PPD to light up downtown Wilmington for Rare Disease Day Friday

PPD is illuminating its downtown Wilmington headquarters Friday night to spread awareness for Rare Disease Day.

WILMINGTON – PPD is illuminating its downtown Wilmington headquarters Friday night to spread awareness for Rare Disease Day.

The green, pink, blue and purple lights will come on at 929 N. Front St. in Wilmington after dusk and turn off at 11:30 p.m. In case of rain, the event will occur Saturday, Feb. 27.

The annual event, intended to raise awareness for rare diseases, is held at the end of February – the month known for having a “rare” number of days, a PPD press release stated.


By taking this action, PPD is joining numerous organizations around the world by hosting an awareness activity.

“PPD is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people living with rare diseases,” said Wendy Buckland, vice president of PPD’s neuroscience global therapeutic unit, in a statement. “In the pandemic, Rare Disease Day looks different this year, but PPD is committed to raising awareness in this complex space, and our hope is that the building illumination at our worldwide headquarters will reflect our dedication to helping deliver life-changing therapies for patients around the globe.”

Buckland added that PPD has implemented tele-visits during the pandemic to make participation in clinical trials easier. PPD holds the trials for both rare disease and non-rare disease patients.

“That is vital in getting new medicines to market,” Buckland said.


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