WVU Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center

Center Information

Angela Byers
Community Outreach and Marketing Manager
WVU Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center
763 Chestnut Ridge Road
Morgantown, WV 26506
USA
304-581-1404
wvucprc@hsc.wvu.edu
www.wvucprc.com
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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dermatology
Endocrinology
Gastroenterology
Healthy Volunteers
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Neurology
Oncology
Psychiatry/Psychology
Urology

Center Overview

Located in the heart of Mountaineer Nation, our facility is in close proximity to the WVU Medicine Ruby Memorial Hospital and the WVU HSC Campus. Our prime location not only allows for us to recruit and target a diverse demographic population for a wide range of study needs, but it also provides an opportunity of growth for our community.

WVU CPRC is a contract research organization and the commercial arm of the WVU Research Corporation. We function as an integrated entity of the University with a high degree of operational flexibility to capitalize on market opportunities. We serve as an intermediary portal between WVU and Pharma for the expansion of collaborative clinical research and partnership. Our clinical expertise allows us to function as a “one-stop shop” for any needs a sponsor may have to efficiently conduct a clinical research study. As a Center of Excellence for Phase-1 and expanding to Phase-II and later trials, we specialize in transdermal patch studies and accurate data with quick study report turn-around time.

Vision Statement
Enabling the achievement of the Center of Excellence (COE) for WVU-CPRC through the conduct of safe, compliant, and efficient clinical trials with strong conduit to building collaborative partnerships with our sponsors.

Clinical trials completed at our site are trusted and praised by our sponsors for our attention to detail, strict compliance with all regulations, utmost care and protection for our participant rights and safety and quality in our clinical trial completion, data accuracy, data reliability and reporting capabilities.

We surpass the quality and expertise of larger CRO sites by recruiting the best employee talent and utilizing their individual expertise to provide our sponsors with integrity, quality and proficiency in our study execution and data reporting.

Mission Statements that will fortify our Vision:

  • Technology fuels WVU-CPRC through integration of data and quality across all operational drivers
  • Support our sponsors and volunteers throughout their lifelong relationship with WVU-CPRC
  • Meeting all statutory responsibilities
  • Deliver quality support to external and internal customers
  • Treat External and Internal Customers as partners
  • Connect to the customers needs and expectations
  • Building the right skill sets for all of our services

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 6246
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 6244
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 9764
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 30 Business Day(s)
Average Number of Total Patients Enrolled: 2508
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 71%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 79%

ACRP Certifications

Clinical Research Experience

As a Center of Excellence for Phase-I and expanding to Phase-II and later trials, we have solidified multi-year contracts with major Pharma companies.

Core Competencies…

Study Planning- Through maximization of our resources we work with our sponsors to offer flexible options to fit the needs of drug submission and timelines
Clinical Expertise- Our professional and clinically competent staff have extensive experience and expertise in clinical research
Volunteer Recruitment- At WVU CPRC we have a very robust Recruitment Department that develops marketing and branding programs to fit the needs of our growing and expanding markets for subject recruitment and community engagements in clinical trial research. Additionally, our marketing campaigns can be tailored and specific to our sponsors’ protocol needs with campaigns directed to specific target demographics and inclusion/exclusion criteria. Our marketing and promotional campaigns for subject recruitment stretch across multiple counties in WV and surrounding states
Financial Planning and Budgeting- By maximizing our resources, we try to keep the sponsor's financial burdens at a minimum. Our clinical expertise establishes a set of organizational standards that provide high quality results with justifiable and reasonable costs.
Highly robust and validated QC and QMS systems within the regulatory framework of GCP.
Thorough delivery of study requirements.
ECTD and Data Management Systems including dashboard data that provide tracking/analysis/trending and quality checks.
Phase-gate approach with on time study report submission.
Meticulous clinical and technical reviews prior to submission to assure study data accuracy and reliability.

Facility Description

Located in the heart of Mountaineer Nation our facility is in close proximity to the WVU HSC campus. Our prime location allows for opportunity of growth in the community and University. The faculty at WVU Health Sciences campus provide medical and scientific oversight to the Center and allows for internship opportunities to be given to WVU pharmacy and medical students.

