PPD Celebrates Industry-leading Employees
At PPD, we have a strong will to win. Our employees strive for excellence daily and these efforts receive high praise within the industry. Employees from PPD placed in the 2017 PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year and the PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher – The Americas competitions. Not only do the PharmaTimes awards recognize leading talent in the contract research organization (CRO) industry, but they offer a place for the top professionals to network and collaborate. PPD congratulates their employees’ efforts.
The PharmaTimes industry competitions are a culmination of a demanding year-long, three-part series of tests, including real-life challenges judged by industry leaders.
“You’re given a problem and asked to present your solution to a panel of judges,” said Jullia Lee, a clinical research associate (Level II). “The opportunity to pitch my ideas for a potential solution was awesome.”
Clinical research associates (CRAs) from PPD competed in the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year competition, which allowed them to demonstrate their talents:
• Jenifer Cameron, a CRA (Level II); Kirsten Hogarty, a CRA (Level I); Sarah Sutherland, a CRA (Level I); and Simone Wood, a CRA (Level II) earned gold in the Clinical Research Team category
• Iris Huang, a CRA (Level I), was named a top 10 finalist in the Clinical Research Associate category
The strong will to win includes those who participated in the PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher – The Americas, which acknowledged these talented individuals:
• Kathy Lusk, a manager of clinical management, captured the gold in the Experienced Clinical Research Associate category
• Brandon Rasberry, a senior CRA (Level II), earned a bronze in the New Clinical Research Associate category
• Jullia Lee was recognized as a top 10 finalist in the New Clinical Research Associate category
Brandon admitted to feeling the pressure of the competition. “I told myself that I would use my knowledge and experience to get me through the process, and that helped me remain calm about having to present,” he said. While his original goal was just to make it to finals, he describes winning bronze as one of his proudest moments.
Kathy decided to pursue the PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher – The Americas awards after noting how rewarding it was for colleagues who had participated previously.
“Winning this competition has given me even more confidence to help mentor and manage other CRAs, as well as move to the next level in my career,” said Kathy, who plans to use her expertise to help other PPD CRAs prepare for future competitions.
When asked about her biggest takeaway from the competition, Jullia said, “It was a great way to self-validate how far I’ve come as a new CRA. I couldn’t have come this far if it weren’t for PPD’s training programs and the continuous support I receive from my managers and colleagues.”
Congratulations to all of PPD’s talented employees and their great accomplishments!
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