Westcove Advises Kansas City Research Institute in its Partnership with Alcanza Clinical Research

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 3, 2024 – Westcove Partners, LLC (“Westcove”), an emerging and highly specialized investment bank, announced that it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Kansas City Research Institute (“KCRI”) in its partnership with Alcanza Clinical Research (“Alcanza”), a portfolio company of Martis Capital Management (“Martis”). The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Westcove’s deal team included Justin Hand, Managing Director; Bill Bolding, Vice President; Scott Schulkin, Vice President; and Brandon Roberts, Analyst. KCRI’s legal representation was Fontg & Hansen LLC.

KCRI is a leading clinical research site in the Kansas City area with a goal to bring accessible clinical research to underserved populations. The site plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of medicine with a focus on hepatology and metabolic disease. With a state-of-the-art facility and a team of dedicated professionals, KCRI works tirelessly to advance healthcare and improve lives. Currently enrolled studies cover areas such as liver disease, obesity, weight loss, gastroparesis, hepatocellular carcinoma, IBD, and pancreatitis.

Bill Bolding, Vice President of Westcove, commented “Dr. Freilich and the KCRI team have a built a highly-regarded site in the NASH and metabolic space, and by aligning with Alcanza, will become a key piece in expanding access and participation in NASH, metabolic, and other related trials across the Alcanza network. We are excited to see what the KCRI team can accomplish with a partner like Alcanza in the coming years.”

About Kansas City Research Institute

Founded in 2000, Kansas City Research Institute is a Missouri-based research site with an emphasis on hepatology and metabolic disease. KCRI has extensive experience working in Phase II to Phase IV clinical trials, with over 330 trials conducted to date, and brings more than 25 years of clinical site experience to the Kansas City Community. For more information, visit https://kcresearchinstitute.com/.  

About Alcanza Clinical Research

Alcanza is an integrated network of research facilities dedicated to reducing barriers to clinical research participation, especially in underrepresented patient populations. The network includes 23 dedicated research units and several additional sites integrated within specialty clinics. These facilities are strategically located across the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest regions of the United States. Alcanza supports studies that span all trial phases and major therapeutic areas. For more information, visit https://alcanzaclinical.com/.

About Martis Capital Management

Based in San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC, Martis Capital is a team of investment professionals who share a passion for helping build companies that seek to improve the quality of care and address the complex challenges facing the healthcare industry today. Martis seeks to identify exceptional investment opportunities and achieve shared growth objectives with founder-led companies and management teams. Martis Capital manages more than $2 billion of equity capital and is currently investing out of its fourth fund. For more information, visit https://www.martiscapital.com/.

About Westcove Partners

Westcove Partners is a leading healthcare-focused investment bank that specializes in advising its clients through mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity financing, as well as other complex corporate finance transactions. The team focuses on founder-operated businesses and seeks to curate its advisory services according to the intricacies that come with these types of businesses. 

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