What 2020 has taught us


2020 quickly let us know that it would be a year like no other. It’s been a rollercoaster ride for people in every corner of the world. But amongst the chaos, the unknown, and the global concern brought about by COVID-19, there was a silver lining.

With the world united in a shared goal, COVID-19 became the precursor for a golden age of research. Having so many brilliant minds focused on a singular issue - a COVID vaccine, sparked international collaboration like never before. The scientific community has demonstrated the rewards that come from open borders and shared knowledge, resulting in over 150 different drugs in development, and the fastest-ever creation and approval of a vaccine in history.

We were honoured to be part of this community, and the importance of clinical research was strongly felt by our team. It was not only the researchers who found themselves in the spotlight, but also the many clinical trial volunteers who contribute to the development of new therapies.

We noticed in 2020, more patients than ever before were interested and keen to participate in research. The impact of the virus throughout our communities has highlighted the importance of helping and being involved.

At Optimal Clinical Trials, we feel that resilience has been the gift given to us all in 2020. As a team, we met the challenges placed on us with a strong focus on adaptability. The rules of the world changed overnight, and to keep delivering our contribution to science, we also needed to become exceptionally adaptable. In partnership with the incredible patients and volunteers we work with, we were able to continue our work.

The team at Optimal would like to thank everyone who approached the challenges of this year with such positivity. Thanks to you all, we were able to finish 2020 feeling exceptionally proud of our team, our research family and our work.

I’m sure we all enter this holiday season with a renewed thankfulness for the things we hold most dear - our health, our loved ones and our connection to humans across the planet.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and an exceptional start to 2021!

- Barney Montgomery and Liz Smaill