Clinical trials set for boost as Cheshire healthcare business secures deal with American partner

EMS Healthcare, a leading mobile clinical research specialist, has announced a partnership with US-based EmVenio Research, with the aim of conducting commercial clinical trials via a network of mobile sites in this country.

It is EmVenio’s first international venture and their expansion into the UK will utilise EMS Healthcare’s expertise in delivering clinical trials with greater diverse participation by using mobile clinics. The groundbreaking NHS-Galleri cancer trial utilised EMS units and clinical staff to recruit 140,000 volunteers across the country in just 10 months.

The new collaboration will allow EmVenio to garner a wider demographic of research participants and diversify its clinical trial offerings, based on the needs of pharmaceutical sponsors and research organisations. 

Keith Henthorne, CEO of EmVenio, said: “People living in underserved communities often have limited time and access to participate in potential life-improving clinical trials, often leaving a gap in research studies. EMS have proven experience of delivering care and conducting research in the heart of communities, removing barriers and accelerating trials – all of which aligns with our goals. With their support, we can expand our UK footprint, increase the diversity of clinical trial participation and reflect the population more accurately.”

Ellesmere Port-based EMS Healthcare has identified 10 potential mobile site locations, each to be supported by a dedicated and clinically experienced local workforce. EmVenio will be responsible for full oversight, including all clinical trial operations and data management.

Keith Austin, CEO of EMS Healthcare, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with EmVenio on this exciting development for clinical trials in the UK.  A recent independent review of commercial clinical trials by Lord James O’Shaughnessy acknowledged the crucial role of mobile clinics in carrying out trials with more diverse participation. We believe this initiative will attract more pharmaceutical sponsors to carry out trials, which will have a significant impact on both the economy and the health of our population.” 

And Mr Austin added: “I can absolutely envisage other partnerships of a similar nature in the future – it’s vital that we all work together to ensure that we support clinical trial sponsors in reaching underserved communities.”   

EmVenio currently operates clinical research programmes in 10 mobile community sites across the United States. The new partnership is aiming to open its first site in the UK by the end of the year.  

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