Seattle Has Thousands of Clinical Trials Underway

The vast majority are seeking participants
Updated: Tue, 07/30/2019 - 09:44
 
 
  • The vast majority are seeking participants

With Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s hospital and a host of clinical research centers, it’s no surprise that the Puget Sound region is a hotspot when it comes to clinical trials.

Still, the numbers are staggering. The region has an estimated 4,423 active clinical trials, and a whopping 78% are recruiting volunteers.

Swedish Health Services leads the pack, with an estimated 621 active trials, of which 486 are recruiting, according to TrialScout, a platform that helps patients find clinical trials. UW Medicine is No. 2, with 580 active trials, of which more than 73 percent are recruiting.

Since 2008, the region has conducted 16,534 clinical trials, ranking it No. 11 in the United States. A 2015 report from Columbus, Ohio-based research center Battelle found that clinical trials in Washington state generated $411 million in economic impact.

“Seattle’s contribution to the clinical trials landscape of the U.S. can be characterized by parity, depth, and steady growth,” says Dr. Irfan Khan, CEO of Circuit Clinical, a research organization.

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