PPD, Inc. engages in the provision of drug development services to the biopharmaceutical industry, focuses on helping customers bring their new medicines to patients around the world. It operates through the Clinical Development Services and Laboratory Services segments. The Clinical Development Services segment focuses in early development/Phase I, patient recruitment and enrollment, investigator site management, Phase II-IV clinical trial management, medical communications and various peri- and post-approval services. The Laboratory Services segment comprises of bioanalytical, vaccine sciences, GMP, central lab and biomarker testing. The company was founded by Fred Eshelma in 1985 and is headquartered in Wilmington, NC.