Current CEO: Fredric N. Eshelman
Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) provides discovery, development and management services to clients in the pharmaceutical, government and academic sectors. The company also provides clinical trial services to its clients. PPD operates locations in nearly 50 countries. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina. PPD employs project managers, clinical research associates, nurses and data management staff in locations worldwide.
Project managers working at Pharmaceutical Product Development are responsible for overseeing research and development projects. Project managers interface extensively with clients to understand their needs. They work closely with clinical research staff to design development strategies. Project managers assure that all members of the research team remain on task. They are responsible for providing regular updates to clients. In some situations, project managers may be directly involved with day-to-day research tasks.
Clinical research associates work exclusively on client projects. They are responsible for designing and carrying out a variety of research and development tasks. Clinical research associates work under the direction of project managers, but must be self-motivated. Senior clinical researchers may oversee their own research teams. Individuals in these roles are required to compile regular updates regarding the progress of their projects. They work diligently to identify pharmaceutical solutions. They are required to modify products as clinical trials and client requests demand.
Nurses with advanced degrees and breadth of experience in their field can foster excellent PPD careers. Nurses employed by PPD work with clinical researchers and project managers to support the product development process. They are often responsible for overseeing clinical trials. They are required to interact extensively with trial participants. Nurses record patient data and report their findings to clinical research associates and data management staff.
Data management professionals employed by PPD record and analyze data related to the pharmaceutical development process. Individuals in these roles are responsible for gathering data from clinical research associates, nurses and staff involved in clinical trials. They enter data into specialized computer programs and provide reports regarding the efficacy of products to project managers and company executives. Data management professionals are expected to exemplify the Pharmaceutical Product Development culture, which emphasizes diligence and accuracy.
Eligible full-time employees are offered a Pharmaceutical Product Development benefits package in addition to their base salaries. Benefits offerings vary from area to area. The majority of qualified employees receives healthcare insurance and can participate in a retirement savings plan. They accrue paid time off and are awarded holiday pay.
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