What Makes a Great Phase I lab?

The National Institute of Clinical Research (NICR) is a managed clinical research organization (CRO) and site management organization (SMO) owned by a physician, sponsored by some of the big names in the industry, and has a network of trial industry entities. It uses independent research sites to help deliver streamlined and premium services to both sponsors and patients. Among the many things the organization is proud of, its Phase I Lab would be it.


Clinical Trials

In clinical trials, such facilities play a vital role in ensuring that participants remain comfortable throughout the Phase I trials, which usually involve testing an experimental drug or treatment to a small group of people.

Because the phase is focused on evaluating the side effects and safety levels of the experimental treatment, it is only right that the facility has everything necessary to ensure the patients’ safety and comfort, while providing researchers the tools to identify and collect the data they need.


Our Phase I Lab

NICR’s Phase I Lab in their facility in Santa Ana, CA is designed with the participants in mind. It boasts of an airy and light environment, fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and a laboratory customized for research purposes.

With a span of 4,000 square feet, it has plenty of room where the needs of a patient and researcher can be set up.



Participants of the clinical trial will be provided with 20 beds, 4 full bathrooms with 2 showers, kitchen facilities, a recreation area with satellite television and internet, and a secure environment. For their convenience, and that of the researchers, essential in-house testing facilities are also available. This means patients don’t need to leave the Phase I Lab to get tested.

To keep them from being bored, participants can take advantage of the recreation room with internet and stay connected with friends, family, and the outside world. How long the clinical trial will last usually depends on the amount of study that needs to be done.



When it comes to the equipment needed to run tests, NICR’s Phase I Lab is fitted and furnished to impress. Among other things, it has a secured, environmentally controlled pharmacy, device/ drug delivery, multiple electrocardiograms, crash cart/ defibrillator, ultrasound, telemetry monitored, single and multiple ascending dose, and equipment for 24-hour medical monitoring. It basically has all the required tools for first-in-human clinical trials.



On top of these, the facility has more than 3,000 study participant database that researchers can use. There are also features that make, protocol consultation and writing, report writing, and data collection, management, and analysis a lot easier to handle.


With these provisions, there’s no question that the Phase I Lab in NICR can handle Phase I trials with little to no problems. Participants are also assured of a comfortable and well-provided stay, even if the trial itself can be painful for them, especially if they’re not lucky enough to receive a placebo.

With sponsors, such as Bristol-Meyers Squibb Pharmaceutical, HMRI/ Quintiles, Merck & Co, Inc., and Omrix Biopharmaceuticals Inc., NICR can definitely build the best Phase I Lab.




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.