Portsmouth's ActivMed seeking cures
PORTSMOUTH - A company testing cutting edge drugs prior to their approval by the Food and Drug Administration has moved into new offices at Pease International Tradeport.
ActivMed Practices and Research conducts clinical research trials for people with Alzheimer's disease, osteoarthritis, COPD, high cholesterol, skin conditions and mental illness.
Founder Terry Stubbs says she became interested in research in 1994, and originally began conducting trials on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Today, the company has sites in Methuen and Beverly, as well as their New Hampshire branch, which until recently was located in Newington.
Stubbs said both of her parents have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and neurological disorders fascinate her.
"Neurology has been the place where I really want to be," Stubbs said after the company's opening Friday.
Stubbs has completed nearly 720 clinical trials, testing treatments in Phases I, II, III and IV for the FDA.
Chief Operating Officer Thomas Stubbs, who is Terry's husband, joined the team nine years ago, and said they are hopeful there soon will be a cure for Alzheimer's, and non-narcotic treatments for people in pain.
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., was at Friday's event, and applauded the ActivMed team for their work. She said many people who become hooked on heroin started with prescription pain medicine.
"The research on non-opioid alternatives that aren't addictive in terms of pain medication that is being done here is very, very critical," Ayotte said.
ActivMed employs 34 people, with 11 working in their new 5,600-square-foot facility. Study coordinator Rodney Nolberto, who worked as a practicing doctor in the Dominican Republic before moving to the United States, calls his job "very rewarding."
"I've been part of over 40 clinical trials," Nolberto said. "I've been lucky to find this company because I can apply my knowledge here. Some of the things they do are groundbreaking."
Nolberto particularly enjoys seeing the results patients have, giving the example of people with psoriasis who are finally able to wear shorts again.
ActivMed is located at 110 Corporate Drive.