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In a small Texas town, Pat Bingham started a journey from a cattle ranch that would shape the life sciences industry. Beginning with organizing incentive trips around major sporting events in the 1980s, she shifted her focus to Investigators' Meetings in the mid-90s. Despite personal challenges, including her husband's battle with cancer, Pat's resilience led to the birth of Meeting Protocol from her home in late 1995.  

The company quickly grew, brought Pat's children aboard and expanded globally by 2000 to become Meeting Protocol Worldwide. For more details on our rich history and evolution, we encourage you to visit our History page.

Fast forward to 2024: In our relentless pursuit of agility, resourcefulness, and excellence, we have chosen to forge a new path under a new name: Scout. This rebranding reflects our dedication to innovation and patient-centricity, positioning us to expertly navigate the complexities of today's dynamic life sciences landscape. Read on to learn more! 


The Journey So Far 

Our journey – from Meeting Protocol to Meeting Protocol Worldwide, and now to Scout – has been marked by a series of significant milestones and achievements that have shaped who we are today. 

2023 was a particularly memorable year for us. Paige Bingham took over as CEO upon Pat’s retirement. We welcomed four dynamic new executives to our leadership team. We were also proud recipients of the prestigious 2023 MedTech Breakthrough Award for Best Patient Portal, a testament to our dedication to improving the patient experience. A top-five pharmaceutical company even designated Scout Clinical as their preferred provider for clinical trial patient travel and payment services, further reinforcing our reputation for high-quality service. 

As we reflect on our journey so far, we are incredibly proud of our legacy and achievements under the Meeting Protocol Worldwide name. We’re even more excited about our future as Scout. As CEO Paige Bingham aptly put it, "Our rebranding as Scout signifies a new era of growth and commitment to making the complex easier, made possible by our decades of life sciences industry experience." 


From Meeting Protocol Worldwide to Scout: Why the Change? 

Given the reputation and goodwill we’ve built as Meeting Protocol Worldwide, the decision to rebrand to Scout was not made lightly. It was the result of a comprehensive process reflecting our evolution as a company and our vision for the future. As we grew into a truly global operation, so did our services and our ambition. We realized that our name needed to encapsulate more than just our origins. It needed to reflect our mission, our spirit, and most importantly, our commitment to sites, sponsors, CROs, and patients around the world. 

The term "scout" has been in use since the 14th century, but the role of scouts dates back to the dawn of civilization. Scouts have always been pioneers, venturing out ahead of the pack to gather vital information, map uncharted territories, and pave the way for others. Throughout history, they've embodied innovation, leadership, and advancement: characteristics that we strive to embody in our work. 

The name Scout was chosen because it perfectly embodies these values. It captures our spirit of innovation, our leadership in the industry, and our commitment to advancing the field of life sciences. As Scout, we continue to draw on our global industry experience and observations to meet your timeline and requirements. From the big picture to the smallest detail, you can be confident that we've thought out every aspect of your needs well ahead of time. 

In essence, our rebranding as Scout signifies more than just a new name; it represents our unwavering commitment to innovation, leadership, and advancement in the life sciences industry. It reflects our dedication to making the complex easier, and our promise to always be one step ahead, paving the way for you to follow. 


What This Means for You 

In essence, our rebranding reflects our evolution and growth. It's about staying true to our roots while embracing the future. 

What's Changing: Our Scout Service Names 

To align with our new brand, our services have been renamed.   

  • Meeting Protocol is now Scout Meetings. 

Click here to learn about providing face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid life sciences industry meeting planning services. 

  • Scout Clinical is keeping its name. 

Click here to learn about offering clinical trial patient travel and payment services with 24/7 live assistance. 

  • Atlas Clinical Academy is now Scout Academy. 

Click here to learn about creating a secure, shared virtual environment for clinical research training, compliance, and collaboration. 


What's Not Changing: 

  • Our Commitment: No request is too big or too small! Our unwavering dedication to providing exceptional service remains steadfast.  
  • Our Services: While our name and look may have changed, the services themselves have not. We remain committed to quality and innovation in service. 
  • Our Team: The people with whom our clients have built relationships and patients have enjoyed exceptional service aren't changing. Those familiar faces are still here, ready to assist and support as always. 



We are entering this new era with a renewed sense of purpose and a steadfast commitment to our values. As Scout, we will continue to lead the way in innovation, providing superior, people-first services that elevate the patient experience and streamline clinical trial collaboration. 

But we can't do this alone. Our journey has always been, and will continue to be, fueled by the trust and support of the people we serve. We look forward to continuing this journey with you, and we can't wait to see what the future holds as Scout. To stay updated on Scout's transformative journey and connect with valuable resources, we encourage you to follow us on our social media channels.