PPD Expands Central Lab Services in Brussels, Singapore

By Zachary Brennan

- Last updated on GMT

PPD expands in Brussels and Singapore
PPD expands in Brussels and Singapore

Related tags: Central labs, Infectious disease, Microbiology

PPD has expanded its central lab testing services at its Brussels and Singapore labs and will offer additional services in microbiology, peripheral blood mononuclear cell and molecular pathology services.

The reason for the expansion “is twofold​,” Elena Logan, senior vice president of central labs for PPD, told Outsourcing-Pharma.com. “First, we had built out those capabilities in the US, which generated significant demand from clients in other regions of the world with microbiology needs.

“Second, based on our strong franchise in infectious diseases—which is among the top three therapeutic areas in terms of the industry pipeline—coupled with the fact that more clients want an integrated solution that combines clinical trial management with central labs services, we made the strategic decision to provide a comprehensive solution to our clients who want a full-service outsourcing model​.”  

Like its US facility in Highland Heights, Ky., PPD’s labs in Brussels and Singapore now offer microbiology testing services for bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and microbioterrorism pathogens.

All three labs can conduct virology testing, including real-time polymerase chain reaction, viral load, genotyping and SNP analysis. They also have the capability to culture, quantitate, identify and determine antibiotic susceptibility and resistance for aerobic and anaerobic organisms.

The company’s lab in China is the only one that has yet to expand to this type of capacity.

The North Carolina-based contract research organization (CRO) is “continually evaluating industry trends to determine how we can best support our client’s needs by offering the majority of testing in house​,” Logan said. 

As a result, we have been strategically expanding our capabilities in all of our central labs in Belgium, China, Singapore and the US​.”

PPD has conducted nearly 240 studies on infectious diseases over the past five years and the company’s central labs have handled about 50 of these studies.

These new capabilities are significant enhancements to the broad portfolio of scientific and clinical expertise that we bring to the development of infectious disease products on behalf of our clients​,” added Carol Olson, executive medical director and PPD’s therapeutic area head for infectious diseases.

The expansion comes as PPD has added three new therapeutic department heads​. Daniel Burch, now heads the division on central nervous system​; Puneet Mohan heads cardiovascular​/metabolism and Alan M. Solinger heads the rheumatology/immunology​ sector.

Despite the expansions and new hires, both S&P and Moody’s downgraded their ratings of PPD in October 2012 as the company decided to issue $500m​ to fund a sponsor dividend.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

What to consider when working with CRFs

What to consider when working with CRFs

Formedix | 21-Sep-2020 | Technical / White Paper

For a study to be successful, data collected must be correct and complete. To be correct and complete, forms must be well planned with meticulous attention...

Covance Touchless Drug and Device Vigilance Vision

Covance Touchless Drug and Device Vigilance Vision

Covance Patient Safety | 01-Sep-2020 | Data Sheet

Automation tools enable organizations to identify patterns in structured and unstructured data and facilitate automation of the entire product vigilance...

Lessons Learned: Clinical Trials During a Pandemic

Lessons Learned: Clinical Trials During a Pandemic

PCM TRIALS | 01-Sep-2020 | Technical / White Paper

In a recent survey of clinical trial professionals (including pharmaceutical sponsors, CROs, site representatives and vendors), respondents reported that...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Products

View more

Webinars