“The reason I am still alive nearly six years after my lung cancer diagnosis is the clinical research done in clinical trials.”
Kirk Smith

PPD Heroes

Kirk Smith headshot

Our Mission


We believe there is an undeniable need to raise public awareness about the benefits of clinical trials in developing life-changing medicines and new therapies. For people facing illness, participating in a clinical trial can offer new opportunities for cutting-edge treatment and close medical supervision.

Increasing the level of patient participation in clinical trials could help researchers accelerate their efforts to develop new treatments. PPD is honored to share the stories of several of the many everyday heroes who overcame significant health conditions through participation in a clinical trial or through using life-saving medicines developed in clinical trials.

These heroes share their personal stories to spotlight the importance of clinical research in improving health and saving lives. They are inspiring examples of how patients can play a more active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available and help others by contributing to medical research.

Our Heroes

PPD Heroes is a program dedicated to sharing the inspiring stories of individuals facing significant health conditions who have benefited from clinical trials through the therapies research helps develop. The goal of the PPD Heroes program is to increase public awareness and encourage education about the crucial role clinical trials play in delivering life-changing therapies and medicines to patients.

Get a glimpse inside the lives of our PPD Heroes as they discuss their challenges and how PPD’s clinical research has affected them personally.