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FAQ: - Who Sponsors Clinical Trials?

Question: Who sponsors clinical trials and where do they take place?

Clinical trials are sponsored by government agencies, private organizations, and individual researchers who are seeking ways to improve the health of people living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Sponsors include:

  • government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DOD), and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA)

  • pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies

  • individual researchers

  • health care institutions such as academic medical centers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs)

Clinical trials take place in a variety of locations, including hospitals, universities, doctors' offices, or community health clinics.

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