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  • The WIRB-Copernicus Group Partners with Mytrus, Inc. to Deliver Revolutionary, Interactive Electronic Informed Consent Solution

    Companies Announce Partnership to Improve the Quality and Efficiency of Clinical Trials at the CenterWatch Forum on Optimizing Clinical Research Performance in Boston, MA,

    Princeton, NJ (May 20, 2013): The WIRB-Copernicus Group, the world’s largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human research, announced today that it has partnered with Mytrus, Inc., a pioneer in "virtual clinical trials" and technologies that improve clinical trial efficiency, to deliver a unique electronic informed consent solution that will help to streamline and enrich the clinical research process. According to the terms of the partnership, The WIRB-Copernicus Group will be Mytrus’ exclusive independent Institutional Review Board (IRB) partner, providing Mytrus’ interactive e-consent as part of its comprehensive ethical oversight solution. To continue reading the press release, please click here.
  • CWWeekly’s semi-monthly company profile feature

    CWWeekly’s semi-monthly company profile feature, Insider Insights, interviews executives of companies and organizations in the clinical trials space. Writer Ronald Rosenberg sat down with Dawn Pope, chief operating officer at Copernicus Group IRB. Read the full article on page 6 of CenterWatch Weekly.
  • March 2013 Documentation Changes

    As part of WIRB’s continuing efforts to streamline its processes and improve its turnaround time, we have recently made the following changes:

    • WIRB has begun an effort to synchronize the expiration dates of all study sites participating in a protocol. Please note that the expiration date of your study may be altered, and that the schedule for completing your Continuing Review Report forms may also be altered to align with the new expiration date.
    • The Board has stopped requiring more than one continuing review report form per approval period; you will only receive a Continuing Review Report Form just prior to the scheduled renewal review of the research. As a result, you may notice a change to the “Site Status Reporting” field section of your Certificate of Approval. In the future, the Continuing Review frequency cited on the Certificate will always match the Site Status Reporting frequency cited.
    • Each panel’s roster is now provided in a single document. Rather than receiving a roster listing only the members and alternates of the panel the research is assigned to, the roster will list all members of all panels.
    • We have discontinued the practice of applying signatures to the Certificate of Approval. Federal regulations do not require a signature on the notification of IRB actions.
    • We have restructured the panels. The research for panels 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 14 has been distributed to panels 1-5, which now meet twice a week. As a result, the panel number on your Certificate of Approval may reflect a new panel assignment. If your research has been assigned to a new panel, the terms of your study’s approval are unchanged.

    These improvements are strengthened by our commitment to provide you with the quality and service you deserve, and to reaffirm WIRB as the industry’s gold-standard. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-562-4789.

    As always, we thank you for your continued business and look forward to serving you in the future.

  • 2013 Fee Schedule Changes and Improvement Updates

    At WIRB, it is our goal to provide you with the most efficient, streamlined platform for ethical review. You should come to expect that we will consistently deliver the best possible service and the highest level of quality to you, our client. To further this goal, WIRB has significantly invested in people, processes and technologies that will enable us to better serve you.

    First, we have installed a strong leadership team comprised of industry experts and tasked them with optimizing the elements of the review process to eliminate inefficiencies, improve quality, and reduce turn-around time.

    Next, we have developed a Consulting Division which aligns top legal, ethical, medical and regulatory experts to provide you with a comprehensive suite of consulting services including IRB assessment, efficiency and effectiveness improvements, AAHRPP accreditation support, FDA audit preparation and readiness, and more.

    Last, in response to expressed client need, we have invested in the development of WIRB Connexus, a technology platform that will dramatically improve the IRB submission process. WIRB Connexus is an award-winning e-documentation management system that will provide you with increased transparency, the ability to track submissions and access documents, and access to WIRB support professionals via on-line chat.

    These improvements are strengthened by our commitment to provide you with the quality and service you deserve, and to reaffirm WIRB as the industry’s gold-standard. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 1-800-562-4789.

