Keystone Clinical Studies (KCS), is a small, privately owned and operated clinical research site, dedicated to serving the needs of our patient community and sponsor community.
We are located conveniently in Norristown, just outside the city of Philadelphia and can be reached by public transportation.
We are a dedicated clinical research site and our staff is fully trained to conduct clinical trials while meeting the highest ethical and professional standards.
We conduct trials in the CNS area, including Alzehimer’s Disease, Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia (Acute, Stable, Negative Symptoms).
Sponsors we have worked for include Astra Zeneca, Bristol Myers Squibb, Cephalon, Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma, J&J, Lilly, Merck, Otsuka, Pfizer, Roche/Genentech, Sanofi-Aventis, Wyeth
CROs we have worked with include: Constella Group, INC, I3 Research, K-Force, PPD, Quintiles
Dr. Cherian Verghese, our Principal Investigator, has been conducting clinical research for the past 18 years. KCS has been conducting research as an independent research site since 2003.
Our offices are well laid out to conduct clinical trials in Psychiatry. We have a pleasant patient waiting area, several exam rooms, monitor rooms, lab area, and dedicated drug storage room, as well as a document storage room. We also have all the requisite equipment to conduct CNS studies such as Freezers, Centrifuges, EKG machines, weighing scales (calibrated as required). We are also fully set up in terms of office and communications systems (copiers, computers, phone, fax, voicemail, as well as Broadband Internet connections in all our offices).
For conducting in-patient studies, we have worked with local hospitals like Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital, and Montgomery Hospital, which are located within 5 miles of our new offices at 2460 General Armistead Ave, Norristown.
Our Principal Investigator is Dr. Cherian Verghese. He is a
Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology.
He has 20 years experience in clinical research and is one of
the few psychiatrists in the country who is also a Certified
We will be happy to provide his detailed CV to sponsors and CROs
Business Director - Tom Verghese, MBA
With 20 years experience in all aspects of small business across four industries, he is the CFO as well as manages all Business Operations.
Clinical Research Coordinator - Raj Badhan, MBBS (India)
Clinical Research Coordinator - Mandi Jo Briar, BA
Rater / Coordinator - Joseph Smith, MA
Our patients are recruited from among the 4 million plus residents of the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. We also draw patients from surrounding towns through community outreach, relationships with patient advocacy groups, local healthcare facilities, personal care residences, senior centers and physicians (Family practice, Neurology and Psychiatry).
We work with the Central IRB for most of our out-patient studies.
We have also worked with the local IRB (local hospitals) for some in-patient studies.
If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss placing a clinical
trial there, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from
the research center will then follow up with you.