Clinical Research

START Madrid operates under the leadership of highly trained physicians and staff with extensive experience in Phase I clinical trials research and are nationally recognized as leaders in cancer research and drug development.


The Investigational Drug Section (IDS) is located in a limited access area of the unit. All secure drug storage areas are electronically temperature monitored 24/7. In addition to controlled room temperature storage, the IDS has laboratory grade refrigerators, freezers and an ultra-low freezer to accommodate cold storage of investigational agents.

IDS staff have an extensive amount of experience in oncology clinical trials and are happy to assist pharmaceutical companies in the development process of new agents.

The IDS pharmacist provide extensive screenings of home medications and supplements for all patients enrolling in Phase I studies. Prohibited medications, medications with potential drug-drug interactions, and agents which may interfere with the assessment of toxicities or interfere with laboratory tests are identified. In addition, pharmacists also assist physicians in providing supportive care to patients.

Phase I Clinic

At START, we provide quality data through timely enrollment of study participants. The Phase I research staff is comprised of a variety of specialized team members all dedicated entirely to the Phase I program. Staff members are trained in Good Clinical Practices (GCP) and are also highly experienced in the field of oncology.

The START clinic has a research dedicated treatment room for clinical trial patients. This area includes treatment chairs and bed/gurney areas.

The PK Department processes and ships all samples for the clinical trials conducted at START. The laboratory has up to date equipment to include centrifuges that have room temperature capabilities as well as cold temperature capabilities. Maintenance and calibrations are conducted on the equipment in order to maintain accurate speeds and temperatures. The lab is also equipped with -80°C and -20°C freezers and refrigerators that electronically temperature monitored 24/7.

Regulatory Affairs Department

The mission of START’s Regulatory Affairs Department is to ensure compliance with all regulatory and industry requirements, following EMA guidelines and good clinical practices for every study. Regulatory Affairs also maintains all pertinent information about and for each study. Regulatory issues are centrally important to clinical trials and essential for ensuring the safety of every patient enrolled in a study, and there are numerous details and obligations, all of which our team handles with experience and dedication to excellence.