Category: News Release

Wake Research Welcomes Dr. Lisa M Cohen to Medical Staff

Dr. Lisa M. Cohen is a native New Yorker, who was raised on Long Island. She attended SUNY at Albany, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree. She then attended both NY Chiropractic College and Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia where she earned a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic. She attended The NY College of Osteopathic Medicine in Westbury, NY and completed her Internship and Family Medicine Residency with a year of extra qualification in Psychiatry at Bi County/Henry Ford Hospitals in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Cohen comes to WRA from Tampa, Florida. She may be new to North Carolina, but she is not new to Clinical Research. She has spent the last sixteen years of her career as both a Sub Investigator and a Principal Investigator for thousands of Research Trials ranging in indications from Endocrine to Neurology to Orthopedics and Mental Health and countless other areas. She prides herself in dedicating her career to Drug Research Development and most importantly; Above all else: PATIENT SAFETY.

When Dr. Cohen is not at WRA, she is home with her family, which includes a young daughter, and a favorite four-legged furry Black Labrador Retriever named Raury.

Wake Research Acquisition Featured in Triangle Business Journal

Wake Research Acquisition Featured in Triangle Business Journal

Wake Research’s recent acquisition of San Diego-based Medical Center for Clinical Research has been featured in the Triangle Business Journal, a print and digital business publication for local business news, research and events in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill region.

While a subscription is needed to view the full article, we have included a preview:

Raleigh-based clinical research site network Wake Research has expanded to the West Coast with its acquisition of San Diego-based Medical Center for Clinical Research (MCCR). And it doesn’t plan on stopping there, according to President and CEO Dr. Ella Grach.

The acquisition of MCCR increases the number of sites owned or managed by Wake Research to 13. The firm’s origins in the Triangle date back 30 years.

In an increasingly competitive clinical research landscape, geographic diversity is crucial, says Grach.

Wake Research is proud to expand our network and offer quality clinical research in San Diego, CA.

Wake Research Expands with MCCR – San Diego

Wake Research Expands with MCCR – San Diego

  • Wake Research Expands North American Presence to West Coast with Acquisition of Medical Center for Clinical Research – San Diego

  • Adds to Strategic Partnerships across Western and Southern United States

(Raleigh, NC) – Raleigh-based Wake Research  (Wake Research Associates, L.L.C.) announces the acquisition of Medical Center for Clinical Research, of San Diego, CA. The addition gives the organization coast-to-coast coverage in the United States, and incorporates communities of nearly 13 million people.

The acquisition brings the total number of sites to 13 owned, or managed by Wake Research, including 4 sites in the top 20, 6 in the top 45 and 12 in the top 100 metropolitan areas in the United States.

Medical Center for Clinical Research (MCCR) under leadership of William Koltun, MD, a key opinion leader in the Women’s health arena, has clinically tested and evaluated both new and previously approved medical treatments since 1994. With its roots in women’s health, MCCR has studied treatments and devices developed for a wide variety of women’s health indications as well as conducted numerous clinical trials in CNS, Gastrointestinal and Urological indications.

Wake Research is a wholly owned integrated network of clinical research sites consisting of nearly 100 Principal Investigator physicians with large private practices and multi-specialty healthcare institutions.

Wake Research conducts clinical trials in nearly all major therapeutic areas with particular experience in internal medicine, dermatology, women’s health, metabolic diseases, gastroenterology, men’s health, neurology, pulmonology, rheumatology, vaccines, and women’s health trials. Wake Research performs studies in all Phases (1 thru 4) and owns and operates Carolina Phase 1, a dedicated Phase 1 and pharmacokinetic unit located in Raleigh, NC.

Wake Research has its own, in-house advertising and patient recruitment agency, called “Research, Marketing & Advertising”, which leverages a proprietary research database of 920,000 clinical trial participants.

“We are excited to have Medical Center for Clinical Research join our organization”, said Dr. Ella Grach, CEO of Wake Research Associates. “Dr. Koltun has built a quality-driven team and is well-connected in the medical community. The MCCR tradition of quality clinical research, and care for clinical trial participants matches our own business culture very well. This partnership also opens up a new geographic region for us to offer to clinical trial sponsors we currently work with”.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to team up with the vast pharmaceutical network that Wake Research offers, and the required technology to take a quality site, like MCCR, into a more and more competitive time in the pursuit of quality participants,” said Medical Center for Clinical Research Director, Dr. William Koltun.

About Wake Research

Wake Research is an organization of integrated investigational sites, committed to excellence, working closely with and meeting the needs of the biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Wake Research‘s 13 sites are fully equipped to meet the needs of sponsors and CROs in the conduct of Phase I-IV clinical trials in a large variety of indications.

Wake Research is known for effectively combining strategic volunteer recruitment and retention with high quality clinical trial conduct, using standardized operating procedures and centralized marketing and advertising to ensure rapid subject enrollment. Wake Research has conducted over 6,000 research studies for hundreds of pharmaceutical and biotech sponsors and CROs since 1984. Wake Research’s mission is to bring novel medications, biologics and device through clinical research to as many people as possible while providing unparalleled service and exceptional value to clinical trial partners and stakeholders.

Leadership at Medical Center for Clinical Research

Director Dr. William D. Koltun, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, has specialized in the treatment of menopause, osteoporosis, contraception, endometriosis, human papilloma virus (HPV), and female urology and has published extensively in his field. Dr. Koltun leads a well-trained medical staff, including Dr. Dana Shipp who has experience in Women’s Health, Gastroenterology, Dermatology and Urology.

The team also includes a research site manager, a nurse midwife, study coordinators, and laboratory personnel specially trained in phlebotomy and other technical procedures required for clinical trials. All have expertise in the specific areas each study requires, ensuring a professional and successful experience.