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Artemis Newsletter – June 2019

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CEO Remarks

Happy Summer Artemis Team! I’m pleased to share with you the June 2019 Newsletter. It was a busy May with many activities and studies, as you can see within the newsletter. To continue on our path towards our “True North” for the year of creating the best trained team in the industry, I’d like to share a few items happening in June which will support the company on our journey:

  1. We have received feedback from many of you on the wording and revision of the “Core Purpose” for the company, and there were some excellent ideas, so thank you for this! There was no clear winning version, and after some thought within the executive team and after reviewing the input from you, we are working on creating some additional versions based on what we believe this company’s purpose truly is: to place the patients first and foremost in the research process. I hope to present to you all some additional versions in June so you can provide us with feedback. 
  2. June is a big month for IT at Artemis. We are aiming to complete the migration to BOX by the end of this month, which is a file sharing service that makes collaborating and file sharing WAY easier. Additionally, we are going to be changing to a different IT support service company  called SPLICE. SPLICE seems to be a solid partner to support the growth of Artemis, and we will begin the transition in June—this will be mostly behind the scenes, so will not affect you at this time until we fully transition. 
  3. Finally, most of you will be seeing an invite starting to come out in June for a one on one meeting with me. Due to scheduling restrictions, I will be doing something a little different with the CRU staff. However, the purpose of the meetings is for me to get an opportunity to see how things are going for you and any feedback you may have that I can bring back to the team. I look forward to meeting with you all over the summer! 

I hope you enjoy this issue and also have a great June!

Sincerely

Vishaal

Purpose 

“Passionately Driven to Improve Human Life”

Happy Clinical Trials Day!

May 20th was International Clinical Trials Day! Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate by filling out and posing with a “Why I Work In Research” flyer! We shared these photos and flyers with our Database through a company wide eBlast. In the email, we took a survey asking if our patients and volunteers would recommend Artemis and why or why not. We received a tremendous and overall positive response. A reminder as to why we do what we do:

Artemis At The Ballgame!

In May, Artemis went to the Padres vs NY Mets game!

People

Important updates to personnel and other issues that may affect you.

2019 Company Picnic

This year’s Company Picnic will be a tropical themed celebration with shave ice, a Polynesian dance performance, island style catering, and a tug of war competition!

Mark your calendar for July 27 11am-3pm at Liberty Station NTC Park!

Event Committee News

We are looking for more volunteers to be on the Event Committee! This team helps coordinate events like the Padres game. If interested, reach out to Paulina Good at pgood@artemis-research.com or Shawna Bagalini at sbagalini@artemis-research.com!

Personnel Changes and Updates

Artemis was highly productive this last month in hiring and bringing on new team members—we have been very successful in this endeavor!

San Diego:

  • Congratulations to Angela Strigen for her promotion to Recruitment Relations Specialist!
  • Welcome Summer Ghamedi, our new Regulatory Specialist!
  • Welcome Joanna LaSalle, our new Patient Recruitment Specialist!

San Marcos:

  • Colin Malaska is going to University of Colorado School of Medicine! Congrats, you will be missed!
  • Welcome to Cynthia Warren, our new Research Assistant!
  • Melanie Goerlitz has transferred from SD to SM, congrats on the shorter commute!

Riverside:

  • Congratulations to Nadia Najera on your promotion to IT & Facilities Administrator!
  • Welcome Natalia Pilcher, our new Office Administrator!

Corporate:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Purvi Mehra for her promotion to Chief Medical Officer!
  • We are searching for a Human Resources Manager to execute all HR directed activities within the company
  • We are searching for a VP of Operations to oversee all operations across all sites

Remember: any employee can earn referral bonus of $250 for each successful hire. Nice work and “Thanks” to the employees who referred folks this most recent hiring round.

Birthdays:

 

May 3rd – Philip Rey

 

 

June 12th – Colin Malaska

 

 

June 12th – Kirstin Kevalaitis

 

 

June 25th – Lacey Clements

 

 

June 30th – Eligia Caasi

 

May Artemis Anniversaries:

 

Adriana Espericueta – 1 year

 

 

Donna Perez – 1 year

 

 

Paulina Good – 1 year

 

Ruby Casillas – 2 year

 

 

 

Sandeep Thambi – 2 year

 

Myrna Castro – 3 year

 

Stacey Layle – 3 year

 

 

 

Passion

The New and Improved Core Values!

