PRA secures grant to employ new graduates

Written by Phoebe Heseltine, Future Science Group

CRO is given grant to employ recent graduates in Kansas state.

Preparing for Research Advancement International (PRA) (NC, USA) has recently announced its receipt of a US $400,000 grant from the Kansas Bioscience Authority, to create 80 jobs in Kansas. The PRA advancement program will award recent college graduates the opportunity to develop a career in clinical research and its surrounding industries.

The facility based in Lenexa (KS, USA), is the site of a Phase I clinic, a bioanalytical laboratory and a business center. It is the largest of the companies’ offices around the world. David Dockhorn, PRA Executive Vice President stated, “There is a shortage of talent in the clinical research organizations and pharmaceutical industries and we have developed the PRA program to bring in new applicants.” He added, “Our goal is to train them and get them into the work force.”

PRA serves clients across all phases of biopharmaceutical drug development and offers its services in over 80 countries. Duane Cantrell, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Bioscience Authority, recently praised PRA for creating a pipeline of talented professionals who would continue to contribute to the CRO and pharmaceutical industries.

According to Pat George, Kansas Secretary of Commerce, “Governor Brownback has made it clear from day one that the growing economy is the most important thing that we can do in Kansas. From my travels around the state, Kansas is very well poised to do that.”

Source: PRA program creates clinical research jobs for new graduates.