As Director of Business Development, Perry Peck is a leader at PRA Health Sciences, with “Leading Man” charisma. He is both an astute businessman and a seasoned salesman, as well as a free-spirit driven by adrenaline and enthusiasm. Get to know Perry a little better both personally and professionally below.
What’s the biggest challenge we face today in our industry?
From a sales perspective, it’s always challenging to try to move a client in a particular direction before the industry is ready to make that move. Our Mobile Health Platform is a perfect example of what will be standard in 10 years, but is challenging to get people excited about today.
Why did you become involved in clinical research? What sparked your interest?
I’ve always found the science fascinating and the people who can build upon the foundations laid before them are amazing. I was fortunate to break into the industry with an imaging CRO focused primarily on oncology and NASH trials. I’m amazed every day by the work that gets done.
In your experience, what has been the most important factor that has changed drug development?
The industry seems to have shifted to a more patient-centric focus, which is a really good thing. After all, the most important thing in all of this is saving and improving people’s lives.
What is the biggest misconception people have about clinical trials?
A lot of people seem to think that the researchers and folks coming up with cures are doing it solely for profit, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While everyone wants a company that’s sustainable and profitable, so many of these leaders have a true passion for developing cures to diseases around the world.
What advice would you give to the next generation of researchers?
Keep on going—we’ve accomplished a lot but there is still a ton of work to do!
How has clinical research affected your life personally?
Well, unfortunately, since joining the industry a little over four years ago, I’ve had two friends diagnosed with ALS and one of them passed away. Another friend was diagnosed with glioblastoma and is enrolled in a clinical trial now. Having the ability to support them and provide some potential solutions has been extremely rewarding.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, which would you choose?
Competitive, inquisitive, and adventurous.
If you think back, at what point could you have chosen a different career path and what would it have been?
There was a time when I considered playing basketball in Europe, but I never took it that seriously. My professional career really began in manufacturing, so I could have stayed there, but I love PRA and couldn’t be happier with the way things worked out.
What’s a fun fact about your childhood?
I’m extremely proud that, despite the fact that neither of my parents went to college, they were able to give my brother, sister, and me every opportunity we ever wanted. My brother is now a small business owner and my sister also works in clinical research. My parents have overcome tremendous odds to give us the best life possible and I can’t thank them enough for that.
If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be?
It would probably be something about how to push yourself and try your best at everything. I love Joe DiMaggio’s quote when he was asked why he always played so hard: “Because there might have been somebody in the stands who’d never seen me play before, and might never see me again.”
What was the last trip you took and why?
The last big trip I took was to Wales for a team meeting. I have two employees in our Swansea office, so it was great to catch up with them and spend some time in their country.
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