Velocity Clinical Research, Valparaiso
Velocity's Valparaiso research site was founded in 2004 by Dr. Robert Buynak as Buynak Clinical Research, an independent dedicated research center, and acquired by Velocity in 2020. Our Valparaiso site conducts studies in a number of internal medicine indications, with particular expertise in diabetes and other metabolic disorders, such as obesity, COPD and emphysema trials. More recently, this site has expanded into arthritis, pain indications, and vaccine trials. With more than 5,000 square-feet of dedicated research space, our staff can efficiently and effectively conduct multiple concurrent studies.
Located adjacent to Valparaiso University and close to a regional hospital, this site offers easy access from a major highway and free parking. Valparaiso is situated half-way between Southside Chicago and South Bend, IN with access to a diverse population of potential study participants from this area.
All trials conducted at the site are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The Valparaiso team is committed to being a resource for study participants, to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and kindness, and to advancing medicine through research.
Our experienced research team in Valparaiso
The Velocity Valparaiso 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.
Mark Yarosz, MS, PT graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 1999 with a master’s degree in physical therapy. He worked as a physical therapist and rehabilitation team leader for five years until he was approached by Dr. Buynak and asked if he would be interested working in clinical research. Mark found his passion and has been working in clinical research ever since. He worked for 15 years as Site Director of Northwest Indiana Center for Clinical Research/Buynak Clinical Research which became part of Velocity Clinical Research in early 2020. Mark started working in clinical research because it was an exciting new challenge in a field where he could continue making a difference in the lives of patients. During the past 15 years he has been fortunate to be a small part of many clinical trials that later went on to improve the lives of thousands of people. As part of Velocity, he looks forward to growing his site to expand clinical trials access for the residents of Northwest Indiana and surrounding communities. Mark is originally from Pennsylvania and is an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has been married to his wife Jill for 13 years and they have four children and a very loud hound dog. Mark dreamed of becoming a Paleontologist when he was young and now loves fishing, gardening, hiking at the Indiana Dunes lakeshore, rock collecting, and metal detecting. He also enjoys vacationing in Maine, Door County, WI or at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Valparaiso facility features
The Velocity Clinical Research, Valparaiso 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