David Pearce, president of Sanford Research, recently talked to MED Magazine about clinical trials. Pearce, who’s also senior scientist with Sanford Children’s Health Research Center and director of the Pearce Lab, said the term is too limited.
“Biomedical science and medicine are always advancing. When you are treating a patient, you have the standard of care. But (through clinical trials) you also have the ability to offer them the most up-to-date technology or intervention for their malady that may eventually become the standard of care,” Pearce said in the interview.
Pearce is responsible for overseeing the development of research programs across Sanford Health’s nine-state footprint, including more than 450 researchers, eight research centers and more than 300 ongoing clinical trials. His responsibilities also include the commercialization of select research strategies and integrating Sanford Research operations into Sanford World Clinic sites.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 43 hospitals and nearly 250 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.
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