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Study Participants

Participants in clinical trials are the heroes of the industry. Without them we could not introduce new treatments to people that need them. Those who participate in a clinical trial may receive access to new therapies, receive a comprehensive medical review often including lab work and diagnostics, and have the opportunity to advance new treatments.

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Why participate in a Clinical Trial?

The treatments that we are studying at Pinnacle today will not be available outside of a clinical trial setting for a considerable length of time – years in most cases. The medicines, techniques, and technologies that we study are groundbreaking, and the progress being made in medicine today is astonishing. Many of our participants benefit from these clinical advances years ahead of the general population.

Your involvement benefits society.

The standards of care that we adhere to for our study participants are in excess of typical outpatient follow-up care. When you enroll in a clinical trial our research team conducts a comprehensive medical history review, a thorough screening work up, and provides ongoing oversight that will often include extensive lab testing, diagnostics, and monitoring by experienced physicians who are experts in their field.

Our exceptionally qualified research team is held to the highest ethical standards, and our state-of-the-art facilities have been tested and vetted to ensure safety, comfort, and satisfaction. We also provide inpatient services, dining, recreation, entertainment, medical care, sleeping quarters, and financial reimbursement. Your wellbeing is our first priority.

Participants who enroll in clinical trials play a critical role in the development of next generation pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Treatments cannot be approved for general use without the involvement of willing trial participants, so each participant plays an essential role in helping thousands, if not millions, of future users to access crucial treatments.

We have successfully enrolled thousands of people into clinical studies and in doing so gaining access to medication, procedures, and expert medical care not otherwise available. Our research is at the vanguard of medical science and treatments studied in our clinic today may take years to make it to the overall population. Alongside our participants, we have been a major contributor to the progression of new medications and treatments, and participation in our clinical trials provides participants the opportunity to be part of the development of potentially revolutionary medications and treatments.


Clinical Trial Benefits

Pinnacle Research Group was established in 1998 and is at the cutting edge of clinical trials in the USA. We conduct phase I-IV clinical drug and device studies over a broad therapeutic area, with particular interest in early phase development projects. We have enrolled thousands of participants in hundreds of studies. Our expert research team has experience in studies across the research spectrum, from first-in-human and early phase protocols, to late phase pivotal studies. Our highly trained staff and decades of experience make us a valued resource for participants, physicians, and our pharmaceutical industry partners. Our participants decide to join a clinical trial for a range of reasons including:


Early access

Gain access to new medicines and cutting-edge therapies


Comprehensive knowledge

Benefit from a thorough review of your medical history and expert care throughout the study


Greater good

Advance medical science for those living with chronic illnesses. An opportunity to participate in something bigger than ourselves.

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Our state-of-the-art research facility allows us to provide exceptional results while maintaining the highest standards of safety. We feature outpatient and inpatient capabilities, as well as a 7,300 square foot Phase 1 Unit with 16 beds. Amenities include: dining, recreation, entertainment, sleeping arrangements, diagnostics (X-Ray, ECG, Ultrasound, DEXA, etc.), and emergency management.

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5 Things to Consider

Joining a clinical trial is an important decision and it is important to carefully consider if trial participation is right for you. There are benefits of participation, including early access to novel medications, access to expert medical care, and the chance to help in the development of something that may benefit others. Risks associated with study participation include adverse events associated with typical medical procedures (such as blood draws) as well as potential side effects of the medication/treatment. Please take a moment to read through our list of considerations before enrolling in a clinical trial.

Participating in a clinical trial is an important responsibility. Each participant has a role in the outcome of a study. It is important that you follow the study instructions so that the information received is accurate, which is critical to study outcomes.


Is this your decision?

It is imperative that you make the decision to be a clinical trial participant independently and do not feel pressured to be involved. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t talk the decision over with family and friends, but the final decision must be yours alone.


Have you considered the risks?

At Pinnacle Research, we go to great lengths to ensure the safety, comfort, and satisfaction of our participants. Treatments tested at our facility have been carefully considered and tested before making it to our facility. However, there may be risks associated with experimental trials. Before you participate in a study, be sure you’ve talked with your doctor, as well as one of our clinical research professionals, so that you fully understand the nature the trial.


