Open Orphan plc (LON:ORPH), a rapidly growing specialist pharmaceutical services contract research organization (CRO) and world leader in vaccine and antiviral testing using human challenge clinical trials, has announced that hVIVO, part of Open Orphan plc, has opened a new quarantine clinic in East London. The new site is based in Whitechapel, directly opposite the Queen Mary BioEnterprise Innovation Centre which houses hVIVO’s 24 bedroom unique state-of-the-art FluCamp site and the recently opened new street-level volunteer screening centre. The Whitechapel Clinic will act as an extension of hVIVO`s current QMB site.
The converted 26-bedroom former boutique hotel, which will be known as the Whitechapel Clinic, has the capacity for up to 19 quarantine rooms and will be used as an additional unit for human challenge trials and volunteer recruitment screening. The quarantine rooms are located across three floors of the former hotel, with each level fully converted to include a nurses station on each floor.
The new site, like QMB, will follow the highest safety standards to deliver each clinical study and volunteer screening visit. Of the 19 rooms, 8 rooms on a single floor are flexible use clinic rooms, meaning they can be used as either quarantine bedrooms for challenge studies or for volunteer screening visits. Each room at the facility has been fully repurposed to the highest standard, with all volunteer rooms equipped with an en-suite bathroom, TV, wardrobe, and tea & coffee making facilities. This will provide a comfortable space for volunteers during studies. The Whitechapel Clinic, like QMB, is also equipped with a 24-hour security presence and a working hour reception desk.
Cathal Friel, Exexcutive Chairman of Open Orphan plc commented: “Our newest quarantine unit greatly increases our capacity to facilitate hVIVO’s pipeline of upcoming studies. Our QMB clinic is now close to full capacity until December 2021, and as such, the newly renovated, state of the art Whitechapel Clinic will allow us to increase our study capacity substantially in the year ahead.
“We have leased the entire former Whitechapel Hotel and managed to convert the space on a very cost efficient basis which is now almost fully booked to capacity for H1 2021. This new facility will be run at the same high standard as our QMB site, and volunteers will be expertly supervised by our highly trained nurses and doctors in a safe and controlled clinical environment.”
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hVIVO recruits many of its volunteers for its challenge study clinical trials through its dedicated volunteer recruitment website, www.flucamp.com. By volunteering to take part in one of our studies in a safe, controlled, clinical environment under expertly supervised conditions you are playing your part to further medical research and help increase the understanding of respiratory illnesses.