Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc.

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Kathleen Sheppard[DISABLED]
Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc.
323 Lebby Street
Pelzer, SC 29669

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


Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc., (PICR) wasfounded to fulfill a need of managing and maintaining clinicaltrials of another SMO. The clinical trials inherited have beenongoing since 2003. Currently PICR continues these trials and havenow dedicated resources to conduct new clinical trials since2007.

The mission of Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc.isto facilitate the process of clinical research while promoting itsintegrity, value and contribution to science and medicine. PICRconducts clinical research in Upstate South Carolina offeringresearch-related resources for volunteers, sponsors, investigatorsand research staff.

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


Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc. hasextensive experience conducting Phase II-IV clinical trials in thefollowing 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 andCROs:

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


Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc. is located inPelzer, South Carolina, Anderson County. PICR is housed within aprivate solo-practice setting, allowing direct access to an 8,000patient database with various ethnicities and age groups from pedsto 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 controlleddrug storage and monitoring


Dr. Daniel A. Koontz is the PrimaryInvestigator. He has worked on clinical trails as the PI in heareas of diabetes, hypertension, COPD and pain. He is boardcertified in Family Practice and a member of the American Academyof Family Practice. Dr. Koontz is a graduate of University of NorthCarolina, Medical University of South Carolina and completed hisinternship and residency at Anderson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Koontzhas been in a solo practice for 23 years in Pelzer, SouthCarolina.


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


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

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

According to the Census of 2000, there were 165,740 people. Thisincluded 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.


Palmetto Institute of Clinical Research, Inc. utilizes acentralized clinical trials administration track: central IRB, Onedirect contact, rapid regulatory and contract documentturnaround.

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

Contact Center

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