WILMINGTON,PPD, Inc. is expanding its lab capacity in Austin, TX, the contract research firm said Friday.

PPD employs some 1,000 people in Austin.

It has relocated a clinic and central lab to a new facility.

“The move was prompted by increased demand for comprehensive management of early phase clinical studies, with PPD Phase I operations in Austin growing 32 percent from 2003 to 2004 and 70 percent since 2000,” the company said in a statement.

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