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PRA Executive to Present at Outsourcing Conference

RALEIGH, N.C., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PRA, a leading Clinical Research Organization, announces that the head of our Scientific and Medical Affairs group, Kent Thoelke, will discuss critical issues in medical informatics and feasibility at the 3rd Annual Effective Business Development Outsourcing Relationships Conference being held 19-21 July 2011 in Philadelphia.

On Thursday, 21 July, Mr. Thoelke will co-host the session, "Rising to the Challenge of Global Feasibility through Medical Informatics." The presentation's highlights include using medical informatics as a data-driven approach to plan clinical trials, practical considerations for particular patient populations, and how to develop multi-country scenarios to meet enrollment milestones.

In his role as Senior Vice President at PRA, Mr. Thoelke directs our medical informatics and therapeutic expertise programs, providing scientific and strategic oversight of product development to empower project teams as they execute clinical trials on behalf of our clients. He has over 19 years of wide-ranging experience in global drug development and device industry. Having visited over 40 countries, he is familiar with the global drug development environment, and has established relationships with therapeutic experts in numerous indications around the world.

PRA's Medical Informatics group, which serves as a key component of our Scientific and Medical Affairs division, leads the industry in advancing evidence-based approaches for protocol validation, study feasibility and patient access.  To enhance global accrual rates for clinical trials, PRA has focused on mining public and private databases to create a proprietary methodology for patient and site access.

About PRA

PRA is transforming clinical trials through our people, innovation and transparency.  PRA provides personalized service customized to the unique requirements of each study. We support our global reach and innovative approach through flexible and reliable service, delivered by skilled employees dedicated to ensuring that sponsors achieve their long-term goals.

We serve our clients across all phases of pharmaceutical and biotech drug development by combining therapeutic and operational expertise with local knowledge.  Offering services in 80+ countries and serving sponsors for 30+ years, we have amassed a level of expertise that has enabled us to work on a variety of compounds, ranging from niche treatments and therapies to blockbuster drugs.  But at PRA, we are looking to the future, not the past.  Our increasingly forward-thinking approach to transforming the clinical trial landscape will continue to make a difference to healthcare patients around the world.

To learn more about PRA, please visit, email or call our Global Headquarters.

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