WILMINGTON, N.C. – PPD (Nasdaq: PPDI) plans to expand its lab services operation near Richmond, Va. and add 190 jobs over the next three years.

The expansion will cost PPD $28 million.

The contract research organization, which is based in Wilmington, provides a variety of services to life science companies around the world.

PPDI could receive $500,000 in a performance-based grant from the state of Virginia.

Henrico County, where PPD operates, also received a $150,000 grant from the Virginia Governor’s Opportunity Fund.

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