Southern Research receives $20M to expand clinical trial access

Southern Research just got $3.9 million in grants for neurological research. Photo courtesy of Southern Research
Funds received to keep on growing! (Southern Research)

Great news! Southern Research has received a $20 million allocation to expand their clinical trial access and to grow the biomedical industry in Alabama.

This funding will help create an advanced software platform to smooth the process of matching patients to cutting-edge clinical trials across the state.

Innovation that excites

“We are using these funds to create an innovative software platform that will make it easier for patients and their doctors to locate and plug into cutting-edge clinical trials. Our goal is to make sure Alabamians have access to the very best options for their care.”

Josh Carpenter, Ph.D., the President and CEO at Southern Research

Southern Research is a non-profit scientific research organization. They are currently researching and exploring:

  • modern cancer treatment practices
  • developing FDA approved cancer drugs
  • testing active chemotherapies in the U.S.
  • COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

“The new project at Southern Research has the potential to be a particular benefit for healthcare in rural communities. It will boost residents’ access to the latest clinical trial research and offer new revenue opportunities for rural healthcare providers. For the state overall, it will help us grow an industry that can have a tremendous economic impact.”

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Growth and progress

BROWN KHALILAH Southern Research receives $20M to expand clinical trial access
Dr. Khalilah Brown, who has been hired as Southern Research’s first medical chief. (Southern Research)

In addition to the grant, Southern Research has hired their very first Vice President of Medical Affairs and Patient Advocacy— Dr. Khalilah Brown.

Her main focus will be connecting the new resource with patients and the surrounding medical community.

“I’m thrilled at the chance to be a bridge between the great work that is happening at Southern Research and the patients who ultimately benefit from it. At the end of the day, patients motivate our work, and it is a great benefit on all sides when we can build stronger connections between researchers, patients and healthcare providers.”

Dr. Khalilah Brown, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Patient Advocacy

Southern Research has had a lot of initiatives in the pipe-line, including breaking ground on their new biotech center, as reported by Bham Now. The $84 million center will expand the organization’s lab space for researching infectious diseases and its work to develop new treatments for cancer and other serious illnesses.

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