Research 4 Me was founded as a social enterprise in 2017 to solve the wicked problem that 80% of clinical trials struggle to complete due to poor participation. This results in a huge waste of time, money and volunteer effort, and ultimately delays how quickly safe, needed, life changing and life saving treatments become available.
While the public are generally highly supportive of health and medical research, there are lots of misconceptions that mean they aren't necessarily aware of the role they have in advancing medicine, what the benefits of clinical trials are, or how to go about getting involved. On the other side of the fence, those running trials often make assumptions about the patient populations they are seeking to help, what problems patients want addressed, where they exist, and what they are prepared to do/take to get better. This can result in trials that either don't work, don't respect participants lives or needs, or are run in the wrong places, and so don't recruit.
It is our aim to help make it easy for the public to learn about, find and get involved in trials, as advocates, participants and research partners, to help drive clinical trial success, improving and saving lives along the way.
Research4Me has a capacity-building, social enterprise model. We will provide training, support and project services for a fee to commercial and non-commercial clinical trials groups and organisations. A proportion of our revenue will be used to provide free or subsidised training, support and access to services for members of the public and non-profit partners, and to reward their engagement in the Research4Me communities. It is planned that community members will be able to redeem their rewards in various ways, including converting them into donations to our research-focussed non-profit partners, to further build capacity.