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Artemis Newsletter – January 2020

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CEO Remarks

 

Dear Artemis team,

 

Sincerely

Vishaal

 

Upcoming Events

 

 

Purpose

Industry, Patients, and Community Highlights

Artemis Holiday Toy Drive

Thank you to everyone who donated to our toy drive! You helped bring hope to San Diego’s children in need.

 

People

Personnel and Artemis Community Updates

 

Holiday Decorating Competition

Each site did an amazing job decorating their workspace! The winning site is TBD. Great job working together as a team!

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego Business Woman Of The Year Awards

Congratulations to our Chief Medical Officer and Principal Investigator at our San Diego site, Dr. Purvi Mehra!

Dr. Mehra is a finalist for the 2019 Business Woman of the Year Awards!

 

 

Personnel and Hiring Updates

San Diego:

  • Welcome back to San Diego Nadia Najera!
  • We are searching for a Site Manager to join our SD team. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here.

San Marcos:

  • We are searching for a Clinical Research Coordinator to join our San Marcos team. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here.

Riverside:

  • Artemis is looking for an experienced Clinical Research Coordinator to join our Riverside team. If you or someone you may know are interested,  apply here.
  • We are looking for a part-time Physician Sub-Investigator to join our Riverside team. If you or someone you know may be interested, apply here.

Corporate:

  • We are searching for a Director of Strategic Growth/Business Development to join our Corporate team. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here.

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.

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Artemis Newsletter – December 2019

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CEO Remarks

 

Dear Artemis team,

Welcome to the December Artemis Newsletter and also the final newsletter for 2019! I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and enjoyed time with family and friends. Don’t look now, but we still have the last month of the year to finish up this decade—weird to think of, yeah?

November was a bit lower-performing due in part to the holiday season as we can sometimes expect, but we still accomplished quite a bit as a company. Here’s a summary of the happenings for December and a brief review of what the team accomplished in November:

1. Our Annual Holiday Party is coming upon 12/13/2019! I certainly hope each of you can make the time to come to this important company celebration—it’s a wonderful time for all of us to relax and party together, eat some good food, and drink (a little 😉). It’s important that we work together as a team and celebrate together as a team, so I am looking forward to seeing you there. In addition, we will be having our end of the year awards and topping it off with a casino night—what’s not to like?!

2. The executive team had it’s end of the year off-site strategy meeting in November, and we are excited to share the company-wide goals for 2020 with you soon. Additionally, the company’s budget has been completed. We will plan on sharing these at our next scheduled town hall meeting January 24, 2020.

3. Emplify, the 3rdparty partner Artemis is working with, will be launching its first engagement survey to our team 12/16/19. As a reminder, this is a crucial formal first step in making sure each of your voices are truly heard and we can get open and honest feedback via this vendor, so we can continue our mission to build a company and culture where employee satisfaction and engagement are the top priorities.

4. Artemis began to conduct more cross-departmental meetings beginning in November. The aim for us as a company is to have full transparency and communication throughout the company as we continue growing. The launch of the marketing/operations meeting as well as the financial/operations meeting was a step in this direction. Thanks to Ali for spearheading this important initiative!

5. Ali, Brittany, Delaney, and I are working diligently on creating and building out training pathways that we are aiming to launch at the beginning of the new year. These are coming along nicely, and we believe we are on track for the January 2nd launch of the training pathways and certifications…we will keep you posted!

I hope you all have a wonderful December while celebrating the holiday season and continue the great work you provide to our study patients, sponsors, and to each other!

Sincerely

Vishaal

 

Purpose

Industry, Patients, and Community Highlights

Artemis Holiday Toy Drive

Questions about the toy drive? Email smcgovern@artemis-research.com.

