Octavia Borecka, PhD

Research Associate

Octavia is a Research Associate at Vitaccess.
She is instrumental to our patient-reported outcomes and clinical outcome assessment projects, supporting the development, effective delivery, and quality of our real-world studies. Her role spans project management and oversight of qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, through to support of our in-house medical writing team.
Octavia brings expertise in health research from previous roles involving healthcare technologies, a medical ventures accelerator, and her doctoral research studies. She is adept at planning and writing scientific documents, including peer-reviewed scientific publications, literature reviews, ethics committee submissions, and clinical and laboratory protocols. She was a co-author and administrator of successful national and EU research grants and healthcare development contracts, including Innovate UK and the Small Business Research Initiative. She also supported new product development in the research and development department of a major pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, and facilitated decisions regarding a skincare biotech portfolio through extensive literature reviews and competitor analysis reports.
She has additionally supervised clinical research studies at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Salford Royal Hospital, overseeing recruitment of study participants while working with principal investigators, clinicians, and research nurses.
Octavia gained a PhD in Skin Photobiology and Public Health and a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Manchester, as well as an MSc in Drug Discovery and Pharma Management from University College London. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Project Management.
Octavia is based in Manchester. She enjoys wine tasting, yoga, cooking, spending time with house pets (especially her cat), and travelling with her husband.

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