DENVER—DaVita Clinical Research® (DCR®), a provider of clinical research services focused on kidney research and a variety of other specialty therapeutic populations, today announced an agreement to enter the St. Anthony Hospital campus in Lakewood, Colo. The 80-bed facility will be operational in mid 2012 and is expected to create more than 50 specialized research jobs.
“We are excited about our partnership with a hospital that has such a strong reputation with health care professionals and patients throughout Colorado," said Kent Thiry, DaVita chairman and CEO. “We will continue our focus on high-quality research that serves the community, health care and research industries."
The hospital-based site increases DCR’s physical capacity from 42 to 122 beds in North America. The facility will support high-risk studies and an expanded ability to support normal, healthy volunteer Phase I clinical studies. The custom-designed facility will provide DCR with the capacity needed to grow its clinical research business in existing specialty populations, including renal patients.