Canton Twp. pharma research firm reports growth in South Africa

CANTON TWP.–MMS Holdings Inc., the contract research organization for the pharmaceutical industry based in Canton Township, announced that its regional operations in South Africa more than doubled in the past fiscal year, through the addition of new colleagues in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and the successful procurement of key contracts with clinical trial sponsors and research groups.

According to Goldstein Research, the African pharmaceutical market overall is expected to increase to a near $70 billion market by the year 2030, with a higher than 20 percent compound annual growth rate. The MMS Bloemfontein office has grown over the years to satisfy the rapid demand for clinical research services in the South African pharmaceutical market.

In recognition of effective growth initiatives, MMS has promoted Alan Nicolle to the position of senior director for European Union and South Africa operations, and Diederik Van Niekerk to the position of senior manager of South Africa operations.

“This growth globally is yet another example proving that MMS delivers elevated, next-level services to meet the market demands for expert researchers and positions itself to grow where the best talent is located,” Nicolle said. “I am grateful to be a part of such an impactful organization that thrives on original thought, and provides me with the autonomy to lead growth initiatives in two of our key regions: Europe and South Africa.”

South Africa has been an area of focused growth for MMS due to its well-qualified workforce, strong infrastructure, data processing capabilities and quality focus. The region also offers an overlapping time zone with MMS clients and sister offices in the United States, European Union, and Asia.

Added Van Niekerk: “Success, in any area of life or business, comes from continued growth. To grow, I encourage all colleagues to adopt a learning mindset and to reach beyond their comfort zones. The sustained growth of MMS in South Africa has surpassed our expectations, and I am proud to play a role in that story.”

Historically, MMS has experienced double-digit growth across all locations each year since the company was established in 2006. Additionally, in the past year MMS has been recognized on a global scale:
* for co-founding the Health Analytics Collective – MIT, the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and Julia Computing – to use real-world evidence and provide data-driven insights, with a goal to shorten the drug development timelines of new treatments;
* as a finalist in the highly-esteemed global Scrip Awards by Informa Pharma Intelligence in the category of Best Contract Research Organization – Specialist Providers;
* with an honorable mention in PR Daily’s Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for the #OneMMS colleague volunteer initiative and dedication of more than $250,000 worth of time to colleague-chosen charities, and;
* for launching Automatiqc, a new cloud-based application that provides automation-aided document formatting.

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