Our facility accommodates the ability to handle both inpatient and outpatient trials with 100+ beds and separated units, including bunk areas and spacious day rooms. While at our facility, participants can relax in the day room (when study activities are not occurring) and enjoy a favorite TV show or movie. You can also browse the web on your phone, laptop, notebook or wireless device by using our free Wi-Fi. Times between study procedures can be long, so we suggest bringing internet accessible devices, books, projects, or whatever it is that you would like to work on to pass the time. If you forget one of these items or get bored with what you bring, we also have a variety of games and puzzles that are fully accessible to you during this down time.

Easy access to the interstate and also public transportation, Mountain Line, for participants.

Investigator Experience

Dorian Williams, MD, FAAFP, CPI:

  • Assistant Dean for Simulation and Technology in Medical Education; Medical Director, Simulation Training & Education for Patient Safety (STEPS), July 2016 - present
  • Medical Director July 2012-July 2016 and Interim Director of Clinical Operations July 2012-May 2013, WVU Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center
  • Professor, West Virginia University Department of Family Medicine 2006 - present
  • Physician contracted by INC Research LLC., formerly Kendle International and formerly CPR (Clinical and Pharmacological Research) 1989 – Sept 2012
  • Co-investigator in clinical trials 1995-2002
  • Principal Investigator, January 2003-May 2012
  • Interim Director of Clinical Operations July-Oct 2007 (Responsible for 7-million-dollar budget and all aspects of Clinical Pharmacologic Unit, Project Management, Profit and Loss, Sponsor relations, Human Resources etc.
  • Associate Professor, West Virginia University Department of Family Medicine 1998 - 2006
  • Assistant Professor, West Virginia University Department of Family Medicine 1992 - 1998
  • Clinical Trials and Bioequivalence Studies: Co-investigator 1995-2002/Principal Investigator since 2003; As PI responsible for all aspects of conducting each trial including regulatory, recruiting, screening, execution of studies, management of adverse events and submission

He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has been a Certified Physician Investigator since 2004. He is a professor and the DirectorPrincipal Investigator of the West Virginia University Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center (WVUCPRC). He has over 30 years’experience in industry sponsored clinical research working in a phase 1 clinical trial unit and has been the Co-Investigator or Principal Investigator in over 750 trials. Areas of special expertise include BA/BE studies, controlled substances and transdermal applications. He has extensive experience interacting with Sponsors and FDA.

Todd Crocco, MD, FACEP:

  • 1995-1999 Intern and Resident, University of Cincinnati/University Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 1998-1999 Chief Resident, University of Cincinnati/University Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 1999-2000 Emergency Medical Services Fellow, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • 2000-2001 Medical Director, City of Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 2000-2001 Director, Division of Emergency Medical Services and Prehospital Education, University of Cincinnati/University Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2001-2006 Director of Clinical Research, West Virginia University, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2001-2011 Assistant Medical Director, Health Net Air Medical Transport Program, West Virginia University Hospitals
  • 2001-2006 Assistant Professor, West Virginia University, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2003-2006 Medical Director, West Virginia University, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2006-2011 Associate Professor, West Virginia University, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2005-2006 Vice Chairman, West Virginia University, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2006-2007 Interim Chair, West Virginia University, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2007-2016 Chair, West Virginia University, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 2014-2015 Chief Experience Officer, WVU Healthcare
  • 2016- Principal Investigator and Medical Director, WVU Clinical & Pharmacologic Research Center
  • 2016- Director, Health Partnerships and Business Ventures, WVU Health Sciences Center

Todd J. Crocco, MD attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently completed his internship and residency training at the University of Cincinnati. After his residency was completed, Dr. Crocco completed a one-year fellowship in emergency medical services in Cincinnati. Dr. Crocco has also served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University for 10 years. Currently, Dr. Crocco serves as the Principal Investigator and Medical Director of the West Virginia University (WVU) Clinical and Pharmacologic Research Center (CPRC). He is also the Director of Health Partnerships and Business Ventures in the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Crocco’s academic career has been devoted to studying the role of prehospital emergency care systems in the treatment of stroke victims. He has conducted several studies examining the feasibility of neuroprotective agent administration, earlier stroke identification, and improving community awareness of the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of stroke. In his role within the WVU CPRC, Dr. Crocco oversees the conduct of phase I clinical trials in the development of generic pharmaceutical agents.

