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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 23, 2021

Devora Torrence is a highly experienced Clinical Research Professional who boasts 17 years of experience, most of which is at the site management organizational level. Devora began her clinical research career in 2003 at the CRO, PPD, in Austin, TX as a project manager for their phase 1 clinical trial division. From there, Devora founded Centex Studies in 2006 (acquired by Headlands Research in 2019) and throughout the years, expanded her business model across five sites from the ground up. 

During her tenure at Centex Studies, she operated as the Clinical Operations President and CEO within the multisite organization. Most impressively, she was able to change the way that her organization conducted clinical research when they were faced with the pandemic. The sites utilized a 100% electronic source system that housed regulatory, source, recruitment, and finance, and they were always on the lookout for the latest innovation to improve their efficiency. During this time, more than 1000 patients were vaccinated or treated for COVID-19 between her sites. Devora has experience in all phases of Clinical Trials and across many therapeutic areas (COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment, Type II Diabetes, Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis, Hypogonadism, Asthma, etc.). As the first site network acquired by the private equity, Headlands Research, Devora had the honor of establishing the multisite networks SOPs. She also had the responsibility of forecasting clinical trial revenue to increase the company’s EBITDA and managing the organization’s operational budget. 

Devora’s leadership skills, innovation, and dedication have been the keys to her successful career. Centex Studies was founded and started with two people and within 15 years, grew to 100+ people across two states. She has developed a rapport with physicians across North America and gained a referral network that was key to her site’s recruitment efforts. Today, Devora is ready for the next step in her career and the opportunity to put her skills and assets to the test. Clinical research is her passion and she is an entrepreneur by trade. Her goal is to be a part of an organization that allows her to make her mark and advance the company.


“Risks are meant to be taken. And there's always tomorrow. So even if you make a mistake, that's a learning thing to do to learn and move on.” -Devora Torrence


Today on When She Founded:


-The significance of a site management organization

-The benefits for physician’s office to be the site of a clinical study

-Which came first, the infrastructure of a corporation or the need for infrastructure

-Maneuvering through the dark times 

-The importance of expanding your business development network

-When people question your quest for high tech solutions

-The shift in clinical research post pandemic


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