About Us Excell Research

Meet the experts who provide our clinical research services

Learn more about our clinical research trial experts

Our clinical research professionals work together to deliver the highest standard of care for all new and returning clinical research trial patients.


To provide quality care for all clinical research trial participants and assist with advancing new treatments and medications through clinical research.


Excell Research follows the most up to date GCP guidelines to ensure quality care for clinical research trial participants.

Meet the Founders of Excell Research

Co-Founder and Chief Executive OfficerJelena Kunovac, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Jelena Kunovac serves as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excell Research, as well as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Altea Research in Las Vegas and Alea Research in Phoenix. She has over 25 years of experience in the clinical trials industry.

Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer and Medical DirectorSherry Soefje, M.D.

Dr. Sherry Soefje is Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer and Medical Director of Excell Research. Bringing close to 30 years of clinical trials experience, Dr. Soefje has participated in over 250 clinical trials in the CNS area, and has been the Principal Investigator for Excell Research since 2012.


Local Outreach Events

Senior Expo October 2022
Walk to End Alzheimer's, San Diego
1 Million Steps for OCD Event 2021

Join Excell Research at local outreach events and show your support for mental health and clinical research trials! Excell Research takes part in outreach events all over San Diego County which includes Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, Bonsall, Valley Center, Ramona, Poway, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, San Diego, El Cajon, Santee, Lakeside, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and more. We also service areas within Orange County and Riverside County such as San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, and Lake Elsinore. Contact Us to learn more about how to get involved in the community!

Learn More About Clinical Trials

Abbvie pharmaceuticals share a great video to help you learn more about Clinical Research Studies or Clinical Trials.
Contact us if you are interested in one of our studies.

Date With a Cure 2021: Dr. Sherry Soefje of Excell Research joins other top Alzheimer’s researchers in a Zoom round-table discussion hosted by Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Excell Research is a clinical trial partner of Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Date With a Cure 2020: Dr. Sherry Soefje of Excell Research joins other top Alzheimer’s researchers in this community event for a Zoom round-table discussion hosted by Alzheimer’s San Diego. Hear Dr. Soefje explain the experience of clinical trials and development of new treatments (starts at 45:30).

Excell Research is a clinical trial partner of Alzheimer’s San Diego.

Local clinical trials in San Diego County

Learn more about clinical trials at Excell

Clinical research trials create a new opportunity for patients to receive alternative or more varied treatment, and to get up close and personal treatment from healthcare professionals. Often, Clinical research studies provide financially viable treatment options that may not have otherwise been available. By participating in a clinical trial, you would be aiding healthcare officials in their efforts to advance medical knowledge and to find new and better treatment options for patients.

New Treatments For Longer and Better-Quality Lives

The primary goal of all clinical research studies is to determine that the new treatment is both effective and safe for patients. A clinical trial may seek a cure or new methods to ease the lives of patients with chronic illnesses. Participating in a clinical research study allows you to receive the most cutting-edge treatment or procedures in the medical field, and to assist in helping other patients live longer and better-quality lives.

Patient Safety

To ensure the safety of patients during clinical trials, Excell follows guidelines set by organizations such as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the Global International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use Good Clinical Practices (ICH GCP).

Service Area

Located in Oceanside California, Excell provides paid clinical trials for patients willing to travel to Oceanside from San Diego County, Orange County and Riverside County. Excell’s clinical trials offer assistance with transportation for active enrolling studies.

Learn more about active clinical trials at Excell!

Locals living in neighboring cities such as Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido, Fallbrook, San Diego, San Clemente, Temecula, Murrieta, Solana Beach, Del Mar, San Marcos, Poway, La Mesa, Santee, Chula Vista and others are encouraged to inquire about possible treatment options at Excell.

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