, saying it is responding to growing market opportunities, plans to double the size of its Asia-Pacific operation and build a new regional headquarters in Singapore.

Quintiles, one of the world’s largest contract research organization, provides a variety of services to life-science, biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

A new operation in Indonesia means Quintiles now has eight offices in the Asia-Pacific region. It launched operations in the region in 1993.

"Quintiles is the largest and fastest-growing clinical development group in Asia," said Dennis Gillings, Quintiles’ founder, chairman and chief executive officer.

"Since entering the region in the 1990s, we have built a strong staff of 2,800 clinical development professionals, representing a total of 23 nationalities, who have worked in more clinical trials and with more investigator sites than any other single organization in Asia,” he added in a statement.

Quintiles will move its Singapore operations into an 80,000-square-foot building that is set to open in the third quarter of 2009. The company has some 225 employees in Singapore. The new offices will be able to house 400 workers.