Meet Lisa Kjonigsen, Quibim’s new Head of Product
We proudly present Lisa Kjonigsen, our new Head of Product. A computer scientist and neuroscientist specializing in product management, Lisa brings her experience and passion for complex puzzles to optimize Quibim’s products for the entire body and advance healthcare.
It takes curiosity and the ability to pull together knowledge from different fields to innovate in medical technology. Lisa Kjonigsen, a Norwegian consultant, has explored neuroscience and computer science with the same eagerness she’s studied other subjects like mathematics, archeology, classical music, and astrophysics in her free time. She’s passionate about education, communication, and people.
‘I’ve been called a social geek,’ she said. ‘I love learning new things constantly and then trying to find ways to combine what I’ve learned and communicate it. But most importantly, I love to meet new people, learn from them, get inspired by them, and try to listen closely to their input on different subjects.’
She’s been fascinated by technology since early childhood and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology & computer science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim in 2005. ´I’ve been curious about technology from as long as I can remember, especially the role of technology in healthcare and science and for solving and communicating complex subjects.’
As her grandmother died from dementia the year before, studying the human mind, and especially memory, felt like the right thing to do. ‘I wanted to find out if I could help identify some of the pieces of that huge puzzle, to be able to eventually help others in the same situation,’ she said.
Lisa received her master’s degree in neuroscience from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2007, focusing on memory and fMRI. She is a Ph.D. candidate in neuroinformatics and neuroanatomy at the University of Oslo, focusing on extracting information from different data modalities and communicating in-depth information digitally.
The glue between projects and people
Lisa has worked in many projects within research and industry that use technology to help solve puzzles and explore the human body with medical imaging software.
For the past eight years, she’s been working both at the hospital and for different companies, including Cortechs.ai, a company specializing in radiology AI applications for disease screening and early detection, and NordicNeuroLab, a provider of solutions for functional imaging enabling improved patient care and clinical efficiency. As a research engineer at the Core Facility NeuroImaging of Oslo University Hospital, she helped facilitate research and use of software and hardware, getting an understanding of clinical needs and identifying ways to optimize workflow. At the hospital, she loved working in multi-disciplinary teams, something she also gets to do through product management.
She’s helped technical teams create roadmaps and has had in-depth contacts with clinicians, researchers, and tech teams to translate technological advances into clinical practice.
‘As a head of product, you get to work with everyone across company teams and with external stakeholders and collaborators,’ she said. ‘I love communicating with doctors and health personnel at sites from all over the world and then try to translate that feedback back to the team. Having one foot in the clinical world, and one in the technical world – that’s how I love to work.’
The guiding principle for developing a great solution for medical devices is communication, to keep the focus on clinical needs to optimize tools in the clinical workflow, she believes.
‘The goal is to create time-efficient, high-quality tools that help provide the information needed to enable more personalized medicine and to follow each patient over time,’ she said.
Creating roadmaps based on feedback
User feedback and input are essential when it comes to developing tools and AI-based solutions, such as Quibim’s suites.
‘AI has the potential to transform clinical workflow, image acquisition, and analysis. Transparency and validation are paramount to optimizing solutions,’ she said. ‘It’s important to have input from specialists at different sites during the concept phase, and later during development, testing and validation. We must make sure our tools are transparent as to what they do, the way they work and the data that has been used to build them.’
Lisa will use her knowledge and connections to help us create product roadmaps for the whole body for the coming years. The task should be eased by Quibim’s deep roots in science and research.
‘Quibim opens a lot of possibilities to build high-quality tools. Our research background is a great way to build a solid validation platform for those tools, both pre- and post-market, and that makes us unique.’
Quibim’s whole-body focus and its human approach also resonate with her, and she already loves the team feeling. ‘When you have those teams, then you get the basis for developing great tools for the future.’