November, 2009 McDougall Scientific is the First CRO to Join Safe-BioPharma Association

FT. LEE, N.J.--(Business Wire)--
McDougall Scientific Ltd., a Toronto-based pharmaceutical contract research organization (CRO) providing the compliant technical backbone for clinical research (i.e. statistics, data management, and document management), has joined SAFE-BioPharma Association, the non-profit association that created and manages the global SAFE-BioPharma® digital identity and signature standard for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. McDougall is the first CRO and the first Canadian company to join SAFE-BioPharma.

The SAFE-BioPharma digital identity and signature standard is used by virtually every big biopharmaceutical company for identity management and for digital signing.

"McDougall embraces technology as part of our commitment to provide clients with high quality service while competing on price point and efficiency. Our research shows that the SAFE-BioPharma digital standard is secure and stable and that it that will continue to be used throughout the global biopharmaceutical industry. We plan to introduce SAFE-BioPharma digital signatures to our clients and help
them move to fully electronic document management systems," said Janet McDougall, President, McDougall Scientific Ltd.

As a member of SAFE-BioPharma, McDougall will have use of SAFE-BioPharma digital certificates, allowing McDougall employees to apply signatures digitally to electronic documents. Digital signing, used for secure paperless transactions, eliminates the time and hidden costs associated with printing, handling and storing paper documents. SAFE-BioPharma digital certificates also simplify identity management and give their users trusted access to a vast and growing network within the biopharmaceutical and other industries and US government
agencies.

"McDougall Scientific Ltd. demonstrates leadership and foresight by joining SAFE-BioPharma. The company has taken a major step toward improved document management, both for themselves and for their research clients. They will significantly improve their efficiency and reduce their overhead," said Mollie Shields-Uehling, president and CEO, SAFE-BioPharma Association.

McDougall, which has ten employees, joined SAFE-BioPharma under the association`s new pricing policy which makes membership highly affordable to smaller business entities.

About McDougall Scientific Ltd. (www.mcdougallscientific.com) McDougall Scientific Ltd. (MSL) is a pharmaceutical contract research organization specializing in high quality, full-service statistics, clinical data management services and interactive voice recognition systems. Since its founding in 1984 as a statistical consulting firm to the research community, MSL has become a trusted name in statistical consulting and data management services throughout the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries.

About SAFE-BioPharma Association (www.safe-biopharma.org) SAFE-BioPharma Association is the non-profit association that created and manages the SAFE-BioPharma digital identity and signature standard for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

The SAFE-BioPharma industry standard is used to mitigate legal, regulatory and other business risk associated with business-to-business and business-to-regulator electronic transactions. It facilitates interoperability by providing a secure, enforceable, and regulatory-compliant way to verify identities of parties involved in electronic transactions. Because the standard is linked to the Federal Bridge PKI Architecture through the 4BF (http://www.the4bf.com), a SAFE-BioPharma digital identity can be trusted by any Federal agency. SAFE-BioPharma`s vision is to be a catalyst in transforming the biopharmaceutical and healthcare communities to a fully electronic business
environment by 2012.

The Association`s members include:

* Abbott (NYSE: ABT)
* Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN)
* AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN)
* Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY)
* GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK)
* Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)
* Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY)
* McDougall Scientific
* Merck (NYSE: MRK)
* National Notary Association
* Novartis
* Pfizer (NYSE: PFE)
* Premier Inc.
* Roche
* Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE: SNY)
* ScheringPlough-Organon (NYSE: SGP)
* SNAP Diagnostics

SAFE-BioPharma is a trademark of SAFE-BioPharma Association. Any use of this
trademark requires approval from SAFE-BioPharma Association.

SAFE-BioPharma Association
Jon Weisberg
M 801-860-9977
O 801-359-9977
Jon.weisberg@safe-biopharma.org

 

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