PPD recently announced it is opening a Phase I clinic in Las Vegas. So many questions. Can my remuneration be in the form of a plane ticket home? When you say “healthy” volunteer, how healthy is healthy enough? Will I get a loyalty card like I have at the MGM? All the playful questions aside, this is actually quite interesting. Several years ago, CROs were shutting down Phase I units as fast as people were buying Celine Dion tickets at Caesars Palace. The fact that a large CRO is investing in brick-and-mortar facilities means they see strength in early development pipelines. We’re not sure the unit will be on the Vegas bus tour but it is rumored to be pager-friendly.