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Quintiles Announces Quick Start Training Initiative

Training Agreement Signing Ceremony Held July 28

Georgia’s bioscience community is receiving an important addition, as Quintiles, Inc., opens a new 201,000-square-foot facility in Marietta in advance of a 400-job expansion. The company’s two Atlanta operations have been consolidated into the new facility, and Quick Start and Chattahoochee Technical College will partner with the company to train the new employees.

In 1991, Quintiles Laboratories opened in Atlanta to provide clinical trial laboratory services for clients around the world who were developing health care products. As Quintiles grew, Atlanta became a regional hub for another of the company’s divisions, Clinical Development Services (CDS). Currently, there are more than 650 employees in the Atlanta operations.

Quintiles Laboratories’ network of globally harmonized labs has grown into the largest wholly owned network in the industry to carry College of American Pathologist (CAP) accreditation. The network has additional labs in Europe, South Africa, Singapore, India, China, and Japan, and lab alliances in Argentina, Australia and Brazil. Quintiles’ CDS division fueled the company’s surge to leadership of the Clinical Research Organization (CRO) industry.

Quick Start is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed economic development program. Administered through the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Quick Start provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Since 1967, Quick Start has trained more than 600,000 employees through 5,100 projects with a broad range of industries.

The Quick Start training agreement was developed based on a Project Study that was conducted at Quintiles in Smyrna, Ga. The training agreement is based on Quintiles’ commitment to provide approximately 400 new jobs for Georgians in the Marietta area. Quick Start will be designing and developing training material, as well as providing instructors, for the classes.

“Quintiles is a vital part of Georgia’s growing biotech industry, and Quick Start is dedicated to supporting this latest expansion with the highest quality workforce training,” said Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of economic development programs for the TCSG.

The training program involves three distinct partners: Quintiles, Chattahoochee Technical College and Quick Start. Each partner will be responsible for the successful completion of this program. The partnership will not end when the Quick Start training is completed. Chattahoochee Technical College will be available to assist Quintiles with ongoing training programs.

Kary Porter, acting president of Chattahoochee Technical College, said, “Quintiles’ expansion in Cobb County sets the tone for future growth in the life sciences industry. We are pleased to be their ongoing training partner.”