Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc.

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Kathleen Sheppard
Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc.
323 Lebby Street
Pelzer, SC 29669
864-947-9666 (fax)
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Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Center Overview

Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc., (PICR) was founded to fulfill a need of managing and maintaining clinical trials of another SMO. The clinical trials inherited have been ongoing since 2003. Currently PICR continues these trials and have now dedicated resources to conduct new clinical trials since 2007.

The mission of Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, to facilitate the process of clinical research while promoting its integrity, value and contribution to science and medicine. PICR conducts clinical research in Upstate South Carolina offering research-related resources for volunteers, sponsors, investigators and research staff.

At Palmetto Insititute of Clinical Research, Inc. superior patient care is given through clinical trials.

Clinical Research Experience

Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc. has extensive experience conducting Phase II-IV clinical trials in the following therapeutic areas:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes Mellitus- Type I and II
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • COPD
  • Low back pain
  • Post Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Knee Pain
  • Shoulder Pain

We have worked with the following sponsors and CROs:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Almirall/Forrest Labs
  • MEDA pharmaceuticals
  • PPD
  • Bristol Myers Sqibb
  • Omnicare

Facility Description

Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc. is located in Pelzer, South Carolina, Anderson County. PICR is housed within a private solo-practice setting, allowing direct access to an 8,000 patient database with various ethnicities and age groups from peds to geriatrics.

Equipment and Diagnostic Services

  • Laboratory Processing
  • EKG
  • In-house radiology department
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • -20 degree celsius freezer
  • Wireless/high speed internet
  • Fax, copier, shredder
  • Dedicated space for record retention, temperature controlled drug storage and monitoring

Investigator Experience

Dr. Daniel A. Koontz is the Primary Investigator. He has worked on clinical trails as the PI in he areas of diabetes, hypertension, COPD and pain. He is board certified in Family Practice and a member of the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Koontz is a graduate of University of North Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina and completed his internship and residency at Anderson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Koontz has been in a solo practice for 23 years in Pelzer, South Carolina.

Staff Expertise

Kathleen J. Sheppard, RN, MS, FNPc
Clinical Research Coordinator
4 years experience in clinical research

Linda Y. Reed, RN
Clinical Research Coordinator
2 years experience in clinical research

Patient Demographics

Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc. currently serves the Upstate area to include: Anderson, Belton, Centerville, Clemson, Homeland Park, Honea Path, Iva, Northlake, Pendleton, Piedmont, Powdersville, Sandy Springs, Starr, West Pelzer, and Williamston.

The population is evenly distributed across all age groups, with a slight shift to the older age groups. The local economy features a large manufacturing and business sector to include manufacturers of automotive and metal products, industrial machinery, plastics, publishing, and textiles.

According to the Census of 2000, there were 165,740 people. This included 81.56% white, 16.59% black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, and 0.40% other races.

Other Information

Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc. utilizes a centralized clinical trials administration track: central IRB, One direct contact, rapid regulatory and contract document turnaround.

PICR is committed to excellence through quality reassurance and holds the highest ethical standards.

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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.