 

Karuna Press Release

“Karuna and Syneos Health would like to take a moment to share the November 18, 2019 press release from Karuna, regarding the KAR-004 final study results. As you can see, we had a very successful study. We wanted to send a special thank you to all Investigators and Site Staff for your hard work, diligence, quality, and perseverance throughout the KAR-004 study. Please take a moment to congratulate yourselves as this success could not have been achieved without each and everyone one of you. This is a testament to a great team. We look forward to future endeavors with amazing sites like yours.  Again, thank you for participating in this important and successful trial.  At some point in the near future, we will send out meeting invites to review the study data details.”

Purple Boat Float

 

Sunny Martinez and Dr. Katrina Patrick participated in the Purple Boat Float, an event that honors those who have been affected by dementia. Participants dedicate a candle lit inside a purple paper boat and set it off across the lake in honor of those affected by the disease. This one took place on November 10th at the Fairmount Park in Riverside.

 

 

 

People

Personnel and Artemis Community Updates

 

Holiday Decorating Competition

This December we’re having a holiday decorating contest! You can decorate your work space with supplies available in your site’s break room, and everyone can vote on whose work space is the most festive. The winner will receive a $50 gift card!

 

 

 

 

 

San Diego Business Woman Of The Year Awards

Congratulations to our Chief Medical Officer and Principal Investigator at our San Diego site, Dr. Purvi Mehra!

Dr. Mehra is a finalist for the 2019 Business Woman of the Year Awards!

 

 

2020 Artemis Events

Personnel and Hiring Updates

San Diego:

  • We are searching for a Site Manager to join our SD team. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here.

San Marcos:

  • We are searching for a Clinical Research Coordinator to join our San Marcos team. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here.

Riverside:

  • Artemis is looking for an experienced Clinical Research Coordinator to join our Riverside team. If you or someone you may know are interested,  apply here.
  • We are looking for a part-time Physician Sub-Investigator to join our Riverside team. If you or someone you know may be interested, apply here.

Corporate:

  • Welcome Stephanie McClintock, our new Vice President of Sales and Marketing!
  • We are searching for a Director of Strategic Growth/Business Development to join our Corporate team. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here.

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.

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Artemis Newsletter – November 2019

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Dear Artemis team, 

Welcome to the November edition of the Artemis Newsletter!  October seemed to blow by, and the weather is starting to remind us that is indeed fall.  I hope you all enjoyed the month and the Halloween festivities…..now on to my personal favorite holiday, Thanksgiving (overeating, napping, and watching football—doesn’t get any better than that IMO).   

October was a fun and productive month for the company.   

Here’s a summary of the happenings for November and a brief review of what the team accomplished in October: 

1. Members of the leadership team attended a business conference in mid-October, and came back feeling inspired to continue on the path we have embarked on of improving employee satisfaction and engagement—in fact this was the recurring theme at the conference. As a result of this conference, we have teamed up with a 3rd party company, Emplify, which will be working with the entire company to make sure all of our team is feeling both satisfied and engaged with the work we are doing, and to get to a point where you all LOVE working at Artemis!  Stay tuned as you will hear more about this in December onwards.

2. Most of the company is now using BOX! Great job to all of you for working on making this transition I can appreciate that this can take a little bit of getting used to for some of you, but I       hope you will find this system as powerful and useful as it can be. Please continue to work on the platform, and we will continue to try to improve anything you bring us feedback on, so we can ensure every team member finds it helpful.  You can also celebrate that this will be my last mention of BOX in the newsletter 🙂 

3. Beginning November, Brittany, Ali, Delaney, and I will be working on the initial buildout of the training platform which will eventually become Artemis University—this includes creating the pathway for Certified Trainers, which will be the initial priority for the upcoming month. 

4. As a reminder, the leadership team has begun working on the budgeting and planning for 2020.  If you have any feedback or thoughts on items you believe can help you and/or the company, please feel free to provide this input to myself or your managers….we would love to consider these while constructing the budget. 

I hope you all have a wonderful November and Thanksgiving Holidays, and continue the great work you provide to our study patients, sponsors, and to each other! 

