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PPD, Colleagues and CRA Academy Grads Honored by PharmaTimes Awards


At the 2020 PharmaTimes awards, PPD was named Clinical Research Company of the Year, and several colleagues were honored for clinical research excellence.

PPD won the highest honor at the PharmaTimes International Clinical Researcher of the Year 2020 virtual awards ceremony: Clinical Research Company of the Year.

“The professionalism, competence and dedication that each of you bring to work every day is a significant reason we received this recognition, and you should be proud,” David Johnston, executive vice president of clinical development, said in an internal message to all PPD employees following the announcement of the award.

In addition, individual PPD clinical researchers won gold and bronze in both the Clinical Research Associate (CRA) and the Aspiring CRA awards; as well as gold and silver awards in the In-House CRA category; and silver awards in the Team Leader and Start Up of the Year-Singles categories.

Of the 13 PPD colleagues who were recognized for their excellence, all of them completed PPD’s Clinical Foundations Program (CFP), and five of them are graduates of PPD’s CRA Academy.

The CFP trains all CRAs on PPD’s institutional approach to clinical trial management, and the CRA Academy is a six-week program that trains entry-level CRAs, setting them up for success. These programs help to prepare and equip research professionals to deliver high-caliber performance, quality and value to PPD customers.

“The academy both shapes and reflects the quality and caliber of PPD’s CRA team,” David explained. Recently, PPD celebrated a milestone of 1,000 graduates from its CRA Academy. The PharmaTimes recognition demonstrates the excellence of PPD’s clinical research professionals and the importance of PPD’s award-winning training and development programs.

“Our clinical researchers displayed the utmost professionalism and competence in achieving this outstanding recognition from industry peers,” said Amber Lee, senior vice president of clinical operations for PPD. “We congratulate them on their accomplishments and recognize the talent, drive and dedication our clinical researchers bring to our clients and their research programs, which played a significant role in PPD being named the international clinical research company of the year.”

The awards are the culmination of a rigorous series of assessments, including a three-stage competition concluding in presentations before a panel of experienced industry judges. The event was created to provide clinical research professionals an opportunity to benchmark their professional skills against their peers in a program of competency-based exercises developed through cross-industry collaboration.

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