Charles River Clinical Services Northwest
3615 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98418

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Charles River is a global company committed to improving human health by partnering with global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academic institutions and the government to advance the drug discovery and development process. Our best-in-class products and services portfolio is designed to ensure that medications used by patients are both safe and effective. Charles River acquired Northwest Kinetics, the premier early phase clinical pharmacology unit in the Pacific Northwest, in October of 2006. Located in a built-to-suit facility with 250 beds in Tacoma Washington, we offer single-study capacity, advanced technical capability, and a full range of services for both short- and long-term Phase 0, I and II clinical studies of investigational drugs, vaccines, and devices. The facility's state-of-the-art design amplifies the company's strength in conducting complex and procedure-intensive trials.

Our Core Competencies

  • Complex, procedure intensive phase I and IIa trials
  • Dedicated Physician Principal Investigators
  • Certified Clinical Research Coordinators and Clinical Investigators
  • Protocol feasibility feedback
  • Sponsor-Specific Study Teams
  • Expedited study start up and flexible timeline
  • Hands-on project management approach

Charles River Clinical Services Northwesthas over 15years of experience specializing in Phase I and Phase II clinical research.

Trial Experience

  • First-in-Human (single and multiple ascending dose)
  • TQT/cardiac safety
  • Bioavailability/bioequivalence
  • Drug-drug interaction
  • Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics
  • Microdosing and radiolabeled AME
  • Food effect

Therapeutic Areas

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Dental
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Urology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Gynecology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Immunology

We have the unique ability to meet the demands of our clients. If you do not see your particular area of interest above, please email us at for more information.

We work with large pharmaceutical companies, as well as small start-up companies. We also work with some of the largest CRO's in the industry, and have a client retention rate of over 80%. Please feel free to ask us for references.

Our ~ 8,000 employees serve clients from facilities located in more than 16 countries. The employees are devoted to the exceptional science and service for which Charles River is known and respected. With proven scientific excellence and team work, Charles River is at the forefront of advancing the search for drugs from discovery through market approval. We are committed to partnering with our clients to produce excellence in clinical research. We provide you direct access to the clinical team and pay careful attention to customer service.

  • Certified Clinical Research Coordinators
  • Full Time Research Nurses
  • Certified Clinical Investigators
  • Experienced Pharmacists Pharmacy Technicians
  • Consulting panel of Board Certified Medical Specialists
  • Full Time Recruiting Call Center

Each study is assigned a dedicated team consisting of:

  • Principal Investigator
  • Project Manager
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Research Associate
  • Regulatory Affairs Department
  • Data Transcriptionist
  • Recruiting Call Center


We have a recruiting call center that is active six days a week.

  • Participant Demographics15,000 Active Participants
  • HIPAA Compliant Database
  • Compliant Study Subjects
  • Demographically Diverse Population (age & gender)
  • Specialty Patient Populations
  • Population of 3.8 million in greater Tacoma/Seattle

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Immunology/Infectious Diseases
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Our facility is conveniently located about 30 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (about 30 miles south of Seattle) and approximately 5 minutes from one of Tacoma's major trauma center hospitals. We are located in a built-to-suit facility near downtown Tacoma. The facility includes 250 beds, a fully-equipped sample processing lab, and ample areas for storage of samples and CRF's. The facility also includes on-site dedicated monitor rooms

Facility Specifications

  • 250 Beds
  • Built-to-Suit Facility Design
  • High-Volume Screening Areas
  • Comfortable Participant Activity Areas
  • Three-Chamber Pharmacy
  • Versatile Clinical Procedure Bays
  • Equipment Mobility
  • Spacious Processing Laboratory
  • Large Commercial Kitchen
  • Private Monitor Rooms
  • Technology Ready Data Capabilities
  • Dedicated ward for ADME studies
  • Mortara Instruments Certified Clinical Pharmacology Unit
  • Control of Environmental Conditions, Subject Activity, Safety & Security
Screening & Conduct
  • Open Procedure Areas
  • Direct Oversight from Nurse's Station
  • Physical Exam Rooms
  • Centralized Restrooms
  • Synchronized Clocks
  • Independent Outpatient Unit
  • Alarmed, Controlled Access
  • Clean Room
  • Laminar Flow hood
  • Locked Cabinets
  • Refrigerator and Freezer
  • DEA License
Sponsor Areas
  • Private Monitor Rooms
  • Monitor Conference Room
  • Dedicated Copy and Fax Machines
  • DSL Internet Access
  • Refrigerated Centrifuges
  • -20º and -70º Freezers
  • Sample Storage Refrigerators
  • Bar Coding Tracking System
  • Remote Temperature Monitoring
  • Back Up Generator
  • Validated EDT Capabilities
Participant Areas
  • Large Day Room
  • Computer Stations with Internet Access
  • In Room TV, VCR, DVD Units
  • Videogame Systems
  • Dedicated Visiting Areas
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Entry and exits are monitored by a 24-hour security system. The conduct floors are each 30,000 square feet is separated into two operating units allowing Northwest Kinetics to conduct multiple studies concurrently. Each unit offers semi-private rooms, dining and activity rooms, administrative areas, and phlebotomy stations. 24-hour monitoring of our low-temperature freezers assures safe-keeping of bioanalytical specimens for both short and long term storage.
  • All medical equipment is regularly inspected and maintained by an independent licensed biomedical repair company. Our reference/safety laboratory results are contracted through a local laboratory that provides a courier service three times daily. At Charles River Clinical Services Northwest the reference/safety laboratory results are reported on-site, in a secure location, for immediate review by the physician. Any problems can be detected and decisions can be made in a timely manner to benefit both you and the safety of our study participants.

Charles River Clinical Services Northwest
3615 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98418
253-593-5304 or 1-877-NWStudy
253-593-5181 (fax)

We've found
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at this facility
Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Clinical Trial
Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Antiviral Activity of GS-5816 in Subjects With Chronic HCV Infection
Status: Enrolling
Updated: 11/30/2012
Tacoma, WA
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