Faces of Salvia

Meet Maïlys, our Senior Biomedical Engineer

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"My mom helps people with migraine, and that's really important," says Maïlys Guillard's 9-year-old daughter, describing her mother, who has been a part of the Salvia team since the beginning.

Her official job title? Senior Biomedical Engineer. But in reality, Maïlys has held a variety of roles at the company since day one. "When we started Salvia in 2017, everyone was wearing multiple hats; that's how startups work. And it was a lot of fun," she recalls.

At Salvia, Maïlys switched from being a business analyst, where she studied the competition, to the biomedical side, where she has gained extensive expertise. In previous years, she earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Radboud University in Nijmegen and worked at Sapiens, a medical device company focused on helping people with Parkinson's disease. She continued to work there after Sapiens was acquired by Medtronic, until she heard that three of her colleagues were starting a new company - Salvia BioElectronics.

Salvia's journey started with a blank whiteboard. The three founders (Wim, Hubert and Daniel), with extensive backgrounds in medical technology and neuromodulation, quickly visualized the problem they wanted to solve: "How can we use neuromodulation to help people with migraine and cluster headache?" Maïlys was captivated by this purpose and wanted to be part of Salvia to work with the talented people involved.

Over the past few years, Maïlys has overseen the biological safety testing of their innovation in various labs. It's a critical aspect of their work. "The tests had to demonstrate that our implant was safe for human trials. We needed regulatory approval, so it was incredibly exciting when they gave us the green light. It felt like a significant win for our initial concepts."

Today, the Salvia team consists of more than 35 members. "Our 'baby' has grown up and recently moved to a larger office (High Tech Campus 37, Eindhoven) with a new cleanroom. It shows how far we've come."

As for the future of Maïlys' daughter? She may follow in her mother's footsteps and become an engineer. "She used to want to be an obstetrician, but recently she expressed interest in becoming a scientist. So, who knows? Maybe one day she'll join us at Salvia."

Salvia’s device is not yet approved for commercial use. We make no claims about safety or effectiveness.

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