This is the season of reflection on the year just ending and of anticipation for the new one soon to begin. And whether we develop New Year’s resolutions or not, we usually spend time either contemplating recent successes with gratitude, or analyzing shortcomings in order to plan for a new beginning, or both as the case may be. Those who know me would likely agree that I am one of those guys who has a natural preponderance for optimism. But I think even the most skeptical of my friends and family would all would agree that this year has been full of blessings, not the least of which include the early success of my new research clinic. 2017 will mark the first complete calendar year of operations for StudyMetrix Research.

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And I am very pleased to say that by all indications, we have either met or exceeded our best projections for the year. We have participated in 11 research projects and served approximately 200 patients in the St Louis area. Not a bad start at all!

My business partner, Mitzi Sutton, and I have some special people to thank for making this year possible. First on the list is our team of top-notch research professionals: Jill Stoneman, Sheri Rocco, Donna Straatmann, and Elizabeth Maryas. Without them, none of our successes could have been realized. They are truly the best, most complete, and most compassionate research team in the business. And more than that, they are our dear friends and we are so proud of everything they do for us and for the patients we serve. Second on the list, would be our families, especially our spouses, Deborah Smith and Dirk Sutton. They have supported us through thick and thin over the years and have always had faith in us, even when we have struggled to find it within ourselves. We definitely had to lean on them a lot over the last couple of years and, as usual, they were always there for us. And last, but definitely not least, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the patients/study volunteers who generously give of their time to join us on our mission to help develop new medicines, medical devices, and treatment approaches. They make our jobs meaningful and enjoyable. Many thanks to you all!

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Two years ago, I was navigating through a pretty dark time of uncertainty in my life. After more than 20 years in a gratifying and successful healthcare/research career, my life had taken an interesting and unanticipated twist and I found myself leaving stable employment and essentially my life’s work behind. It was difficult to see what God had in store for me at the time. But sometimes in life when you think you have reached the top of the mountain, you come to find out you have only been on a stepping stone to where you are headed. 2017 has been an exciting time for me and my team, getting StudyMetrix Research up and running. And 2018 is shaping up nicely for us, promising new research opportunities in migraine, diabetes, and weight loss to name just a few. I’m truly grateful for the journey of my life so far and for all those who have been part of it.  I only hope I can be a positive part of others’ journeys going forward and always want to stay dedicated to that notion. I am very excited to discover what lies ahead for us all. So here’s to a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Follow my blog and the StudyMetrix Facebook page and we will be sure to  keep you posted on new opportunities in 2018!

Timothy R Smith, MD, RPh

 

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