from conception to launch, which is only possible with close collaboration with all of our great teams in the technology, sales, marketing, and engineering orgs.

Can you share a bit of background on yourself?

I was born in Shanghai China, but moved to the US when I was 5 years old. I’ve always been into anything fun that can be taken apart, such as small electronics to cars It’s what drove me to do my bachelors in electrical engineering at UC Davis. I then got a great opportunity to go to Edinburgh, Scotland for a few years to continue with postgraduate school, and so after 5 years, I obtained my PhD in mechanical engineering along with a MBA. My PhD was focused on rapid diagnosis of diseases via micro electro-mechanical sensors, with many partnerships and projects such as monitoring stem cell growth to detecting trace explosives. Scotland was amazing and allowed me to travel all throughout Europe, but I had to return back to sunny California where I still live today.

What is your favorite food?

Steak – love to keep it simple, salt + pepper, on the grill. I try to do my best Gordon Ramsey impression every time, but still fail every time I try to make his Wellingtons.

Where is your favorite place on earth?

Florence Italy – a combination of the place, food, and people. Will definitely return someday.

Which of BrightInsight’s Values most resonates with you and why?

Real world impact – we aim to positively impact healthcare globally by executing every day on our mission of accelerating digital health innovation for our biopharma and medtech customers]

This really resonates with me because the goal of our Products is to make an impact for not only our pharma and medtech customers, but to also impact the lives of HCP’s and patients as well.

What is your favorite part about working at BrightInsight?

The team and the culture – especially because as a Product Manager, I have the chance to work with almost all the teams at BrightInsight, and it’s critical that we work as one to achieve our goals. So far everyone seems to share and express the same mentality.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

Cars and Motorcycles. If I’m not driving/riding, then I’m probably underneath takings things apart, and then (attempting) to reassemble. They’ve always been fascinating because there’s unlimited ways to modify or enhance to exactly how you want it.

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