25 Aug. 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. (August 25, 2010) - PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) today announced it has named Neil McCullough, Ph.D., as vice president of quality management systems. In this role, Dr. McCullough will provide strategic direction for quality management across all lines of business and ensure full compliance with global regulations guiding the biopharmaceutical industry.
"Providing superior quality services directly impacts our ability to meet and exceed client expectations for safety, compliance, integrity of data and efficiency," said David Grange, chief executive officer of PPD. "Having led quality assurance initiatives for pharmaceutical companies for more than 20 years, Dr. McCullough brings exceptional leadership skills and quality expertise that enhance our ability to deliver for clients in today's changing drug development environment."
Prior to joining PPD, Dr. McCullough spent nine years at Pfizer Inc. He most recently served as senior director of the global research and development division good clinical practice and good laboratory practice quality assurance leadership team. His responsibilities included designing and implementing a risk-based approach to quality assurance to target audits across all functional areas of global clinical development.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Dr. McCullough served as a consultant to GlaxoSmithKline's division of manufacturing, where he implemented standards, procedures and policies to meet regulatory requirements. He was also site technical director at Polychem Limited and began his career as a manufacturing quality assurance laboratory technician at Beecham Group Ltd.
Dr. McCullough earned his doctorate in chemistry from The University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom and is completing a master's in pharmaceutical medicine from Harvard University and the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (Hibernia College).