Siobhan Daly Motivated to Help Make Medicines Available to More Children Around the World
Senior Director, Clinical Operations
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Joined Gilead: January 2021
Siobhan Daly leads a team of clinical operations professionals that plays a key role in our efforts to adapt Gilead’s innovative therapies to help meet the needs of children. Learn why this work inspires Siobhan and how she approached building out her team at our Global Pediatric Drug Development Centre of Excellence in Dublin, Ireland.
Q: What drew you to your field and how did you come to work at Gilead?
I entered the field of clinical operations and development because I was motivated by the idea of contributing to making innovative medicines available to people impacted by life-threatening diseases. During my career I’ve worked for both a large pharmaceutical company in clinical development and clinical operations as well as a mid-sized company, where I was part of the global leadership team and helped establish an EU-based corporate office.
When looking at opportunities to continue to grow professionally, I was keen to join a company with innovative medicines and a strong pipeline. I also have interest and experience in progressing clinical trials in virology and oncology – which are two of Gilead’s therapeutic areas – and it was an inspiring proposition to help lead efforts to make the company’s medicines available to more children living with these serious diseases. Therefore, I was excited to join Gilead’s Pediatric Drug Development Centre of Excellence and to have the opportunity to build out the Clinical Operations team.
Q: How would you describe the company’s culture?
One of the things that attracted me to Gilead was the company’s Core Values. Since joining Gilead, I’ve come to see just how embedded these values are in everything we do and how they continue to shape our culture, providing the foundation for how we conduct our daily work and strive to deliver medicines with the highest quality and ethical standards. These values help create a culture that enables everyone to be themselves, do their best work and play a role in the company’s success.
Q: What was your most memorable day at Gilead, and what made it special?
My most memorable day was the official opening of our Global Pediatric Drug Development Centre of Excellence in Dublin on April 5, 2022. It was exciting to be part of this day representing the company’s growth in Ireland, to celebrate the opening with members of the Gilead Leadership Team and to listen to our leaders speak about the company’s commitment to making innovative medicines available to children.
Q: How did you approach building out your team at the Global Pediatric Drug Development Centre of Excellence?
Dublin has really become a global life science hub with the clinical, academic and regulatory expertise here, so we were fortunate to have access to a large pool of experienced professionals from Ireland and beyond. In building out our strong and talented Clinical Operations team, we prioritized inclusion and diversity in terms of background, stage of career, experience and more, with the belief that having diverse voices at the table leads to optimal results in drug development.
Q: Why is working at Gilead more than ‘just a job’?
Our team is at the heart of Gilead’s efforts to make our innovative medicines available to more children around the world. The data we generate from pediatric studies is so critical to receiving the approvals needed to make this a reality, so we feel the potential impact of this work on a daily basis. When you stop and think about the children, parents and caregivers who stand to benefit from this work, it’s far more than just a job.
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