  1. We always put patients first
  2. We deliver the best customer experience
  3. We do the right thing
  4. We work as a team
  5. We embrace a journey of continuous improvement

Remember:  These values are listed in the order of importance, so if you ever have to choose abiding by one core value over another, then go the higher core value. 

Shout-Out Winners

For the month of June, we had many shout-outs come in from the entire company.

San Diego Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for June is Deliza Cobarruvias!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“You are an excellent communicator and open and easy to approach, and give us individual and team feedback”

San Marcos Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for June is Earle Bartolome!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“He’s the CNS screening machine!”

Riverside Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for June is Natalia Pilcher!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“You are so positive and pleasant with our patients! Way to provide the best customer service!”

 

Congratulations Deliza, Earle, and Natalia! Thank you for being valuable members of the Artemis team.

For these accomplishments, Deliza, Earle, and Natalia will each be awarded a $50 gift card.

**Feel free to recognize your fellow colleagues who you see living and breathing any one of the 6 Core Values for Artemis. At the end of the month, we collect all the “shout-outs” and draw a name from a hat to get a winner. You can give as many shout-outs as you want, and a person can receive as many shout-outs as they deserve.

June Core Value

Our Core Value for June is: We deliver the best customer service every day.

 

Performance

May Screening Goals

We unfortunately fell short of our May screening goal by 6 patients with a final total of 69. We have similar targets for this coming month and some new studies starting. We will hit our June goal if everyone pulls together! Thank you for all you do to help our patients join and stay in our studies.

 

Artemis Newsletter – May 2019

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Purpose 

“Passionately Driven to Improve Human Life”

Our new Core Purpose Statement

Hi all, We’ve had a nice response (about 50%) of you in your vote for choosing a core purpose…but I would really like to get more, if not all, of your votes in, because this core purpose really involves all of us, and why we are here. So to sweeten the pot, we will be offering a $5 Starbucks gift card to EVERY person who votes! Please click on the link below to give your opinion and get your free double whip vanilla latte, or whatever your drink of choice is.
— Thanks! Vishaal

Artemis took part National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) walk in San Diego!

On April 27th, the Artemis team took part in the nation’s largest mental health awareness and fundraising event, NAMIWalks! Thank you to Claudia, Jacquie, Sierra, Jeanne, and Angela who gave their time to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness!

Artemis volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank!

In April, Artemis also volunteered with the San Diego Food Bank! Thanks Shawna, Marlene, Prianka, Jacquie, and Paulina for helping serve the under served!

Gelesis Granted FDA Clearance to Market PLENITY™ — A New Prescription Aid in Weight Management

PLENITY (brand name for Gelesis 100) is the first orally administered, non-stimulant, non-systemic aid in weight management based on proprietary hydrogel technology with a highly favorable safety and efficacy profile demonstrated in clinical studies. ~6 out of 10 adults treated with PLENITY were responders, losing on average 10% of their weight (22 pounds) and 3.5 inches from their waists within 6 months. Thanks to Artemis for conducting the clinical studies that helped PLENITY become FDA approved!

Click here to learn more about Plenity: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190414005031/en/Gelesis-Granted-FDA-Clearance-Market-PLENITY%E2%84%A2-%E2%80%94

People

Important updates to personnel and other issues that may affect you.Shout-Out Winner

For the month of April we had many shout-outs came in from the entire company. The winner for the “Shout-Out” for May is Kirstin Kevalaitis!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“Cleaned up and organized the lab. Looks beautiful! Thanks!!”

Congratulations Kirstin Kevalaitis! Thank you for being a valuable member of the Artemis team.

For this accomplishment, Kirstin will be awarded a $50 gift card.

Feel free to recognize your fellow colleagues who you see living and breathing any one of the 6 Core Values for Artemis. At the end of the month, we collect all the “shout-outs” and draw a name from a hat to get a winner. You can give as many shout-outs as you want, and a person can receive as many shout-outs as they deserve.

Artemis was highly productive this last month in hiring and bringing on new team members—we have been very successful in this endeavor!

