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Research Center Profile:
Optimum Clinical Research, Inc.

Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Center Overview

Optimum Clinical Research, Inc. (OCR) is a dedicated clinical research facility located in Salt Lake City, Utah on the campus of the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. This excellent placement provides access to multiple physician specialties. Jackson Rhudy, MD has been conducting research for over 25 years and founded Optimum Clinical Research, Inc. in 1999. He has earned a reputation in the industry for superior data and ethical standards.

At Optimum Clinical Research, we are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all areas of clinical research from patient care to data collection. We understand the growing importance of developing new pharmaceuticals and eagerly participate in facilitating this process with patients, sponsors, and CRO's. It is our mission to bring ‘Tomorrow's Medicine to Today's Patients.”

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 100+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 100+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 3500
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 2 Business Day(s)
Average Number of Total Patients Enrolled: 100
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 50%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 95%
EDC Capabilities: Yes

Clinical Research Experience

Optimum Clinical Research, Inc. (OCR) has been conducting clinical research since 1999 and continues to work with the following Sponsors & CRO’s:

  • Abbott
  • Advanced Biologics
  • Altana
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Concepts in Pharmaceutical Research
  • Covance
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • DOV Pharmaceutical
  • Forest Research Institute
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • ICON
  • I3
  • INC
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kendle
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals
  • Osiris
  • Paragon
  • Pfizer
  • PPD
  • Sanofi-aventis
  • Quintiles
  • Takeda Global Research & Development

Various studies include:

  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular Endpoint
  • COPD (chronic bronchitis & emphysema)
  • Diabetes Type I & II
  • GERD
  • Hypertension
  • Influenza
  • Lipid Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain – chronic
  • Pharmacokinetic & Pharmacogenetic
  • Sleep Disorders

Trials conducted since 1999: 140+ Phases: II-IV

Facility Description

Optimum Clinical Research, Inc. has developed an extensive network of physician partners, including:

Patient Database
  • Internal Medicine Group
  • 45,000+
  • Senior Clinic
  • 7,000+
  • Cardiology affiliate
  • 3,500+
  • Urgent Care Clinic
  • 5,000+
  • Pulmonary Clinic
  • 4,500+
  • Osteopathic/Rheumatology Clinic
  • 3,000+

    Equipment & Diagnostic Services:

    • 12-Lead ECG machines
    • Spirometry
    • Electrogram
    • Infusion Pump
    • Crash Cart
    • Defibrillator
    • Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring capabilities
    • Comprehensive Radiology Department available at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
      • X-Ray
      • MRI
      • CT Scan
      • Dexa scan

    Laboratory Services:

    • CLIA waived lab on-site with access to CLIA approved local lab when necessary
    • -20°C and -70°C Freezers
    • Dry ice created on site
    • Refrigerated and ambient Centrifuges
    • Pulse oximetry
    • Phlebotomy: (including Infusion & Injection capabilities)

    Facility Features:

    • Temperature controlled secure drug storage room
    • Refrigerated, temperature controlled drug storage
    • Hospital within 50 yards
    • Registered Dietician
    • Quality Assurance Department
    • High Speed Internet access
    • On site record retention
    • Dedicated Monitoring space (room with a view)
    • Regulatory document turnaround time of 48 hours

    Investigator Experience

    Jackson M. Rhudy, MD: (Principal Investigator)
    Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a graduate of UC Davis Medical School. He worked as an Emergency Room physician for 20 years, during which time he opened a successful Urgent Care Facility. He has served as Medical Director for multiple Utah based Medical Clinics and currently operates Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Rhudy is the Principal Investigator for Optimum Clinical Research. He has over 25 years of clinical research experience and understands the importance of Investigator involvement in the research process. He has earned a reputation in the industry for quality data and adherence to ethical standards and enthusiastically takes pride in the advancement of medical knowledge through clinical research.

    Imran Zubair, MD: (Sub-Investigator)
    Board Certified in Internal Medicine with Specialties including Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and Internal Medicine, Dr. Zubair has been in practice for over 25 years. He is a graduate of University of Alabama Medical School and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Zubair owns and operates Cardiovascular Consultants of Utah and has been an Attending Cardiologist since 1992 at local hospitals including: Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, LDS Hospital, Jordan Valley Hospital, and St. Mark’s Hospital. He is recognized for his research in Immunology, multiple publications, and Educational Honors. Dr. Zubair has over 3 years of experience in clinical research.

    Marian E. Serra, MD: (Sub-Investigator)
    Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Serra graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Over the past 3 years, Dr. Serra has participated in over 33 clinical research studies in the following therapeutic areas: cardiovascular outcomes, chronic pain, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and osteoarthritis.

    Staff Expertise

    OCR’s dedicated research professionals maintain high standards for maintaining patient safety and capturing quality data. At OCR, we recognize that our Research Coordinators are the heart and soul of the study and thereby play a significant role in the success of the research study. We acknowledge that training is vital to our success and therefore provide extensive Initial training and subsequent annual review of Industry related guidelines.

    Documented training includes:

    • Optimum Clinical Research Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    • CFR & ICH Guidelines
    • Good Clinical Practice Review
    • HIPAA & OSHA Guidelines
    • IATA dangerous goods shipping
    • BLS certification
    • Indication based training as provided by Industry specialist (study specific)
    • Annual external training courses provided by Industry (ACRP, DIA, MAGII, SOCRA, Rx Trials)

    Recruitment Coordinator: OCR has a dedicated recruitment coordinator who actively facilitates referrals from all of OCR’s affiliates. In addition, the recruitment coordinator ensures that OCR meets and exceeds ALL recruitment goals.

    Quality Assurance Department: OCR’s quality assurance department is led by Sally Quinn, BS, CCRC. Ms. Quinn has extensive clinical knowledge gained from over 11 years of research experience that has contributed to her aptitude in skillful project management. Her competence lends OCR an advantage in producing high quality data and sustaining meticulous protocol adherence. In addition, the Quality Assurance department creates detailed and comprehensive site-specific source documents to assist the research coordinators in superior data collection.

    Patient Demographics

    Salt Lake City, UT is a growing metropolitan city with a suburban population of 1.2 million and another 0.5 million residents in surrounding areas.

    • Asian: 3.6%
    • African American: 1.9%
    • American Indian and Alaska native: 1.3%
    • Caucasian: 72.5%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 18.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1.9%

    Other Information

    Optimum Clinical Research takes pride in our long-term relationships with both Sponsors and research patients. Our streamlined business operation provides the highest quality service for all our patrons.

    OCR utilizes a Central IRB.

    Optimum Clinical Research has relationships with many physicians with diverse specialties.

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