Dr. Crocco has been an active educator of medical students, residents, and physician assistants. He has won numerous awards for his teaching ability. He is frequently invited to speak about prehospital care and stroke care at the regional, state, and national levels.

Joseph Selby, MD:

July 2008 Professor
Director of Behavioral Medicine in Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV

2000-2008 Associate Professor
Director of Behavioral Medicine in Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV

2000-present Clinical Faculty Member
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Morgantown, WV

1998-present Compliance Officer
University Health Associates (Physician Practice Plan)
Morgantown, WV

1998-present Medical Director of Clinical Operations
Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine Center
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV

1995-2000 Assistant Professor
Director of Behavioral Medicine in Family Medicine
Department of Family Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV

Staff Expertise


Dr. Joseph Selby and Dr. Dorian Williams


Dr. Todd Crocco



Lead Clinical Research Coordinator: Kathleen Baker

Mar 2014 -Present
West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown WV USA
Lead Clinical Research Coordinator

Nov 2013 - Mar 2014
West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown WV USA
Study Coordinator

Feb 2013 -Nov 2013
West Virginia University Research Corporation, Morgantown WV USA
Quality Control Specialist

Jun 2009 -Dec 2011
INC Research LLC. formerly Kendle International Inc. Morgantown, WV USA
Manager, Study Unit: Manage all aspects of the KMOR Study Unit as; directed by the Associate Director.

Aug 2007 -Jun 2009
Kendle International Inc. Morgantown, WV USA
Study Unit Supervisor: Supervise all aspects of the KMOR Study Unit as directed by the Study Unit Manager.

Feb 2006 -Aug 2007
Kendle International Inc. Morgantown, WV USA
Study Coordinator: Oversee the conduct of assigned studies as defined per study protocol. Execute the study from IRB approval through submission of the final report and Case Report forms.

Jul 2005 -Feb 2006
Kendle International Inc. Morgantown, WV USA
Clinical Research Technician: As an independent contractor, provides part-time services as Clinical Research Tech while assisting with various medical studies.

Aug 1989 -Feb 2006
Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown, PA USA
Phlebotomist/Laboratory Assistant: Performed venipunctures and completed laboratory tasks related to processing whole blood and blood components

Professional Certifications & Licensures:
Dec 2012 Clinical Research Associate (CRA) On-Boarding Sep 2009 Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRP)
May 1988 Phlebotomy

Patient Demographics

At WVU CPRC we have a very robust recruitment department that develops marketing and branding programs to fit the needs of our growing and expanding market. Subject recruitment and community engagements are central to our successful conduct of clinical trial research. Our marketing and promotional campaigns for subject recruitment stretch across multiple counties in WV and surrounding states to create a diverse base of study population. Additionally, our marketing campaigns can be tailored and specific to our sponsors’ protocol needs with campaigns directed to specific target demographics and inclusion/exclusion criteria.

Our range of volunteers spans across ages from 18 years old and up and includes an almost equal number of each gender. Using our volunteer recruitment database, we can collect data from our subjects to measure an array of demographic information about our subjects, including gender, age, past study participation and volunteer satisfaction responses. The volunteer satisfaction responses are collected from our Voice of the Volunteer surveys that are distributed during each of the study processes to measure subject satisfaction and re-enrollment, helping us to implement a better subject centricity program. We also use the survey’s as a measure of areas we can improve upon to make our participants’ stays more enjoyable and to make for a smooth study process.

  • Non smoking/non tobacco using (typically)
  • Post menopausal healthy women
  • Healthy males and females age 18 or older
  • Normal physical exam and laboratory findings
  • No other investigational study participation within the past 30 days
  • No diseases of body system, for example: diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Not currently taking any prescription or over the-counter medications
  • Someone who can avoid vigorous exercise during the study
  • Someone who will not change their diet or exercise habits during the study
  • No history of difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules
  • No history of drug or alcohol abuse with negative urine drug screen
  • Someone who falls within specific BMI ranges

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