WILMINGTON, N.C., (May 5, 2011) - PPD, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPDI) today announced it has earned the number one spot among contract research organizations (CROs) in the 2011 CenterWatch global site survey, with 84.3 percent of participants rating PPD's overall relationship quality as "excellent" or "good."
PPD scored among the top three in 25 of the 29 survey attributes and received the highest marks of any CRO in several categories, including staff professionalism, good protocol design, study initiation, being organized and prepared, and setting realistic project timelines. According to The CenterWatch Monthly, PPD earned the number one spot by focusing on the needs of sites, which include supplying technology and support, providing clear protocols and timelines, and concentrating on strong training programs for clinical research associates.
"We are committed to building and maintaining strong relationships with our global sites through close collaboration between our project teams and investigators," said Sebastian Pacios, M.D., senior vice president of global project management. "By providing extensive training programs for our employees, innovative technologies to aid our sites and clients, and expertise across all aspects of protocol design, we are able to partner with our sites to ensure reliable study data for our clients."
The 2011 survey marked the first time CenterWatch has conducted a global site survey, and included investigator sites in the United States and Europe. More than 1,200 clinical research professionals completed the survey, which was conducted this past February and March. The survey polled principal investigators, subinvestigators and study coordinators about the quality of their relationships with CROs.
This year's rating follows PPD's number two ranking among CROs in the 2010 CenterWatch European Site Survey. In that survey, PPD scored among the top three CROs in 26 of the 29 survey attributes and earned the highest marks for being organized and prepared and for its work style and supportive culture.
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