BOSTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PAREXEL Consulting, a business unit of PAREXEL International (Nasdaq: PRXL) and a leading global life sciences consultancy serving the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, announced today that it has appointed former regulators Toby Silverman, M.D. and Keith Watson, Ph.D. as Principal Consultants. These appointments further expand PAREXEL Consulting's global team of regulatory and product development experts to address a growing need among its clients to support accelerated approvals of innovative biotechnology and blood product platforms.
For 20 years, Dr. Silverman served at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) and was most recently Senior Advisor in the Office of Blood Research and Review. Dr. Silverman was responsible for key CBER initiatives related to biologic development, pharmacovigilance and hemovigilance, which involved safety monitoring of blood and related components. Dr. Silverman was also formerly Branch Chief of the Clinical Review Branch in the Division of Hematology at FDA.
Dr. Watson joins PAREXEL from The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) of the U.K., where he was engaged with key biotechnology advisory groups in Europe, including the Biologicals and Vaccines Expert Advisory Group (BVEAG), Biologics Working Party (BWP) and the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). Previously, Dr. Watson held senior level positions within the biopharmaceutical industry, which were focused on biologics manufacturing and quality as well as monoclonal antibody technologies.
"Last year, approximately half of new drug approvals were for novel biotech products, and this area is expected to continue to grow, especially as governments seek to preferentially reimburse life-impacting treatments and biopharmaceutical companies look to commercialize the next generation of innovator and biosimilar products," said Paul Bridges, Ph.D., Vice President, PAREXEL Consulting. "As our clients increasingly turn to us for specialized biotechnology expertise, PAREXEL Consulting is committed to further expanding our related consulting capabilities to help them accelerate their global development programs. We expect Dr. Silverman and Dr. Watson to provide valuable assistance to our clients' development programs. They will support our clients in navigating challenging global regulatory environments and creating new regulatory pathways for innovative products that address unmet medical needs."
PAREXEL Consulting offers biopharmaceutical and device consulting services supporting strategic partnering, product globalization, development optimization, reimbursement and market access, and strategic compliance as well as expertise in biologics, biosimilar and medical device development and commercialization. For more information visit: http://www.PAREXEL.com/services-and-capabilities/consulting/about-PAREXEL-Consulting/.
About PAREXEL International
PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, medical communications and consulting services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. Perceptive Informatics, Inc., a subsidiary of PAREXEL, provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 71 locations throughout 54 countries around the world, and has approximately 9,500 employees. For more information about PAREXEL International visit www.PAREXEL.com.
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