Patient Recruitment Experts

Our team focuses on accelerating patient enrollment so you can focus on research

Innovative Trials specialises in delivering effective global patient enrollment strategies for your clinical trials by adopting a patient and site-centric approach.

Our Recruitment Experts work with some of the biggest global pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organisations (CROs) and biotech companies to deliver effective strategies. Helping you find more potential participants.

We pride ourselves on forging close, collaborative and long-lasting relationships with our clients. Together, we become one team to ensure patient recruitment and retention success for your studies.
Innovative Trials was founded in 2010 by Kate Shaw and Dave Watkins after identifying a growing need for support.

Headquartered in the UK, Kate and Dave have grown Innovative Trials into a leading global expert in recruitment and retention with specialists living and working in more than 70 countries.

Prior to setting up Innovative Trials, Kate worked for a number of large global pharma companies resulting in her being the only Patient Recruitment Specialist for a Top 10 Pharma company. Kate is passionate about clinical research and strives to ensure that patients are fully educated and supported before participating in clinical trials.

Kate Shaw

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dave is the co-founder and back bone of Innovative Trials. As Chief Operating Officer he oversees the company’s business operations and the IT infrastructure. Prior to setting up Innovative Trials, he spent 18 years working in IT for a Business Services Company, Private Banking and as a technical consultant at a Major US Solutions Provider.

David Watkins

Chief Operating Officer

With 6+ years working within the healthcare industry and 15+ years in the Human Resources field, Laura leads the Operations team at Innovative Trials. She is passionate about patient centricity and the importance of the people involved within a clinical trial; whether a patient, a caregiver or a site staff, they are intrinsic to the study’s success.

Laura Burt

Director of Operations

With 21+ years of commercial experience, Eloise implements and executes business growth strategies in driving revenue and capitalising on new income streams that make a real bottom-line impact. Since joining the clinical research industry, Eloise’s passion is helping to make sure patients are educated and informed, giving a personal fulfilment to her role.

Eloise Moffett

Vice President of Commercial

Our Mission

“To enable all patients to have faster access to life-improving treatments by accelerating clinical development and engaging with communities.”

Equality and Diversity Commitment

Innovative is committed to ensuring we eliminate discrimination from all of our processes, culture and recruitment strategies. Our Equality and Diversity Committee is here to support the company in creating an organisation where the working environment is accessible, responsive and appropriate to people where all employees can fully contribute, develop and flourish at work, irrespective of their personal characteristics.

Take an overview of equality, diversity and human rights issue to support the company’s strategic agenda in this area.

Work within Equality and Human Rights Commission guidelines and codes of practice.

To oversee the design, implementation and periodic review of IT’s equality objectives.

To oversee the implementation, completion, monitoring, audit and evaluation of the Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) process for policy and procedures.

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Our Partnerships

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is the Innovative Trials’ very first US charity partner. MMRF   is the largest nonprofit in the world solely focused on accelerating a cure for each and every multiple myeloma patient.

Every year, Innovative Trials supports a different charity partner. This year we have agreed to support GOSH through a series of fundraising events.

Our Awards

International Trade 2020-2025

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Business Transformation of the Year 2023 Finalist

Lloyd’s Bank British Business Excellence 2023

2021 Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards Winners Logo

Best Global Patient Recruitment Company 2021

Global Health & Pharma Awards

Let our award-winning team support your clinical studies

Therapy Areas

We have extensive experience of study phases I to IV, adults and paediatrics and both acute and chronic conditions.

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  • Post Operative pain
  • Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
  • Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Hypercholesterolaemia
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Anaemia
  • Haemophilia
  • Sickle Cell
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Psoriasis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Bacterial infection – Sepsis
  • C-Diff
  • Intra-abdominal Infectious Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Alopecia
  • Asthma
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Lupus
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Vitiligo
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
  • Dyskinesia in Cerebral Palsy
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukaemia
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Metastatic Bone Pain
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Mutant Tumours
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Solid Tumour
  • Treatment Resistance Post Cancer Treatment
  • Urothelial Cancer
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Over-active Bladder
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Birth Control
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • STD Prevention
  • Urinary Tract Infection