Sincerely,

Vishaal 

 

Purpose

Prioritizing Patients. Advancing Medicine. Improving the world.

NAMI Walk

In October Artemis participated in another walk to benefit NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Thank you to all who took a stand to support mental health resources!

Rachel’s Women’s Center Drive Update:

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the women’s shelter donations drive! We had an excellent donations turnout, great job giving back to the community! The site that generated the most donations and won the pizza party is San Diego.

 

 

 

Fifty & Better Health Fair: Mental Health First Aid

Artemis participated in the Fifty & Better Health Day! The event was coordinated by the Janet Goeske Foundation, a non-profit  committed to improving the quality of life of those aged 50 & Better.

New Migraine Treatment Approved

Artemis worked on a study that contributed to getting a new migraine treatment approved! To learn more about lasmiditan click here: https://investor.lilly.com/news-releases/news-release-details/lillys-reyvowtm-lasmiditan-first-and-only-medicine-new-class

 

People

Personnel Updates

San Diego:

  • Congratulations to Roxana Fitch and Kecia Darbeau for your promotion to Senior Clinical Research Coordinator!
  • Congratulations to Shannon Zimmerman for your promotion to CRU Supervisor!
  • Welcome Angelica Herrera, our new Research Assistant
  • Welcome Alicia Contreras, our new Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
  • We are searching for a Site Manager to join our SD team. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here. 

San Marcos:

  • We are searching for a Clinical Research Coordinator to join our San Marcos team.If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here. 

Riverside:

  • Welcome Michelle Leeward, our new Office Administrator!
  • Artemis is looking for an experienced Clinical Research Coordinator to join our Riverside team. If you or someone you may know are interested,  apply here.
  • We are looking for a part-time Physician Sub-Investigator to join our Riverside team. If you or someone you know may be interested, apply here. 

Corporate:

  • Welcome Baby Ace! Deliza Cobarruvias, our Call Center Manager, welcomed her baby boy on October 4th!
  • Artemis is searching for a new VP of Sales and Marketing. If someone you know may be interested, they can apply here.

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.

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Artemis Newsletter – October 2019

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Dear Artemis team,

Our October Newsletter is here! This is the time of the year when I find it’s essentially impossible to eat healthy, so I guess you just have to go with the flow and finish the year with a full stomach and a bang (or a whimper)—maybe start by eating candy only every other day to show some self-control. I hope you all are ready to begin the fall season, as it’s continued to be a busy and productive year for Artemis.

Here’s a summary of the happenings for October and a brief review of what the team accomplished in September:

 

  1. Artemis had its first Town Hall meeting in September, and I believe it was a big success! I’d like to truly thank you all for being active participants and asking excellent questions—that is what makes a meeting like this successful! For those of you who were not able to attend, don’t worry, we’ve recorded the meeting if you would like to see it: https://app.box.com/s/805plnhpt59fhkagkvq2dgx6825j10sj And remember, we will be conducting the Town Hall meetings at the end of each quarter, so the next one will be in January 2020.
  2. Probably the most memorable part from the Town Hall meeting is that as a result of the great work you all have done this year, we will be giving Monday 12/23 as an additional PTO day! If you have already requested this day off, please work with your manager to delete that request.
  3. The leadership team will begin working on the budgeting and planning for 2020 starting in October. This is a great time for us to receive feedback as to what each of you feels would be beneficial for us to consider for the next year in terms of benefits and other perks. Remember, we are committed to making this company a place where you absolutely LOVE to work, and to get there, we will truly need your input and feedback to help us all succeed in this. If you have thoughts, please send to Ali, Jacquie, me, or to humanresources@artemis-research.com and we will put it all under serious consideration.
  4. Some of you have had the opportunity to meet with our HR Coordinator, Delaney Patterson. In this role, one of Delaney’s mission is to assist the managers and ensure the team has a consistent and helpful contact for employee issues. Now that Delaney is settling in, she will be coming to each location to more formally introduce herself to you and also review the Employee Training Fund program in more detail. She is eager to meet you all!
  5. Ali has been working with the operations team to migrate over to BOX—the folder sharing software which allows easier collaboration. Thank you to Ali and the volunteers who assisted in migrating all that content over—no easy feat! We are planning on going live with BOX for operations in October.

