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Who we are
Atlantia Clinical Trials is a full-service, ICH-GCP compliant, Contract Research Organisation (CRO). We are a world-class company renowned for delivering human clinical studies in the following areas:
Functional Foods and Beverages
Prebiotics, Probiotics and Microbiome-based therapeutics
We perform acute, observational, PK, PD, pivot, efficacy, and intervention studies to ICH-GCP standards to advance research and support evidence-based final product claims. We strive to offer the highest quality science while maintaining a cost-conscious approach to maximize the value proposition for each of our clients.
At Atlantia, we continuously strive towards improving human health & wellbeing through nutrition research. From the onset of the development of our unique business model, we have shared a common mission. We have prospered with the central vision and values that our diverse team has carved out.
- OUR VISION
To enhance and simplify global research for consumers everywhere.
- OUR VALUES
- Innovation & learning: continuously seek innovative ways and/technologies to grow the business and encourage creativity and learning from mistakes
- People: teamwork and collaboration- we achieve more together, with openness, transparency, trust, respect, accountability and support
- Solutions focus: a future-focused, goal-orientated approach, leveraging resilience, strengths and resources for pursuit of improved outcomes
- Client value creation: being open, responsive and adaptive to clients changing needs and consistently delivering value
- Passion for excellence: continuously striving to improve the quality of our work and outputs and always giving our best effort
- Our values shape our culture and define our character.
- Our vision gives us direction for the future of global research.
- Our commitment to pursuing our common mission has yielded positive results in the 10 years of business
Dedicated to providing world-class clinical solutions, to worldwide industry leaders
What Sponsors say about us
“Updates were relevant and timely, I never felt that I wasnt informed properly. Extremely impressed on delivery of project during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clearly a lot of effort and work has been put in to making sure operations have been running as close to perfect as possible.”
- Nutrition Scientist at the largest producer of dairy products in Scandinavia
"High quality work, expertise in nutritional intervention studies, very flexible and responsive, very transparent. Atlantia has a personal touch which makes working with you a lot of fun. It was assuring and great to see that the leadership are very knowledgeable and still very much involved in details of the work".
- Nutrition Manager at a global leader in collagen-based solutions
"Adaptability with trial design and inputs is great!
I expect them to be able to answer the questions I have and they always do."
- Head of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at revolutionary company tackling diabetes, heart disease, and obesity
"I was satisfied of the service provided and I trust Atlantia in their capabilities to conduct successfully clinical trials. We have good previous experience together and I know Atlantia is always improving".
- Nutrition Research Manager at multinational functional ingredients company tackling bone health
"We expected (and got) solution-orientated answers in a suitable time frame, we appreciated the overall service of Atlantia (including the expertise, way of working and customer friendliness)"
- Nutrition Scientist at multinational functional ingredients company tackling body composition
We are a CRO with a unique history. Atlantia was born in 2011, when a team of experts at the world-renowned APC Microbiome Institute (UCC Teagasc collaborative SFI funded research centre), identified a significant opportunity to create an innovative, food-focused, state-of-the art clinical trials centre in Cork, Ireland.
As a spin-out, we have developed a unique business model that combines very strong ties with the academic community but operates as an independent Contract Research Organisation (CRO) where the Intellectual Property (IP) belongs to the sponsor.
Over the course of time, through dedication and a clear vision, Atlantia underwent brand development and market scoping, establishing the expertise and strategies to provide clinical trials and other expertise to food companies. Through this Atlantia has developed into a leading, world class, reputable CRO.
Currently, Atlantia has expanded their operations to the medical, microbiome-based therapeutics and cosmeceuticals sectors.
Founded by team of researchers in APC Microbiome Ireland in University College Cork (UCC).2011
Spun out of UCC.2012
Due to Atlantia’s rapid expansion, Atlantia moved to an independent premise in Blackrock, Cork.2015
Following on from this, in 2017 due to subsequent exponential growth, Atlantia moved to its current facility in Blackpool, Cork.2017
Atlantia’s team grew to 30 highly qualified employees, including researchers trained to postdoctoral level, research nurses, nutritionists and medical doctors and management and operations personnel.2018
Atlantia launches Chicago Clinic. This significant milestone in Atlantia’s development, was marked by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.2019
Professor Ted Dinan, joins Atlantia as Medical Director.2020
Cork Clinic moved to a bigger facility, over 50 employees of staff.2020
Atlantia expands their offering to the beauty and skin market.2020
Atlantia hits a new employee milestone overpassing 75 clinical research experts of staff.2020
We are proud of our growth to date and will continue to look into a prosperous future abiding by our core vision and values.
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, said, “This is a big step for Atlantia and it marks the next phase of the company’s development. Atlantia has grown out of one of our Government backed SFI Research Centres based at University College Cork. These SFI Research Centres are helping to create a new generation of cutting-edge enterprises which are using innovation to respond to consumer and market demand. I’d like to congratulate Atlantia on their success to date and wish them well as they go global.”
Andrea Doolan, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder at Atlantia Food Clinical Trials, said, “The decision to expand our clinic base in Chicago is due to the ever-increasing demand for clinical trials on functional foods. This industry is in a phase of rapid discovery and strong growth, and as a leading expert in clinical studies, we can help our clients to deliver on their product development needs, in a highly competitive market.”
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, said, “We are delighted to continue our support of Atlantia Food Clinical Trials into the next phase of their development, having supported the company to initially explore the US market through the Enterprise Ireland Discovery Fund. The company is providing a unique service, carried out by inhouse experts who have grown from a foundation of research excellence at UCC. This US expansion demonstrates an impressive commitment to the functional ingredients market, which is now worth in excess of €45billion.”
Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General at Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland said, “World-leading SFI Research Centres are recognised internationally. As well as attracting talent and capital to Ireland, they foster cutting-edge spin out companies and continue to successfully deliver on their mandate for excellent research with strong economic and societal impact. I am delighted to congratulate Atlantia Food Clinical Trials, on its expansion in Chicago and wish them every continued success.”
Our Business Model
Atlantia has over 10 years experience serving a global client base of some of the world’s largest food, ingredient and probiotics companies worldwide. We provide personalized end-to-end clinical trial solutions, from design to health claim, we have capabilities to manage all aspects of a trial from study design to the desired outcome.
Atlantia continually seeks to improve their capacity for conducting innovative high-quality clinical trials adapted to sponsor’s needs. We pride ourselves on our flawless track record in delivery on time and on budget.
Our Clinical Expertise
Some of our extensive clinical expertise areas include: Gastrointestinal, Healthy aging, Physical activity & sports, Nutritional, Stress & cognitive, Metabolic, Bone & joint, Immunity, Microbiome, Skin and Women's health.
Our research team will partner with you to identify the best endpoints according to the main health area and the indication you aim to obtain a health claim or provide scientific efficacy data.