Quintiles opens Nairobi office
Quintiles Africa CEO Gillian Corken, who spoke with Outsourcing-pharma at DIA Euro Meeting in Monaco, said the new site enables the firm to meet demand for trials outside its existing base in South Africa.
She explained the new office, which compliments a similar operation Quintiles recently set up in Ghana in West Africa, provides access to East Africa's large, ethnically diverse and treatment naive patient populations.
Corken went on to say that, although there are difficulties associated with trials in Africa, Quintiles’ approach is to minimise such problems by employing local staff who have knowledge of the regulations that govern studies in the region.
She also said that IT infrastructure improvements ahead of this year’s football World Cup in South Africa are further improving the situation.