This month, we highlight Dan Polhamus in our Employee Spotlight series. Dan (pictured on the right with his family) is a remarkable individual who is making a significant impact on model-informed drug development. In this blog post, we explore Dan's perspective on MetrumRG's core values, his personal interests, and gain a glimpse into his aspirations and inspirations.
Appreciation for MetrumRG:
What do you like most about working at MetrumRG?
“It’s a toss up between the challenging projects and the fantastic people I get to work with. The projects that come our way are always stimulating and impactful. It’s incredibly rewarding to work on projects that ultimately bring quality therapies to market.”
Embracing Core Values:
Which one of our core values is the most important to you?
“Metrum has always been about doing high-quality research in an open and transparent way that benefits our scientific community, pharmaceutical science, and targets areas of need. I wholeheartedly embrace these values as they align with my professional beliefs.”
Passions Outside of Work:
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
“When I'm not busy with work, I love giving back to my local community by serving on the Town Council. It's been such a rewarding experience for the past four years, and I'm dedicated to making a positive impact in our community.”
Entertainment and Aspirations:
What was the last TV show you binge-watched?
“I don’t often make time for binge-watching TV shows; however, I have enjoyed the HBO series "Ted Lasso” and the tennis-themed series "Break Point" on Netflix.”
What is currently #1 on your bucket list?
“While I do have a contented outlook on life, I do have two dreams I hope to fulfill in the future: witnessing the captivating beauty of the Northern Lights and attending prestigious tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon and Roland Garros.”
A Furry Friend:
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about him or her.
“I recently adopted a poodle-chihuahua mix into my family. This adorable fur ball, often called a tiny llama because of her unique appearance, brings so much joy and companionship to our household.”
What is your favorite quote?
“Just listen to your gut, and on the way down to your gut, check in with your heart.” - Ted Lasso. “This is a good reminder for me to trust my instincts and remain in touch with my emotions as I navigate life's journey,” said Dan.
The Pursuit of Fitness:
What is your workout of choice?
“Tennis by far is my favorite workout activity – so much so that I play five or six times a week. I am grateful that I have the ability and time to engage in such a fun and physically demanding sport. Similar to my professional endeavors, tennis provides me with continuous opportunities to learn and grow.”
A Nickname with Humor:
Do you have a nickname? If so, what’s the story behind it?
“My kids sometimes call me DoDo I’m not exactly sure why, I’m scared to ask. It may have to do with my inability to fly, let’s go with that..”
What Others Say About Dan:
“You can't possibly overstate what Dan has done for this company. Our most prized possession here is our culture of generosity and the integrity with which we pursue our mission. Dan built that. He didn't do it alone, of course, but he has been foundational in defining who we are. Everything that makes me proud to work here is something that he has lived out consistently in the way that he has gone about his work over the last 13 years. It's an honor and a blessing to work with him. "
James Rogers, Ph, D., Vice President of Statistics, Quantitative Sciences