State and local leaders gathered for a special press conference at PPD headquarters in Wilmington Monday.
The press conference was held in honor of a new report being published by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).
The report, "Research in Your Backyard: Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials in the Southeastern North Carolina," shows that clinical trials in Southeastern North Carolina benefit local patients, the economy and medical science.
According to a release from PhRMA, the report shows that over 200 of the region's clinical trials have targeted several diseases including cancer and heart disease; 25 of those trials are still active and recruiting patients throughout NC.
Senator Bill Rabon took to the podium to speak about his previous fight with cancer and the benefit that can be provided by clinical trials in the Cape Fear Region.
Roger Johnson, special assistant to the Wilmington City Manager, said the trials provide a huge economic boost to the region.
According to the release, clinical trials are conducted at Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center and Highland Oncology Group in Fayetteville, the Inquest Clinical Group/Global Research Associates in Hope Mills, PPD in Wilmington, and PMG Research of Wilmington.
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