About PPD

The PPD clinical research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific is a global clinical research organization (CRO) that helps advance the development of life-changing medicines for patients. Part of this research involves conducting clinical trials with patients and healthy volunteers to collect important data on new treatments under close medical supervision. We have three clinics to support early-phase clinical trials, with locations in Austin, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Orlando, Florida. Our state-of-the-art facilities have a successful history in conducting studies safely since 1985, and in the past five years alone, we’ve conducted more than 340 early development research studies involving more than 2,000 volunteers. Our experience in conducting first-in-human trials, definitive cardiac safety or QTC studies, and complex, procedure-intensive trials is unmatched.  

What We Do

Our clinical research sites recruit volunteers to participate in clinical trials and provide financial compensation to study volunteers who participate. These trials are designed to verify the safety and tolerability of an investigational drug in people and explore how the medicine acts in the bodies of healthy volunteers. All studies are fully supervised by medical professionals. 

Why Participate?

New medications help people every day. To be approved, those medications go through various research trials, and many of those trials require generally healthy people to participate. Your participation could benefit others by helping treatments get approved by regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Participation also is an easy way to earn extra income, while taking a break from everyday life. 

Getting Started

The process starts with a confidential phone conversation to discuss your pertinent medical information. You can call PPD or complete the form on any of our pages, and our staff will contact you at your preferred time. If you qualify for the study based on our phone conversation, you will be invited to our clinic for a screening visit. At the screening visit, you will be given many more details about the study and opportunities to discuss the study with our staff. If you are interested in proceeding into the study, we will complete your qualification assessment by performing a few procedures to ensure you meet the criteria for the study. Though each study will have unique qualifications, these criteria often include blood collection, vital-signs, ECG, and physical exam results. 


Volunteers in our research studies receive monetary compensation for their participation. The stipend amount varies by study but is generally based on the overall commitment required by our volunteers. Some studies may require staying in our facility for a considerable length of time, while others are more outpatient focused. Participants are informed before the study begins on the commitment expectations and how and when they will be paid. 

What Our Volunteers Have to Say

“I’ve participated in several studies at PPD and I can say I truly enjoy being part of the research process, cause I know it helps advance medicine and positively impacts people’s lives. The ability to contribute and potentially improve specific treatments while making some extra money is incredibly fulfilling, plus, I love meeting a new study buddy every time!”

“Over the years I’ve done quite a few studies at PPD. I’ve made some great life-long friends, paid-off my college and professional training, and had more than a few great vacations from my “study money”. Also, there’s usually so much free time in a study that I can work remotely with ease. And with what PPD pays these days, there’s no reason not to look into a study every now-and-then.”

“Helping advance medicine is what I do for a living. But when you have clinics that you enjoy working with, this becomes a win win experience for everyone involved. That’s what I believe when I sign up for volunteer research at the PPD Las Vegas clinic. They provide constant communication and make the entire process a positive one, from beginning with phone screening to check in through discharge. Not to mention the physicians have a temperament that is top notch. I cannot give enough kudos to the Las Vegas staff and they deserve this high five.”

“For me, PPD is a paid holiday (I’m a teacher). The facility is spacious and well-maintained, the food delicious, and the staff are as friendly as they are knowledgeable. I love vacationing here!”

“Me personally and just being honest when I say that I can’t say there is anything bad to say about ppd when I stayed there. It’s not too crowded and very well-spaced out and clean. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was just an overall good experience. They all care about the people because to them we matter.”