Quintiles decides to shutter small unit

Pharmaceutical services giant Quintiles is shutting down a small business unit that offers accredited continuing education programs for physicians.

The decision to close Quintiles Medical Education, which is based in Hawthorne, N.Y. and has 27 employees, was the result of “normal business evaluations,” said spokesman Phil Bridges. He declined to elaborate.

The Durham-based company expects to shut down Medical Education in late December. In the meantime, Bridges said, Quintiles is working with the affected workers to find other positions for them within the company in order to minimize layoffs.

Bridges noted that Quintiles has added more than 3,000 employees since August of 2013, mostly as a result of organic growth. Today Quintiles has more than 30,000 workers worldwide.

As the world’s largest contract research organization, Quintiles helps drug companies test experimental drugs and analyze the results. It also provides sales forces that promote pharmaceutical company’s products to physicians.