Velocity Clinical Research Supports 2023 ACRP Ride4DEI

The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is proud to recognize Velocity Clinical Research as a Breakaway Sponsor of the 2023 ACRP Ride4DEI.

The ACRP Ride4DEI is the clinical research industry’s premier cycling challenge that raises funds in support of ACRP educational scholarships—including attendance at ACRP’s annual conference—for entry-level clinical research professionals from diverse communities. Every dollar raised will help increase access to education, training, and career advancement in clinical research for people from historically underserved communities.

“We know that the more diverse the clinical trial workforce, the more diverse the clinical trial participant population,” says Susan Landis, ACRP Executive Director. “In addition to regulatory guidance encouraging trial participant diversity, ACRP can build a diverse, research-ready workforce through programs that provide access to training to enter and advance in the clinical research profession. We are incredibly thankful for Velocity’s support of the ACRP Ride4DEI—whose contribution goes directly to this goal.”

“Velocity is committed to improving health equity in clinical research for participants and staff alike,” said Paul Evans, President and CEO of Velocity. “Through initiatives like the ACRP Ride4DEI, we can foster the career growth of research professionals from diverse backgrounds, improve the quality of research being conducted, and ensure clinical trials are more accessible and inclusive for all.”

In 2022, more than 80 individual and corporate donors contributed $63,675 in donations to fund the ACRP Ride for Diversity, a 6-day, 355-mile grueling bike ride from Pittsburg to Washington, DC. The funds supported more than 20 scholarships to ACRP’s annual conference, as well as development of ACRP’s ‘Ready, Set, Clinical Research!’™ toolkit designed to support stakeholders with a vested interest in the growth and diversification of the clinical research workforce. The fundraising goal for 2023 is $120,000.

“As the leading workforce association for the clinical research industry, ACRP has a responsibility to ensure that all people—regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or orientation—can embark on a career in clinical research and advance without prejudice.  My hope is that the ACRP Ride4DEI will continue to raise money for much needed scholarships and serve as a catalyst for clinical researchers who desire greater access to career opportunities,” says Sergio Armani, EVP, Business Development, Helios Clinical Research, and ACRP Ride4DEI creator.

“The ACRP Ride4DEI is a demonstrative, actionable initiative supporting advancement and accessibility for the clinical workforce,” says R’Kes Starling, RPh, MBA, ACRP Diversity Advisory Council Leader, and CEO/Founder, Reveles Clinical Services. “Increasing diversity in hiring of clinical researchers improves diversity among clinical trial participants, healthcare access, and equity of care.”

For more information about the ACRP Ride4DEI, please visit Donations can be made directly to ACRP’s online donation platform.

 About ACRP

With more than 13,000 members, the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to representing, supporting, and advocating for clinical research professionals. ACRP supports individuals and life science organizations globally by providing community, education, and credentialing programs. Founded in 1976, ACRP is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to promote excellence in clinical research and whose vision is that clinical research is performed ethically, responsibly, and professionally everywhere in the world. Follow ACRP on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Learn more by visiting Advancing People Advancing Health™

About Velocity Clinical Research

Velocity is the world’s largest organization of fully integrated clinical research sites. With 80 sites and more than 220 investigators, Velocity partners with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to research new drugs, medical devices, diagnostics, and combination products that could improve human health and wellbeing. Velocity offers unified research site solutions to efficiently provide the right patients, investigators, and research staff for clinical trials across the U.S. and Europe. The company also operates a technology hub in India, where it is unlocking a new era in clinical research by developing innovative systems to leverage expansive site, patient, and historical performance data. To learn more about how Velocity delivers high-quality data, exemplary patient care, and unprecedented efficiency for clinical trials at any scale, visit