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West Virginia University has launched a new enterprise to conduct human health trials for drugs that are being developed.

The Clinical and Pharmacological Research Center will recruit volunteers from Morgantown and beyond to participate.

Health Sciences Chancellor Christopher Colenda says the center could spawn innovative partnerships with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Interim director Dr. Dorian Williams says the top priority is the health and safety of volunteers, and all will be fully informed of the risks.

Williams says the arrangement assures drug makers their products have been tested to rigorous Food and Drug Administration standards. It also gives them the chance to test drugs in a short time frame and at reasonable cost.

The center has already created 21 full-time jobs and expects employ up to 60 part-time staff.

 

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