BioBridges Professional Spotlight: Jill Goddard
Jill has worked in Clinical Development for over 25 years. Previous to joining BioBridges, she worked for emerging start-ups where she assisted with the launch of clinical departments and subsequent clinical studies. “The early phase of clinical development has always been my focus because I am exposed to all aspects of the process and the position constantly presents new challenges,” said Jill. She initially began her career at Tufts New England Medical Center working in the Phase I unit of the Psychopharmacology Department, and has since worked for five other Cambridge area biotech companies.
Jill was originally introduced to BioBridges in 2007 as a client when she collaborated with Cindy Steinberg to engage several professionals within her department; physicians, data managers and statisticians, to name a few. BioBridges became an important resource in the success of her programs over time, and today she remains friends with many of the professionals with whom she engaged.
In 2012, Jill thought she had retired. However, she was intrigued by a new program and returned to work full-time for another start-up in the downtown Boston area. After 3 months, Jill decided the program was not a good fit for how she wanted to spend her time, and she made the difficult decision to leave. Shortly thereafter, Jill met Cindy for lunch and although she was initially hesitant that she could commit to a part-time position, without a familiar career path and a department to run, she decided to give a BioBridges engagement a try. “Here I am 4 years later, working on an exciting program where my experience is respected and many of my long-honed skills are put to use. Others in the clinical department often remark that I am ‘living the dream.’ They are right, this is the perfect fit for me,” said Jill.
Today, Jill is engaged with a client that was a start-up and is experiencing tremendous growth. She has been involved in protocol writing and development, SOP writing, review of CRO plans, budgets and reports, management of other professionals, and has the opportunity to work with many different members of the program team. Jill has regained control of her time and schedule and is about to continue traveling while still making an impact and feeling valued for her experience. She notes that “building a good relationship with a client team, setting clear expectations and having good work habits are quickly recognized and rewarded.”
“BioBridges has allowed me to really think about the fact that if you truly have a passion for your profession, which I clearly do, perhaps you continue to work and retirement is an afterthought. Possibly you can ‘have your cake and eat it too,’ work part-time, make a contribution, be appreciated, mentor others, enjoy your personal time and spend your free time and extra income traveling,” says Jill.
Cindy Steinberg adds, “When I first met Jill, it was at a client meeting where she was the Director of Clinical Operations. There were about 10 people in the room. Her boss who was the CMO was shooting questions at me, testing my knowledge of clinical development. I was in a cold sweat when I left the meeting, figuring we will never support their programs. Well, 10 years later, I see that we had 30 engagements with that client. Jill has become a good friend and we are thrilled to have her as part of the BioBridges community. The client with whom she is engaged, recognizes the experience and value she brings to their programs. They continue to utilize her expertise even as they grow their internal personnel. There is something to be said about breadth of knowledge and experience.”