Remember: any employee can earn referral bonus of $250 for each successful hire. Nice work and “Thanks” to the employees who referred folks this most recent hiring round.

San Diego:

  • Congratulations to Claudia Camacho on her promotion to Patient Concierge Lead!
  • We are searching for an HR Administrator, Research Assistant, and Regulatory Specialist

San Marcos:

  • Congratulations to Colin Malaska for being accepted into medical school! He will be with the team until July
  • We are searching for a Research Assistant and a Clinical Research Coordinator

Riverside:

  • Congratulations to Nadia Najera on her promotion to Facilities & IT Administrator!
  • Welcome to Nicole Schultz, our new Clinical Research Coordinator!
  • Welcome to Mia Blanton, our new Research Assistant!
  • Natalia accepted the offer as Office Administrator!
  • New Medical Doctor Joining
  • We are searching for a Sub-Investigator position

Corporate:

  • Congratulations to Brittany Weichers on her promotion to Director of Operations!
  • We are searching for a VP of Operations to oversee all operations across all locations

Birthdays:

 

May 8th – Roxana Fitch

 

 

May 9th – Dr. Deilgat

 

 

May 13th – Dr. Layle

 

 

May 23rd – Marie Craig

 

May Artemis Anniversaries:

 

Claudia Llamas – 1 year

 

 

Jacqueline Keller – 1 year

 

 

Jeanne Pun – 1 year

 

 

Jaclyn Deilgat – 2 year

 

 

Lin Let Nwe  – 2 year

 

 

Passion

We rolled out the Core Values of the company over 1.5 years ago. As you may recall, “Core Values” capture the personality of the company, and since we’ve been able to apply the prior core values to our everyday work life for a while, it was time for an update to more accurately capture Artemis’s personality.  Some of the revised Core Values will likely sound familiar, as the original values haven’t all of a sudden just gone away.  But the new ones are more to the point, shorter, and clearer.  We’ve also added some and removed others, which we also believe are more in line with the company’s (ie. all of the team’s) beliefs.  They are also listed in the order of importance, so if you ever have to choose abiding by one core value over another, then go the higher core value.

Introducing the new and improved Core Values!

  1. We always put patients first
  2. We deliver the best customer experience
  3. We do the right thing
  4. We work as a team
  5. We embrace a journey of continuous improvement

**Remember:  These values are listed in the order of importance, so if you ever have to choose abiding by one core value over another, then go the higher core value. 

Here are some explanations for each one:

1. “We always put patients first”

We do this by:

  • Ensuring patient safety
  • Providing the best patient experience
  • Advocating for a patient to enroll into and complete a study

2. “We deliver the best customer experience every day”

Our customers are:

  • Sponsors/CROs
  • Employees
  • Community
  • Business Partners

3. “We do the right thing”

We do this by:

  • Doing what you say you’re going to do
  • Asking if you don’t know what the right thing is
  • Owning up to our mistakes and learning from them

4. “We work as a Team”

To work as a team, we need ideal team players. To be an Ideal team player, you need to be:

  • Humble
  • Motivated, and driven to perform well
  • Sensitive to others needs and communicate effectively
  • Positive

5. “We embrace a journey of continuous improvement”

We achieve this by:

  • Ensuring we perform our job tasks in the most efficient way possible
  • Being curious
  • Ongoing learning
  • Actively contributing
  • Being open to feedback
  • Providing feedback

 

Performance

April Screening Goals

Congratulations San Diego, San Marcos, and Riverside team! We surpassed our April screening goals with a total of 82 screens! Congrats to Riverside and San Marcos for not just meeting, but exceeding your site goals for the month.

Annual Corporate Retreat

Artemis’s Annual Corporate Retreat was a success! It was a wonderful time to train and bond as a team. Dr. Vishaal Mehra shared our company goal to become the BEST trained team in the ENTIRE industry! Together we learned about Situational Leadership with Mark Blanchard and Thriving in a Change Crazy World with Eric Smith and Athena Lou.

Google Review

In April we received a received a 5 star review from one of our recent inpatients on our Google business site! This stellar review shows how the team is delivering on our #1 Core Value: “We always put patients first.”