I hope you all have a wonderful October and continue the great work you provide to our study patients, sponsors, and to each other!

Sincerely,

Vishaal

Purpose

Industry, Patients, and Community Highlights

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Artemis Riverside team participated in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Riverside, CA. Our participation helped raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.

 

Donations Drive to Rachel’s Women’s Center

Artemis will be participating in a donations drive for the Rachel’s Women’s Center from September 30th to November 1st! Donation bins will be provided at all three sites in the break rooms. With the holidays quickly approaching, each donation counts! Please aid us in making this donation drive a successful one.

People

Personnel and Event Updates

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:

San Marcos:

Riverside:

Corporate:

  • Congratulations to Angela Strigen for her promotion to Associate Marketing Manager!
  • Welcome Alexis Jones, our new Patient Recruitment Specialist
  • Welcome Darrian Castillo, our new Patient Recruitment Specialist
  • Welcome Nick Dimino, our new Digital Marketing Intern

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.

 

October Birthdays:


 

October 1 – Mia Blanton, Research Assistant

 

 

 

October 2 – Sierra McGovern, Executive Assistant

 

 

 

October 19 – Jacqueline Bernabei, Clinical Research Coordinator

 

 

 

October 20 – Vishaal Mehra, CEO

 

 

 

October 24 – Ruby Casillas, Research Assistant

 

 

 

October 27 – Summer Ghamedi, Regulatory Specialist

 

 

 

October Artemis Anniversaries:

Happy Artemis Anniversary, thanks for all that you do!

 

1 year – Prianka Patel, Patient Recruitment Specialist

 

 

 

Passion

Core Values Coming Alive

Artemis Achiever Award

At every Town Hall Meeting, the leadership team will select a winner of the Artemis Achiever award. Our first ever recipient of this award is Ruby Casillas! Thanks Ruby for all that you do for patients and for Artemis.

Shout-Out Winners

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

San Diego Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for September is Dave Holland!

“ He fixes the seemingly “unfixable’ — he’s not in maintenance he’s a MAGICIAN :)”

San Marcos Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for September is Melanie Goerlitz!

“She volunteered to help create source for Satsuma, freeing me up to work on other tasks.”

Riverside Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for September is Mia Blanton!

“For killing it in the lab!”

Congratulations! Thank you for being valuable members of the Artemis team.

For these accomplishments, Dave, Melanie, and Mia 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.

 

Our 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

 

Our Core Value for October is:  We always put patients first

 

Company Performance Metrics

Public Reviews

The San Diego team received a 5-star review on Google!

 

Reputation Management Initiative

Here are just a few of the wonderful feedback we have been receiving from our patients!

Clinical Operations Q4 Bonus Structure Roll-Out

We are rolling out a bonus structure for Q4 around Screening for Roll-Over Patients. The goal is to increase revenue by establishing a bonus structure for when existing patients are successfully screened into another study. This is something we want to test for one quarter to see if this increases our ability to screen and retain existing patients. Here are the eligibility criteria:

  1. All coordinators and research assistants are eligible for this bonus
  2. The existing patient has to have screen failed or completed a prior study within the last 30 days. If they dropped from a study approval from an Investigator is required before you can schedule them as a screen in another study. There is no time limit on when the screening can be scheduled (for example, if you want to screen them in a CNS study and they have to wait 60 days before they are eligible to screen, as long as they are scheduled for that screen within 30 days you are eligible for the bonus)
  3. Patient successfully signing the ICF will be required before the bonus is paid
  4. The person eligible for the bonus is the person who scheduled the Screening Visit 1
  5. Bonus amounts will be paid in the second paycheck of the month for the month prior
  6. Screening Bonus Amount is $50; timeline is for appointments scheduled starting tomorrow October 1st through December 31st as our initial test!

