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PPD recognized for expertise in clinical research

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE)-- Demonstrating its expertise in clinical research, Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced that PharmaTimes magazine has named a team of PPD researchers the 2012 Clinical Team of the Year.

The honor, bestowed at the Clinical Researcher of the Year Awards in London on February 16, capped a demanding, seven-hour competition in which six teams of researchers raced a time clock while tackling a series of challenging drug-development scenarios, then presented their creative solutions.

"To win the PharmaTimes Clinical Team of the Year Award requires outstanding technical competence and the ability to work under pressure whilst still maintaining superb team dynamics," said Sean Morgan-Jones, director, PharmaTimes. "PPD's achievement in securing the win should give them great confidence in their abilities as a first-rate clinical research team."

PPD's experienced clinical research associates (CRAs) monitor clinical trials to ensure compliance with clinical trial protocols, standard operating procedures and guidelines from the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use and guidelines for Good Clinical Practice (ICH/GCP).

"PPD's clinical research professionals embody our company's expertise, commitment and passion for delivering excellence in our clients' important research programs," said Roger Newberry, PPD vice president of clinical management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "We congratulate our colleagues on their achievement and are pleased that PPD's leadership in clinical research continues to be recognized by our industry peers."

The competition was created in 1999 to provide pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations and research sites of the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) an opportunity to test their professional skills in a program of competency-based exercises developed through cross-industry collaboration.

Some 270 clinical researchers and 41 NHS research sites entered the competition in February 2011. They were filtered through a number of exercises to identify the top individuals, teams and organizations, which were invited to the finals in November 2011 to face the judges.

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