Faces of Salvia

Meet Joep, our Software Developer

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"The fact that I can contribute to something with a real impact was the deciding factor for me to work here.”

Meet Joep Vermeij, Software Developer at Salvia BioElectronics. Joep's journey didn't start in IT. He grew up in Belgium, near the Dutch border in Achel, studied accounting and worked in the field. But his genuine interest was in computers. "I have always loved figuring out how things work, deconstructing a problem into its fundamental components, understanding those components and finding creative solutions.” This passion led Joep to switch gears and study software development.

When it was time for an internship, Joep knew he wanted to dive into the tech world, preferably at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, known for its tech companies shaping the future. "I had an offer from another IT company with a Google-like atmosphere, but after meeting Daniel (Salvia's co-founder), I was sure I wanted to work here. The fact that I could contribute to something with a real impact was the deciding factor for me to work here.”

During his internship at Salvia, Joep worked on the e-diary for clinical trial patients. Now, as a full-time software engineer, he focuses on data analysis and application development, among other things.

Staying with Salvia after his internship was a "no-brainer" for Joep. "The culture here is the best. I've worked in several places, but Salvia is special.” In addition to his studies, Joep worked in the hospitality industry for 10 years, working his way up from dishwasher to substitute chef. "Working in this environment teaches you how to handle stress, deal with people and work hard." It makes Joep appreciate the place he found at Salvia even more.

And does Joep share his culinary skills with his colleagues at Salvia? "Absolutely! I love serving food and making people happy. In fact... I've always wanted to make pizzas here.”

Joep's colleagues reading this will make sure he keeps that promise.

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