Austin (Cedar Park), Texas
Velocity Clinical Research, Austin
Velocity's research site in Austin was founded as in 2019 as part of Advanced Clinical Research, and acquired by Velocity later that year. The site was started with a core team of experienced research staff from our Idaho location, and has expanded to form a robust research team. The site in Austin provides expertise in a wide range of therapeutic indications specific to the geriatric population, including dementia, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions. By developing close working relationships with area retirement communities and having recruiters trained in the nuances of elderly participants, Austin enrolls a high number of patients over the age of 65.
Conveniently located in Cedar Park, just north of Austin, this site offers ease of access from major highways without the congestion of downtown traffic, as well as ample patient parking. The site is located less than one mile from EMT services and less than 5 miles from a regional hospital.
All trials are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The Austin team is committed to being a resource for study volunteers, to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and kindness and to advancing medicine through research.
Our experienced research team in Austin (Cedar Park)
The Velocity Austin (Cedar Park) team of physician investigators and clinical research professionals are experienced clinical researchers. All physicians are board certified in their specialty area(s) and all research staff is trained in clinical research regulations, including GCP and HIPAA. Training records and certifications are maintained. Our clinical team is dedicated to conducting quality research in a professional and caring environment and strives on collecting quality data.
Medical Director, Principal Investigator
Gregg Lucksinger, MD became interested in clinical research during a 1989 medical school rotation on the NIH schizophrenia research unit in Bethesda, Maryland. Ten years later, he co-founded a clinical research site next to his Family Medicine clinic, conducting high-volume Phase 2-3 clinical trials. Since then, Dr. Lucksinger has served as Principal Investigator on over 200 Phase 1-3 clinical trials in a variety of primary care indications in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has a special interest in vaccine trials. Dr. Lucksinger joined the team at Velocity Clinical Research in 2020 and currently is the Medical Director of the Cedar Park, Texas location.
Lauri Befus, MS, CCRP joined Velocity in 2021 as a Site Director. Lauri has worked in clinical research for over 10 years as a Coordinator, Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Operations Manager, and Director of Clinical Operations. This allows Lauri to utilize her experience comprehensively as a Site Director. She provides an open-door policy for all staff members. Employees have regular one on ones scheduled, but they are also encouraged to stop by anytime with questions, suggestions, or concerns. Lauri encourages cross training, teamwork, and continuing education for all her employees and regularly recognizes those that go above and beyond for the team. On her days off, Lauri loves spending time with her husband, two dogs and two cats. She likes to work out and regularly participates in activities like boxing and ballroom dancing. She loves to travel to different parts of the world in search of adventure and good food.
Michael Zimmerman, MD is a board-certified emergency medicine physician with over two decades of experience practicing medicine. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Chicago.
Austin (Cedar Park) facility features
The Velocity Clinical Research, Austin facility is designed for the ease and comfort of study participants and to allow optimal efficiencies in performing clinical trials. Features at this site include:
- Private examination/consultation rooms
- Comfortable patient reception areas
- Facilities for extended-stay pharmacokinetic studies
- Nursing station
- Secure monitoring rooms or workstations with phone & high-speed internet access
- Multiple individual & secure workstations for research staff
- Regulatory document processing area
- Electronic data capture (EDC) capabilities
- Secure record storage
- CLIA certified research laboratory or clinical laboratory with CLIA waiver
- Ambient and refrigerated centrifuge
- Secured & temperature controlled investigational product storage with pharmaceutical refrigerator & freezer
- Freezers equipped for laboratory specimens at -20 & -70 degrees Celsius
- Backup generator/power source in the event of site power loss
- Standard medical equipment, including ECG and Holter machines, digital and analog scales