September Screening Goals

We rounded off September with 99 screens, beating our target of 94! Four of six divisions exceeded their targets. A big shout out to all the sites for contributing to pushing us over the top for September! Thank you for all you do to support each other, our patients and deliver to our Sponsors.

Artemis Newsletter – September 2019

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Dear Artemis team,

You know summer is winding down when you start to see Halloween already being promoted—too soon in my opinion, but might as well embrace it!  I hope you had a nice summer and were able to get some rest and breaks during the summer months.  I’m excited about the things the company accomplished in August and has on the plate for September.     

Here’s a summary of the happenings for September and a brief review of what the team accomplished in August: 

  1. As most of you know, we conducted our first employee Net Promoter Score (NPS) score, spearheaded by Ali.  We are all very appreciative that we had an above 80% response rate and the comments and feedback are very helpful.  We will be sharing this with you all and also work on addressing the items expressed.  The purpose of conducting this and future surveys is to create a company that you all believe is a place you LOVE working at—this is the goal, and we are committed to achieving this, so please continue to provide the feedback and work with the leadership team to create that kind of company. 
  2. You asked and we listened—Some of the feedback we have received is to improve upon the communication from the corporate team.  I’m excited to announce that we will be starting a company Town Hall forum, whereby the leadership team will be conducting a meeting with the whole company to provide updates and also be available to answer ANY questions that you may have.  We will be conducting our first town hall meeting based in San Diego, and have San Marcos and Riverside video into the meeting, and for future meetings we will rotate the locations.  More details will be coming 1 -2 weeks prior to this meeting, so stay tuned! 
  3. I’m also pleased to announce that we have kicked off formally participating in the Employee Training Fund program.  This is a California program which reimburses the company for the training that is provided to all employees.  These funds will be used for creating and enhancing the training program for all employees.  You will all start seeing training logs for any training that is done, so please ensure to sign off on these as they come to you. 
  4. The company has finally moved over to SPLICE as our new IT support provider and we are aiming for the entire company to have access and work within BOX by the end of September.  Ali and Nadia will be working with you all to ensure a smooth transition. 

I hope you all have a wonderful September and continue the great work you provide to our study patients, sponsors, and to each other! 

Sincerely,

Vishaal

Purpose 

Industry, Patients, and Community Highlights

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Artemis Riverside team is participating in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Riverside, CA. Our participation raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Click here to sign up to walk on September 22nd.

Link: https://act.alz.org/site/TR/Walk2019/General?px=16555041&pg=personal&fr_id=12074

 

Artemis Food Drive for the San Diego Food Bank

Thank you to everyone who contributed and made this Artemis Food Drive successful!

 

 

Reputation Management Initiative

On 8/22 we went live with an initiative to gain feedback from our patients and improve our online reputation scores on Google, Facebook and Yelp. Our first rave review came in last week for the San Marcos team with a score of 10/10! You will be hearing more about how you can contribute to these efforts at our upcoming town hall meeting.

 

 

 

People

Personnel and Event Updates

Reminder: Clocking In and Out for Lunch

Do your best to take lunch before your five hour mark! We care about your sanity and want to make sure you are getting a well-deserved break in the middle of the day. If you cannot clock out before your five hours, please let your manager know why. If you do need to work through lunch, do not clock-out. We want to ensure your timecards reflect the actual hours worked so we can manage everyone’s time effectively and adjust schedules as needed.

Holiday Scrubs!

We can now wear holiday themed scrubs the business day before a holiday! And of course on the actual holiday if required to work.

Team Sports Survey

There has been some expressed interest in forming a company sports team. Each site could have the potential of forming their own teams for a company-wide league and play against other teams in their area. If you are interested in participating, please take this quick one-minute survey to vote for your desired sport!

