Dr. Jeff Kingsley Interview

In this interview with Dr. Jeffrey Kingsley, we talk about what it takes to start and manage a clinical trial site, the world of site networks, how an investigator can decide whether or not a clinical study is worth their time, volunteering for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audits, books and a lot more.

Dr. Kingsley is the President and CEO; Institute for the Advancement of Clinical Trials DBA IACT Health and an owner of 11 clinical trial sites.

He is a Fellow at Association of Clinical Research Professionals. Dr. Kingsley graduated with a master’s in business administration from Emory University, a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a master’s in science, biochemistry and a bachelor’s of science, biology, chemistry, history, cultural anthropology from the University of Scranton.

Please join me in this value-packed interview with Dr. Jeffrey Kingsley.

Selected links from the episode:

Dr. Jeff Kingsley on LinkedIn

IACT Health

Association of Clinical Research Professionals

Society of Clinical Research Sites

Wall Street Journal

Vistage: Executive Coaching Organization

Harvard Business Review


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Books mentioned:

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni

Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate With Your Visual Mind

People mentioned:

Steve Jobs



Marcus Aurelius

Show notes:

  • [05:45] plan for volatility when starting a clinical trial site from scratch 
  • [07:56] we’re all responsible for ensuring the appropriate clinical research training 
  • [09:41] be conscious of your expenses as a clinical trial site 
  • [12:01] tools or processes starting your own sites 
  • [12:32] the importance of getting yourself plugged into the industry 
  • [13:11] joining a site network and why they are not all created equal 
  • [15:34] the importance of differentiation and how sites are the most fragmented side of the research industry
  • [17:42] I actually got seven majors in my undergrad
  • [18:34] broaden your experience, the more you can see outside of the box 
  • [20:30] Lessons learned as a union factory worker 
  • [22:50] most critical skill in my opinion in research is the ability to gain that level of competence where you can think independently
  • [24:35] how to decide whether or not a clinical study is worth your time? 
  • [28:13] how can somebody get involved with ACRP and why it’s important? 
  • [30:26] ACRP certification 
  • [33:04] you can get a job in the industry in an atypical fashion 
  • [34:34] FDA audits 
  • [37:47] Should sponsors conduct investigator meetings and whether sites should charge for their time to participate in such meetings 
  • [41:54] remote versus risk based monitoring, what are the difference
  • [44:35] the future is risk based monitoring 
  • [45:57] Use CTMS to conduct clinical trials more effectively  
  • [47:24] how do you go about finding a ctms solution  
  • [48:23] define what “superman” looks like 
  • [49:48] objectify the subjective 
  • [52:32] negotiating study budgets and using data to drive your conversation 
  • [58:34] how can a site ensure that clinical data quality is top notch  
  • [1:00:46] Hire quality individuals, pay attention to their capacity and making sure they have the tools to be successful 
  • [1:12:32] Not being average and revolutionizing research

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