Alliance for Multispecialty Research, LLC

Contact Information

Brenda S. Atchison, Executive Vice President of Client Relations
Irene Palmer, Vice President of Business Development
Alliance for Multispecialty Research, LLC
1928 Alcoa Hwy., Suite B-107
Knoxville, TN 37920

Company Overview

The Alliance for Multispecialty Research (AMR) is an industry-leading clinical research company comprising 17 of the most highly experienced clinical research centers in the United States. Founded in 1994, AMR centers have enrolled over 145,000 subjects and completed more than 7,700 Phase I-IV clinical trials across a broad range of therapeutic areas, including studies evaluating pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and bioequivalent/bioavailability.

AMR has access to over 657,000 patients, allowing us to perform detailed searches to promptly identify prospective subjects. Our proven experience, streamlined processes, and vast resources empower us to consistently meet or exceed study enrollment targets. We employ intentional strategies designed to optimize enrollment and retention, resulting in an average enrollment rate of more than 110%, and an average retention rate of more than 92% across all therapeutic areas.

The AMR Advantage

AMR conducts multi-center clinical trials using optimized processes to maximize economies of scale, compress timelines, and minimize costs. Expert AMR investigators also routinely perform expanded feasibility assessments and protocol design consults with sponsors and CRO partners. AMR’s success is built upon a proven history of rapid, effective subject recruitment combined with consistent, accurate data. Our deep-rooted industry relationships, extensive databases, adept staff, and vast practical experience offer distinct advantages:
  • Enhanced collaboration between PI, center staff, & sponsor / CRO
  • Rapid multi-center start up
  • Industry-leading quality systems
  • Access to precise and diverse subject populations
  • Flexible and responsive to changing study needs
  • Options for centralized or direct-to-center communication
  • Centralized marketing initiatives for maximum buying power
  • Dedicated subject recruitment and retention divisions
  • Single point of contact
  • Single budget and contract
AMR Offers:
  • 126 investigators with over 400 years of combined clinical research experience across 20 different medical specialties
  • The ability to recruit across a wide range of diverse populations
  • Feasibility and regulatory document submission within 48 hours
  • Master operating policies and guidelines, providing higher quality and more efficient services
  • The ability to use central or local IRBs, laboratories, and other vendors
  • Industry certifications and registrations such as Federal Wide Assurance numbers, GDUFA, and CLIA/CAP
  • Center-specific training including CFR, ICH/GCP, and HIPAA compliance
  • Centralized project management and quality assurance
  • Regularly scheduled meetings and teleconferences to confer on specific study details
  • Post-study debriefings
  • Continual education of staff and study volunteers
  • Extended visit hours / days to accommodate subjects’ schedules

    Solutions & Expertise

    Vaccine Experience

    From preventive, to bioterrorism and therapeutic vaccines, AMR centers have mastered the art of vaccine research. Stellar performance in vaccine clinical trials has earned AMR a reputation of excellence across the industry. AMR is a three-time recipient of the World Vaccine Congress’s Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Award for “Best Clinical Trial Site or Network” (2013, 2015, 2017) and was a finalist for this prestigious award in 2018. Vaccine clinical experience includes:
    • 567 Vaccine Studies
    • 62 Phase 1 Vaccine Studies
    • 46 Vaccine Indications
    • 47 Pharmaceutical and Bio-Tech Companies
    • 35,039 Subjects Enrolled
    • 136% Average Enrollment Goal Achieved
    • 96% Average Retention Rate (for trials < 6 months)
    • Access to infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations
    • Extensive experience with government agencies including BARDA, DMID, DoD, HHS, HRPO, NIAID, NIH, and the US Army
    AMR centers are fully equipped to conduct complex vaccine trials with precision. Specific capabilities and certifications include:
    • Local PBMC processing
    • Established local IBC committees
    • Biosafety level I & II certifications
    • Sterile drug preparation environments
    • Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) numbers
    • Overnight stay capabilities
    • Proficient pharmacy teams experienced in complex vaccine preparation and administration

    Therapeutic Experience

    Historically, AMR clinical research centers have enrolled more than 145,000 subjects in 7,749 clinical trials. AMR’s extensive experience includes Phase I-IV healthy volunteer trials, device trials, and disease-specific trials across a wide range of therapeutic areas. The following list summarizes AMR’s primary areas of expertise:
    • Cardiology / Cardiovascular / Cardiac Surgery
    • Dermatology
    • Devices / Diagnostics
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • General / Plastic Surgery
    • Hematology / Oncology
    • Immunological Solutions
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Musculoskeletal / Connective Tissue Disorders
    • Neurology
    • Nutrition Solutions
    • Ophthalmology / Optometry
    • Orthopedics
    • Otolaryngology
    • Pain / Nausea and/or Emesis Management
    • Pediatrics
    • Phase I / Healthy Volunteer
    • Podiatry
    • Psychiatry
    • Pulmonology
    • Radiology
    • Rheumatology
    • Smoking / Modified-Risk Tobacco Products
    • Urology / Nephrology
    • Vaccine Solutions
    • Vascular / Vascular Surgery
    • Virology
    • Women’s Health

    Responsive Solutions

    AMR centers offer responsive solutions, intentionally designed for each unique project. Our flexible model allows clients to custom-design a project management plan that works best for their trial.