    As always, we thank you for your continued business and look forward to serving you in the future.

  • MAGI Clinical Research Conference - 2013 East

    MAGI Clinical Research Conference - 2013 East May 5-8 th, 2013 Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA WIRB Events: Master Class for IRB Professionals - REGISTER NOW! Pre-Conference Workshop: Sunday, May 5 th (9:30am-5:00pm) Presented by: Jeffrey Cooper, MD, MMM, Vice President of Global Consulting, The WIRB-Copernicus Group, R. Bert Wilkins, JD, MHA, CIP, Executive IRB Chair, The WIRB-Copernicus Group, Troy Brinkman, JD, MA, CIP, Manager of Consulting Services, The WIRB-Copernicus Group Recent Developments in Human Subjects Protection Regulation Main Program Session: Monday, May 6 th (10:30am - 11:15am) Presented by: David Forster, JD, MA, CIP, Chief Compliance Officer, The WIRB-Copernicus Group Transforming Ethical Review: The Formation of The WIRB-Copernicus Group Breakfast at the Sheraton Copley Place Hotel: Tuesday, May 7 th (7:00-8:30am) Hosted by: Donald A. Deieso, PhD, Executive Chairman, The WIRB-Copernicus Group Clinical Research Around the World Main Program Session: Wednesday, May 8 th (8:00am-12:00pm) Presented by: R. Bert Wilkins, JD, MHA, CIP, Executive IRB Chair, The WIRB-Copernicus Group
  • CenterWatch Clinical Research Conference – 2013 East

    CenterWatch Clinical Research Conference 2013 East May 19-21 st, 2013 Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA Anticipating a Shifting Landscape for Local Central IRBs and Ethical Review Committees Main Program Session, Monday, May 20 th (4:15-4:40pm) Presented by: Stuart Horowitz, PhD, MBA, President of Global Consulting, The WIRB-Copernicus Group Transforming Ethical Review: The Formation of The WIRB-Copernicus Group Luncheon at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Tuesday, May 21 st (12:30-1:30pm) Hosted by: Donald A. Deieso, PhD, Executive Chairman, The WIRB-Copernicus Group Roll-ups and Mergers in the Clinical Research Sector Co-located Session, Tuesday, May 21 st (1:30-2:30pm) Presented by: Donald A. Deieso, PhD, Executive Chairman, The WIRB-Copernicus Group
  • ASCO Annual Meeting

    ASCO Annual Meeting May 31-June 4 th, 2013 McCormick Place, Chicago, IL WIRB Events: Exhibit Hall: The WIRB-Copernicus Group, Booth #12127
  • DIA 49th Annual Meeting

    DIA 49th Annual Meeting June 23-27 th, 2013 Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA WIRB Events: Exhibit Hall: The WIRB-Copernicus Group, Booth #1234 Transforming Ethical Review: The Formation of The WIRB-Copernicus Group Dinner Reception at the New England Aquarium, Tuesday, June 25 th (6:00-10:00pm) Hosted by: Donald A. Deieso, PhD, Executive Chairman, The WIRB-Copernicus Group Transforming Ethical Review: The Formation of The WIRB-Copernicus Group Western IRB (WIRB) and Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), the nation's leading independent institutional review boards, have come together with IRBNet, the top software application supporting institutional IRBs, to form The WIRB-Copernicus Group. The WIRB-Copernicus Group is the world's largest provider of regulatory and ethical review services for human research. It is our mission to meet the highest standards of ethics and science, and to ensure the safety and welfare of subjects worldwide. To learn more about The WIRB-Copernicus Group, please attend one of our upcoming hosted events, during which we will discuss our transformational approach to ethical review: Tuesday, May 7 th(7:00-8:30am): Breakfast at the Sheraton Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA Tuesday, May 21 st (1:30-2:30pm): Luncheon at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel, Boston, MA Tuesday, June 25 th (6:00-10:00pm): Dinner at the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
 

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