About Us

We love to do the boring stuff so you don’t have to.

We founded CliniStart because we recognized that many administrative processes in clinical trial startup and management are simply broken. When we see problems, we want to fix them. We need to fix them. Undoubtedly, site contracts and protocol budgets give us target-rich environments.

Your cure for systemic bureaucracy.

CliniStart is a seasoned, nimble, and caring team focused on a set of essential but undervalued functions that we perform with extreme skill: contract negotiations, protocol budgeting and investigator payments.

  • We are the A-team in this space. No other organization performs these niche operations with our level of expertise. Our solutions are built on what we’ve seen work, time and time again.
  • We eliminate rate-limiting aspects of clinical trial startup with our proactive approach. Cross-functional collaboration breaks down silos and reduces handoffs, while our innovative CliniStart Catalyst SaaS automates processes and ensures accountability.
  • We take pride in delivering high-quality concierge services to sponsors and CROs. Others may downplay our areas of specialty as an afterthought or a tiresome burden, but as the contract and protocol nerds we are, we relish every bit of it.

Extremely dull work, done extremely well.

It’s our mission to transform the way contract negotiation, budget development and investigator payments are done in clinical development. We find great satisfaction in professionally handling these functions, so sponsors and CROs can focus instead on conducting studies and bringing new products to market. We never want patients to be denied participation in life-changing clinical trials because contracts aren’t signed.

Our founding staff includes legends in the industry, committed to personal attention and expertly delivering a high-quality product with all possible speed. Our all-star Board of Directors includes Fortune 500 industry leaders and innovators.

Leadership Team

Samuel Searcy


Lenny Parrnelli


Board of Directors

James Erlinger

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Veracyte

Samuel Searcy

CliniStart, CEO

Brad Wilson

Blue Cross NC, CEO Emeritus

Louise Winstanly

Bioethicist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill