Great Lakes Clinical Trials is one of many small, independent clinical investigational sties that had to put much research on pause since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based in Andersonville, IL, the research organization opened up a second location in Arlington Heights. Although founder Steve Satek reports its just been a slow-down, the revenues declined by 50% over the past three months. This hurts the patients more than anything, and Alzheimer’s clinical trial participant Jim Butler epitomizes the importance of the local regional research site. Give the local site credit, however—they have kept the doors open and provided patients ongoing support throughout the pandemic.
The Chicago Sun Times recently profiled an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial patient named Jim Butler. The COVID-19 pandemic adversely impacted research; however, this Chicago area research organization has worked diligently to remain open and supportive of its patients. The recent news profile introduces the Chicago-based research firm with significant Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials experience. Although COVID-19 has significantly impaired Alzheimer’s research trials, Great Lakes Clinical Trials has managed to keep most patients coming in despite considerable constraints around social distancing and other pandemic related measures.
Impacting Alzheimer’s Research
COVID-19 materially impacted Alzheimer’s research in primarily two ways. First, those struggling with the condition become more concerned about surviving COVID-19; frankly, Alzheimer’s took a back seat to COVID-19. Second, it was difficult to keep studies going during the pandemic. For example, in the case of Great Lakes Clinical Trials, they were materially impacted when they couldn’t use the MRI facility at Swedish Covenant, a Chicago area-based provider.
Great Lakes Clinical Trials Profile
Founded in 2014 by Steve Satek, Great Lakes Clinical Trials is an independent clinical trials center focusing on a number of therapeutic areas from chronic disease to pain management, vaccines and dermatology to central nervous system disorders. Participation in clinical trials at this organization are most often free and the firm appears to authentically take a patient-first approach. With two Chicago-area locations (Andersonville and Arlington Heights), the leadership team collectively have managed over 450 clinical trials over the past 25 years.
Call to Action: Sponsors interested in identifying productive research sites in the Chicago area should at least consider Great Lakes Clinical Trials at (773) 275-3500 or go to their website.