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Velocity Clinical Research, Leipzig


Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 20, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

+49 34126825556

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By Participating in Clinical Research

People who volunteer to participate in clinical trials are key to the advancement of medical research. Our sites are dedicated to conducting clinical trials with an emphasis on patient care. Our physician investigators and other members of our research teams are extensively trained in different medical subspecialties as well as the complex field of clinical research. We strive to provide our study participants and sponsors a high quality, efficient and care-directed clinical trial experience.

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Velocity Clinical Research, Leipzig

Velocity Clinical Research Leipzig, formerly eCovery GmbH, is part of the Velocity Clinical Research Organization, a wholly owned Site Organization, providing excellence in patient care, high quality data and fully integrated research sites.

Our Mission

Velocity’s mission is to bring innovative medical treatments to patients. We are committed to making clinical trials succeed by generating high quality data from as many patients as possible, as quickly as possible while providing exemplary patient care at every step.

Our Story

Conducting Clinical Trials Since 2016

Founded in 2016 as “Sibamed Studienzentrum GmbH & Co. KG”, the Velocity Leipzig team conducts clinical trials in a broad variety of phases and indications, cooperating with specialists in gastroenterology, orthopedics, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

The team focuses on clinical studies without having to look after a turbulent and strenuous conventional practice. Patients appreciate the time the team has for their needs and questions. Even technically challenging hurdles like ePROs, electronic site files, ethic submission or special examinations can be easily managed by the experienced team.

As a reliable partner, Velocity Leipzig is trusted by patients  for the care and sponsors for the data, alike. They accept this challenge every day and try to perform it to perfection. The focus is to harmonize the sponsor´s needs with patient´s expectations by always having an open ear to all.

The Velocity Clinical Research, Leipzig 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. By becoming part of the Velocity Clinical Research organization in 2022, they added new efficiencies and integration to their already comprehensive approaches to conducting clinical trials.

Currently enrolling studies include:

  • Pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee (schmerzende Kniearthrose)
  • Chronic and episodic migraine in children (episodische bzw. chronische Kindermigräne)
  • Atopic dermatitis (Neurodermitis)
  • CMV vaccination for women of childbearing potential (CMV Impfung für gebärfähige Frauen)
  • Therapy-resistant hyperlipidemia (therapieresistente Cholesterinstoffwechselstörung)
  • Chronic unspecific low back pain (chronisch unspezifischer Kreuzschmerz)

Upcoming studies include:

  • Atopic dermatitis (Neurodermitis)
  • Diabetes Type 2
  • Vaccination against E. coli induced urinary tract infection for patients at risk (E.coli Impfung für Risikopatienten mit häufigen Harnwegsinfektionen)
  • Tendinopathy of upper arm cuff/shoulder (Sehnenscheidenentzündung der Schulter)

Our Experienced Research Team

The Velocity Leipzig 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.

Dr. Sandra Stark

Vice President, Operations - Europe ; Managing Director - Velocity Clinical Research, Leipzig GmbH

Dr. Sandra Stark joined Velocity Clinical Research after 18 years at Parexel where she held various positions in Project Management, Business Development and Portfolio Management. After leading the Therapeutic Area of Immunology/rare Diseases in Early Phase for 7 years she took on the role of Unit Head of Parexel’s Phase 1 unit in Berlin, Germany, a 120 bed Clinical Pharmacology clinic. Moving from sponsor/CRO to Velocity Clinical Research not only closes the loop full circle; it expands her experience into late-stage development.

Dr. Stark brings 20+ years in both in CRO and biopharmaceutical industry with a broad experience in Early Drug Development, Translational Medicine, Pre-clinical, and thorough strategic development focus on fast and efficient POC to support go/no-go decisions for late-stage development.

Dr. Stark holds a Diploma in Biology from Kassel University and a PhD in Immunology/Immunogenetics from University of Göttingen.

