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About PRA Health Sciences

PRA Health Sciences has been acquired by ICON plc, creating the world’s most advanced healthcare intelligence and clinical research organization. ICON plc is a global provider of drug development solutions and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The company specialises in the strategic development, management – 
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June 7, 2021
Better research requires growth. We've used data, intelligence, and technology to innovate our industry. But that’s not exactly how we grew. Our growth is a direct result of our people’s hard work and bold ideas. That’s why now is the perfect time for you to grow with us. Learn how your big ideas can make a bold impact at PRA.

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Creating a world leader in Healthcare Intelligence and Clinical Research -- PRA Health Sciences has entered into an agreement to be acquired by ICON plc. The deal brings together two high quality, innovative, growing organizations to create a world leader in healthcare intelligence and clinical research. After closing, the combined organization will create a new paradigm for bringing clinical research to patients, expanded capabilities for customers, growth opportunities for employees, and value for shareholders. -- The consolidation brings together two organizations with a history of robust growth and performance ready to build on this strength using the outstanding talent of both companies to deliver enhanced value to patients, customers, employees and shareholders. All customers will benefit from increased functional, geographic and therapeutic scale as well as expansive healthcare technology innovation. The combination will address the growing market need for de-centralised and hybrid trial solutions from a differentiated combination of mobile and connected health platforms, a global site network, home health services and wearables expertise. The combined business will be no. 1 or 2 in key clinical market segments and have formal strategic partnerships with a majority of the top 20 biopharma companies, providing a platform for growth and innovation. Significant shareholder value creation expected as a result of strong industry momentum and leveraging best practice operating models, revenue, cost and tax synergies.

CEO Message

OUR STORY The story of PRA Health Sciences would naturally talk about how we’ve become one of the world’s largest CROs. It would talk about our innovation and growth and would speak to our operational efficiencies and transparency. It would highlight our expertise and customization. And it would touch on the incredible differences we’ve made, over our more than 30 years, in helping to bring to market everything from niche treatments and therapies to blockbuster drugs. More than anything else, our story would be about people. Not only our over 16,000 + employees operating in more than 80 countries, though they’d certainly be a big part of it, but also the people that inspire them. The heroes of any PRA Health Sciences story are the clients we serve and the people whose lives we help improve, all over the world. And our story has only just begun.

Why Work For Us?

We know that people are our greatest strength, so we work hard to hire the very best. Then we nurture, challenge, and reward them so they want to stay. The result? A dynamic, loyal workforce. A culture that values individuality and innovation. A commitment to employee growth and development. And pride in our work on clinical development that changes lives. PRA’s Philosophy -- PRA encourages open, two way communication across the business and empowers you to take your career as far as you want it to go PRA’s Leadership -- Our respected leadership team is dedicated to supporting and empowering our people to be the best! Employee Referrals -- Our people love it here! PRA’s greatest source of hires during the past several years has been through employee referrals Career Development -- Throughout the year our management team works to develop and assess progress toward individual goals and objectives Stay Connected-- Employees stay connected worldwide through our fully integrated IT operations and communications infrastructure Learning Environment-- We are a proud registered education provider for the Project Management Institute Competitive Benefits and Compensation-- PRA offers our employees competitive wages, a progressive rewards program, robust education and training options to help employees manage their personal and professional lives. PRA’s global benefits and compensation program includes the following (just to name a few): Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance 401k with a company match Life Insurance Tuition Reimbursement 10 Paid Holidays! 4 Weeks of PTO, 5 Weeks after 5 Years Short and Long Term disability Employee Stock Purchase Plan Employee Assistance Program Dependent and Medical Care Reimbursement PRA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer

Diversity and Inclusion

Everyone has a unique story. We’re committed to elevating the voices of our people and giving them a platform to share their experiences. We’re creating and maintaining a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive culture for our people where respect, honesty, empathy, integrity, and passion are at the core of everything we do. We strive to ensure that all colleagues at PRA feel accepted, connected, safe, and secure in their working environment. Our Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion page, shares stories of our team members from all walks of life.  Dec 2020 - PRA recently received three awards during the 4th Annual Comparably Awards. We were presented with the “Best Company Culture” award, the “Best Companies for Women” award, and the “Best Companies for Diversity” award.

