Life science services giant QuintilesIMS is in the process of changing the company’s name to IQVIA, according to trademark filings.

A spokesperson for the company, which operates one of two company headquarters in Durham, would not discuss the filings.

“We’re not commenting,” said Tor Constantino in a brief telephone conversation. “We do not comment about rumors or speculation.”

In filings, QuintilesIMS recently filed seeking trademark protection for the new name as well as a new logo.

Sources who asked to rename anonymous have told WRAL TechWire over the past several months that QuintilesIMS management was planning to rebrand and rename the company.

The filings are the clearest indication to date that the firm is moving in that direction.

Justia Trademarks first uncovered the applications.

Quintiles and IMS merged to form one company in 2016, the deal totalling some $17 billion.

Quintiles was originally formed in Chapel Hill in 1982 and led by former UNC-CH Professor Dennis Gillings.

Gillings turned the CEO reins over to veteran life science executive Tom Pike, who joined Quintiles in 2012 and took the company public the next year, agreed to a lower level job when the firms merged. He left shortly after the merger was approved.

Ari Bousbib, who had led IMS before the merger, was named the top executive as part of the merger.

QuintilesIMS maintains its other headquarters in Danbury, CT.

The company has some 50,000 employees wordwide, including several thousand in North Carolina.

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