Velocity Clinical Research begins European expansion with German site acquisition

Posted: 27 Jul 2022

London, UK – Global Healthcare Opportunities, or GHO Capital Partners LLP, the European specialist investor in global healthcare, acknowledges the announcement from its portfolio company Velocity Clinical Research, regarding the acquisition of Clinical Research Hamburg, Germany.

Velocity Clinical Research (“Velocity”), the leading integrated research site organisation, today announced that it has acquired its first European site, Clinical Research Hamburg, in Germany for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition is the first in a series of deals lined up across the UK and Germany, as the company grows its network of integrated clinical research sites globally.

Velocity is the first US-based clinical research sites business to expand into Europe, bringing its total number of integrated locations to 32. Velocity has a pipeline of deals to significantly expand its European network of sites by the end of 2022.

Dominic Clavell, Executive Vice President, Europe, said, “The US pharma sales market may be twice the size of Europe’s but the latter contributes a similar percentage of patients to global trials each year. For any clinical trials business, developing an EU presence is paramount to its success.

Velocity Clinical Research is breaking new ground for the clinical research industry. Never before has a US sites business scaled to expand into Europe. Where US companies have previously struggled to navigate the complex regulatory landscape and cultural differences in Europe, we understand them.

This is the first time that research sites have truly integrated across America and Europe, with a common tech stack and centralised management team, which gives CROs and pharmaceutical companies simplified access to international research.”

Velocity’s sites are wholly owned and fully integrated via a centralised infrastructure and common technology backbone, allowing for superior patient enrollment and consistent, high-quality data delivery. As a result, Clinical Research Organisations and big pharmaceutical companies can benefit from simplified access to international clinical research.

Dr. Christine Grigat, Managing Director, Clinical Research Hamburg, commented, “Clinical Research Hamburg is known for being a high quality and successful dedicated research site. We are delighted to be the first European site to integrate with the Velocity group, establishing its bricks and mortar presence in Germany.

Rene Martz, co-owner of Clinical Research Hamburg, added, “The fit was right. Clinical Research Hamburg’s focus on providing access to patients with high quality research is mirrored in Velocity”.

In 2009, Dr. Christine Grigat and René Martz became co-owners of Clinical Research Hamburg to significantly grow its reach in terms of patients recruited to phase II-IV research and clients served across biopharma and CROs. By integrating to Velocity Clinical Research the site will expand therapeutic areas to include pain management, allergology, smoking cessation and hypertension.

Dr Paul Evans, Chief Executive and President of Velocity, added, “This is just the beginning. Velocity has ambitious plans to establish itself as a global player, making more clinical research succeed. The focus now is on site integration rather than affiliation, allowing for greater predictability and more efficient data collection and delivery.

Notes to editors:

  • A full list of Velocity’s sites can be found on its website.
  • Velocity has extensive experience in vaccines, general medicine, neurology, dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and women’s health.

About GHO Capital
Global Healthcare Opportunities, or GHO Capital Partners LLP, is a leading specialist healthcare investment advisor based in London. We apply global capabilities and perspectives to unlock high growth healthcare opportunities, targeting Pan-European and transatlantic internationalisation to build market leading businesses of strategic global value. Our proven investment track record reflects the unrivalled depth of our industry expertise and network. We partner with strong management teams to generate long-term sustainable value, improving the efficiency of healthcare delivery to enable better, faster, more accessible healthcare. For further information, please visit

About Velocity Clinical Research
Velocity Clinical Research, headquartered in Durham, NC, is the leading integrated site organisation for clinical trials, offering dedicated site capabilities to help biopharmaceutical and contract research organisation customers find the right patients for their studies. Velocity supports global drug development in primarily conducting phase II and phase III clinical trials. The company has 32 locations globally. We place the care of the patient at the heart of everything we do. With over 35 years of experience running sites and more than 7000 studies completed, Velocity has refined its patient recruitment strategies while maintaining a focus on delivering timely and reliable data quality. For more information visit

About Clinical Research Hamburg
Clinical Research Hamburg is a dedicated research centre specialising in outpatient phase II, III and IV research across a wide range of therapeutic areas. Dr. Christine Grigat and René Martz have supported the site since it was founded in 2004. In 2009, they became managing directors and expanded the number of studies and clients among the biopharmaceutical sector and contract research organisations (CROs). The research site recruits multiple hundreds of patients every year for studies in areas such as, internal medicine, osteology, orthopaedics, gynaecology, urology, vaccines and dermatology. For more information visit