Apex Clinical Trials

Our research department at Suncoast Skin Solutions conducts clinical trials for new investigational products and innovative medical devices for various dermatology conditions. Led by our Founder and Lead Principal Investigator, Dr. Christopher Ewanowski, we are dedicated to utilizing and advancing the best available therapies in Dermatology. With over 15 years of combined clinical research experience, our research staff consists of a Principal Investigator, various Sub-Investigators, trained Clinical Research Coordinators, Regulatory Personnel, and other important research ancillary support staff. Whether you choose to participate in a Clinical trial or seek clinical care with any of our bright and knowledgeable providers we are here to help!

Below is a list of medical conditions that may be available for participation.




Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes red, itchy scaly patches, most commonly on the knees, elbows, trunk, and scalp.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a condition that makes your skin red and itchy. It's common in children but can occur at any age.



Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples.


What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a health-based research study for human beings that follow a pre-defined & specific protocol. Participants can play an active role in their own health care, gain access to new investigational treatments before they are made widely available and help others by contributing to the advancement of medical science through research.

What are the 4 Phases of a Clinical Trial?

Phase I- The purpose of Phase 1 is to ensure that the treatment is safe in humans and to determine how and where it distributes within the body.

Phase II- The purpose of a Phase 2 Clinical Trial is to determine the right dosage and effectiveness in treating that particular disease.

Phase III- A Phase 3 Clinical Trial involves a much larger group of volunteers and primarily focuses on determining whether the treatment* would be safe and effective for a wide variety of people.

Phase IV- After approval by the FDA and manufacturing of the drug on a large scale by the sponsor, the process enters what is called Phase 4 Clinical Trial/Post-Market Surveillance/Report Adverse Events.

What is an IRB?

The IRB (Institutional Review Board) along with the Ethics Committee, exist to protect the welfare of participants in clinical trials. All aspects of any clinical trial, both before the investigator can enroll participants and throughout the trial are carefully & thoroughly reviewed by the IRB and Ethics Committee.

Who develops these trials?

Our research department conducts research at the request of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. In doing so, data is collected to provide insight into the safety and effectiveness of new products. These same manufacturers share the common goal of having their product or device meet FDA requirements to be approved and marketed.

What are the benefits of participation?

  • All studies are offered at no cost to participants
  • We will not use your insurance as it is not required for participation
  • Visits are performed by GCP trained providers and staff
  • You may be compensated for your time & travel
  • Access to research products & treatments at no cost

How do I know if I qualify for a clinical trial?

Every clinical trial has specific criteria required to be met to determine whether you may qualify for a study. Please complete our Study Interest Form below and a research coordinator will contact you for a pre-screening evaluation and to provide more information regarding current or future clinical trials.

Do I have to sign anything?

Informed consent is one of the most important aspects of research ethics. Regulations requiring informed consent have been created to protect the human subjects participating in clinical research. Informed consent is an ongoing process that must occur before any clinical trial-related procedures are conducted. The process consists of documentation and a series of conversations between the clinical trial participant and the principal investigator and delegated health care professionals, as appropriate.

Can I discontinue participation?

You may discontinue participation in a study for any reason and at any point during the study.

Where can I go for more information regarding clinical trials?

For more information about clinical trials, please visit:

Interested in participating?

Please complete our study interest form below:

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