Employee Q&A: Dori Sarkis

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 research 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.

Dori has been with ClinEdge for a year and a half. From Day One, her energy, enthusiasm, and positivity has permeated the ClinEdge Network team and the company as a whole. She impacts the team on a daily basis in so many positive ways. We are lucky to have Dori for her commitment to keeping all of her clients happy and doing it with a smile on her face! 

ClinEdge: What is your favorite part of your job?

Dori: My favorite part of my job is the exposure it gives me to all aspects of the clinical research/pharmaceutical industry. I get to work with a diverse array of sites, sponsors, and CROs, helping them to achieve their goals relative to their respective areas of the industry. By being involved in several functions of the clinical research ecosystem, I feel like I am on the cutting edge at all times and that is a very empowering feeling!

ClinEdge: What question do you hear most frequently from research sites?

Dori: I’d have to say the question I hear most from sites is, “What is the sponsor looking for in sites?” or something of that nature. Being in such a unique role as facilitator/coordinator for the sponsor-site relationship, it is my job to make sure that needs are being met on both sides. This is an area where ClinEdge is able to provide added value to sites, aside from functioning solely a business development service. ClinEdge is able to provide consultation to sites based on the conversations we’ve had with sponsors regarding their expectations, as well as our knowledge of the competitive climate of the program. Sites can (and should) leverage ClinEdge’s insight to assure that they are positioned properly to be able to land studies that they really want!

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ClinEdge: What are three words to describe your job?

Dori: Productive, Rewarding, Valuable!

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

Dori: I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I come from a family of cooks on both sides so it is an activity that has always been a big part of my life. I also love skiing; it is my favorite thing to do in the winter and I try to take multiple ski trips a year! I am also a runner; I ran my first marathon this fall and I am in the process of training for another.

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ClinEdge: Before working at ClinEdge what was the most unusual or interesting job that you had?

Dori: I was a tour guide in college. It was a very fulfilling experience because I was able to be a (hopefully positive and exciting) part of a very important decision in the lives of prospective students. It was very cool to see the impact I had. In a few instances, enrolled students stopped me in passing to tell me that I was their tour guide and that they chose the school in part because of the experience I gave them on tour!

ClinEdge: If you could have dinner with one famous person, alive or deceased, who would you choose?

Dori: Santa Claus. Huge fan of his work.

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

Dori: I have visited France before and it was far and away the best vacation I’ve ever been on. I spent the majority of my time exploring Provence and the Cote D’Azur areas in the South of France and they are breathtakingly beautiful and also full of history and culture.


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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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