Mark Lacy is founder and CEO of one of the most prominent and respect Integrated Site Networks in the world – Benchmark Research. Mr. Lacy’s dedication to the advancement of clinical research is represented in his continued service of the Board of Advisors for The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), having served seven consecutive years. Mr. Lacy is a founding member of the Executive Committee for the PharmaTimes U.S. Clinical Researcher of the Year competition, having served the last two years as Chairman and Master of Ceremonies. In 2014 he was recognized by Vaccine Nation as one of the ’50 PharmaVoice as one of the ‘100 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences of the top four ‘Established Entrepreneurs’ for his success in growing Benchmark Research. Mr. Lacy’s active participation with the association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) has encompassed serving as Chair of the Site Manager’s Forum, Chair of the Finance Committee, being elected to the Board of Trustees; and in 2016 being honored for Innovation in Clinical Research (merging Urgent Care with Clinical Research). In 2005 he was the recipient of ACRP’s Meritorious Service Award.
This entrepreneurial approach has extended into his formation of VaxCorps, a nationally prominent research network focusing on vaccines, of which he is the CEO. For a historic seven consecutive year, Benchmark Research along with PMG Research Associates and Miami Research Associates, co-members in the VaxCorps vaccine consortium were named one of the top two Clinical Research Site or Network at the annual Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards. Benchmark Research has been a top finalist since the inception of this category; winning the award four times previously, and first runner up the other three years. Additionally, Mr. Lacy is expanding his healthcare entrepreneurial activities by opening a chain of Family and Urgent Care medical clinics in association with his research sites, which is being touted as revolutionary and a game changer.
Prior to founding Benchmark Research, Mr. Lacy earned a B.A. degree from The University of Texas at Austin (Plan II Program, Summa Cum Laude); and held several prominent positions in state and national politics, including service under a Presidential Administration.