In this edition of the Supporter Spotlight, we are honored to be featuring WIRB-Copernicus Group®
(WCG) for their dedication to CISCRP’s mission of raising public awareness and education about clinical research. Last year, WCG not only sponsored our Chicago Medical Heroes 5K Walk & Run to help honor study volunteers that participate in clinical trials, but they also held a reception, in our honor, and surprised us with a generous donation to further support our many patient and public outreach programs.
We asked WCG to share more about their commitment to clinical research outreach and awareness and how these efforts support their overall mission.
CISCRP: In addition to your support of CISCRP's Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K event in 2017, can you describe WCG’s broader commitment to raising public awareness and public literacy about clinical research?
WCG: “Social responsibility and philanthropy are important elements of the WCG culture. Each year we participate in numerous fundraising activities—both big and small—to improve the delivery of healthcare worldwide. From our non-profit WCG Foundation™, established to raise the global standard of ethical research, to our annual “Party with a Purpose” at DIA, to the many charity walks and drives that we participate in throughout the year, we tend to define “doing well” by “doing good.”
But educating the public about the importance of clinical research is more than a philanthropic endeavor; it is central to the future of clinical development. Each year, we are honored to support CISCRP’s Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K events, which measurably increase public awareness and literacy. In addition, we provide the public with valuable information and thought leadership through CenterWatch and FDANews —two of the leading publishers in the life science industry, and members of the WCG family. These organizations work tirelessly to engage the public in a conversation about clinical research; where it is, where it’s going, and how we can work together to make a difference.”
CISCRP: How do these initiatives fit into your organization's overall mission?
WCG: “For 50 years, WCG has safeguarded the rights and well-being of research participants. Today, we’re helping to accelerate the pace of ethical research. Our solutions not only protect the rights and welfare of study volunteers, but also help to promote clinical trial efficiency. We’re using our unique knowledgebase and unparalleled data to eliminate waste from clinical research and help the industry to run faster, more efficient clinical trials.”
CISCRP: CISCRP was honored to receive a special award from WCG at the 2017 DIA Annual meeting. Tell us about this award and what led WCG to select CISCRP as the recipient?
WCG: “For 15 years, CISCRP has played a critical role in educating the public about the importance of clinical research participation, and provided powerful resources to benefit every member of the clinical trials ecosystem. It was our privilege to recognize CISCRP for its outstanding contribution to the field of clinical research, which includes reaching ONE MILLION households through its AWARE for All program. By promoting informed participation in clinical research, CISCRP is helping to make progress possible.”