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ArtemisSportLeague

 

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:

San Marcos:

  • Congratulations Gloria Keopuhiwa on her promotion to San Marcos Site Manager!

Riverside:

Corporate:

  • We are searching for a Patient Recruitment Specialist. If you know anyone who may qualify they may apply here: https://jsco.re/32lwg
  • We are searching for a Bilingual English/Spanish Patient Recruitment Specialist. If you know anyone who may be interested they can apply here: https://jsco.re/32lxe

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.

 

September Birthdays:

 

September 2nd – Regina Hayes

 

 

 

September 5th – Sarah Miller

 

 

September 6th – Ben Rooney

 

 

September 8th – Adriana Espericueta

 

 

 

September Artemis Anniversaries:

Happy Artemis Anniversary, thanks for all that you do!

 

 

2 years – Deliza Cobarruvias

 

 

2 years – Maria Hernandez

 

 

 

 

Passion

Core Values Coming Alive

Shout-Out Winners

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

San Diego Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for August is Nadia Najera!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“ She is so helpful – gets things done fast and well, and goes above and beyond to support the team. Plus she came all the way from AZ for the company picnic!”

San Marcos Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for August is Brittany Weichers!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“She balances all the sites so well and still gives attention to each staff member.”

Riverside Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for August is Dr. Lavery!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“ Helping randomize 20 subjects for Idorsia”

Congratulations! Thank you for being valuable members of the Artemis team.

For these accomplishments, Nadia, Brittany, and Dr. Lavery 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.

 

Our 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

 

Our Core Value for September is:  We embrace a journey of continuous improvement

 

Company Performance Metrics

Acurian Campaign Shout-Out for Jeanne Pun

Jeanne Pun, our Patient Recuitment Specialist, has been working diligently on recruitment for our Insomnia studies including Idorsia ID-078A301. She was given a shout-out for her tremendous effort for Idorsia on their Acurian recruitment portal. Due to Jeanne’s focused efforts, we are one of the top performing sites. Thank you Jeanne for all of your hard work!

 

August Screening Goals

We ended August with 88 screens which 89% to our goal for August. Our new goal for September is 94. We have 20 screening days in the month starting today.  Let’s make it a great month and end the 3rd quarter strong!

Artemis Newsletter – August 2019

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CEO Remarks

Dear Artemis team,

We had a fun time at the Annual Summer picnic in July, and it was great to see all the kids, families, and pets enjoying themselves.  July was a hot month for both the country and for Artemis—nice work to all of you! I’m pleased to share with you the August 2019 Newsletter.  Here’s a summary of the happenings for August:

  1. I’m very excited to announce the addition of two team members to the corporate office—Ali Gerritsen as the VP of Operations, who started July 29,2019 and Delaney Patterson, our new HR Coordinator who will be starting August 5th, 2019.  Both will be a welcome addition to the company and promise to continue the successful growth of the organization while keeping the core purpose and values alive and at the forefront of our actions.
  1. Artemis has been approved to participate in the California Training Fund program.  This program assists the company financially to implement training programs for all our team for the next 2 years.  I’m eager for us to now start looking at ways to improve and further formalize our training plans for each team member to develop professionally.
  1. I may be sounding like a broken record, but we will changing the roll out of BOX, (the file sharing software service) so that certain departments will first begin working with it, and then targeting a full launch to sometime end of Q3 or beginning of Q4.  The Patient Recruitment and Marketing team has already begun to work within BOX, soon to be followed by the rest of the corporate team.  We want to make sure we are rolling this important tool out properly rather than rush, so that’s the reason for the delays…coming soon though!
  1. Finally, the IT service provider formally switched over to SPLICE on 8/1/19.  There is no real change you will see except for a chat help desk that will soon appear on your desktop for any IT service support. There is a 1 month overlap with Skyriver IT for August, but we ask to start working with the SPLICE team from August 1st on to become acquainted with them.

