Company Introduction

From our careers page – tone of voice more appropriate for candidate audience:

Who we are 

Every day, we bring leadership, skill, and dedication to our work. We are passionate about what we do, and proud of the roles we play in drug development that helps improve patient lives, worldwide.

A big part of our identity is our culture. PRA values, respects, and supports employees, making this a positive, exciting place to cultivate a career.

A Winning Place to Work 

PRA has received many honors; every year since 2014, we’ve been named PharmaTimes’ International Clinical Company of the Year. We won PharmaTimes’ Clinical Company of the Year—the Americas every year since 2012.We also were honored asBioPharma Asia’s Best CRO in Asia in2013, 2015, and 2017.

Forbes named PRA among the best midsize employers.  

And in 2016 and 2017, PRA was named one of the Top Places to Work.  

We are very proud of our many employees who have been honored with gold,silver, and bronze awards for their work in clinical research and project management.

PRA Corporate Social Responsibility—PRA Cares

We are united in a common purpose.  

PRA believes in giving back and helping those in need. We do this in many ways, from donating our time and talents, to raising money for worthy causes. Helping is in our DNA, and improving lives is part of who we are.

PRA History 

Working to improve patients’ lives since 1976

PRA was founded in 1976 at the University of Virginia as the ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUG STUDY GROUP. This investigational site provided clinical data management and computer services to pharmaceutical companies and medical researchers. By 1991, the company, renamed Pharmaceutical Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), had hired its first clinical operations staff and expanded services to include drug development consulting, medical affairs, safety management, regulatory consulting, and data management.

Over the years, the company expanded globally and grew exponentially. In 2014, the company was renamed PRA Health Sciences. Today, we are a publically traded company on NASDAQ and are recognized industry-wide for the excellence of our work.

From our corporate fact sheet – more focused on client audience

About PRA Health Sciences 

PRA Health Sciences (PRA) is one of the world’s leading global contract research organizations, or CROs, providing outsourced clinical development services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Side by side with our clients, PRA strives to move drug discovery forward to help develop life-saving and life-improving drugs. The company was founded in 1982 in Charlottesville, VA. It has been headquartered in Raleigh, NC since 2008. 


PRA provides one of the most flexible clinical development service models, which includes traditional project-based Phase I through Phase IV services as well as embedded and functional outsourcing services. The company has invested in medical informatics and clinical technologies that enhance efficiencies, improve study predictability, and increase transparency to clients throughout their development process. 


PRA's broad and deep therapeutic expertise includes oncology/hematology, neurology and pain, inflammation/immunology, biosimilars, and cardio-metabolic, infectious, rare, and respiratory diseases.  

Since 2012, PRA has performed more than 3,500 clinical trials worldwide and has worked on more than 100 marketed drugs across several therapeutic areas. In addition, PRA has participated in the pivotal or supportive trials and/or provided key NDA support services that led to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or international regulatory approval of more than 70 important drugs currently on the market. 


With more than 15,000 employees worldwide, PRA's global presence spans 70+ offices across North America, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.  


  • Clinical Company of the Year for the Americas – 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 PharmaTimes

  • International Clinical Company of the Year for Europe and Asia Pacific – 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 PharmaTimes

  • Best CRO in Asia – 2017, 2015, 2013 Biopharma Asia Industry Recognition

  • CRO Leadership for Productivity, Regulatory, and Quality in Biotech — 2015 Life Science Leader

  • CRO Leadership for Quality in Emerging Biotech — 2014 Life Science Leader

  • Best CRO Finalist — 2011 Scrip Recognition

  • Rated Among Top 5 CROs — 2011 CenterWatch Investigator Survey


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