PPD Strengthens Expertise In Neuroscience, Pediatrics And Rare Diseases

WILMINGTON, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC, (PPD) today announced it recently has added two new leaders in product development, strengthening the global contract research organization’s therapeutic expertise and ability to aid biopharmaceutical clients in delivering life-changing therapies to patients.

“PPD’s global team of scientific, medical and strategic experts provides our clients expertise that helps reduce the cost and time associated with bringing medicines to market,” said Rob Dow, senior vice president of medical affairs for PPD. “By joining this team, these leaders deepen our expertise in neuroscience, pediatrics and rare diseases – areas that are very important to PPD and our customers.”

Stephen Peroutka, M.D., Ph.D., has joined PPD to serve as vice president of global product development and therapeutic area head for neuroscience.

Peroutka has served as an advisor and consultant to several biopharmaceutical companies. He previously served as chief medical officer at Semnur Pharmaceuticals and as chief medical officer and executive vice president of NeurogesX Inc. Earlier, he served as vice president of neurosciences for a large contract research organization (CRO); chief medical officer of Zogenix Inc.; franchise leader for pain conditions at Johnson & Johnson Inc.; founder, CEO and president of Synergia Pharma Inc.; and founder, CEO and president of Spectra Biomedical Inc., a startup focused on identification of genes in migraine, later acquired by GSK.

Peroutka served as chief of the neurology service at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration Hospital. He earned both a medical and doctoral degree in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Horacio Plotkin, M.D., FAAP, joined PPD as vice president of global product development in the pediatrics and rare diseases therapeutic area and also serves as medical lead for the Rare Disease and Pediatric Center of Excellence.

Plotkin most recently served as global clinical development lead at Shire. Previously, he spent three years as chief medical officer of Retrophin, Inc., and held medical director positions at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Enobia Pharma and Genzyme Corp. He spent 20 years as a practicing pediatrician in the field of pediatric rare diseases.

Plotkin serves as adjunct associate professor of pediatrics and orthopedic surgery at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing comprehensive, integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 47 countries and more than 19,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a firm commitment to quality to help clients and partners bend the cost and time curve of drug development to deliver life-changing therapies that improve health. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

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