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Mike Wilkinson

Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Mike Wilkinson brings a diverse background of industry and public service experience to his role overseeing day-to-day operations at Premier Research and advancing the company’s mission to support the world’s most innovative biotech companies.

Dr. Wilkinson has extensive experience in the contract research industry. He spent 10 years at PPD, first overseeing worldwide clinical trial operations as Executive Vice President of Global Clinical Development and later as the company’s Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology, Innovation and Performance. Prior to that, he worked for seven years at Quintiles in roles that included Global Head of Internal Medicine and Vice President of Project Management.

Before joining the biopharmaceutical industry, Dr. Wilkinson spent 23 years in the United States military, where his assignments included Director of Operations for the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center. He retired from the military as a U.S. Navy Commander.

Dr. Wilkinson holds a doctorate in physiological optics from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Penn State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. He is also a graduate of the Belmont University Lean Healthcare Certificate Program, holds both Operational Test and Evaluation and Program Management certificates from the Defense Systems Management College, and is a Lean Six Sigma yellow belt.

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