RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Feb. 13, 2007 – Dennis Gillings, CBE, Chairman and CEO of Quintiles Transnational Corp., was joined yesterday in the formal opening of Quintiles’ new data processing facility in Williamston, N.C., by North Carolina Commerce Department Secretary Jim Fain, together with N.C. Rep. Edith Warren; Tommy Bowen, Chairman of the Martin County Board of Commissioners; Stan Crowe, Chairman of the Martin County Economic Development Commission; and Jane Patterson, Executive Director of the e-NC Authority, a division of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.
Quintiles completed renovations and equipment installation at the new 10,000-square-foot data processing center in mid-January. An initial group of 10 employees has started work and a second group is in training. The company plans to create at least 60 new jobs at the facility over the next three years. The center will be used primarily for data entry.
“Today, we welcome Williamston and Martin County to the Quintiles family of 17,000 employees in more than 50 countries,” Gillings said. “We’ve been fortunate at Quintiles to enjoy steady growth since our founding in North Carolina 25 years ago, and that has allowed us to expand around the world as well as here in our home state. In this community, we’ve found the right infrastructure and most importantly the right people to help us build on our record of achievement. We’re very glad to be here.”
Secretary Fain commended Quintiles for establishing the data processing center in rural North Carolina as an alternative to adding jobs in a low-cost location overseas. “Dr. Gillings and his team believe they can achieve a combination of acceptable cost and the same high-quality service for their clients ‘onshore’ in Martin County,” Fain said. “The company has given us an opportunity to prove that we can make this model work.”
Paula Brown Stafford, Executive Vice President, Quintiles Global Data Management, thanked the people of Williamston, Martin County and the State of North Carolina for their support in bringing another new location to Quintiles’ global data network.
“The data we process here in Williamston will help our customers and regulatory authorities make important decisions about potentially life-saving medications,” Stafford said. “These new jobs contribute to the advancement of healthcare here in America and around the world.”
The data processing center was made possible in part by a One North Carolina Fund grant of $120,000 to Martin County. Martin County also is receiving grants from the Golden LEAF Foundation and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center to renovate office space at the Northeast Technology and Business Center, where the new data processing facility is located. The Northeastern North Carolina Regional Economic Development Commission also assisted with this project.
Quintiles, which has about 1,100 employees in North Carolina, also has announced plans to create another 1,000 jobs over six years at its headquarters and clinical operations offices near Research Triangle Park. The Martin County jobs are not included in the RTP expansion plans.
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 1,200 employees around the world, including about 230 in the United States.
Quintiles Transnational Corp. is powering the next generation of healthcare by providing a broad range of professional services in drug development, financial partnering and commercialization for the biotechnology and healthcare industries. With 17,000 employees and offices in more than 50 countries, it is focused on providing customer-centric solutions that are the gold standard of the industry. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at www.quintiles.com.