Quintiles, the world’s largest life science services company which announced a major expansion in China on Monday, has made some layoffs in the Triangle and across the company.

Phil Bridges, director of corporate communications, said Quintiles laid off “fewer than 40” in RTP over the past week.

Quintiles employs 1,700 in the Triangle and 2,100 across the state.

Cuts also were made elsewhere. Quintiles employs 25,000 people worldwide.

“It’s very small,” Bridges said of the company-wide total.

Quintiles also has some 800 job openings posted on its website, he noted.

The layoffs “have nothing to do with company performance,” Bridges said. “This action was taken to ensure that we are properly resourced.”

In a statement, Bridges explained the cuts:

“Quintiles is committed to maintaining transparency of actions and intentions by communicating frequently with employees, but as a private company, we prefer to keep certain operational details confidential.

“This action will affect a very small number of employees among a total employee population of more than 25,000 in 60 countries. While we are making necessary changes in certain areas, we will add resources where they are needed to fuel our growth. For example, we have 800 open job requisitions.

“Quintiles business’ remains strong and we expect continued growth to meet increasing customer demand for our services.”

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