PPD Brings Home Silver and Bronze

PPD Awards

PPD employees earned recognition for excellence at the annual PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year — The Americas competition.

"This recognition demonstrates the exceptional caliber of the CRAs and clinical trial managers PPD deploys on each and every client study," said Donna Hellsten, vice president of clinical development for North America. "Their expertise, dedication and commitment to excellence are qualities that PPD clients expect. Our employees are determined to ensure PPD delivers performance, quality and value to clients and study sites around the world."

Earning the silver for the Company Team of the Year award was Valarie McGee, senior clinical manager and CRA; Sheri Mason, clinical trial manager; Richard Dause, clinical manager and CRA; Mary Wagner, senior CRA; and Andy Knowlton, senior clinical manager and CRA.

Pamela Grillini, senior project manager, earned the bronze award in the project manager category.

"The PharmaTimes Clinical Researcher of the Year competition has been inspiring and exciting to prepare with the PPD team, and we have loved the opportunity to test our skills in a wider forum," McGee said. "This competition is a great way to see how individuals within the industry work together and approach challenges differently."

The award winners were among more than 40 finalists to face a series of competency-based challenges over the course of a year. A panel of biopharmaceutical industry judges rewarded the PPD team and Pamela for their knowledge, skills and expertise.

The competition offers clinical researchers the opportunity to benchmark their skills against industry peers. The challenge has three phases, including a preliminary multiple-choice exam followed by essay questions for those advancing to the second round. For the finals, CRAs are presented a real-world scenario and given one hour to prepare a response for a panel of judges. Winners are determined by their answers to follow-up questions that assess their knowledge, innovation, creativity and ability to collaborate.