THE 99 PERCENT SOLUTION
It starts with you.
We don’t know your name or what you look like. Chances are we’ve never met and due to strict privacy laws, we probably never will. So forgive us if this sounds a little crazy and presumptuous but you’re the reason we do what we do. In fact, without you we can’t do what we do.
In our defense, although we may not know you personally, we recognize in your distress the suffering of spouses, children, parents and friends and we’re motivated to take a stand on your behalf. To us, disease equals injustice, and we feel an overwhelming need to tip the scales in favor of patients like you. According to Thomas Edison, genius is 1% inspiration and 99% percent perspiration, which is why you’ll never hear us utter the expression “no sweat” because we know to make it work we have to roll up our sleeves and go to work.
As a profession, drug discovery and development provides us with a rush or a thrill but it’s certainly not in a rush. The name of the game, currently, is hurry up and wait since the development of a new drug takes approximately 15 years from start to finish. However, slow and steady only wins the race if you’re a turtle. In drug development, organizations like EpicentRx fail when they move at the pace of a snail. That’s why we need your help as patients to enroll in clinical trials and speed the process, if not for your benefit then for the benefit of future patients. For your information, clinical trials are conducted in three phases prior to approval by the Federal Drug Administration or FDA: the objective of Phase 1 trials is to assess the safety of a drug while Phase 2 and 3 trials measure efficacy.
We want you to understand that when you enter a clinical trial we are on your side even if we’re not at your side. You see, medicine is an iceberg with 1/10 of it above the surface, in the form of the doctor and the nurses that you see in the clinic, and we’re the 9/10 below the surface, responsible for making the medicine that you are prescribed. However while we may not be physically present the message we want to impart with all of our heart is that we care. We care and we’re there with you, in spirit.
As an example of who we are and what we stand for, you might want to read about Christopher Parker, in the For Sites section of this website. A military veteran, Christopher served as a member of the elite Honor Guard standing vigil at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington before joining EpicentRx as a Clinical Research Associate. In the same way, although you are unknown to us, and we’ll never shake hands, talk on the phone or email, we’d like to extend our hand in gratitude, respect and admiration for your support and participation in clinical trials.
We consider it an honor and a privilege to work with you.
The EpicentRx Team