Technology and PRA Health Science

Technology empowers us to connect insights and move in any direction. Especially forward. At PRA Health Sciences, our application of technology truly sets us apart. We strategically develop global, sustainable, scalable solutions that are not only unique to our industry but also empower our project teams to implement innovative strategies that are specifically designed to connect study insights from around the world and move our clients ahead. Our level of ongoing technological integration into the clinical development process is a real advantage in both productivity and in delivering reliable results in an ever-advancing industry. Our technology is connecting a new age of clinical development. We understand the very necessary role that fully conceptualized technology architecture plays in achieving unified, global service. And no one fills that role better. Our information delivery system enables project teams from across the globe to collaborate seamlessly, and provides our clients with the data transparency they need. It’s time technology and clinical development embraced their full potential. While our information delivery is unmatched in the industry, we’re continually looking to improve the solutions we provide. We’re actively building out an Information Technology infrastructure that gathers metadata across all aspects of a study, regardless of application, all on the same backbone. This infrastructure and its deployment will move CRO-vendor partnerships to a whole new level of transparency. Reporting data will become leveraging information, and our clients’ ability to be predictive rather than reactive will be unparalleled.

Employee Testimonials

"My team is my work family!  We share snippets of our lives with each other, which creates a bonded atmosphere, and we truly care about one another.  There is no task to big or small to share.  I am on a global trial, with a huge Sponsor, but it feels very personal to me.  I am never alone!" Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Operations    "The Bridge program that brought me in to PRA provided a solid base skill-wise and a great network of colleagues to start working as a CRA. I was fortunate and was able to receive the support of a mentor when I first joined, and I loved that PRA had a mentorship program. I myself will be training as a mentor, as I felt it was critical to my success in being flexible during many project and role transitions." Clinical Research Associate, Clinical Operations “I’ve had the opportunity to be in several roles over the years and I’ve never felt the need to look elsewhere. I love PRA’s culture and the people!”  Manager, Clinical Data Management  “I’m helping to bring life-improving drugs to market for patients all over the world – we all play a part in something bigger. PRA is truly an exceptional place to work.”  Clinical Team Manager  “The best things about working at PRA are being part of a positive and dynamic environment and dynamic environment and the many varied opportunities for job growth and satisfaction.”  Manager of Clinical Operations 2, Embedded Clinical Programs  "The positive attitude and comradery among coworkers who create and maintain an environment where everyone can flourish and where cooperation and collaboration are the norm. Necessary resources are provided to perform our work. Time and energy is invested in building leadership skills. PRA is well respected and highly regarded as a top performing CRO." Medical Director


Inspiring kindness, empowering action At PRA, our passion and commitment to improving lives extends far beyond our work. Philanthropy. Charitable giving. Social responsibility. These are more than buzz words with us; they’re ideas we hold up as ideals, because our people embrace a culture of giving. We’re optimistic that, individually and collectively, we can help make tomorrow better than today. We believe that it is our obligation as a company to help our people find meaningful ways to respond to the needs of others around the world. This sense of common purpose pervades our culture and serves as the foundation of who we are. Put simply. We Care. Our approach is unique. We don’t tell our employees what they should care about. They tell us. PRA Cares is not about a single program or charity. It’s about helping people wherever and whenever we can. Some of our many ongoing charity efforts include: Habitat For Humanity (Raleigh) Doctors Without Borders Motivation, A Charity Supporting People with Mobility Challenges Cradles to Crayons program provides children with clothes, school supplies, and toys (Blue Bell) Clothing Drive for Paralyzed Veterans of America (Kansas City) Angel Trees (Multiple Offices) Food Drives (Multiple Offices) Food Bank (North Carolina) Make a Wish (Madrid) Me2Club (Reading) Toy Lift (Charlottesville) Heart to Heart International (Raleigh and Lenexa) Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Marlton)