Meet Our Employees
Our people are inspired by making an impact on human health and attracted by the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth.
Employees have a voice in the way we run the company.
While I was studying for my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I also worked in a few research assistant positions. That’s when I got my first taste of how clinical research could produce medical breakthroughs that can make a big difference in people’s lives. I started at Emmes as a data manager, and I was hooked! I’ve been able to support clinical trials associated with blood and marrow transplants and new investigational drugs, which has been both challenging and rewarding. I’m now co-leading the data management functions for Emmes’ largest group, which includes all our data managers and people whose role combines data management and protocol monitoring. Having to learn data management from the ground up has made me appreciate the importance of professional development and training. Supporting the company’s data management task force as a functional group manager means I’ve been able to give something back, especially to our newer or developing data managers. I had a mentor who made sure my voice was heard, and now I can help do that for others.
SENIOR DATA MANAGER
We offer opportunities to grow and innovate.
Smart. Honest. Results-oriented. That’s how I’d describe our company’s personality. What makes us tick? The commitment to quality over quantity. And quality is noticed. You get new opportunities to grow and move around within the company and take on new challenges. I’m an example of someone who had a few different roles before finding my real niche. It’s given me the chance to use my engineering education and apply it to Emmes’ long history in ophthalmic research. Most of the company is focused on clinical trials and research; in this case, we’re selling a product that replaces traditional eye charts with computer technology that’s user-friendly and scientifically advanced. It’s kind of like a startup within the company, so I have multiple roles, from marketing to talking to end users. I’m just one example of growing your career; there are so many stories like mine. We’re not allowed to try new things; we’re encouraged to take ownership for our career trajectory.
The company is both collaborative and caring.
My first experience with clinical research was right after college, when I was offered a research assistant position involved in clinical trials for an inner-city asthma consortium for children. This had a big influence on my career as I witnessed how my colleagues’ passion for making a difference in the health of these research patients also contributed to how the disease was evaluated and treated. It was gratifying to see so many young patients experience significant improvement in their asthma symptoms. When I began at Emmes, my role was to support data management for two very different projects, yet I saw the same passion for research and commitment to helping one another across a variety of functional groups to successfully manage clinical trials. It was an honor to be asked to chair our data management functional group, a forum created to share best practices and to collaborate. I would describe Emmes as a community of learning. We really strive to help new staff feel comfortable by providing them with time and resources to learn their job. We have forums that encourage communication, like brown bags, all-hands meetings, and virtual town hall meetings. Caring for staff as individuals – and demonstrating that a work-life balance is a priority – is a commitment that starts at the top.
We put a premium on scientific expertise and are passionate about making a difference in public health.
I believe my experiences in academia, including the University of California and Harvard, as well as the U.S. federal government, were excellent preparation for my subsequent role at Emmes as a medical officer. Before joining Emmes, I worked for the National Institutes of Health and then for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for more than seven years. At the FDA, I assessed therapies that basically worked to medically “educate” the body's immune system to overcome auto-immune disorders. I joined Emmes because it gave me a way to extend my prior experiences and participate in research that makes a real impact on human lives – from clinical trials on vaccines to prevent Ebola to genetic therapies that could eventually cure sickle cell disease. I am able to wear two hats; first, I’m a medical monitor for clinical trials that assess the safety and efficacy of new drugs, vaccines and stem cell therapies, and second, I’m involved in drug and cell therapy regulatory policy. Several times a year, I teach a regulatory class for our new staff on good clinical practice and a clinical class on the basics of medical monitoring. I’m proud to have spoken on clinical research and immunotherapy at universities and medical conferences in the U.S. and around the world. I am also proud that throughout the past few years, I received Emmes' support to contribute to its global corporate social responsibility initiatives.
We value diversity and encourage unique and creative thinking.
I’ve been able to experience a lot of different work environments, and what I first noticed when I started at Emmes was how personable everyone was and the warm work atmosphere. I’d characterize the culture as accepting and friendly; people are dedicated to the mission. The company provides all the tools you need to be successful. Over my career, I have worked on software development projects for a multitude of industries, including non-profit, financial, telecom and the federal government. I held various Scrum leader positions in several organizations before becoming Emmes’ first Scrum Master. In simple terms, Scrum is a framework for software development project management; it emphasizes teamwork and accountability through an iterative progress toward a well-defined goal. My job is to make our software processes even more efficient through collaboration and the use of best practices in software development. I find it rewarding to produce quantifiable results that help our end users and clients. My goal is to continue to be a champion for our corporate software development team.