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May 21, 2014

Chapel Hill CRO is in hiring mode

Rho, a contract research organization based in Chapel Hill, has added about three dozen employees since the beginning of the year and anticipates hiring another two dozen over the next few months.

Rho, a contract research organization based in Chapel Hill, has added about three dozen employees since the beginning of the year and anticipates hiring another two dozen over the next few months.

Rho, which today has 371 employees, has benefited from an influx of new customers plus repeat business from existing customers, said Tara Gladwell, vice president of operations.

Ninety percent of the company’s customers come back for additional services, Gladwell said.

Rho’s 24 open positions include entry-level jobs, clinical research associates, senior project managers and a vice president of operations.

“Hopefully, in the next two to three months, we’ll have these positions filled,” Gladwell said.

The privately held company doesn’t disclose revenue.

Contract research organizations such as Rho help drug companies test experimental drugs and analyze the results.

About half of Rho’s business comes from the federal government, principally the National Institutes of Health. In March Rho was one of five CROs nationwide selected to help the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority develop drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests to protect against bioterrorism and health emergencies such as pandemic influenza.

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