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Performance Research develops profitable research programs

Experienced research program manager Jim Simmer has launched Performance Research Site Management and Training, to generate new revenue and profits for physicians.

Simmer has more than 12 years of experience in clinical research and a master’s in business administration from Temple University. He has held management positions at contract research organizations, a large medical center and a physician practice.

“I want physicians to run their research practice like they run their medical practice,” Simmer said. Just as physicians hire medical practice administrators to oversee the complicated processes of third-party billing, revenue collection and staff management, Performance Research provides the following as an outsourced research manager:

  • Study recruitment,
  • Contract and budget negotiations to maximize reimbursement and decrease liability,
  • Organization and monitoring of research staff for greater performance at lower costs,
  • Revenue collection and financial management.

“Participation in clinical trials can bring physician practices an additional revenue stream, exposure to the future advances of medicine, and a higher standing within the community,” Simmer said.  In 2009, an estimated $6.5 billion of clinical research grants were awarded to research programs across the United States, according to Kenneth Getz, chairman of the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University.

“Performance Research has allowed our physicians to focus on our clinical practice while they oversaw the building of a successful research program,” said Dr. Neil Cohen, of South Jersey Gastroenterology.

In addition to working with physician practices, Simmer speaks to professional groups about advanced site management topics. He has spoken at the Association of Clinical Research Professionals’ Global Conference and has addressed the Society of Clinical Research Associates. 

Performance Research will host “Clinical trials management conference for physicians” on Jan. 28-29, 2011, at the Renaissance SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. (11.5 CME credits available).

Performance Research also has several research staff training opportunities online.

For more information on Performance Research or its upcoming conference, go to

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