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PRA Health Sciences Launches New Initiative to Bolster Workforce

RALEIGH, N.C., July 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PRA Health Sciences (PRA) (NASDAQ:PRAH) is looking to hire new talent. To help attract potential employees from around the world, PRA, a leading global contract research organization (CRO), is launching a new Candidate Experience initiative. Just as PRA is finding innovative ways to improve the clinical development process, it is also developing creative strategies to meet the ever-growing need to identify highly skilled clinical research employees.

"The CRO industry requires many unique skill sets and finding the right talent can be a challenge," said PRA Vice President of Talent Acquisition Glenn Sward. "PRA's new Candidate Experience initiative is designed to attract the highest caliber talent and give potential employees a comprehensive view of our culture and the many rewards of working in an industry that helps bring life-saving drugs to market."

The Candidate Experience includes a new website (www.discoveryourpra.com) which features profiles and videos of a small cross section of current PRA employees. The profiles are designed to give candidates a unique glimpse into clinical development work and why employees find it meaningful. It also includes information about the many benefits of working for PRA.

The Candidate Experience complements several other PRA initiatives, including its highly successful Bridge Program which addresses the pressing need to recruit qualified clinical research associates (CRAs). "The tremendous growth of our industry is driving the demand for more CRAs," said Sward. "PRA's Bridge Program is an innovative training program that transitions qualified RNs, study coordinators, and allied health professionals to a CRA role."

PRA's Oncology University was also developed to respond to the industry need for oncology-experienced CRAs. The program trains experienced CRAs, giving them the knowledge and skills to handle the specific demands of oncology clinical studies. In addition, the PRA Program was created to give recent college graduates a hands-on view of career opportunities within PRA, and to identify promising candidates and streamline them into clinical studies.

The PRA Candidate Experience helps candidates learn more about PRA's people and culture. It is another step in helping to identify talented individuals who may become part of PRA's future workforce – a workforce that is dedicated to advancing drug discovery and improving patients' lives.

ABOUT PRA HEALTH SCIENCES

At PRA Health Sciences, providing innovative solutions for our clients is what we do. Side-by-side with our clients, we strive to move drug discovery forward, helping them to develop life-saving and life-improving drugs. PRA has more than 11,000 employees working in 80+ countries providing comprehensive clinical development services across all phases. From full service clinical development to the pioneering Embedded Solutions™ model, PRA provides a broad spectrum of solutions that meet the demands of a diverse marketplace. PRA has worked on 100+ marketed drugs across several therapeutic areas and conducted the pivotal or supportive trials that led to FDA and/or international regulatory approval of 50+ such drugs.

CONTACT: INQUIRIES: Christine Rogers, Manager - Public Relations, Corporate Communications EMAIL: rogerschristine@prahs.com PHONE: +1 919.786.8463 Global Headquarters 4130 ParkLake Avenue, Suite 400 Raleigh, North Carolina USA PHONE: +1 919.786.8200 www.prahs.com

Source:PRA Health Sciences