Copernicus Group IRB Named Finalist for NCTA 21 Award

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"Leading Environmental Steward Company Award" category

Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), a leading independent institutional review board, today announced it has been named a finalist in the 2011 North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) 21 Awards. CGIRB was selected in the "Leading Environmental Steward Company Award" category.

The NCTA 21 Awards are recognized as North Carolina's most prestigious technology awards, celebrating innovation and excellence in the state. This annual showcase honors companies and individuals in 21 categories who represent the best and brightest in technology and business.

The Leading Environmental Steward Company Award honors the company that best implements a sustainable plan to be more environmentally conscious and socially responsible.

"As an organization focused on quality and innovation, CGIRB is honored to be named as a finalist in the Environmental Steward Company category," said Bruce Tomason, president and CEO of Copernicus Group IRB. "We are proud to have our paperless e-document management system, CGIRB Connexus®, recognized for its environmental benefits. The system’s advanced functionality makes a truly paperless work environment possible."

Connexus has altered the landscape and expectations for everyone involved in the IRB review process. Before Connexus, the clinical trial review process was paper-intensive. CGIRB was generating approximately 2,860,000 new pages a year, many of which had to be stored for 10 years or more and accessed repeatedly.

The transformation to a paperless organization allows CGIRB to perform more thorough, efficient reviews by providing secure access to all electronic documentation for current, pending and past studies. In addition, CGIRB dramatically reduced internal and client expenses and created a greener work environment by eliminating paper, printing, storage, shipping and document handling. By combining the inherent advantages Connexus technology with CGIRB’s traditional commitment to personal attention, the result was a new level of excellence in the client experience.

Winners will be recognized at the NCTA 21 Awards Gala on Thursday, November 10, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina.

About NCTA
The North Carolina Technology Association’s mission is "Making North Carolina #1 in Technology and Technology #1 in North Carolina." The organization does this through three main focus areas: executive engagement, public affairs and enabling member transition to a technology-enabled workforce. For more information, visit the NCTA website at

About Copernicus Group IRB
Experience and innovation in ethical review ®
Copernicus Group IRB, established in July 1996, is a leading US independent institutional review board ("IRB") dedicated to ensuring the rights and welfare of research study participants. The IRB provides ethical review of research protocols, investigators, and subject information and consent forms to ensure compliance with federal regulations set forth in 21 CFR, 45 CFR and ICH/GCP Guidelines. CGIRB achieved full AAHRPP accreditation in 2004, reaccreditation in 2007 and 2011, and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2010. For more information, visit

About CGIRB Connexus®
CGIRB Connexus® is the most advanced integrated paperless document management web portal technology serving the institutional review board (IRB) services industry. Connexus streamlines and enhances the way sponsors, CROs and investigative sites conduct the IRB submission and review process. For more information, visit


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