In 1994, hospitals and academic centers were the primary locations for research on new medications. It was during this time that Lynne Merriam had an idea. An idea about a private, family owned business whose only job was to conduct research studies for new medicines.
In 1994, after establishing her business model, Merriam and two local physicians formed Gulf Coast Clinical Associates. In 1995, she decided to purchase and rename the company to Clinical Research of West Florida. A few months later, the physicians returned to their private practices and Merriam brought in step-daughter, Sara McGilvary. Together, they laid the foundation for what has become a thriving business.
Over the past 20 years, CRWF has reached over 10,000 patients and successfully conducted over 1,000 Phase I-IV research studies. The company’s model of a private research-only company has become wide-spread throughout America. CRWF’s founders are proud to be one of the first and one of the best in quality of performance and most importantly, in patient satisfaction.