Do you have the time?

Most clinical trials involve routine testing and observation. Depending on the study, you may be required to complete multiple visits to our clinic, or for certain studies may even stay overnight. While not every trial will involve such extensive time commitments, you will want to be sure your schedule, daily obligations, and travel capabilities allow you to fully participate.


Do you fit the profile?

Most clinical trials are looking for participants who fit a very specific profile. If you don’t meet the requirements you may not be able to enroll.


Do you trust the clinic performing the trial?

We employ one of the most experienced and highly qualified research teams in the country. Our facility is state-of-the-art, and our working practice on all clinical trials places the safety and comfort of participants as the highest priority. Our facility is regularly and independently reviewed (including the FDA). We have an exemplary record and have never been given cause for remediation. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us. A fully qualified research team member can answer any questions you have about an upcoming trial. If you are considering becoming a clinical trial participant it is essential that you trust the clinicians that will be caring for you. We work hard to build trust with all of our participants and to work ethically and transparently.

Common Questions


What are clinical trials?

A clinical trial is the process by which the safety and effectiveness of a drug or device is evaluated.

After a substance or compound is developed, usually in a laboratory, it will be first tested in animals. Treatments that demonstrate safety in animal testing will next be studied in clinical trials in a small number of healthy volunteers (phase I), followed by progressively larger groups of subjects with the target medical condition (phases II and III). A treatment must be proven safe and effective prior to receiving FDA approval for release into the general population.

Clinical trials are conducted according to FDA and other government regulations, and are closely monitored. In addition to seeking FDA approval, a drug or device maker may wish to make claims of product superiority over competitors. Such claims may not be made until clinical trials which support the claim(s) are completed.


What are the driving forces of clinical trials?

Clinical trials are sponsored by a variety of people and organizations. Medical organizations, government organizations, pharmaceutical corporations, and even individual physicians may sponsor clinical research. However, the majority of clinical trials are initiated and funded by larger organizations with the considerable infrastructure and resources necessary to support them. A great many are driven by pharmaceutical companies, who compete intensely in the marketplace to develop drugs which will outperform existing treatments.


What are the Benefits and Risks of Participating in Clinical Trials?

There are potential medical, financial, and personal benefits associated with participating in clinical trials. A study participant may have access to a drug or device not yet available in the general population. The treatment may improve the condition being treated and possibly with fewer side-effects, although there is no guarantee of this.

Also, participation in studies usually results in closer observation of the study participants by the doctors and study staff. Often, diagnostic procedures are conducted in accordance with a study, which results in a better understanding of a person’s medical condition.

Additionally, there are usually multiple laboratory analyses and physical exams associated with the study, as well as expanded education opportunities.

Financial benefits of study participation may include no-cost medical care associated with the study, no-cost medication, and compensation for time and travel. The financial benefits of participating are provided to offset the extra time and travel costs associated with participating in a study. Personally, study participants may feel intrinsically rewarded by volunteering for research that may positively impact medicine, which may help large numbers of people.

There are also risks to participating in a clinical trial. Each trial is designed uniquely, but it is common that studies be placebo-controlled. This means that there is a possibly of receiving placebo, instead of active drug, during the study. Receiving placebo will likely result in no improvement in the condition being studied.

Additionally, there may be side effects associated with the study therapy. Although early studies must show that an investigational drug/device be safe for continued study, some side effects may not become apparent until larger scale studies are conducted, or even later.

Prospective study participants should carefully read the Informed Consent document prior to entering a study.


What is the impact of clinical trials?

The development of drugs and devices is an evolutionary process. If it weren’t, treatment would not progress. Clinical trials are a vital part of the development of treatments that are intended to be superior to existing treatments, or to provide treatments where there are none. Consider for a moment the condition of health care today if treatments had not progressed over the past century. Importantly, treatments today are radically different because of the evolutionary nature of medicine, of which clinical trials plays an important role.

Ready to Enroll?

If you are interested in enrolling in one of our clinical trials please familiarize yourself with the information on our Study Participants page, then use the online tool to contact us. Participation in a clinical trial gives study participants early access to cutting edge medications, access to excellent and comprehensive study-related expert medical care, and helps to advance the fight against disease through treatments.

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