CenterWatch and NICR: What You Need to Know

When it comes to clinical trial management, there are two major players in the field: CenterWatch clinical trials listing service and the National Institute of Clinical Research (NICR). If you’re a sponsor who needs assistance with an upcoming clinical trial, you’ll most likely narrow down your choices between these two organizations.

Both CenterWatch and NICR have excellent backgrounds in clinical research and offer high-quality and world-class services. They also both have a laundry list of satisfied sponsors who have enjoyed a positive experience with the two companies. But, since you most likely need to hire just one company, you’ll want to know more about each organization and find out which one best suits your needs.


Services offered

CenterWatch offers a few services that are similar to those offered by traditional Site Management Organizations or SMOs. It has the CenterWatch clinical trials listing service, which allows sponsors or clinical research organizations (CROs) to submit details about their clinical trial. The name of the trial, along with its relevant information, are then published in CenterWatch’s online database. Patients who are interested in joining a clinical trial can browse through the database, look for the trial that best suits their needs and preferences, and sign up for it.

The company also offers its TrialWatch service, which connects investigators with sponsors and CROs. Investigative organizations can submit their information (including the solutions they provide as well as their areas of expertise) to CenterWatch, and their details are then entered into the company’s database. CROs and sponsors, meanwhile, can send their investigator criteria to CenterWatch, and the latter will browse through its database to find investigators that meet these criteria. It will then send the relevant information to the CRO or sponsor so they can decide if they’d hire the investigator or not.

NICR, on the other hand, is an SMO in every sense of the word and provides complete Site Management services. We don’t just stop at listing your clinical trial or helping you look for investigators. Rather, when you hire us, you have the assurance that we’ll assist you from the start of your clinical trial to the point when it’s completed. This is one of the main differences between us and the CenterWatch clinical trials listing service. We make sure that all of your needs are met and that your trials strictly adhere to all FDA guidelines.


Both CenterWatch and NICR cater to all kinds of clinical trials. However, NICR specializes in nephrology, specifically with end-stage renal disease.

We have decades of experience in managing clinical trials that deal with hemodialysis and pre-dialysis medications and procedures, and we have access to thousands of patients who have serious kidney problems and are interested in joining clinical trials. We also have a network of principal investigators and independent dialysis centers as well as a team of experienced study nurses and research coordinators. By getting our help, you’ll know that your nephrology clinical trial is in good hands and will be managed with care and expertise from start to finish.


Final Thoughts

CenterWatch and NICR offer similar services and can provide valuable assistance to sponsors and CROs. But, if you need comprehensive SMO services and/or your clinical trial focuses on nephrology, you’ll want to hire NICR and take advantage of our world-class management solutions.




The National Institute of Clinical Research is an SMO/CRO with offices and labs in the following cities and states: New Jersey, North Carolina, Austin, San Diego, San Francisco, Bakersfield 93309, Fountain Valley 92708, Garden Grove 92840, Hacienda Heights 91745, Huntington Beach 92648, Las Vegas 89106, Long Beach 90806, Los Angeles 90048, Ontario 91762, Rosemead 91770, San Antonio 78207, Santa Ana 92704, Upland 91786, and Westminster 92683.