PAREXEL International to Offer Annual Research Grant at 12th Biennial International Pharmaco EEG Society (IPEG) Symposium
BOSTON, MA, November 21, 2002 — PAREXEL International Corporation (Nasdaq: PRXL) is pleased to announce an Annual Research Grant of 5,000 € in memory of Prof. Werner Herrmann, M.D. The Grant will be awarded to the best poster or communication contributed by a young researcher at the 12th Biennial International Pharmaco EEG Society Symposium, November 21-24, at the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain.
The IPEG Symposium promotes recent developments and information in the methodology and application of neurophysiological research in neuropsychopharmacology. The Grant was established to encourage research in the field of neuropsychophysiology. A jury comprised of Bernd Saletu, IPEG President, Manuel-José Barbanoj, IPEG Congress Chairperson, and Marc Jobert, Ph.D., Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Information Systems, PAREXEL will select the winning contribution. Dr. Jobert will present the Grant to this year’s recipient during the closing session.
Prof. Werner Herrmann, M.D. was a valuable and dedicated member of the PAREXEL community. He served PAREXEL as a member of the Board of Directors and was the Company’s Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President, Worldwide Clinical Pharmacology from 1991 until his retirement in 2001. In addition, Prof. Herrmann made significant contributions to his field through numerous publications and lectures and was a founding member in the development of the IPEG, an association of scientists and researchers involved in electrophysiological brain research in preclinical and clinical pharmacology, neurotoxicology and related areas of interest. He also served as the Main Editor, Pharmacoelectroencephalography for Neuropsychobiology, the official journal of the IPEG.
"Werner was an extraordinary person, but foremost a passionate, dedicated scientist, whose quest for excellence in his field was enhanced by his curiosity, inquisitive mind and tremendous drive," stated Josef H. von Rickenbach, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It was these qualities that made him not only a distinguished scientist and teacher, but also an excellent leader and outstanding contributor to PAREXEL. I am pleased that PAREXEL is a part of remembering Werner’s accomplishments and achievements through this research grant."
PAREXEL is one of the largest biopharmaceutical outsourcing organizations in the world, providing a broad range of knowledge-based contract research, medical marketing and consulting services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. With a commitment to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise in clinical trials management, data management, biostatistical analysis, medical marketing, clinical pharmacology, regulatory and medical consulting, industry training and publishing and other drug development consulting services. Its information technology subsidiary, Perceptive Informatics, Inc., provides a variety of technology products and services, including web-based portal solutions and voice and data systems, which are designed to accelerate and enhance the clinical development and launch processes. The Company’s integrated services, therapeutic area depth and sophisticated information technology, along with its experience in global drug development and product launch services, represent key competitive strengths. Headquartered near Boston, MA, PAREXEL operates in 57 locations throughout 37 countries around the world, and has approximately 4,860 employees.
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