AAHRPP Accreditation further distinguishes the uniqueness of Pearl IRB

Pearl IRB becomes just the second AAHRPP accredited organization in the state of Indiana by demonstrating high standards of excellence for quality, ethics, and protection in all levels of research.

“We are extremely proud to have earned AAHRPP accreditation. Our clients want to work first and foremost with an IRB that demonstrates excellence, but many also have the business objective of engaging with diverse suppliers in the clinical research space. With Pearl IRB, they get both,” shares Pearl IRB’s President and CEO, Diana Caldwell.

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Gretchen Bowker will hold webinar on March 15th via ComplianceOnline

ComplianceOnline logoPearl Pathways’ own COO and Co-Founder, Gretchen Bowker will be holding a webinar on FDA regulatory requirements for the manufacturing and commercialization of dietary supplements via ComplianceOnline. A few of the topics include a review of FDA regulations in the area, history of Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act, and a review of applicable FDA guidance documents. For more information about the webinar, click here.


What: A Discussion on Nutraceuticals/Dietary Supplements and FDA Regulatory Submission and Manufacturing Quality Requirements

When: March 19th, 2015 1:00 PM EST

Where: ComplianceOnline

To register for the webinar, click here!

Do you plan to launch a product into this rapidly growing market? Are you responsible for the manufacturing or distribution of a dietary supplement, food drug, or nutraceutical? If yes, this is the webinar will be informative and valuable for you!

We hope you join us for the webinar!

Pearl IRB now accredited by AAHRPP

Pearl IRB is excited to announce its recent accreditation with the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP). Pearl IRB earned this distinction by demonstrating two primary techniques including extensive safeguards in all levels of the research operations and abiding by high standards for all research.

Pearl IRB is one of the four newly accredited organizations in the United States and one of only two AAHRPP accredited organizations in state of Indiana. Additionally, among the list of accredited organizations by AAHRPP include, The National Institutes of Health and Pfizer, Inc., the largest industry sponsor of clinical research.

Pearl IRB’s accreditation demonstrates its value in setting and following high standards for quality, ethics, and protection in all of its research.

Read full press release here!

Need support with your clinical research study?  Contact us at info@pearlirb.com.

2014 IRB holiday schedule

Pearl IRB has Full Board meetings scheduled for December 3, 10, and 17. There will be no meetings on December 24 or 31. The regularly scheduled Full Board meetings will resume on January 7, 2015. If you have an urgent IRB concern, please contact us at least two weeks in advance. Happy holidays to all!

New IRB submission forms and resources on the Pearl IRB website

We are pleased to announce our recent updates to the Resources section of the Pearl IRB website, where you will find new and revised forms to serve you in the IRB submission process. Some of these changes include:

Contact us at info@pearlirb.com with any questions, to provide feedback, and for assistance with an IRB submission.

Orphan drug approvals surge

On January 4th, 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed into effect the Orphan Drug Act. For over 30 years, orphan drug development has grown in volume, and has had a major impact on the biopharma and diagnostics industries. With advancement in technology including increased development of novel companion diagnostics as well as the mapping of the human genome, orphan drug approvals by FDA have continued to rise. New data has been released showing that 2013 was a big year for orphan drug approvals.  In 2011, FDA approved 26 orphan drugs. The number dropped slightly in 2012 g to 25, but rebounded in 2013 to a record 31.  Orphan drug designations were also high in 2013 reaching a record breaking 260.

It is estimated by PHRMA in a 2013 Medicines in Development report entitled “Rare Diseases: A Report on Orphan Drugs in the Pipeline,” that 30 million Americans have one of the 7000 diseases deemed rare.  Rare disease is defined as one affecting under 200,000 people in the United States. Further, this report estimated that there were 452 medicines and vaccines in development for rare disease in 2013. To review this report, click here.  To review a recent article in medcitynews.com covering the surge in orphan drug development and approvals, click here.

Pearl Pathways has the pleasure of working with several of our clients on developing the appropriate regulatory strategy, executing global regulatory filings, and assisting with clinical trials for orphan drugs.   Contact us if you need assistance with your orphan drug or device.

We anticipate that this focus on orphan drug development will continue among both large pharm and small biotechs. Navigating these diseases in small patient populations is complex and can be daunting, but new technologies and the regulatory landscape have made it a bit easier to impact rare and debilitating diseases.

Pathways’ President & CEO Diana Caldwell to be panelist in upcoming Site Solutions Summit

The 2013 Site Solutions Summit features Pearl Pathways’ own Diana Caldwell. She will be involved in the roundtable discussions as a panelist and moderator for topics such as: Investigator Insider: What your site needs to know about your next potential investigator; and Your Circle of Friends: Why social media matters. The Summit focuses on encouraging dialogue and sharing of information to arrive at best site practices. Diana adds to a group of panelists with years of experience and wisdom to share. Below are the two discussions Diana will partake in:

Roundtable TitleInvestigator Insider: What your site needs to know about your next potential investigator.
Roundtable Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013

Roundtable Start Time: 1:45

Roundtable Duration:    45 minutes

Roundtable Location:    Magnolia E



Roundtable Title:  Your Circle of Friends: Why social media matters.
Roundtable Date: Saturday, October 12, 2013

Roundtable Duration: 45 minutes

Roundtable Start Time: 2:45

Roundtable Location: Cumberland E


For more information please refer to the Site Solutions Summit 2013 agenda.

Pearl Pathways’ open house a success

Pearl Pathways’ open house last Thursday the 20th welcomed in the new office with a bang. The afternoon get together was a fun way for visitors to stop by and see the new place.  A refurnished interior to an old Indianapolis building on the south side of the city filled with friends, family, clients, and colleagues created a great atmosphere for all. Thank you to everyone that came out for the open house! If you would still like to stop by and see the new office call (317) 899-9341 or email openhouse@pearlpathways.com




Pearl Pathways open house on June 20th

Pearl Pathways has moved to our new office!  We are excited to share our new home with clients and colleagues.  Please join us if you can.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

When: Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Time: 4:30-7:00 pm

Location: 29 East McCarty St., Suite 100

Indianapolis, IN 46255

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RSVP at openhouse@pearlpathways.com or call (317) 899-9341


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NWI.com article mentions Pearl expansion

Guest commentator and president of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Scott Miller cited the news of Pearl’s expansion as a sign of the growing life science industry in Indiana in a recent article on nwi.com. Miller’s article describes the current state of the life science industry, as well as speculates the outcomes of future legislation impacting the industry. To read the article on NWI.com, click here.