Owner of a clinical research company in Omaha that makes black history
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – As 6 News continues to celebrate the posts made by black Americans, the spotlight is on a man who is playing a vital role in fighting the pandemic.
Seneca Harrison is the CEO of Quality Clinical Research, known for its COVID-19 vaccine studies. His company is making waves for participating in COVID-19 clinical vaccine trials for Pfizer & Moderna, but the same work has been going on since 2003.
Harrison’s role in the community overlaps in many places, not just in Nebraska but across the country.
“It’s unique now,” said Seneca.
He says his role as a black clinical researcher and CEO is seldom achieved. His colleagues often ask him for feedback on how black and brown communities can understand the importance of their role in creating medicine.
“The industry is looking for more and more minorities to participate in these trials so we know 100% that they are working. Many people say, “How did your experiments recruit African American, Hispanic, or Asian-American?” said Seneca.
He says the crown is heavy, but he understands the weight of its worth. As a man from Northern Omaha with access to life-saving medical research, whom people have shown respect and trust over the years, he will use this platform forever.
“I’m always in my soap box, from my inner circle to the people I work with and everyone who listens to me. The vaccines that are being developed must be taken, ”Seneca said.
The work of Quality Clinical Research helped get the rescue drug approved for use. Harrison also hit COVID, hoping that not only his experience but also his expertise will be enough to prevent other black families from enduring this.
“As an African American with high blood pressure and likely obese, that’s the recipe for COVID,” Seneca said.
In addition to capitalizing on his unique role in education and access, Harrison wants to normalize black success in the field. Black History Month is bittersweet for him.
“It’s also a little sad that I’m the only African American in Omaha who is the CEO of a research company. But it’s also an honor. Look where I’m from, I didn’t have a silver spoon. I want kids who grew up in Northern Omaha like me to be able to say, hey, I can do what I want and get out of Omaha. And I can stay here and thrive, ”Seneca said.
Before getting into research, Harrison worked in construction and the plumbing industries, which he still does.
His 18-year-old company is facing new challenges, including working with pharmaceutical companies on COVID vaccine trials for children.
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