16 Aug. 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C., (August 16, 2011) - PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) today announced it has appointed Jasmine (Jisong) Cui, Ph.D., as chief scientific officer of BioDuro, A PPD® Company. Dr. Cui will provide scientific leadership to BioDuro's integrated drug discovery services across a range of disease areas and expand its use of novel technologies for small and large molecules and in stem cells and imaging.
"With more than 15 years of drug discovery experience, Jasmine's leadership will be valuable to our clients as we continue to build therapeutic expertise and to deliver integrated services beginning at lead generation through Phase 0," said Andreas Tschirky, Ph.D., leader of BioDuro. "Her proven expertise in the pharmaceutical industry will help us deliver innovation in areas such as medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, discovery biology, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics (DMPK), and I am pleased to welcome her to our company."
Dr. Cui previously served as vice president and head of drug discovery and translation for a newly established biotech company where she provided leadership for project portfolio and operations from preclinical to Phase II clinical studies. Prior to that role, she spent 14 years at Merck Research Laboratories where she held positions of increasing responsibility. As director of cardiovascular diseases, she provided project leadership for delivering several preclinical drug candidates, a few of which are currently in clinical studies. Dr. Cui chaired the early development team for compounds in the clinic and also served as head of the hypertension exploratory biomarker group for identifying and developing preclinical and translatable biomarkers in cardiovascular diseases.
During the past 10 years, Dr. Cui has actively promoted scientific and business exchange between the United States and China in the health care industry. She is past president of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA), a leading Chinese-American pharmaceutical organization, and was the first female president in the organization's 18-year history.
Dr. Cui received her Ph.D. in biology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She completed her undergraduate studies at Shandong University in China.
BioDuro, acquired by PPD in 2009, is a leading drug discovery services company. It provides high-quality, integrated preclinical research and development services to biopharmaceutical clients, ranging from medicinal chemistry, discovery biology, pharmacology, DMPK and biologics.
PPD employs more than 1,400 in Asia Pacific and nearly 1,000 people in China, where it is one of the largest contract research organizations in that country.