Premier Research, a leading contract research organization serving the needs of biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies worldwide has announced that it will expand in Durham and add another 260 jobs. The company is located at One Park Drive in the Research Triangle Park and currently employees 62 workers.

The expansion of Premier Research solidifies Durham as the largest concentration of Contract Research Organization (CRO) firms in the U.S.

The company will invest $4.1 million expanding the Durham office and the new positions will pay an average salary of $73K per year, plus benefits.

This expansion puts Premier in a position to consider former GSK employees who were shifted to another CRO late last Spring and were subsequently laid-off in the summer. This announcement offers a bright ray of hope at the beginning of the holiday season for these employees.

Premier is consistently ranked among CROs for consistently delivering services that meet customer expectations and the company has developed an impressive concentration of experience for a mid-sized CRO:

  • Over 700 trials for virtually every major class of analgesic, including every NSAID pain medication on the market today
  • Approximately 100 rare disease studies in the past 5 years
  • Pediatric experience with both familiar and extremely rare childhood illnesses, including work at PICUs, NICUs, clinics, and ERs—and a hard-to-match track record of successful neonatal studies

Areas of therapeutic expertise include the following:

  • Analgesia
  • Cardiovascular
  • Medical Device & Diagnostics
  • Neuroscience
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Rare Disease


In the past 30 days five companies, with Chamber assistance, have announced locations or expansions including Harris Distributing, Frontier Communications, Fidelity, WillowTree Apps and now Premier Research that will create more than 1,160 new jobs in the next few years in Durham.