For the second year in a row, clinical research executives gathered in the nation’s capital to discuss one of the biggest challenges tormenting the industry – how to improve the number of patients and physicians participating in clinical research. It’s an age old problem and one that won’t go away soon. Less than 5 percent of the eligible patient population in the U.S. participate in clinical trials annually. The Bridging Clinical Research & Clinical Health Care Conference, known as “Bridging,” puts the number at 3 percent. The same is true for physicians who are registered as clinical investigators — too many trials and not enough physicians wanting to get involved. The time and cost impact of this issue is well known. What isn’t well known is the solution.