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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.

Apr 2, 2020


COVID-19 has rattled our society on every level imaginable. We are living in strange times, and it is necessary to acknowledge the very valid fear, grief, and sadness our world is currently experiencing. In addition to inevitable health impacts, we are all facing unforeseen changes to both our personal and professional lives. This is especially true in a health-related industry, such as clinical research.


In today’s episode, I discuss the impact of global pandemics and share my reflections on this unprecedented time. I share my insight on how to position your clinical research company to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and why it is essential to reflect on your company’s capacity to prioritize this work while maintaining its current business portfolio.  I also highlight my work during the Ebola pandemic and the needs that currently exist within Channel Clinical and beyond when it comes to responding to today’s global health pandemic.




“We are all navigating new terrain and we need experts at the table. Everybody has their own perspective and we need unique perspectives right now.” - Somer Hamrick




Today on When She Founded:


  • How COVID-19 has impacted the landscape of the clinical research industry
  • My takeaways from recent clinical research guidance provided by the FDA
  • The increased importance of patient safety and documentation during a global pandemic
  • Three ways that clinical research vendors can work to be ready for rapid response to health pandemics
  • What “getting your house in order” looks like when it comes to positioning yourself for a pandemic response
  • What you should do if you aren’t currently registered to do business with the US government
  • Why you need to double-check your insurance coverage for implementing services during a pandemic
  • How looking at past a pandemic can help provide insight for a response and the lessons I learned from my work during the Ebola outbreak
  • How to approach the need for additional expert support
  • Expertise that is currently needed and our immediate personnel needs at Channel Clinical



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