From High School Teacher to OmniVis Finance Manager

Employee spotlight

At OmniVis, we pride ourselves on being learners from a diversity of backgrounds all contributing to our common mission of elevating humanity in healthcare. We pride ourselves on being a motivated team that learns from each other and persists through challenges to help everyone on the team grow and reach their fullest potential.

Today, our Employee Spotlight showcases our Finance and Grants Manager, Michelle Florian! Meet Michelle and learn about her journey to OmniVis.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I graduated from Taylor University in 2019 with a degree in Mathematics, Secondary Education and a minor in Spanish. I’m originally from West Chicago and now I live in Indianapolis. I found OmniVis thanks to Jordan [OmniVis’ current global health engineer] who was doing his masters degree thesis at University of Notre Dame and partnered with OmniVis to travel to Bangladesh. So I have been a supporter for OmniVis for a while because of Jordan [Global Health Engineer with OmniVis] and his experience with Katherine in Bangladesh. I found my way to working at OmniVis through my connection with Jordan. Katherine invited me to apply for an open position that really fit my talents and background in mathematics and finance experience that allowed me to start working for OmniVis. Just about me, I am a runner! I ran cross country and track for 8 years through high school and college. I still love to run, go outside, and go on adventures to explore different scenes in nature.

What does your day-to-day look like? What are your key responsibilities for OmniVis?

My role is the Finance and Grants Manager for OmniVis and includes managing grants budgets on an ongoing basis , being aware of short and long term goals for the company to plan finances accordingly, knowing the different milestones we’re expecting to hit for every grant and being aware of everyone’s role on the team. I also make financial models to predict the value of our business. When it comes to applying for new grants, I help write the budget and make major purchasing decisions.

What is your favorite thing about working at OmniVis and what do you think makes OmniVis special from other biotech startups?

“I love that we are a team of hard workers that fit a culture of integrity. OmniVis is special because it is a place where you are able to try new things such as getting the opportunity to assist in the design of the product. These opportunities don’t come often to a finance manager except at a startup like OmniVis where the culture is open to hearing everyone on the team express themself and values everyone’s voices.”

OmniVis is special because even though our team is remote, we are committed to open communication so it works and it allows us get things done with fluidity. We are also flexible and that allows the workday to be most productive for each individual. We do a great job of making sure everyone’s voice is heard so we can work together and even though backgrounds and job descriptions differ, we all have a relationship with the rest of the team.

What is your favorite project you have worked on and why?

I’ve been conducting background market research on HIV diagnostic devices and conducting interviews with medical professionals and stakeholders in a community where HIV is being researched or where patients are being treated. Given that my background is not in biology or in a strict science as many of team members, conducting these interviews has allowed me to feel like I understand the mission and vision of the company on multiple levels and directly allows me to work with people who one day might be similar to the customers who we’re building relationships with.

Helping out with the OmniMask initiative has also been really fun for me because I got to see every aspect from start to finish about how an idea can go into the hands of an engineer and become something real and tangible. On a small scale, we are able to see this help people who really need it the most. I say ‘on a small scale’ because, compared to what OmniVis does as a diagnostic company, this really is just a small project. What we’re working towards ultimately is going to impact a lot more people and really takes a huge team effort in order to bring a device into the hands of people who need it.

Is there anything else you would like the readers to know?

A year ago, when I was almost graduating from Taylor University with a degree in Mathematics Education and Spanish I could not picture myself working at a startup biotech company as a Finance and Grants Manager but I am so glad to be where I am. I think it is so cool that OmniVis embraces a variety of backgrounds and I am not tied down to my job title in this role.