Welcome to the Office of Clinical Trial Activation (OCTA)

The Office of Clinical Trial Activation (OCTA) is the centralized one-stop shop for clinical research activation at UCSF, borne out of a goal of streamlining, standardizing, and improving support for the start-up of clinical research activities at UCSF. Leadership at UCSF recognizes the important relationship between campus and UCSF Health Systems in the conduct of clinical research, and the OCTA helps to synergize operations between the two entities. We support UCSF Principal Investigators, study teams, and members of the Clinical Research Units where UCSF serves an investigational site for clinical research by:

  • Setting up trials in OnCore
  • Providing Coverage Analysis
  • Providing budgeting services and financial negotiation for industry funded clinical trials
  • Opening and modifying Medical Center APeX billing accounts
  • Providing guidance on relevant resources, tools, and collaborators within UCSF
  • Improving systems and processes to help reduce risk and create efficiencies in conducting clinical research at UCSF, specifically in the areas of clinical research billing and study start up times
  • Strengthening processes across both the campus and health system and providing a path for efficiencies and additional collaborations to support UCSF’s immense and continually growing clinical research activities

We look forward to working with you.  For general questions about the Office of Clinical Trial Activation, please email us at [email protected].


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