Dipti Amin, a longtime executive at Quintiles Transnational, is the new senior vice president of strategic research and safety services at the contract research organization.

Amin, who holds a medical degree, also will oversee medical and regulatory services. Her most recent post at Quintiles was senior vice president of global medical services, regulatory affairs and medical writing as well as strategic drug development.

As part of the promotion, Quintiles is combining safety services, medical and scientific services and regulatory affairs under her direction.

Also on Wednesday, Quintiles said it would expand its operations in China while consolidating two operations in Beijing. Its global central laboratories and clinical development services have moved into a larger office complex.

The Beijing operation has 13 people, but Quintiles looks to increase that number to 60 over the next year.