I hope you all have a wonderful August and continue the great work you provide to our study patients, sponsors, and to each other!

Sincerely,

Vishaal

Purpose 

Industry, Patients, and Community Highlights

Big Sister League of San Diego

Claudia Camacho, Patient Concierge Lead, and Angela Strigen, Recruitment Relations Specialist, visited with the women of the Big Sister League of San Diego. Big Sister League of San Diego provides supportive housing for women living with mental illness, homelessness, trauma, and/or domestic abuse and assists residents through services and programs designed to encourage confidence, self-esteem, and independence. Claudia spoke with the women of the house about Artemis Research, our current studies offered at our San Diego site, and any indications the women were interested in. Continued outreach not only brings awareness about Artemis Research to the local community, but also can help members of the community find the care and help they need.  

 

Dr. Katrina Patrick’s Feature

Dr. Katrina Patrick, our Principal Investigator at our Riverside site, was featured in the Sage 217-MDD-303 July 2019 Newsletter!

 

People

Personnel and Event Updates

2019 Company Picnic

This year’s Company Picnic at Liberty Station NTC Park was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended!

Feedback for the 2019 Company Picnic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GPGPXRP

 

Ice Cream Day!

To celebrate the kickoff of summer and National Ice Cream Day on July 21st, each site hosted an ice cream party! A special thank you to the event committee for putting together a very successful Ice Cream Day!

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:

  • Welcome back Roxana Fitch our Clinical Research Coordinator for our San Diego medical team!

San Marcos:

  • Welcome to Dr. Norton, our new Sub-Investigator for the San Marcos Medical team!
  • We are searching for a Clinical Research Coordinator for the San Marcos team.

Riverside:

  • No current updates

Corporate:

  • Welcome to Alexandra Gerritsen, our new VP of Operations! Please take the anonymous Artemis team survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNNPQQY
  • Welcome to Delaney Patterson, our new HR Coordinator who will be starting August 5th, 2019!

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.

 

August Birthdays:

August 12th – Dr. Ruby Shandilya
August 13th – Melanie Goerlitz
August 30th – Claudia Camacho

 

August Artemis Anniversaries:

Happy Artemis Anniversary, thanks for all that you do!

Sarah Mireles – 3 year

 

Claudia Camacho – 5 year

 

 

Dr. Eric Chavez – 5 year

 

 

 

Passion

Core Values Coming Alive

Shout-Out Winners

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

San Diego Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for July is Sarah Mireles!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“Helping the husband of a subject when he had fallen asleep in the lobby.”

San Marcos Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for July is Gloria Keopuhiwa!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“Gloria is the best! She’s always willing to help and is extremely resourceful!”

Riverside Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for July is Adriana Espericueta!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“Organizing the patient room drawers.”

 

Congratulations Sarah, Gloria, and Adriana! Thank you for being valuable members of the Artemis team.

For these accomplishments, Sarah, Gloria, and Adriana 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.

Our 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

 

Our Core Value for August is:  We work as a team

 

Company Performance Metrics

July Screening Goals

Congratulations San Diego, San Marcos, and Riverside on helping us not only meet but surpass our screening goals for July! We had a goal of 97 screens and surpassed that goal by 30% ending with a total of 126 screens! Thank you for all you do to help our patients join and stay in our studies!

Artemis Newsletter – July 2019

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Purpose 

“Prioritizing patients. Advancing medicine. Improving the world.”

Core Purpose Update

Our new Core Purpose statement is “Prioritizing patients. Advancing medicine. Improving the world.

 

Artemis Food Drive for San Diego Food Bank

“Prioritizing patients. Advancing medicine. Improving the world.

Look for the Red Barrels around our San Diego, San Marcos, and Riverside  locations from July 1st through July 31st for food donations to the San Diego Food Bank. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 26 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 370,000 people per month in San Diego County. Let’s give back to the community together!

