Head of Knowledge Transfer and Innovations Office, Centre for Translational and Clinical Research, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia
Smiljka served as on of the founding members of ASTp's Europe Committee before joining the Board as Vice President Europe for the term 2022-23.
In the past, she established office for technology transfer at the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in 2009, working a great deal on EU projects implementation and proposals’ writing. She teaches soft skills at doctoral studies in biomedicine and occasionally evaluates projects with commercialization activities. Her background is in chemistry and molecular biology.
Before that, she has been working in pharma industry for 14 years as a researcher and later as a contract research manager. She spent altogether four years in the USA working in molecular biology labs at Wake Forest University, NIH and Mayo Clinic and was later trained at NIH Office of Technology Transfer.
Smiljka is an active member of ASTP and is interested in the EU affairs related to R&D, particularly as a member of the Alliance4Life_ACTIONS project, a bottom-up initiative of twelve leading life science institutions from eleven EU-13 countries that aims at closing the divide in European health research and innovation.