Employee Q&A: Amanda Finlayson

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 clinical trial ventures successful. 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.

Amanda’s individual commitment to the team is more than just the spoke on the wheel, rather it is the chain that makes the wheels turn. Her “round the clock” mentality and work ethic is one of those that is hard to teach. If they are doing any human cloning studies, we will need to put her into that study!


ClinEdge: What have you gained from working at ClinEdge?

Amanda: I’ve gained so much knowledge about the clinical research industry, a industry that I wasn’t too familiar with before starting at ClinEdge. I now understand the extreme importance of clinical trials and have also gained insights into the challenges the clinical industry faces, such as the lack of awareness or knowledge about clinical trials as viable treatment options. I love the that there are so many companies geared towards supporting the success of clinical trials.

ClinEdge: What do you think everyone should know about clinical trials?

Amanda: I think everyone should know that clinical trials are a healthcare option and that they are key to the overall success of research. I believe there can be some negative connotations about clinical trials and patients may be hesitant to get involved; it is important to know that they are an option if none of the standard (approved) treatment options have worked for someone, and that they are regulated and follow strict guidelines, which helps to protect the safety and confidentially of patients.

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ClinEdge: What is your favorite part of your job?

Amanda: I love working directly with sponsors and CROs who are at the forefront of clinical trial development. My favorite part of the job is collaborating with these individuals, developing recruitment strategies customized to each patient, protocol, indication, etc. Through this job I am able to use my experience in marketing in order to help recruit patients into clinical studies, which is vital to the success of studies. Each strategy can be so adaptable and creating these strategies in partnership with the organizations developing innovative therapies is very inspiring.

ClinEdge: What are three words to describe your job?

Amanda: Engaging, Inspiring, Exciting

ClinEdge: What are your hopes for the clinical research industry?

Amanda: I hope that clinical trials are considered an option for every patient. For this to come to fruition, we need to start with more education and involvement with patients to help understand their needs and inform trial development.

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ClinEdge: When you aren’t in the office, what can you be found doing for fun?

Amanda: Typically, in the summer, you can find me at the beach, most likely down the Cape, and in the winter months hitting the slopes. I can’t say that I am the best skier, but skiing gives me something exciting to look forward to in the New England winter months.

ClinEdge: If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Amanda: What a difficult question! Everyone who knows me says that I am obsessed with Chipotle and McDonald's so I would have to say either a Burrito Bowl or BigMac.

ClinEdge: If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

Amanda: Hopefully this is a tropical island and I’m only stuck there for the day because I’m bringing a beach chair, sunblock, and a book!

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ClinEdge: What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

Amanda: Definitely Rome. It was a girls trip with my mom, sister, aunts, and cousins. The architecture was truly stunning and learning about the history of another culture was exciting. There is something about being immersed in another culture, trying to speak their language that is both eye opening and fun.

ClinEdge: When are you happiest?

Amanda: When I’m spending time with my family and friends.

ClinEdge: What book did you read last?

Amanda: I am currently going back to school for my Master's degree, so my last read was a textbook!

ClinEdge: What did you want to be when growing up?

Amanda: A hair stylist. Probably a good thing that didn’t happen because I’m not good at doing my own hair!


Amanda works with sponsors and CROs to develop strategies for rare disease trials, as well as to help implement patient travel services as a part of certain clinical trials. Contact us today to learn more about these services.

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Maggie Kilgallon

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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.

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