New England Research Institutes (NERI) has been formally certified as a
women-owned business by the National Women Business Owners Corporation
(NWBOC). Although NERI's President, Sonja McKinlay, has been a majority
share-holder since NERI's inception, the company is now certified.
"Certification by the NWBOC is a great opportunity for NERI to provide
our clients with supplier diversity and validates our commitment to
customer service," says McKinlay. "Being a certified woman-owned
business stimulates prospective partnerships with other pharma, biotech,
and medical device companies that can also result in business growth."
The NWBOC was established in 1995 to increase competition for corporate
and government contracts through implementation of a national
certification program for women business owners. Only a small fraction
of corporate and government contracts are with women-owned firms. This
may negatvely affect the ability of women business owners to penetrate
some markets and thus limit their business growth. The NWBOC
certification process is thorough, involving several levels of
verification, including an in-person site visit by an independent
In addition to being woman-owned, NERI offers a stimulating and
supportive environment for women of all skill levels to pursue careers
in public health, epidemiology, statistics, and other health-related
sciences. Approximately 70% of NERI's full-time employees are female,
and approximately 90% of NERI supervisors are female.
"NERI actively promotes a healthy work-life balance and strives to
eliminate barriers to women's advancement in the workplace," says Sandra
Siami, NERI vice-president for clinical and regulatory affairs.
NERI is a global, privately held specialty Contract Research
Organization providing customized clinical trial solutions and patient
registry services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, biomaterial and
medical device companies. In addition to being certified as woman-owned,
NERI qualifies as a "small business" for government procurement
activities. NERI has extensive experience collaborating on
federally-funded research with organizations like the National
Institutes of Health. Since its founding in 1986, NERI has earned
widespread recognition for its scientific credibility, efficiency, and
expertise in conducting clinical trials in a variety of medical
specialties. For more information, visit www.neriscience.com.
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