Artemis Research Ribbon Cut

Artemis Research Opens New Riverside Facility

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San Diego, CA – Artemis Institute for Clinical Research, a leader in Principal Investigator and Patient Focused clinical research, is pleased to announce the opening of a new facility in Riverside, California. The new facility will be utilized to conduct studies for Psychiatry/Neurology, Internal Medicine and Women’s Health indications.

“The addition of a site in Riverside significantly increases our clinical research capabilities,” said Rob Rifkin, Director of Business Operations. “We will now have 3,750 square feet of space and the ability to accommodate over 20,000 incremental clinical research study visits annually. We launched this site with a significant footprint to ensure we can serve as many patients as possible in Riverside and the surrounding communities.”

“Our vision for Artemis is to expand to new sites on the West Coast and beyond,” added Dr. Vishaal Mehra, CEO of Artemis Institute for Clinical Research. “Our new Riverside location has highly experienced Principal investigators and research staff dedicated to this site. We believe we can attract a large diverse pool of study participants, while continuing to deliver the high-quality data our sponsors have come to expect from us.”

Artemis Research has partnered with local vendors to enhance the ability to conduct a variety of research studies at this third location. The facility is centrally located in Riverside at the corner of Magnolia Street and the 91 freeway.


About Artemis Institute for Clinical Research

Artemis Research is a leading Principal Investigator and Patient Focused clinical research company dedicated to advancing medical treatments through rigorous, process-driven trial management. Artemis specializes in Psychiatry/Neurology, Internal Medicine, and Women’s Health initiatives. Established in 2008 by colleagues who bring more than 50 years of combined research experience, the Artemis team is committed to a more thoughtful and professional approach to conducting clinical trials. With multiple locations serving Southern California including San Diego, San Marcos and Riverside, each Artemis site is fully equipped to conduct complex clinical research trials on behalf of sponsors and study patients. To learn more or join a study please visit: https://artemis-research.com/

For further information, please contact:
Jacqueline Keller, VP Sales and Marketing
Tel: 858-278-3647 ext. 303
jkeller@artemis-research.com

8a Site Team Winner

Artemis Research Named 2018 Clinical Site Team of the Year By PharmaTimes

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Artemis Research Named 2018 Clinical Site Team of the Year By PharmaTimes

May 15, 2018

San Diego, CA – Artemis Institute for Clinical Research, a leader in Principal Investigator and Patient Focused clinical research has been named 2018 Clinical Site of the Year for The Americas by PharmaTimes. Designed to recognize and reward the talent and passion of industry and academic researchers in the US, North, South and Central America, this annual competition drew over 240 teams competing for a coveted spot in the finals.
The Clinical Site Team distinction is awarded to the team who successfully completes a three-stage entry process designed to benchmark skills against peers. The independent judging panel of high-level industry leaders compiled by PharmaTimes measured participants based on innovation in clinical trial operations, mitigation of safety risk, and excellence in patient recruitment rewarding teamwork and creative problem-solving. “Site Team of the Year is an important distinction,” stated panel judge Suzanne Day. “This is a well-deserved and well-earned first place award for a team that represents the future of clinical research.”
“Every Artemis team member is empowered to embrace innovative ways of working to ensure we provide the best customer experience every day to both our patients and sponsors,” commented Dr. Vishaal Mehra, CEO of Artemis Institute for Clinical Research. “We are proud to receive this award and congratulate the team for their hard work.”
A complete list of winners in all categories can be found here.

 

About Artemis Institute for Clinical Research
Artemis Research is a leading Principal Investigator and Patient Focused clinical research company dedicated to advancing medical treatments through rigorous, process-driven trial management. Artemis specializes in Psychiatry/Neurology, Internal Medicine, and Women’s Health Initiatives. Established in 2008 by colleagues who bring more than 50 years of combined research experience, the Artemis team is committed to a more thoughtful and professional approach to conducting clinical trials. With multiple locations serving Southern California including San Diego, San Marcos and a soon to open Riverside branch, each Artemis site is fully equipped to conduct complex clinical research trials on behalf of sponsors and study patients. To learn more or join a study please visit: https://artemis-research.com/
For further information, please contact:
Jacqueline Keller, VP Sales and Marketing
Tel: 858-278-3647 ext. 303
jkeller@artemis-research.com