Innovative Trials among Hertfordshire companies celebrated at local business awards

Innovative Trials, a global clinical trial patient recruitment and retention company based in Hertfordshire, has been recognised for its contribution to the county’s economy and business reputation.

The company was shortlisted in four separate categories of the 2023 Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards, an annual award ceremony held by the local Chamber of Commerce. The winners were announced at a glitzy gala dinner on Thursday 22 June to celebrate local business talent, with Innovative Trials narrowly missing out on the top honours but receiving a Highly Commended in the Excellence in International Trade Category.

The four categories Innovative Trials was shortlisted for were:

  • Business of the Year (Medium to Large)
  • Excellence in International Trade
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Workplace Wellbeing.

Kate Shaw, co-founder and CEO of Innovative Trials, paid tribute to all those who won: “Congratulations to all the exceptional businesses and individuals who have been recognised by the Inspiring Hertfordshire Award. Innovative Trials may not have won, but it was fantastic to be recognised and given the opportunity to spend an evening in such great company with all the other finalists.”

Based in Letchworth Garden City, Innovative Trials works with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to accelerate patient access to innovative new treatments. The company support its clients to recruit eligible people into clinical trials and ensure they are supported throughout the process.
Founded by Shaw and her partner, Dave Watkins, in 2010, Innovative Trials has grown into a multinational organisation with offices in the UK and US, and a global network of contractors. It has supported around 300 clinical trials globally across more than 25 separate therapy areas and played a part in six new treatments being approved for patients worldwide.

Innovative Trials has previously been the recipient of the Queen’s Award for International Trade and named Best Global Patient Recruitment Company by the Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards in 2021.












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About Innovative Trials
Innovative Trials is a leading global clinical trial patient recruitment and retention company. With over 10 years’ experience, Innovative Trials deploys ‘boots-on-the-ground’ patient recruitment experts in over 70 countries, addressing individual sites’ unique recruitment and retention challenges in local language.
Innovative Trials has experience in over 25 therapeutic areas, across 90+ conditions working with some of the biggest global pharmaceuticals, Clinical Research Organizations (CROs) and biotech companies.
Innovative Trials was founded in 2010 by Kate Shaw and Dave Watkins after identifying a growing need for clinical trial patient recruitment support.
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