Going the Distance for Clinical Trials


Hundreds of PPD employees participated in the 2015 PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon race and PPD Hero Awards, celebrating the life-changing work of clinical research pursued by our employees and clients across the globe. The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, an internationally recognized race, is a key annual event that helps to educate the public about clinical trials.

On the day before the triathlon, the company headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina, was the site for the 2015 PPD Hero Awards, an energetic centerpiece of race week. Seven PPD heroes — including two employee athletes — shared their experiences with an enthusiastic crowd of 100 TeamPPD employee triathlon participants and hundreds of PPD employees, community leaders and dignitaries. David Simmons, chairman and CEO, explained the vital importance of clinical research to the development of life-changing therapies.

The standing-room only audience of 400 heard inspirational stories about the power of clinical research from the PPD Heroes — people who have participated in clinical trials or have benefited from therapies developed in clinical research. The day before competing in the grueling race, the PPD Heroes received rousing cheers and encouragement.

For the first time in the six years of the program, PPD selected employees as PPD Heroes. Not just one, but two: Teresa Dunlap, an executive director of project management; and Liz Lloyd, a consultant pharmacist.

Teresa was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer three years ago. She completed 13.1 miles in a TeamPPD relay during the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon to celebrate being three years clear of cancer.

PPD Hero Liz Lloyd, a pharmacist with PPD, received a diagnosis of late-state metastatic breast cancer in 2011. Although standard-of-care treatment worked for four years, she joined a clinical trial in June after a change in her condition, and the results to date have been encouraging. Lloyd swam 1.2 miles on a TeamPPD relay team.

The PPD Heroes, who thanked PPD employees and clients for the clinical trial work they do, followed up their public appearance the next day by competing in the triathlon.

Watch this video to learn how PPD plays a key role in the development of important new therapies.