RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – August 8, 2006 – Quintiles Transnational Corp. today announced the expansion of its global data management network with the opening of a clinical data processing center in Williamston, N.C. The center will provide up to 70 new jobs in the eastern region of the state and build additional capacity for customers seeking services provided by U.S.-based staff.

The Williamston center, which will focus on data entry, is needed to meet growing demand by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies for Quintiles' global data management services in the U.S. The 10,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2006, and Quintiles hopes to have about 20 employees trained and entering data by the end of the year. Additional jobs will be added as demand increases, up to the center's maximum capacity of about 70 employees.

"The Williamston location will be a welcome addition to our global data management network, and I believe it will be a welcome addition to this region of North Carolina," said Paula Brown Stafford, Executive Vice President, Global Data Management. "With our global infrastructure and recent advances in technology, we can provide world-class clinical data management services from any of our global centers. The Williamston office will improve our ability to adjust to the changing needs of our global customers, especially those who want services provided in the U.S."

She added, "This new center is an important part of the Quintiles strategy for sustained growth, and we would like to thank the people of Martin County and the State of North Carolina for helping to make it possible."

Martin County is receiving grants from the Golden LEAF Foundation, the N.C. Rural Center and One North Carolina Fund to provide assistance with startup costs.

The Martin County center will enter data from clinical trials into secure databases for review and analysis by Quintiles experts around the world. Most of the data pertain to the safety and efficacy of potential new medicines and help regulatory authorities determine whether to approve a drug for marketing.

In addition to North Carolina, Quintiles has data management centers in Missouri, India, South Africa and Europe. In Japan, Quintiles has a dedicated data management group in Tokyo.

The Williamston office is about 120 miles from Quintiles' offices near Research Triangle Park, N.C.

About Quintiles Global Data Management

Quintiles Global Data Management delivers consistent, accurate data through flexible and cost-effective solutions for customers. Services include capturing, analyzing and reporting patient-related data traditionally, by paper and fax, or electronically, by EDC and PDA, and then integrating data into a clean, compatible and fully CDISC-compliant database to facilitate regulatory submission and acceptance. Quintiles Global Data Management has more than 1,000 employees around the world, including about 230 in the United States.

About Quintiles

Quintiles is the global leader in pharmaceutical services, improving healthcare worldwide by providing innovative, quality professional expertise, market intelligence and partnering solutions to meet the dynamic needs of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industries. Quintiles has 16,000 specialized employees and offices in more than 50 countries. For more information visit the company's Web site at