Panthera Biopartners: bringing clinical research to Rochdale

Date published: 12 December 2020

Panthera BioPartners, an experienced clinical research company which conducts clinical trials, is looking for volunteers to take part in clinical studies at its state-of-the-art clinical trial site on Bury Road in Rochdale.

Panthera undertakes clinical trials investigating potential new treatments in various health conditions, which currently include Covid-19, migraine and osteoarthritis.

The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted that clinical trials are vital in ensuring that new medicines are approved and benefit the people who need them. Yet many clinical trials struggle to recruit the required numbers of volunteers and, as a result, availability of new medical treatments can be delayed. A significant barrier to successful recruitment is, simply, lack of awareness on the importance of clinical research. Without clinical trials it will be impossible to develop vital therapies that we’re all dependent on.

Whilst each trial will have its own criteria, participation may have many benefits including:

  • Regular health checks.
  • The opportunity to take an active role in your healthcare and clinical research.
  • The knowledge that you are doing something that could, in the future, improve or save lives.
  • Opportunity to try medications that are currently being developed.

The benefits of clinical trials have been further highlighted by the Covid-19 vaccine announcements.

Without clinical trial volunteers the exciting vaccine roll-out programme would not have appeared, so quickly, on our horizon but there is more work to do to ensure Covid-19 is kept in check for the future.

Covid-19 prevention

Panthera is giving people in Rochdale the opportunity to participate in the fight against Covid-19 by volunteering to take part in Covid-19 prevention clinical trials. This includes people who are considered to be at high risk for the Covid-19 infection particularly people who are over 60 or are living with a chronic medical condition, as well as those who are at high risk of exposure, such as health care workers and students. 


Migraines can be debilitating and can affect the quality of life for many sufferers. Although medication is currently available to help manage the condition, they are not always suitable and effective for everyone. Panthera’s migraine prevention clinical trials also need volunteers aged 18 to 75 who suffer from regular disabling migraines and who have found previous treatments unsuccessful.


Osteoarthritis is a common form of arthritis that causes joints to become painful and stiff. Although severity can vary with some people having mild, intermittent symptoms, others can experience constant and severe problems which make everyday activities difficult. Panthera’s osteoarthritis knee clinical trials are investigating potential new pain control medicines. Panthera needs volunteers aged between 18 to 80, who suffer from regular knee pain, for which previous treatments have not been effective.


A Panthera nurse (left) and Stuart Young, CEO of Panthera (right)
One of Panthera's nurses (left) and Stuart Young, CEO of Panthera (right)


Panthera’s CEO, Stuart Young said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to bring clinical research opportunities to people in Rochdale.

“Clinical trials are not only essential to continue to enhance medical science for our future generations but they have significant benefits to participants as the care and management of patients on clinical trials ensures very regular health assessments and may be the only way to access a new medicine.

“Our local clinic in Rochdale is a great place for patients to take part.”

The reasons people choose to participate in a clinical trial are varied. For some it is a desire to improve their own health. Others have been touched by a particular condition and want to do something to advance medical understanding in this space. Regardless of the motivation volunteers are under no obligation to participate and if they change their mind and are free to stop at any time.

Throughout the duration of the trial a participant’s health is monitored carefully using a series of pre-defined tests and procedures. Their GP is kept informed and they will be provided with detailed information so they can discuss participation with their friends and family. 

Panthera has a strict Covid-19 protocol in place to minimise the risk of infection to its patients, volunteers, and staff. All Panthera trial participants will be kept separate from other patients wherever possible. Details of this will be explained to volunteers in more detail if they choose to take part.2020 has been a challenging year. But one which has, more than ever, forced us to consider the role we can each play in the creation of a civil society. How our common interests and collective actions can benefit the greater good. Clinical trials, and participation in them, is no different.


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