Jennifer Fitzsimmons

Senior Director, GMP Laboratory Services

PPD- Thermo Fisher

Sector: Clinical Research Organization

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

PPD a part of Thermo Fisher:  PPD is a leading global contract research organization that provides comprehensive and integrated drug development, laboratory, and lifecycle management services. PPD works with various clients and partners, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic, and government organizations. PPD strives to help its clients and partners navigate the cost and time of drug development and deliver transformative therapies to improve health more effectively.

Bio Highlights: Jennifer Fitzsimmons serves as senior director of GMP laboratory services in the PPD clinical research business of Thermo Fisher Scientific. In this role, she oversees a team of more than 475 employees, including laboratory teams performing analytical method development and routine testing on a variety of small molecule, biologic, and inhalation products in Middleton, WI.  Jennifer also provides oversight of the GMP training program and process improvement initiatives across Middleton, WI and Athlone, Ireland sites.

Before joining PPD® Laboratories in 2018, Jennifer held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility for another large global clinical research organization, leading laboratory operations in nutritional chemistry, drug metabolism, toxicology animal operations, clinical pathology, histology, and necropsy teams.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt and dedicated 6 years of her career mastering skills in coaching leaders at all levels to improve business performance through strategy deployment and lean management principles.