With a pediatric hospital network that covers the entire state, the OCTC provides industry sponsors and CROs with a convenient single point of contact for undertaking pediatric clinical trials in Ohio. The OCTC has established the backbone necessary for Ohio to support pediatric research growth:

  • Cutting-edge, high-quality research in our world-class pediatric institutions
  • Recognized top-notch pediatric care – three pediatric academic institutions each ranked top in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-2015 Best Children’s Hospitals.
  • Expertise across a wide range of clinical services and specialties with more than 1400 clinical investigators
  • Over 3 million pediatric patient encounters per year statewide


Collaboration with the clinical research units provide research nurses who are trained in Good Clinical Practice for Research and are Pediatric Advanced Life Support-certified. A primary nurse, assigned to each study, serves as the main point of contact. The primary nurse also develops the clinical research unit protocol orders and conducts the protocol implementation meeting with study personnel.


  • Rapid assessment of feasibility and fit across Ohio’s pediatric centers
  • Centralized point of contact for budgets and contracts
  • Use of an innovative Reliant review process leading to expedited IRB approval across sites
  • Commitment to tracking metrics and improving process across the network
  • Provide skilled clinical research professionals trained to deal with the pediatric population


Execute CDA

Protocol Review

Feasibility/fit assessment leading to a sanctioned study

Selection of Administrative PI

Site budgets

Submit to IRB

Clinical trials contract


OCTC’s or customer’s CDA

Reviewed by representative from each institution

Assessed by pediatrics working group (PWG) and OCTC leadership

Selected by PWG and OCTC

Administrative PI

Centralized by OCTC

Requires only one contract between the customer and OCTC