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David Simmons of PPD Elected 2016 ACRO Chairman

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 6, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has elected David Simmons, Chairman and CEO of PPD, as its 2016 Chairman, and John Hubbard, President and CEO of Bioclinica, as Vice Chairman.

"ACRO plays a vital role in promoting the interests of the CRO industry globally," said Simmons. "Not only does ACRO represent the industry on legislative and regulatory matters but, increasingly, the association helps build relationships with the sponsor, research site, investigator and patient communities. I look forward to leading the organization in 2016 as we pursue a focused and productive agenda."



Simmons added that, in addition to its legislative and regulatory priorities, ACRO is exploring further ways to benefit the industry in areas such as patient recruitment, workforce development and clinical trial efficiency.

"ACRO successfully advanced CRO industry interests in 2015 by influencing health and tax policy in the United States and navigating the implementation of the Clinical Trial Regulation in the European Union," said ACRO Executive Director Doug Peddicord, Ph.D. "We will build on our successes this year and continue to promote our industry through our robust communications and advocacy programs."

ACRO also elected as officers: Judd Hartman, General Counsel of PPD, as Treasurer; and Maria Kraus, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy at Bioclinica, as Secretary.

About ACRO

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) represents companies that provide a variety of specialized services that support the development of new pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. The Association provides an active voice for the CRO industry globally. Through its member companies, ACRO helps improve the quality, efficiency and safety of biomedical research. ACRO member companies employ more than 110,000 professionals worldwide and conduct research in 142 countries. For more information, please visit www.acrohealth.org. Twitter @acrohealth. YouTube @ACROHealthChannel. Facebook. RebelMouse.

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CONTACT: John Lewis jlewis@acrohealth.org 202-464-9340Source:Association of Clinical Research Organizations(ACRO)