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Dr. Maria Lehretz

Medical Director, Principal Investigator

Dr. Lehretz currently serves as the Medical Director of Velocity Clinical Research Leipzig, where she manages site principal investigators and sub-investigators, and is responsible for principal investigator responsibilities. In this role, she also plays an active role in commercial development for the site and collaborates with Business Development and Business Operations teams. She also serves as a liaison between pharmaceutical and CRO medical directors, providing clinical content and consulting expertise on protocol study design to sponsors and CROs.

Prior to this, Dr. Lehretz held the position of Head of Clinical Research at eCovery GmbH, where she was responsible for designing and executing clinical studies, managing regulatory processes and project management, and overseeing Clinical Trial Managers.

She has also served as a Senior Clinical Research Physician at Parexel International and as a Clinical Research Physician at SIBAmed GmbH und Co. KG, where she was involved in clinical trials phase 2-3, MPG and register studies, managing site principal investigators and sub-investigators, and working with pharmaceutical and CRO companies. Dr. Lehretz received her medical degree from Martin-Luther-University Halle.

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Kai Mehltretter

Principal Investigator

Kai Mehltretter is a highly experienced and qualified investigator with over 20 years of experience in the field of clinical research. He currently works as a freelance Clinical Investigator at Velocity Clinical Research Leipzig GmbH, and as a freelance Pharmacovigilance Consultant. Before joining the SIBAmed/Velocity team, he was a consulting physician for major pharmaceutical companies and Head of a CROs Pharmacovigilance Department at IST GmbH Mannheim. 

Kai Mehltretter has also held roles in various organizations, including Team-Lead Investigator for Phase I-II Clinical Studies at IKP GmbH Grünstadt and CRS Clinical Research Services Mannheim GmbH, as Freelance Clinical Investigator and Consultant at Abbott GmbH & Co KG Ludwigshafen, and as Assistant Physician at the Ophthalmic Clinic, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. 

Kai Mehltretter is highly educated and holds medical registration from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg. He has made publications in the fields of Ophthalmology and Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics.

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Dr. Thomas Müller

Principal Investigator

Dr. Thomas Müller is a specialist in pediatrics working as a Principal Investigator and Specialist at Velocity Clinical Research Leipzig GmbH and previously at SIBAmed Study Center in Leipzig, Germany. In parallel, he works as a pediatrician in the Leipzig family medicine practice FMZ Radowsky.

He has also worked as a Medical Specialist for pediatrics with psychiatric/neurological disorders at the Helios Clinic, Social pediatrics center in Leipzig. They have over a decade of experience in the field, having served as a Resident in pediatric medicine at Helios Clinic and as a Resident in internal and general medicine at DIAKOMED - Diakonie Hospital.

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Miriam Noel

Center Manager

Miriam Noel is a highly experienced and skilled healthcare professional with a diverse background in nutrition, dietetics, and clinical research. She currently serves as the Center Manager and Study Coordinator at Velocity Clinical Research Leipzig GmbH, a position she has held since 2016. Prior to that, she worked as a Study Coordinator at Study Center Medica Clinic in Leipzig, Germany, and at the Dept. Of Nephrology at the University Clinic in Essen, Germany. Throughout her career, Miriam has also been involved in a variety of research studies and clinical trials, including those related to kidney transplantation, atopic dermatitis, and pharmacokinetics.

Miriam has a strong educational background in nutrition and dietetics. She earned a Bachelor of Science with honors in Nutrition at Acadia University in Wolfville, Canada before completing her internship as a Dietetic at the University Health Network of Toronto, Canada, to become a registered dietitian. She began her career working at the Toronto Western Hospital before moving to London, UK. There she worked as a Locum In and Out-Patient Dietitian at Newham University Hospital and North Middlesex Hospital, and a Community Dietitian at Guys and St. Thomas Hospital Trust.

In addition to her professional experience, She also received training in advanced life support, injection technique training, and various study specific trainings for electronic data entry.

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