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Pracs Workers Find New Work At Their Former Home

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Back in March hundreds of employees were laid off from Pracs Institute, but another research facility is giving old employees the opportunity to return to their field.

The opening of Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services is giving some a second chance.

"I did text some of my co-workers though and told them they were shutting us down." Donna Blanchard thinks back.

"Didn't even clean our offices out til the next day because we just couldn't believe what was happening." Dave Weber adds.

The closing of Pracs left concerns for many of the employees.

"You no longer have a source of income. You can't provide for your family, you cant pay your bills, so it was a little unsettling to say the least." Tim Dahl says shaking his head.

"I went through the unemployment role, applying for jobs and everything. I only had 3 interviews, I was either over qualified or under qualified. I drove school bus for a while, wanted to get out of that." Blanchard says.

But now a new company, Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services, has moved into the building and hiring some of the same workers, helping bring them back to the same field.

"It was definitely an impact on the community, and an impact personally as well," Mike Hellman says, "unemployment is definitely some place I didn't want to be, I'm glad for the opportunity that Novum is bringing us and I think we have a bright future ahead of us." 

For now Novum only has about 20 employees, but they are planning on hiring more next year.

"We're going to hopefully expand and be a great research facility in the Fargo area." Hellman says.

Giving those employees who were let go a chance to come back to the old facility with a fresh new company.

"The nice thing is working with a lot of the same people I used to work with, knowing the same faces, knowing the same people, kind of that home feeling." Dahl laughs.

"The families getting back together." Blanchard adds with a smile.

Novum says they will begin screening participants on November 6th. Currently they are putting participants information into their system.

If you would like to become a study participant then click here. Or call 1-877-58-NOVUM.




Original Story:

This week, research facility Novum is starting to recruit study participants. The company bought the building in South Fargo that Pracs Institute used to be in.

"Novum is thrilled to be joining the Fargo community", said Christopher H. Chamberlain, Novum's Chief Executive Officer. "We have hired a local team of talented employees, and we are ready to welcome study participants to our clinic", he added.

Novum's Fargo clinic will begin recruiting study participants starting October 30, and will begin conducting studies in mid-November. The Fargo clinic will open with a strong focus in testing dermatological products, and Novum will continue to add other types of studies in 2014 that will provide ongoing opportunities for study participants.

Earlier this year, Novum announced that Alan Copa, Pharm D. joined Novum's leadership team to oversee Fargo's opening. Dr. Copa, based in Fargo, said "Novum is deeply committed to the safety and comfort of our study participants, and we look forward to building long term relationships in the community."

Novum's Fargo clinic is located at 4801 Amber Valley Parkway. Call 1-877-58-NOVUM or go towww.gonovum.com to register for upcoming studies.

To join our growing team, please send your resume to: Fargocareers@novumprs.com

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