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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Jul 30, 2020


Deepa Dahal and Karen Dindial are established biopharmaceutical industry consultants and the co-founders of DKI Health. DKI Health is a healthcare consultancy that offers a range of services, specializing in commercial strategy, policy, healthcare advocacy, and market access. In addition to founding DKI Health, Deepa’s fifteen-year career has included working at Quintiles, IMS Health (IQVIA), and Campbell Alliance (Inventiv). Karen’s work in the healthcare space spans two decades, and also includes time serving at Quintiles, along with Medidata and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.


Today, Deepa and Karen join me to discuss DKI Health and their shared vision and passion for their consulting work. They share their co-founder relationship and how they use their complementary skill sets to work together effectively and deliver on their brand’s core competencies. Deepa and Karen also highlight the value of relationship building, the importance of patient voices, and their experience as minority women in their industry.




“They don’t hire a company. They hire the people that come with it.” - Deepa Dahal




Today on When She Founded:

  • How Deepa and Karen met and what led them to launch DKI Health
  • The market needs DKI Health addresses and some therapeutic areas the consultancy focuses on
  • The gap that Deepa and Karen saw in terms of women’s leadership in the industry
  • The value that Deepa and Karen have found in having a co-founder
  • The power of relationships and reputation in building a successful brand in a crowded market
  • How DKI Health differentiates itself through patient-centricity and why this matters
  • The different types of stakeholders that DKI Health works with and the types of projects Deepa and Karen enjoy working on
  • The importance of being transparent and honest about what you can and cannot offer as a brand
  • Their early advocates as they launched their consultancy
  • DKI Health’s plans for scaling and expanding the business and insights into DKI Health’s hiring strategy



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