Illingworth Research Group, a Contract Research Organisation who also offers mobile research nurses and medical photography for clinical trials are continuing their global expansion with the opening of a US entity and an office in Denver, Colorado.
John Illingworth, CEO remarks “Illingworth’s expansion into North America is very attractive to us but came about when it did because of the demand for our services there.”
“We are lucky that we commence our operations in the US having already secured several studies with a portion of the work to be conducted there. This includes cough monitor management for which we are considered experts in the field of cough and IPF and off-site research nursing work in an orphan indication as well as two oncology projects. It is a very exciting period for Illingworth and we are confident that the services we are offering in the US will be well received by current and new clients alike.”
The US team is led by Mr. Lucas Mahaffey, MBA who will also be responsible for Business Development in the region alongside our global business development team.
Lucas Mahaffey is a business development professional who started as a research associate at a pre-clinical CRO, testing new pharmaceutical compounds seeking IND approval, and then moved into clinical research as a trial manager for an in-home pharmacy and nursing services provider. During his time with the company, he was promoted to Business Development lead, and subsequently BD Manager, where he was solely responsible for all business development and strategy activities in the United States. To further complement his experience, Lucas earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Lucas states, “I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that has such a great reputation in the industry and is willing to expand operations to capitalize on the growing market for off-site clinical research services. Patient-centric approaches continue to be a highly desired area of clinical trial conduct, and it is truly exciting to join Illingworth Research as we open into the US market and become a global leader in mobile research nursing and medical photography.”
Lucas is joined by Emily VanArsdale, MPA who has joined the Research Nurse team as a Project Manager and cough monitoring manager.
Emily’s most recent experience includes working for three years as an Associate Project Manager for a cough monitoring equipment and data management vendor. This allowed her to gain the broad experience of managing full scale clinical trials projects, while also maintaining the focus on equipment, data collection and communication with all groups related to the study.
In her previous role as an Associate Project Manager, Emily’s responsibilities included the day to day oversight of various clinical trials including management of the study team to ensure they were adequately trained and training sites and CRAs on appropriate processes to achieve the Sponsor’s desired results. Not only is Emily familiar working across all clinical trials functions, but also comes to us with 11 years of experience working with research nurses in an educational setting.
The team will be augmented with several Clinical Trial Administrators (CTA) to support the cough monitoring management work, as well as an experienced cough monitoring expert and Research Nurse Project Manager from our headquarters in the UK. Being able to draw upon the many years of experience built up in Europe, our US colleagues will be supported and trained up to Illingworth’s exacting standards as the team grows organically in the US.