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CGIRB promotes Dawn Pope to Chief Operating Officer

09-13-2012 12:00 AM CET | Health & Medicine

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September 6, 2012 – Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Copernicus Group IRB (CGIRB), a leading independent institutional review board, today announced the promotion of Dawn Pope to Chief Operating Officer. In her new position, Ms. Pope will provide leadership and direction for the overall operations of the company, planning and coordinating the development of strategic objectives and goals.

Ms. Pope came to CGIRB from Clinical Trials Support Services, Inc., in 1998. In her most recent role as CGIRB’s Director of Client Services, Ms. Pope was responsible for providing overall direction for the IRB Services, Study Start-Up and Project Management teams, which provide client support through all phases of the study lifecycle. Utilizing departmental metrics data and Lean principles, Ms. Pope helped her teams to increase productivity, annually exceeding corporate turnaround time goals. In addition to increasing review efficiency, Ms. Pope’s teams also developed department processes to measure and improve quality using a Six Sigma approach.

Prior to her role as Director of Client Services, Ms. Pope served as CGIRB’s Director of Quality Management, where she was responsible for leading CGIRB through AAHRPP recertification and into becoming the first ISO 9001:2008 certified central IRB.

"Dawn’s organizational and leadership skills have helped us to establish processes that further enable us to uphold our quality policy and mission," CGIRB Executive Chairman Donald Deieso said. "Dawn’s knowledge of our clients and the challenges they face in the clinical trials industry, combined with her years of human subject protection experience, uniquely positions her to foster an environment of growth where protecting the welfare of human subjects is made a priority."

Ms. Pope is a Certified IRB Professional (CIP) and served as CGIRB’s institutional officer from 2009 to 2012.

About Copernicus Group IRB
Experience and innovation in ethical review
Copernicus Group IRB, established in July 1996, is a leading U.S. 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 please visit

About ISO
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. Developed through global consensus, they help to break down barriers to international trade. For more information, please visit

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) promotes high-quality research through an accreditation process that helps organizations worldwide strengthen their human research protection programs (HRPPs). For more information, visit

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