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For all media requests, please contact AMR Marketing Director Jaime Farra at  Click on the news outlet title to be directed to the news stories.

KAKE ABC News - May 20, 2020 - Dr. Richard Glover, AMR Newton, was interviewed regarding the upcoming Phase II COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Study beginning at the Kansas research center next week.

WBIR NBC News - April 23, 2020 - Dr. William Smith, AMR CEO, was interviewed regarding upcoming COVID-19 clinical studies to come to AMR Knoxville and other AMR locations over the next few months.

NBC Nightly News - April 23, 2020 - COVID-19 vaccine volunteer Mike was interviewed by NBC about why he volunteered for AMR Kansas City's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Study. 97.1 FM - April 11, 2020 - St. Louis, MO.  Dr. William Smith, AMR CEO, was featured on / 97.1 FM in Missouri regarding AMR Kansas City's COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Research Trial.

KY 3 NBC News - April 10, 2020 - Springfield, MO news team discusses the COVID-19 Vaccine itself, how it works and how it is different than a flu vaccine.

Fox News - April 9, 2020 - Fox News covers COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial.

Associated Press - April 8, 2020 - AP interviews Dr. John Ervin, AMR Kansas City, regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial after Ervin administers second trial vaccine to volunteer.

April 17, 2020 - Dr. John Ervin is interviewed by Poppy Harlow from CNN regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial.

New York Times - April 8, 2020 - NYTimes discusses AMR Kansas City's involvement in the Inovio Clinical Trial for the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Fox 4 Kansas City - April 7, 2020

"Years from now, this pandemic will be in history books. We are in an historic moment and how effectively we respond will be forever memorialized. That is why the Center for Pharmaceutical Research, an AMR company, is honored to work with Inovio to bring a COVID-19 vaccine to market through clinical research. Our entire team is committed to the urgency and importance of this clinical trial. Now more than ever, the world is waiting and will witness the enormous value of clinical research."

~ John E. Ervin, MD, Principal Investigator, The Center for Pharmaceutical Research, an AMR company

KCTV Channel 5 Kansas City - April 6, 2020 - Dr. John Ervin discussed the importance of our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial today with Abby Dodge.

ESPN Radio Lexington - April 6, 2020 - Dr. Mark S. Adams, AMR Lexington, is interviewed about COVID-19 and being selected as a backup clinical trial site.

KMBC Channel 9 Kansas City - April 3, 2020 -  Dr. John Ervin and the team at CPR would like to thank KMBC 9 for this story! 

KAKE News 10 Wichita, KS - March 23, 2020 - Dr. Terry Poling discussing possible Coronavirus Clinical Research Trials coming to AMR.

ABC News - March 22, 2020 - ABC News talks with Inovio about their COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial that they have teamed up with AMR KC to conduct.

April 23, 2020 - Dr. William Smith, AMR CEO, is interviewed by WBIR NBC News Channel 10 regarding upcoming COVID-19 clinical studies.

COVID-19 Updates / Company Announcements

AMR Announcement - March 26, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: We will continue our efforts to ensure your safety when you are at our clinical research locations.

Our Commitment to our Global Community: We are fully staffed and our efforts are considered essential as many of our locations are working or will soon be working on COVID-19 clinical research.

We appreciate the continued support and sense of community in these times. Thank you to everyone is who has already reached out to participate in upcoming clinical research studies and healthy volunteer studies! We are in this together and will succeed together. #clinicalresearchmatters #covid19 #AMR #volunteersmatter


Healthy Volunteer Clinical Studies

January 19, 2020

A healthy volunteer is someone with no known significant health problems who can participate in research to test a new drug, invention, vaccination or medical devise.  Healthy volunteers provide researchers with crucial data because their health information can be used as a comparison. In some studies, researchers need to compare healthy volunteers with people who have a specific disease or condition. Research with healthy volunteers is designed to develop new knowledge, not to provide direct benefit to study participants.  


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