CRO for academic trials

Bespoke CRO services for NHS, Universities, Researchers and Spin Outs

Expedite your clinical trial using our specialist CRO team

If your university team or Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) is at full capacity and you’re struggling to get your trial off the ground, we’re here to help. Our team has extensive experience working with NHS and University teams in phase I to IV trials (IMP and Medical Devices) across a broad range of therapeutic areas.

We’re your partner, not just a CRO

We understand there is a lot to navigate when you’re approaching the clinical trial stage of your research journey. We’re here to help from the early stage, even before your funding has come through and at no extra cost. We can work alongside your Translational Research Office (if applicable) to provide guidance on grant applications, protocol development and resource requirements in order to achieve the best outcome for your trial. Our flexible service model means we can dovetail our services with your available resources making it an efficient and effective partnership.

Benefit from flexible ‘pick and mix’ services

  • Free Advice & Guidance Pre-Funding
  • Protocol Development
  • UK Regulatory Approvals
  • Site Set Up and Initiation
  • GCP/ISO Trained CRAs
  • EDC/Data Management
  • Safety Management & Reporting
  • Statistics & Data Management
  • ISO Accredited Quality Management System

Shared success through collaboration and transparency

At PHARMExcel, we foster strong, collaborative relationships with our sponsors and sites ensuring proactive communication and a firm commitment to understanding your needs. Due to our company size, the team introduced during initial interactions remains consistent and accessible throughout your project, fostering stability and accountability for the trial.

"I have worked with Yvanne Enever and the PHARMExcel team for several years on a complex, multicentre clinical trial. I have found them be efficient, highly professional while being accommodating and very supportive. I have worked with other clinical trial research organisations on similar studies and PHARMExcel have been by far the most effective in achieving targets and the easiest to work with on a day to day basis. "

Dr Kim Orchard, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Haematologist, University Hospital Southampton NHSFT

"Yvanne and her team at PHARMExcel are the best team I’ve worked with in clinical research. They are talented and committed individuals with great expertise in the regulatory landscape as well as delivery of clinical trials. Highly recommended!"

Dr Gautam Mehta, Hepatologist and Principal Investigator, University College London

"It has been a pleasure working with Yvanne and the team. PHARMExcel have been able to work with our clinical research teams to provide bespoke support for a number of trials, including phase 1 trials: the personal approach and attention to detail have given us confidence to ensure patient safety and manage the risks of the Trust acting as Sponsor in particular for the early phase trials."

Karen Underwood & Professor Saul Faust, Sponsor, University Hospital Southampton NHSFT

"PHARMExcel are very interactive and excellent in communicating with clinical teams. They have a thorough understanding of the regulatory requirements for managing GCP compliant clinical trials. I have no hesitation in recommending them as a CRO."

Dr Kim Orchard, Senior Lecturer and Consultant Haematologist University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

"PHARMExcel’s passion for their projects, the professionalism shown by the team, combined with direct access to the CEO sets PHARMExcel apart from other CROs."


"The support from PHARMexcel has been extremely high quality. This includes all aspects trial development, management and monitoring, that was also evidenced by a recent sponsor audit. We look forward to working with PHARMexcel going forwards."

Tom Fletcher, CST-6 Candidate Chief Investigator, Director Global Health Trials Unit,
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Gain peace of mind from our quality & risk-based approach

  • Patient-Centric Study Design
  • Study Specific Risk & Safety Management Plans
  • ISO Certified Quality Management System
  • Rapid Development of Study-Specific Procedures
  • Risk-Based Monitoring Methods
  • Experienced CRAs
  • Experienced Clinical Quality Auditors

We bring value-add to academic and IIS trials

Learn more about our successful CRO-Academic partnerships


    A phase II/III, randomized  trial of doxycycline vs. standard supportive therapy in newly-diagnosed cardiac AL amyloidosis patients undergoing bortezomib-based therapy.

    Sponsor – NHS University College London


    A phase I/IIa study of targeted radiotherapy alone for stem cell transplant conditioning in Systemic AL Amyloidosis.

    Sponsor – University Hospital Southampton


    A recombinant human monoclonal antibody treatment option, Secukinumab, for patients with Bechet’s Syndrome, a rare chronic, auto-inflammatory, multisystem disorder. A phase II study.

    Sponsor – NHS Liverpool University Hospitals


    A phase I/II study for an antiviral treatment, Favipiravir, a potential treatment option for hospitalised patients with severe Covid-19 disease.

    Sponsor – University of Liverpool


    A phase I  study to assess the safety and feasibility of clinical grade Wharton’s jelly-derived mesenchymal stromal cells seeded valve-conduit for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction in patients with Tetralogy of Fallot/Pulmonary Atresia.

    Sponsor – University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT


    A phase I safety, immunogenicity and dose escalation study of the candidate pan-Sarbeco Coronavirus vaccine pEVAC_PS in SARS-CoV-2 immunised UK healthy adult volunteers.

    Sponsor – University Hospital Southampton


    Phase I Novel Treatment

    One of the largest clinical studies of patients with Birdshot Uveitis (eye disease) in the UK running at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University Hospital Birmingham.


    A UK/USA Phase I open label dose-escalation of a self-complementary adeno-associated viral vector for gene transfer in subjects with Haemophilia B

    Sponsor – University College London

We’re here to amplify your trial delivery capabilities

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