In our Employee Q&A features we ask our employees what they enjoy most about what they do, and give them an opportunity to share a bit about who they are outside of the workplace. Our teams are comprised of amazing people of all different backgrounds and strengths. What they have in common is their passion for clinical research, and for making your sites the most successful they can be.
BTC Network: What attracted you to the clinical research industry?
Adam: I was initially interested in the food and beverage industry after my first year out of college. I thought I would never work in the healthcare industry. My father thought I was suited for working with patients. He was right. During the economic downturn of 2008/09, I was given a great opportunity by my former employer to be a research assistant. We were going through some slow times when I joined and I wanted to learn every aspect of the job. That is the kind of person I am. Once I started reading protocols, learning how to draw labs, understanding the biochemistry of the human body and response times, something just clicked. There’s really not a great way to describe the thrill that came over me other than I just couldn’t get enough of it. The patient interactions, building relationships with pharmaceutical companies and CROs...it was the first time I had ever felt accepted in an industry that really seemed to value hard work and attention to detail.
I love seeing the evolution of therapies available to patients. Watching their demeanor change once they realized they could live a whole new life due to these advances in R&D was so rewarding. A large part of me really had wished that I got into this industry sooner. I lost a cousin to a brain tumor and perhaps that is the underlying reason why I am still so passionate about R&D.
BTC Network: What are your hopes for the clinical research industry?
Adam: I am hoping that more pharmaceutical companies will turn their focus over to: Leukemia, Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Depression, ALS, Myotonic Dystrophy, along with Rare Diseases; these are some of the toughest population to treat.
BTC Network: If you could give clinical research sites only one piece of advice, what would you tell them?
Adam: As my former boss and mentor always said: “The devil is in the details.”
BTC Network: If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
Adam: Either Babe Ruth’s 1st / 714th home run, or The Doors concert at Boston Arena (April 10th, 1970).
BTC Network: If you could have dinner with one famous person, alive or deceased, who would you choose?
Adam: Sammy Davis, Jr.
BTC Network: What did you want to be when growing up?
Adam: I wanted to be Dale Murphy.
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Post by Maggie Kilgallon -
Maggie is a Marketing Coordinator at ClinEdge, BTC Network, and GuideStar Research. She assists the internal marketing team with content creation, conference planning, webinar management, external partnerships, social media strategy, and other marketing efforts.