WILMINGTON, N.C., July 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PPD, Inc. today announced the appointment of Steadman Harrison, Ph.D., as senior research director and executive director of research and development of Piedmont Research Center, the company's preclinical cancer research division.
Harrison will direct the laboratories and lead a specialized team of scientists in conducting evaluations of anticancer therapies. His responsibilities include the design, conduct and interpretation of research studies in the areas of tumor biology, biochemistry and pharmacology. He also directs the quality assurance programs for the facility.
Prior to joining Piedmont Research Center, Harrison served as executive director of experimental medicine and executive director of business development at EMD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Merck KGaA). In previous roles, he was vice president of preclinical development at Sphinx Pharmaceuticals Corporation and director of cancer research and advisor of research acquisitions at Eli Lilly and Company.
He began his career with Southern Research Institute where he rose to the position of head of the pharmacology section and later served as director of chemotherapy research. He has served on the faculties of the University of Kentucky Graduate Center for Toxicology and the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Duke University Medical Center.
"We are extremely pleased to attract a scientist of Steadman's caliber to direct our research activities," said Beth Hollister, vice president of Piedmont Research Center. "With an expertise spanning preclinical and clinical, he brings a wealth of knowledge about research and development of anticancer therapies, as well as an in-depth understanding of the needs of the pharmaceutical industry going forward."
Harrison holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Indiana University, having earned a bachelor of science from Mississippi State University and master of science in organic chemistry from Indiana University.
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