Interested in Participating in a Clinical Trial?

Velocity Clinical Research, Westlake

Los Angeles, CA

2010 Wilshire Blvd Suite 302 Los Angeles, CA 90057

(213) 483-1800

info@velocityclinical.com

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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, Westlake

Velocity Clinical Research, Westlake, formerly National Research Institute, 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 Over 30 Years

Velocity Clinical Research, Westlake founded as the National Research Institute, a five site research network in southern California. Westlake offers a wide range of expertise including diabetes, NASH, vaccines, psychiatry, women’s health, and pediatric trials. Westlake’s experienced staff maintains high quality standards and enrollment on all their trials.

Located outside of Los Angeles, the Westlake site is easily accessible for patients through public transport. The Westlake team is bilingual allowing the site to recruit a diverse patient population. The local hospital is located next door to the site. With more than 12,000 square-feet of dedicated research space, they can efficiently and effectively conduct multiple concurrent studies.

The Westlake 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 though research. By becoming part of the Velocity Clinical Research organization in 2021, they added new efficiencies and integration to their already comprehensive approaches to conducting clinical trials.

Our Experienced Research Team

The Velocity Westlake 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.

Juan Pablo Frias, MD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Frias, a native of Chile, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After serving 5 years as a General Medical Officer in the US Navy, he completed his training in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee, and his Fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Frías has held leadership positions in Clinical and Medical Affairs at Eli Lilly, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Johnson and Johnson, where he served as Chief Medical Officer and Global Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs, Diabetes Care. Dr. Frías has held academic positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, where he is currently on the clinical faculty. He is also active in the non-profit organization Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD), where he lectures at the organization’s Latino Initiative patient conferences and provides continuing medical education for healthcare providers. Dr. Frías has been involved in diabetes and metabolism-related research for over 15 years and has authored numerous publications in this field.

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Maricor Grio, MD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Maricor Gio is a clinical research physician with over 15 years of experience. Having graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine, she is a board certified Pediatric Nephrologist and General Pediatrician. She is also a NIH Scholar with a Master’s in clinical research design and statistical analysis. Besides Principal Investigator, some of her previous roles include Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrologist, Medical Director, and Urgent Care Physician. Dr. Grio is passionate about leadership and investigator roles in clinical trials, especially in nephrology, inflammation, pediatrics and medical devices. Her therapeutic experience also includes Endocrinology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, among others, in adult patients. 

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Mark Leibowitz, MD

Principal Investigator

Mark Leibowitz, M.D. is an experienced and skilled Investigator with approximately 25 years of research experience. Dr. Leibowitz has participated in an estimated 500 studies from Phase I-IV across a variety of different indications.

As part of his research portfolio, Dr. Leibowitz has conducted highly complex studies in healthy subjects and diverse patient populations including continuous cerebrospinal fluid studies, First in Human, Single and Multiple Ascending Dose studies, Ethnic bridging programs, QTc studies, as well as, serving as Principal Investigator for many adaptive trial designs. His experience includes leadership roles such as Medical Director for research sites located in California and Texas. In addition, he is currently a contributing member for a Data Safety Monitoring Board.

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John Nelson, PA-C

Sub Investigator

John Nelson, PA-C, is a skilled Physician Assistant with over 20 years of medical and clinical research experience in a variety of indications such as Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, and Geriatrics. He obtained his Physician Assistance certification from USC School of Medicine, PA Program. John currently serves as a Sub-Investigator for multiple Velocity sites across the LA area and is a member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Mike Delgado

Site Manager

Mike is a highly qualified Clinical Research professional with over 12 years of experience in the research field. His experience ranges from study coordination to site management across all phases of research. Mike has worked across a spectrum of indications including Metabolic Disease, Women’s Health, CNS and many other therapeutic areas. His current position as Site Director includes a hands-on approach to study coordination, staff mentorship, leadership and training. He is a certified Medical Assistant.

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