04 Nov. 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C., (November 4, 2011) - Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) today announced it has been named the best contract research organization by Scrip Intelligence, which also has honored PPD for deploying the best technological development in clinical trials.
Scrip presented both awards to PPD at the seventh annual Scrip Awards ceremony on November 3 in London. PPD was recognized for its expertise and innovation in helping clients develop life-changing medical treatments. The judging panel called PPD "a great organization - open for new approaches, even more for driving new technologies."
"At PPD, we share our clients' passion for delivering new therapies to help people live healthier lives," said Raymond Hill, chief executive officer of PPD. "These awards pay testament to the hard work, dedication and inspiration that our employees deliver every day to provide exceptional client service. We are committed to delivering consistent high quality, innovative ideas and forward-focused technologies that help our clients achieve their vision."
Launched in 1985 as a one-person consulting firm, today PPD is one of the world's leading contract research organizations. PPD has worked with 49 of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies to speed the delivery of life-changing therapies to people in need.
Scrip also recognized PPD's innovative technology solution, created in collaboration with Microsoft Corp., that improves the efficiency of managing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) programs mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Designed to improve patient safety, REMS programs help ensure the safe distribution and administration of certain marketed drugs.
The PPD REMS solution is a first-of-its-kind technology platform that integrates, manages and tracks all REMS resources, data and information. It is based on the Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System, a data aggregation platform that gives healthcare professionals access to the information they need when they need it, and Microsoft HealthVault, a personal health application platform that lets consumers gather, store and share health information online.
"PPD's technology focus is to deliver solutions that provide meaningful advances for our clients," said Mike Wilkinson, executive vice president and chief information officer of PPD. "Our REMS solution builds on PPD's extensive strategic, scientific, operational and regulatory capabilities in designing and implementing comprehensive REMS and risk management programs."
The Scrip Awards acknowledge achievements across a broad range of areas in the pharmaceutical industry. Attracting hundreds of industry professionals from the world's leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, the awards have become a distinct mark of superior achievement. Pharmaceutical, biotech and contract research organizations compete for awards in 15 categories, which are decided by an expert panel of judges.
Scrip's recognition is the most recent in a series of awards PPD has received this year. PPD earned the number one spot among contract research organizations in the 2011 CenterWatch global site survey. PPD also was named to the 2011 InformationWeek 500, an annual list of the most innovative users of business technology in the United States. In addition, PPD and ProtonMedia won a Microsoft 2011 Life Sciences Innovation Award for PPD® 3D, a virtual, collaborative environment improving the cost-effectiveness, speed and quality of training for clinical research associates.