Optimum Clinical Research, Inc.

Center Information

Heather Turner, BS, CCRC
Site Director
Optimum Clinical Research, Inc.
82 South 1100 East Suite 402
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

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

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 150+
Number of Studies Actually Completed: 100+
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 6500
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 2 Business Day(s)
Average Number of Total Patients Enrolled: 100
Average Percent of Total Patients Randomized: 75%
Average Percent of ‘Completed’ Studies that met Enrollment Goals: 95%
EDC Capabilities: Yes


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 30 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.”


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
  • Allergan
  • Altana
  • Astra Zeneca
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Boston Scientific
  • Concepts in Pharmaceutical Research
  • Covance
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • DOV Pharmaceutical
  • Forest Research Institute
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • ICON
  • I3
  • INC
  • Inventiv Health
  • Janssen (formerly Johnson & Johnson)
  • Kendle
  • Medpace
  • Merck
  • Mylan
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals
  • Osiris
  • Paragon
  • Pearl
  • Pfizer
  • PPD
  • Sanofi
  • Syrrx
  • Quintiles
  • Takeda Global Research & Development
  • Theravance
  • TKL
  • Toyama
  • Wockhardt

Various studies include:

  • Cardiovascular/Vascular Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Devices
  • Endocrinology
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition and Weight Loss
  • Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Podiatry
  • Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep

Trials conducted since 1999: 150+ Phases: II-IV


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

Patient Database
  • Senior Clinic
  • 7,000+
  • Cardiology affiliate
  • 3,500+

    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
    • Regulatory document turnaround time of 48 hours


    Jackson M. Rhudy, MD:
    Principal Investigator

    Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Jackson Rhudy has been practicing in Salt Lake City, UT since 1974. After an initial 20-year career in emergency medicine, during which time he opened the first Urgent Care Facility in Utah, Dr. Rhudy was exposed to the fascinating world of clinical research. Dr. Rhudy is the Principal Investigator for Optimum Clinical Research, Inc.

    With over 30 years of clinical research experience as Principal Investigator, Dr. Rhudy 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:
    Principal 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 5 years of experience in clinical research.


    OCR has access to physicians within multiple therapeutic specialties that are interested in partnering with OCR as needed to serve as Sub-Investigator for various trials.


    OCR’s dedicated research professionals have 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)

    Quality Assurance Department:

    OCR’s quality assurance department is led by Sally Quinn, BS, CCRC. Ms. Quinn has extensive clinical knowledge gained from over 16 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.

    Recruitment Department:

    OCR has a dedicated Recruitment department with a full-time phone screening Recruitment Coordinator and a Marketing Director. Our dedicated team creates and enacts a unique Recruitment Plan for each trial in which we participate to ensure that we meet and exceed our enrollment goals. We initiate patient recruitment by combing our 6,500 patient database and contacting potential patients by phone to pre-screen them for study eligibility and subsequently schedule study screening. This is followed by targeted advertisement efforts to reach the necessary patient demographic. Additionally, relationships with local physicians allows for patient referrals.

    Note that OCR is a preferred partner with Quintiles due to our enrollment metrics – we ALWAYS meet and exceed enrollment expectations and adhere to the protocol – No protocol deviations!


    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: 4%
    • African American: 2%
    • American Indian and Alaska native: 1%
    • Caucasian: 72.5%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 20.5%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 3%


    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.

    Contact Center

    If you are interested in contacting this center to discuss clinical trials, please complete and send the email form below. A representative from the research center will then follow up with you.