Make a Difference

Being human is a beautiful and a fragile thing.

At some point or another, we all need medicinal treatment. From over-the-counter pain relief for a pulled muscle after last weekend’s epic run, to advanced therapies for showing cancer the door and giving Alzheimer’s patients more time with their memories, medicine plays a deeply personal and important part in our lives.

If you’ve ever wondered how new medicines are developed, you may be surprised to learn that the process takes years – 10 to 15 on average. Regulatory agencies including the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) require new drugs to be tested on healthy volunteers. This is called a “Phase I Trial,” and its purpose is to demonstrate the safety of a drug in humans. Phase I trials are followed by two more phases of testing in patients. The purpose of these later trials is to see whether a new drug is effective at treating a particular condition.

As a volunteer, YOU are the most important part of a long chain of research. YOU are improving scientific knowledge and helping individuals with diseases and ailments potentially find a new treatment. YOU are making a difference by improving the quality of life possible for people around the world. What could be more rewarding than that?