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Strategic Partnerships Perceived As Most Effective Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing Model In Meeting Key Sponsor Needs, PAREXEL Report Reveals

-- More than half of biopharmaceutical companies surveyed use a Strategic Partnership model

BOSTON, March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PAREXEL International (NASDAQ: PRXL), a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, today released Strategic Partnerships 2014: Driving Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing Effectiveness, at the 23rd Annual Partnerships in Clinical Trials Conference in Las Vegas, NV. It provides compelling insights that highlight the value of these multi-year, highly integrated engagements between sponsors and clinical research organizations (CROs).

In particular, the report reveals that:

  • The Strategic Partnership model is perceived as the most effective biopharmaceutical outsourcing approach in meeting key sponsor needs: The model is considered particularly effective in enabling greater cost predictability, strategic management of the R&D portfolio and management of capacity gaps.
  • Among companies surveyed, more than half now use a Strategic Partnership model: 54 percent of North American biopharmaceutical companies engage in Strategic Partnerships, while 50 percent in Europe and 53 percent in Asia now use this approach.
  • Positive perceptions of outsourcing effectiveness within the biopharmaceutical industry have increased significantly in the last three years: This increase has occurred across all geographies and with sponsors of all sizes.

"As biopharmaceutical companies strive to increase efficiencies, drive greater flexibility, extend expertise, reduce costs and leverage limited resources, our research confirms they are turning to outsourcing services, particularly Strategic Partnerships, in greater numbers," said Mark A. Goldberg, M.D., President and Chief Operating Officer, PAREXEL. "As a pioneer of this model, PAREXEL continues to invest in its development. In our experience, the value of this model can include accelerated cycle times and the creation of cost efficiencies."

The report marks PAREXEL's second annual analysis of the biopharmaceutical industry outsourcing environment. A 2013 study[1] from the Company revealed 85 percent of biopharmaceutical executives surveyed believe Strategic Partnerships have positively impacted CRO-sponsorship relationships.

"In recent years, Strategic Partnerships have helped increase collaboration levels and enhance alignment between Sponsors and CROs," said Carol Collins, Corporate Vice President and Head of Strategic Partnerships at PAREXEL. "Our report identifies ways to extend this collaboration through continuous study optimization, shared knowledge and greater integration."

Visit www.parexel.com to download Strategic Partnerships 2014: Driving Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing Effectiveness.

[1] Strategic Partnerships 2013: Transforming and Unlocking Value in Biopharmaceutical Development

About Strategic Partnerships 2014: Driving Biopharmaceutical Outsourcing Effectiveness
For this report, independent research firm Blue Pyramid Consulting, a subsidiary of The Avoca Group, conducted an online survey of 148 senior-level executives representing a diverse range of large, mid-sized and small biopharmaceutical companies. It included both quantitative and qualitative questions to better understand the current state of clinical development outsourcing and Strategic Partnerships. The survey also included single- and multiple-response questions.

About PAREXEL International
PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of knowledge-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, Inc., a subsidiary of PAREXEL, provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL operates in 76 locations in 50 countries around the world, and has 15,100 employees. For more information about PAREXEL International visit www.PAREXEL.com.

PAREXEL and "Your Journey. Our Mission." are trademarks or registered trademarks of PAREXEL International Corporation or its affiliates.

This release contains "forward-looking" statements regarding future results and events, including, without limitation, statements regarding expected financial results, future growth and customer demand. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "appears," "estimates," "projects," "will," "would," "could," "should," "targets," and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual future results may differ significantly from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements contained in this release. Important factors that might cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, risks associated with: actual operating performance; actual expense savings and other operating improvements resulting from recent and anticipated restructurings; the loss, modification, or delay of contracts which would, among other things, adversely impact the Company's recognition of revenue included in backlog; the Company's dependence on certain industries and clients; the Company's ability to win new business, manage growth and costs, and attract and retain employees; the Company's ability to complete additional acquisitions, and to integrate newly acquired businesses including the recent acquisitions of LIQUENT, Inc. and HERON, Inc., or enter into new lines of business; the impact on the Company's business of government regulation of the drug, medical device and biotechnology industry; consolidation within the pharmaceutical industry and competition within the biopharmaceutical services industry; the potential for significant liability to clients and third parties; the potential adverse impact of health care reform; and the effects of exchange rate fluctuations and other international economic, political, and other risks. Such factors and others are discussed more fully in the section entitled "Risk Factors" of the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013 as filed with the SEC on January 31, 2014, which "Risk Factors" discussion is incorporated by reference in this press release. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

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