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WILMINGTON, N.C. – has opened a new clinical research lab in Singapore.

It is the fourth so-called “central lab” for PPD (Nasdaq: PPDI), a global contract research organization and provider of services to life science companies.

PPD also has central labs in Belgium, Kentucky and China.

“Expanding our global central lab services into Singapore demonstrates our commitment to deliver high quality specimens and laboratory results for our clients in a growing biopharmaceutical market,” said Steve Lobel, vice president of global laboratory operations, PPD. “We can expedite delivery of lab data through reduced transportation and shipping time at better logistics costs for our clients.”

PPD has maintained an office in Singapore for more than a decade. The company employs more than 10,000 people in 38 countries.