    Integrated Solution: Sponsors and CROs can choose from a centralized option, maximizing efficiencies using a central point of contact and standardized documents.

    Direct-to-Center Solution: Clients can elect a direct-to-site approach, capitalizing on existing deep relationships with our local centers and investigators.

    AMR Locations

    • Center for Pharmaceutical Research
      1010 Carondelet Dr., Suite 426
      Kansas City, MO 64114
      O: 816.943.0770 | F: 816.942.3195
      President, General Manager, PI: John E. Ervin, MD, FACP, FACR
      Business Development: Jason Huntington |
    • Central Kentucky Research Associates
    • 3475 Richmond Rd., 3rd Floor
      Lexington, KY 40509
      O: 859.264.8999 | F: 859.264.8799
      PI: Mark Adams, MD
      PI: James L. Borders, MD
      President, General Manager: Deborah Dyer, RN, BSN
      Business Development: Tracy Hudson |
    • Clinical Physiology Associates
    • 13670 Metropolis Ave., Suite 105
      Fort Myers, FL 33912
      O: 239.936.4421 | F: 239.936.2865
      PI: Pedro Ylisastigui, MD
      President, General Manager: Ken Aschom
      Director of Clinical Operations: Gina Morgan |
    • Clinical Research Associates of Tidewater
    • 400 Gresham Dr., 402 Med. Tower
      Norfolk, VA 23507
      O: 757.627.7446 | F: 757.624.1121
      PI: Duane G. Wombolt, MD, FACP
      President, General Manager: Edith Wombolt, RN |
    • Clinical Research Consortium – Arizona
    • 2737 W. Baseline Rd., Suite 19
      Tempe, AZ 85283
      O: 602.910.3343 | F: 480.779.1327
      PI: Corey Anderson, MD
      President, General Manager: Cody Towler
      Business Development: Dave Huggard |
    • Clinical Research Consortium – Nevada
    • 2110 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite 119
      Las Vegas, NV 89119
      O: 702.545.6840 | F: 702.597.1596
      PI: Michael B. Jacobs, MD
      President, General Manager: Irene Palmer
      Business Development: Dave Huggard /
    • Clinical Research of South Florida
    • 370 Minorca Ave.
      Coral Gables, FL 33134
      O: 305.445.5637 | F: 305.445.5815
      President, General Manager, PI: Jeffrey B. Rosen, MD, FAAFP
      Vice President of Operations: Scott Rosen /
    • Coastal Clinical Research
    • 100 Memorial Hospital Dr., Annex Building, Suite 3B
      Mobile, AL 36608
      O: 251.414.1984 | F: 251.414.1985
      PI: Harry Studdard, MD
      President, General Manager: Kathy Welch, MPH, RD, CCRC
      Vice President of Operations: Lauren B. Garner, CCRC |
    • Heartland Research Associates
    • 1709 South Rock Rd.
      Wichita, KS 67207
      O: 316.689.6629 | F: 316.689.6690
      President, General Manager, PI: Terry L. Poling, MD
      PI: Terry D. Klein, MD
      PI: Thomas C. Klein, MD
      PI: Tracy R. Klein, MD
      Vice President of Operations: Cindy Thome, RN, BSN, CCRC |
    • New Orleans Center for Clinical Research
    • 2820 Canal Street
      New Orleans, LA 70119
      O: 504.821.8158, ext. 250 | F: 504.821.8343
      President, General Manager: William B. Smith, MD
      PI: Ramon Vargus, MD
      Vice President: Nyda Brook, JD
      Site Manager: Tim Haynes |
    • Volunteer Research Group
    • 1928 Alcoa Highway
      UT Medical Center, Suite B-107
      Knoxville, TN 37920
      O: 865.305.9100, ext. 246 | F: 865.305.8381
      President, General Manager, PI: William B. Smith, MD
      Vice President: Nyda Brook, JD
      Business Development: Amy Rushing |

    AMR Affiliate Locations

    • Heartland Medical
      309 N. Broad Street
      New Tazewell, TN 37825
      O: 423.626.7297, ext. 2234 | F: 423.626.0275
      PI: Charles, DeBusk, MD
      Site Director: Cindy DeBusk
    • MediSphere Medical Research Center
    • 1401 Professional Blvd., Suite 100
      Evansville, IN 47714
      O: 812.471.4110 | F: 812.471.4275
      PI: Rupert Reyes, MD
      Chief Operating Officer: John Wathen

    Contact Information

    Brenda S. Atchison, Executive Vice President of Client Relations
    Irene Palmer, Vice President of Business Development
    Alliance for Multispecialty Research, LLC
    1928 Alcoa Hwy., Suite B-107
    Knoxville, TN 37920

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