About Us


Our Story

NextStage Clinical Research was founded on the principles of trust, relationships, and identifying disruptive solutions to better healthcare for patients around the world.  Our true focus is to bring hope, opportunity, and innovative research options to patients delivered through the hands of world-class physicians in their own backyard.

Our mission is to connect top physician groups and their patients to clinical solutions that foster improved health and innovation.

The Problem

Finding the right patient who meets specific criteria for clinical trial enrollment can be very challenging and costly. Drugs, Medical Devices, and Biotechnologies take years to develop and significant amounts of investment and time to bring to market.

Most physicians around do not have the infrastructure, support staff, or experience to handle the critical responsibilities along with the rigorous needs required to execute a clinical trial effectively.



The Solution

Our integrated research platform provides a solution to address the concerns of the patient, facilitate meaningful research opportunities for physicians and enable trust where it should matter most-the physician-patient relationship.

Our talented team of leading PIs, significant database of diverse patients, and wide-reaching therapeutic indications including Pain, Orthopedics, Spine, Cardiovascular Disease, Neurology, Dermatology, Metabolic, Family Medicine, and Vaccines, among others, allow us to meet the needs of many close to home while having a global impact.

A Team of Dedicated Experts

Our leadership team has over 125 years of progressive healthcare services and medical device experience asking questions, thinking outside the box, and delivering value.

Senior Leadership Team

Ned Schwing

Robert Schwing

Christy Kelln

Sherry Lee

Eric Fournet

"Patients deserve to have access to innovation! Our NCR worldwide team is committed to serving patients and physicians alike, providing solutions that deliver results through trust, transparency and dedication to those who need it most."

Ned Schwing
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
NextStage Clinical Research

“I’m extremely excited to help collect data to advance medical treatments for future patients"

NextStage Clinical Research Patient

"NCR addresses an unmet need for busy physician practices like mine. We have a large practice, but do not have the resources to do meaningful clinical research to provide innovative solutions to patients across the Central Texas region."

Dr. Buck Cross
Managing Partner
Waco Cardiology Associates

"Next Stage clinical research has assembled an amazing team that has helped my patients and allowed me to collect accurate and valuable data."

Dr. Brian Chalkin
Orthopedic Surgeon
The Orthopaedic Center

“The study team has made the process simple and easy. I’d be glad to do this again"

NextStage Clinical Research Patient

"NextStage Clinical Research has engaged PIs who are not only world class surgeons, with very busy clinical practices, but they are best in class people who truly care. This is why you are different and this is why we will bring innovation to market faster."

Chief Medical Officer
Biotech Company

“Engaging in the study has helped in my recovery"

NextStage Clinical Research Patient


and counting

and counting

Our network of physician groups represent a diverse range of patient populations and therapeutic areas to increase the power, effectiveness, and speed of clinical research innovation around the word. Together we represent more than 1.5 million patient charts, over 4 million patient visits annually, and over 70,000 surgical procedures across our rapidly growing network. Our physician partners all have access to surgical hospitals, surgery centers, or outpatient cardiac cath labs to provide options for patients and efficiency for sponsors.