Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel
Tom Perkins was drawn to Premier Research by what he saw as a disconnect between the contract research industry and the customers it serves. “I’ve always felt that the traditional CRO model was built for large pharma, and that there was a mismatch between that model and the needs of the small, resource-constrained companies that are really driving innovation in drug development,” he said.
He’s in a good position to know, having spent 18 years at Quintiles before becoming lead counsel and head of corporate development at Premier Research. Mr. Perkins worked in both disciplines at Quintiles, serving as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of the company’s Customer Partnering Group with Corporate Development.
From a legal perspective, he oversaw global legal contracting, developed nontraditional customer partnerships, and supported a robust acquisition strategy. On the corporate development side, he designed and managed customer partnerships, including co-investment strategies.
Prior to joining Quintiles, Mr. Perkins was Assistant General Counsel at Coastal Healthcare, a health services provider in Durham, NC, supporting acquisitions and partnerships. He began his career as an attorney with Haynes and Boone LLC, a large international law firm based in Dallas.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a bachelor’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University.