Greater Gift Announces Partnership with Benchmark Research

The Greater Gift Initiative, Inc., a Winston-Salem, NC, based not-for-profit organization has expanded its base of partners to include Benchmark Research, a multi-therapeutic network of clinical research sites located in Austin, Fort Worth, San Angelo, New Orleans, Sacramento and San Francisco.

Winston-Salem, NC (PRWEB) April 11, 2013 — Greater Gift Initiative, Inc. is pleased to announce a new partnership with Benchmark Research, Inc. The Greater Gift Initiative’s mission is to advance global health and highlight the greater good of clinical trial participation by gifting a vaccine to a child in need in honor of each clinical trial volunteer. The vision of the Greater Gift Initiative, Inc. is to serve as a philanthropic connector between clinical trial sites, individual investigators, CROs and sponsors by conveying a unified message to the clinical volunteer community that their participation does matter. The Greater Gift Initiative donates vaccines through its partnerships with the GAVI Alliance and Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign.


Recognized as an industry leader with an emphasis on vaccine research, Benchmark Research is based in Austin, Texas and operates six multi-therapeutic clinical research sites in Austin, Fort Worth, San Angelo, New Orleans, Sacramento and San Francisco. The partnership between Benchmark Research and the Greater Gift Initiative, Inc. will increase the number of vaccines donated and expand the positive impact of the Greater Gift Initiative, Inc. program on health, in the US and worldwide.

“Partnering with the Greater Gift Initiative is a tremendous opportunity for Benchmark to give back to our research volunteers as well as to make a difference in the lives of children in need,” said Mark Lacy, founder and CEO of Benchmark Research. “With our focus on conducting quality vaccine research, the Benchmark team is excited to have a meaningful way to honor the participants who make successful clinical trials possible through the gift of life-saving vaccines.” Mark is also a newly named member of the Greater Gift Initiative’s Board of Directors. “As a new board member, I am enthusiastic about the mission and vision of the Greater Gift Initiative and eager to be a part of its ongoing expansion.”

“Benchmark Research is a valued new partner,” said Becca Chase, Executive Director of the Greater Gift Initiative. “Their emphasis on vaccine research and participation with VaxNet, a network of research sites that specialize in multi-therapeutic vaccine trials, makes them an ideal partner in our mission to advance global health through our initiatives emphasizing the importance of clinical trial participants and the donation of vaccines to honor their work.”

About Greater Gift Initiative, Inc.

The Greater Gift Initiative, Inc. honors the clinical trial volunteers who make the advancement of medicine possible by giving one vaccine to one child each time one volunteer makes the important decision to participate in a clinical trial. Visit us at

About Benchmark Research, Inc.

Benchmark Research owns and operates six multi-therapeutic clinical research sites with an emphasis on vaccine research. Our knowledgeable and experienced investigators, coordinators and staff in Texas, California and Louisiana enthusiastically embrace clinical research and the opportunities that new therapies bring. With more than 100,000 volunteers in our database and an in-house call center, we are able to rapidly access a diverse population of potential research participants. Benchmark is an industry leader and strategic partner that has deliversed on the simple yet fundamental goal of providing exceptional service and impeccable quality since 1997.

About GAVI Alliance

GAVI is a public-private global health partnership committed to saving children’s lives and protecting people’s health by increasing access to immunization in poor countries. Since 2000, GAVI has worked with developing countries to help vaccinate 370 million children and save more than 5.5 million lives. The GAVI Campaign 501

(c) (3) is a US public charity whose charitable mission includes supporting immunization programs in developing countries, including programs in support of the GAVI Alliance. For more information, visit

About End Polio Now

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that can be prevented with a single vaccine, yet the disease is still claiming lives and disabling thousands around the world. Rotary International launched the global fight against polio in 1985 and since then has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion cases. Rotary’s effort to rid the world of polio is 99% complete. When successful, this effort will represent only the second time mankind has ever completely eliminated a disease. Help us make history – we are ‘this close’!