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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 2, 2020


Monica Roy is the co-founder and CEO of Seascape Clinical, a Northern California-based brand offering cloud-based clinical trial management software to help research teams handle clinical trial data more effectively. Monica has worked in the clinical operations space for over thirteen years and believes that by keeping track of clinical trial information, teams can spend more time developing the creative and strategic aspects of their work. In addition to her work at Seascape Clinical, Monica has worked with companies including Bioclinica (Synarc), Clovis Oncology, Gilead Sciences, Myovant Sciences, and AbbVie, in topic areas such as liver disease, women's health, and oncology.


Today, Monica joins me to discuss Seascape Clinical's niche in the clinical research industry and her journey to launching the brand. She shares her insights into clinical trial management systems, the gap she saw in the clinical research space regarding data management, and how Seascape Clinical meets this need. Monica also highlights the uncertainty that can arise along the entrepreneurial journey and the importance of embracing unforeseen challenges.




“The things that you take for granted... those are clear indicators of the direction that you should be going in.” - Monica Roy




Today on When She Founded:

  • What a CTMS system is and why Seascape Clinical struggled to call their product a CTMS system
  • Monica's views on entrepreneurship and her journey to leave the corporate world
  • Insight into how clinical trials and operations work and a problem that Monica has encountered in virtually every company she has worked at
  • How the clinical operations space typically handles data, and the role of Excel
  • How Monica found her co-founder and the importance of finding the right fit
  • Who Monica consulted when faced with the "blank slate" of entrepreneurship
  • How the brain responds to complexity and uncertainty and the importance of willingness along the entrepreneurial journey
  • Where Seascape Clinical is today, the impact of COVID-19, and the most significant challenge Seascape Clinical currently faces
  • The importance of looking beyond your industry "silo" for insight
  • Where the name Seascape Clinical came from



Resources Mentioned:


●      New Startup Mindset: Ten Mindset Shifts to Build the Company of Your Dreams by Sandra Shpilberg

●      Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance by Johnathan Fields



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