BOSTON, TOKYO and KYOTO, November 12, 2015 – PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL), a leading global biopharmaceutical services provider, and Kyoto Pharmaceutical University (KPU), a private pharmacy and science university, today announced the new Joint Program for Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Management. The academic program offers undergraduate students an accredited, seven-week course designed to prepare them for careers in the biopharmaceutical industry.
The collaboration is intended to meet the needs of a growing number of Japanese biopharmaceutical companies conducting clinical research inside and outside of Japan as part of global drug development initiatives. The course combines PAREXEL®’s extensive regulatory and clinical research expertise with Kyoto Pharmaceutical University’s extensive experience developing highly-specialized research abilities in their “pharmacist-scientists” students. All classes will be conducted in English by non-Japanese lecturers from the PAREXEL Academy and are consistent with global clinical trial standards and practices. The first session begins in KPU’s fiscal year 2016 and will be offered annually.
“In Japan, clinical trial management is not widely taught in an academic setting. In partnership with Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, we are offering a unique educational program that provides a functional foundation in clinical research and clinical trial management. We believe this program is an innovative way to accelerate the penetration of global standards of clinical research in Japan while also helping to address the current clinical research workforce shortage in the country,” said Shogo Nakamori, Corporate Vice President, Asia-Pacific and General Manager, PAREXEL Japan.
Ken-ichi Inui, President, Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, commented that “Kyoto Pharmaceutical University provides an integrated education over a six-year period, with the purpose of training pharmacists with advanced specialized skills and research capabilities, that is, ‘pharmacist-scientists’. In addition, with an interest towards globalization in 2012, we decided to use English instead of Japanese for graduation-thesis presentations by six-year students. Through our partnership with the PAREXEL Academy, KPU’s Joint Program for Clinical Research and Clinical Trial Management will benefit students interested in working in the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and regulatory affairs.”
PAREXEL established operations in Japan in 1995 and has more than 1,000 employees based in Tokyo, Kobe and Osaka. The Company provides clinical research services, consulting and technology offerings to drug developers. In addition, for more than a decade, the PAREXEL Academy has designed and implemented a wide range of learning programs tailored to enable clinical research management practices for learners inside and outside of PAREXEL in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Since inception, approximately 1,000 students have graduated from the Academy’s programs.
Kyoto Pharmaceutical University (KPU) was founded as a pre-pharmacy course in Kyoto Private German School in 1884 and is the second oldest private school of pharmacy in Japan. Over 22,000 graduates of KPU have contributed greatly, with high appraisal, in pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, pharmacies, academia, and administrative agencies. The new six-year system in undergraduate pharmacy education of Japan started in 2006. KPU puts special emphasis on postgraduate education as well as undergraduate education. A four-year doctorate course which follows upon the six-year undergraduate course is important for the training of future leaders (pharmacists with PhD) in various areas related with pharmaceutical sciences. In 2012, KPU established a four-year doctorate course, consisting of “basic pharmacy course,” “clinical pharmacy course,” ”cancer research course,” specializing in cancer study in cooperation with some medical schools, and “regulatory science course” linked with the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency, Japan.
PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of expertise-based contract research, consulting, medical communications, and technology solutions and services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. PAREXEL Informatics provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL has offices in 80 locations in 51 countries around the world, and had approximately 18,620 employees in the first quarter. For more information about PAREXEL International visit www.PAREXEL.com.
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