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Austin Clinical Research Unit


Designed specifically for early phase trials, the clinic has a wide range of specialized equipment for storing, handling, administering and monitoring new drugs. Dedicated project teams with experience across a broad range of study types, therapeutic areas and clinical expertise implement your project.

PPD's Phase I clinic, located in Austin, Texas, is one of the largest in the world with the capability to carry out multiple, complex and procedurally intensive studies simultaneously. Austin's diverse population exceeds 1 million people and includes a significant number of college and university students. PPD rapidly and efficiently recruits study volunteers to meet protocol requirements using advertisements approved by an institutional review board (IRB).

Prequalified volunteers receive a detailed explanation of the study requirements and known potential risks. Volunteers' questions are answered, and they are asked to sign the IRB-approved, study-specific informed consent form. Study volunteers are qualified for trial participation by the principal investigator based on a review of the subject's medical history and the results of a thorough physical exam and required diagnostic tests.

Special Volunteer Populations

PPD's clinical research units are able to support special volunteer population study requirements including elderly, post-menopausal, poor and extensive metabolizers, obese and smokers.

PPD’s early development services team supports site identification, selection and management for patient population studies including but not limited to renal, hepatic, diabetic, neuroscience and abuse liability.

Tour the Austin Clinic

Since 1986, PPD has been conducting first-in-human trials, definitive cardiac safety and QTC studies, and complex procedure intensive trials. Our state-of-the-art 128,000-square-foot facility in Austin focuses on increased efficiencies and best practices. Take a walk through the clinic in our virtual tour.

Experienced Leadership

Thomas Hunt, M.D., Ph.D., serves as the Austin facility medical director. Dr. Hunt has more than 28 years of Phase I clinical trial experience, including a specialty in Phase I cardiovascular trials. He has served as a principal investigator for more than 1,100 Phase I trials across a wide variety of therapeutic areas while at PPD. Dr. Hunt also has co-authored more than 40 publications and more than 35 abstracts.

He earned his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin; his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; and completed his residency in internal medicine at Central Texas Medical Foundation in Austin.

Dr. Hunt has served on the medical staff at the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the University of Texas Institutional Review Board. He has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has served as chairman of the Research Consultants’ Review Committee.

Special Equipment at the Austin Clinic

  • Cardiac telemetry (Mortara Surveyor™ Telemetry Central System)
  • Dedicated space for clients to monitor trials
  • Meal planning oversight by a registered dietician
  • CLIA-and CAP-accredited onsite clinical laboratory
  • Intensive monitoring equipment for first-in-human and safety trials
  • USP <795> and <797> compliant, limited access, environmentally controlled onsite pharmacy for investigational drug storage and preparation of all clinical doses
  • Secure, confidential drug storage and handling through high security, limited access onsite pharmacy department with compounding capabilities
  • Registered pharmacists to manage drug receipt, accountability and disposition
  • Equipment, procedures, training and expertise for sterile and non-sterile compounding of early formulation IP
  • USP <800> compliant negative pressure suite with biological safety cabinet for aseptic preparation of parenteral and hazardous doses
  • DEA registration for receipt and management of controlled drugs
  • Refrigerated centrifuges
  • -20°C and -70°C subzero freezers
  • Backup generator in event of a power outage

Contact Austin Clinical Research Unit

7551 Metro Center Drive, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78744
+512 447 2985

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