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Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence


Center of Excellence:
Best-of-Both-Worlds Solution

PPD's Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence is an experienced and dedicated cross-functional leadership team with clear accountabilities. The center of excellence team addresses strategic, operational, medical and scientific challenges presented by the small, widely dispersed patient populations that characterize rare diseases. A best-of-both-worlds solution, the center of excellence combines the traits of a niche contract research organization (CRO) with PPD’s global experience and focus on three key pillars:

  • Cutting-edge clinical development and regulatory strategy
  • Operational excellence and best practices
  • Innovation in patient access and patient experience

The Center of Excellence combines the traits of a niche CRO with our global footprint, infrastructure and experience

The center of excellence team drives all rare disease and pediatric activities with accountabilities that span all therapeutic areas. The team provides tailored thought leadership and innovation in the design and execution of trials, as well as aligned oversight of program delivery and clear escalation paths for operational teams. In addition, the team provides strategic insights that can inform and optimize clinical and regulatory strategy development and facilitate access to a broad array of key stakeholders, including medical experts, patients and patient advocacy groups. Our team brings a wealth of experience combined with access to data, analytics and innovative technology solutions to advance and optimize the design and delivery of complex global programs in low prevalence indications.

Strategic and operational excellence    Oversight, Support and Knowledge Sharing    New approaches to patient access and experience

Center of Excellence Team

Kaucic, Karen

Karen Kaucic, M.D.

Senior Vice President
Global Head
PPD® Consulting and
Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence

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Plotkin, Horacio

Horacio Plotkin, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Vice President
Medical Lead
Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence

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Torres, Guisela

Guisela Torres

Senior Director
Operations Lead
Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence

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Komelasky, Chris

Chris Komelasky

Senior Director
Sites and Patients and
Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence

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Healey, Brian

Brian Healey

Director
PPD® Consulting and
Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence

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