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GEN News Highlights : Oct 26, 2010

PPD Inks Deal with HIHT University to Increase Network in Northern India

PPD will provide infrastructure support and training.

PPD and Himalayan Institute and Hospital Trust (HIHT University) agreed to create an investigator site to expand PPD’s network of investigators in northern India. The agreement will provide biopharmaceutical companies with access to large patient populations and researchers who can manage clinical trials in accordance with ICH/GCP guidelines.

Under the agreement, PPD will develop the site by providing infrastructure support and exclusive training for site staff. Clinical trials in India are expected to grow at 25–30% annually, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. PPD’s current presence in India includes offices in Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi. It reportedly has more than 1,400 employees throughout Asia Pacific.

HIHT University has a 750-bed multi-specialty tertiary care hospital that offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medicine. The outpatient department treats approximately 1,500 patients daily with an average patient occupancy of 86% percent and is reportedly the largest postgraduate institute in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

“The collaboration between PPD and HIHT will help bring more global clinical research into this region,” remarks Simon Britton, PPD’s vp of clinical development for Asia Pacific. “Our faculty will have an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge global research, and patients will benefit by having access to the latest available therapies.”