Link To Needed Items: https://sandiegofoodbank.org/food-drives/host-a-food-drive/food-drive-toolkit/

Deana Foundation Masquerade Gala

Prioritizing patients. Advancing medicine. Improving the world.”

In June Artemis sponsored the Memory Masquerade Gala in Riverside! The event helps fund grants for undeserved caregivers of people suffering from dementia through a wonderful organization called The Deana Foundation. We do this type of community outreach whenever possible to help establish ties with people in the Alzheimer’s community who may benefit from our studies in Riverside. Purple is the color of dementia, hence Dr. Patrick’s lovely purple gown.

 

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 shaved ice, island style catering, and a tug of war competition!

Mark your calendar for July 27 11:30am-2:30pm 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:

  • We are searching for a psychiatry sub-investigator.

San Marcos:

  • San Marcos went to happy hour in June!
  • We are searching for a sub-investigator for the San Marcos Medical Division.

Riverside:

  • No current updates

Corporate:

  • Welcome to Alexandra Gerritsen, our new VP of Operations! She will start July 29th.
  • Welcome back from maternity leave Lacey Clements!
  • We are searching for a Human Resources Manager to execute all HR directed activities within the company.

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.

July Birthdays:

July 12th – Sharon Bryant

 

July Artemis Anniversaries:

Happy Artemis Anniversary, thanks for all that you do!

 

Roxana Fitch – 1 year

 

 

Melanie Goerlitz – 2 year

 

 

Nicole Conner – 3 year

 

 

Shawna Bagalini – 5 year

 

 

Dave Holland – 6 year

 

 

 

Passion

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 Maria Hernandez!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“She is a team player when covering the front desk. Always willing to help.”

San Marcos Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for June is Melanie Goerlitz!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“She has volunteered to help with Merck startup. She has helped me tremendously.”

Riverside Winner:

The winner for the “Shout-Out” for June is Mia Blanton!

The specific winning shout out is as follows:

“She is a great help, we couldn’t be as successful as we are without you!”

 

Congratulations Maria, Melanie, and Mia! Thank you for being valuable members of the Artemis team.

For these accomplishments, Maria, Melanie, and Mia 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.

July Core Value

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

 

Our Core Value for July is:  we do the right thing

 

June Screening Goals

Congratulations San Diego, San Marcos, and Riverside on helping us not only meet but surpass our screening goals for June! We had a goal of 75 screens and surpassed that goal by 36% ending with a total of 102 screens! Thank you for all you do to help our patients join and stay in our studies!

Google Reviews

San Marcos had two 5-star reviews in the month of June! Keep up the great work!

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 Institute for Clinical Research Announces 10-year Anniversary

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Dec. 31, 2018 San Diego, CA – Artemis Institute for Clinical Research is celebrating a successful end to its 10th year in operation.

“The rigorous nature of clinical studies requires a superior patient experience, in order to maintain high retention and completion rates,” says Dr. Vishaal Mehra, CEO of Artemis Institute for Clinical Research.  “We started with one location, a couple of trials and a handful of loyal patient volunteers on October 22, 2008,” added Dr. Mehra. “In 2018 alone, we are proud to have screened more than 800 study participants across our three locations.

A leader in Principal Investigator and Patient Focused clinical research, Artemis expanded to three sites in Southern California, covering multiple counties and serving varying populations. Offices are located in downtown San Diego (serving Central, Southern San Diego County and Baja California, Mexico), the City of San Marcos (serving the North County of San Diego), and the City of Riverside (serving the Inland Empire).

Founded by Dr. Vishaal Mehra, Artemis enrolls patients in trials for psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine and women’s health. “The scientific advances made possible by clinical research is what motivates our team of over 70 professionals to pursue the most challenging studies.  We work to improve the efficacy of today’s medical treatments.”

For more information, please visit: https://artemis-research.com/

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.

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