PPD brings extensive experience in the nuances of post-approval studies, combined with a solid foundation in late-stage clinical trials management.
Experience across a broad range of indications and an investigator network of more than 6,000 cardiologists.
PPD conducts clinical trials around the world that involve the testing of new drugs or delivery methods to determine safety and effectiveness.
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PPD® Biotech is devoted to finding the right Phase I-IV clinical development solutions for biotech and small to midsize pharma companies. We offer dedicated drug development resources and experienced staff that understand and serve the unique needs of companies like yours.
PPD Biotech combines the global power and capabilities of PPD with the personal attention, flexibility and extensive knowledge of biotech operations not found at other CROs.
350+ operational, medical and commercial staff fully dedicated to biotech companies
PPD Biotech leadership with limited reporting layers for rapid access to executive attention
Flexibility and seamless team integration for the right cultural fit
Immediate access to scale, and the expertise of a strong global organization with about 20,000 professionals
Full-service early phase through post-approval and laboratory drug development
Medical and regulatory experts to provide therapeutic guidance across the development spectrum
Innovative Site and Patient Strategy
Allows Single-asset Biotech to Overcome Recruitment Challenges in a Breast Cancer Study
Tailored Partnership Approach and Expert Team
Drive Faster NDA Submission for a Biotech’s MS Program
Prioritization and Rapid Resource Mobilization
Speed Site Activation for Small Biotech Conducting a Global Phase III Prostate Cancer Study
Midsized Biotech Advances Asset Acquisition Strategy
Close Executive Engagement and Flexible Resource Planning
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Anshul Thakral, MBA, serves as senior vice president and global head of PPD® Biotech. He joined PPD’s executive team in 2016 to lead the company’s biotech customer segment with more than 16 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as a general manager, management consultant and entrepreneur.
Since joining, Mr. Thakral has been instrumental in further refining and delivering on PPD Biotech’s mission of providing a tailored operational model that meets the unique needs of biotech and small to midsized pharma. Prior to PPD Biotech, Mr. Thakral ran the global life sciences business unit at Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), where he created a customer business model to serve the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Mr. Thakral also worked at McKinsey & Company as an associate principal in the health care practice, counseling senior management and CEOs of global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on critical topics including growth, strategy, R&D, business development, go-to-market approach and commercial models.
Mr. Thakral received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Thakral is also a co-founder and board member of the Newark Mentoring Movement..
Elisha Talley-Roithner is the head of biotech operations. Applying more than 20 years of clinical research experience, including more than 15 years of project management experience, Ms. Talley-Roithner is responsible for PPD® Biotech’s global operations and aligning execution and resourcing strategy with the needs of our clients. She is also responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of PPD Biotech programs to ensure studies are consistently delivered on target. Prior to this role, she served as the global therapeutic head for infectious and respiratory diseases at PPD.
Elisha is a fierce advocate for her clients and project teams, and she is committed to high-quality delivery across PPD Biotech’s portfolio of work.
Daniel Burch, M.D., MBA, is the global medical officer for PPD® Biotech, where he oversees medical and product development strategy for our clients.
Dr. Burch joined PPD in 2012 and led the company’s global neuroscience product development group. Before taking the role, Dr. Burch served as executive vice president and chief medical officer at CeNeRx BioPharma, a venture-backed clinical-stage biotech, where he managed a portfolio of medicines focused on neuropsychiatric diseases. Prior to that, he headed the Neuroscience Medicines Development Centre at GlaxoSmithKline with global responsibility for Phase II through lifecycle management. Having worked for more than 20 years in many aspects of medicines development and more than 10 years in neuropsychiatric drug development, his personal goal is to promote and facilitate the development of medicines in areas of highest unmet need.
Dr. Burch earned his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he completed a residency in internal medicine. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship and postdoctoral research in infectious diseases at the Washington University School of Medicine. He earned his MBA at the Wharton School the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Institute of Medicine Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders.
Shields Carstarphen is head of commercial for PPD® Biotech. Much of Ms. Carstarphen’s career has been focused on understanding and meeting the needs of the biotech market. She brings significant experience in building customized commercial models and partnership strategies, which leverage the breadth of PPD’s global infrastructure. Ms. Carstarphen has an outstanding track record of success across all customer segments in the organization. In addition to her reputation with our customers, she is also known as a driver of and an active participant in process improvement initiatives to establish best practices and maximize productivity.
In her previous role at PPD, Ms. Carstarphen led several global teams within PPD’s commercial organization to build best-in-class partnerships and solutions to critical business needs, including developing governance structures, utilizing performance measures to drive desired partnership behaviors and leading or actively participating in governance committees. She held business development positions at Rho and Medifacts before joining PPD in 2006.
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