Small Businesses with Big Ambition: Health Research of Hampton Roads, Inc. (HRHR)
By Barrett Baker
Owners: Ted and Rita Quinn
Founded: Founded in 1998 by Dr. Tim Fisher, who remains as medical director of HRHR
Location: 720 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 110, Newport News
Number of Employees: 13
Health Research of Hampton Roads (HRHR) is on a mission to advance the health of our local, national and international communities by promoting the development of improved medical therapies through professionally superior conduct of safe and ethically sound human research studies.
HRHR conducts FDA-regulated clinical trials—a research study conducted to evaluate a potential medical treatment for a specific medical condition—for a variety of national and international pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Since opening in 1998, they have tested investigational and established therapies in our local community for many indications including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), migraines, constipation, women’s studies, osteoarthritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), allergies, high cholesterol, vaccines and many others.
“Clinical research is vital to the production and improvement of medical treatments and devices for the future,” says Clinical Director Catherine Q. Gular, PharmD. “Without volunteers for these clinical trials, there is no advancement. We truly appreciate the sacrifice of each of our patients, and we recognize their health and safety as the most important factors. Our team of professionals treat each patient with care and compassion. There is no time limit when it comes to making sure they thoroughly understand what we’re doing and all of their questions are answered.”
Behind every medicine and intervention that people have ever taken are thousands of patients who have volunteered to participate in clinical trials. This has led to many breakthroughs in disease prevention and treatment in the last half-century. Without the willingness of these individuals, many would have suffered.
Ultimately, because every medicine or medical device must be fully vetted through closely monitored and highly regulated clinical trials to ensure their safety and effectiveness, patients receiving medical care should be encouraged to participate in clinical trials. For those who participate in clinical trials, they are the heroes that are helping to develop the new drugs, devices, biologics and treatments for the future, improving healthcare for all people.
HRHR has been on this journey for 20 years now, and they believe they are making life better for those suffering from incurable conditions. They are looking forward to another 20 years and beyond with the community and the chance to end the scourge of currently incurable diseases.
Learn more at HRHR-Inc.com.