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December 21, 2009

Liberty IRB Announces Full Accreditation from AAHRPP
Press Contact: Debra Reed
Deland, FL. - Liberty IRB, Inc. (LIRB), a leader in providing independent human research protection services, proudly announces its full accreditation status by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP)
AAHRPP is a non-profit organization created to work with organizations that conduct human research or oversee ethical review of human research.   AAHRPP accredits only the highest quality protection programs that promote excellent, ethically sound research, surpassing state and federal regulations. Accreditation is also about peer review, self regulation and establishing the highest standards of ethical conduct. It is about continuous improvement. Liberty IRB has met these high standards.
“We have dedicated countless hours of professional resources to achieve full AAHRPP accreditation,” said Mare Ryan, Founder and President of LIRB. “This voluntary but rigorous process required that every detail of our business, including staff, our board and policies and procedures be examined and described. Even so, it was worthwhile because it lets our investigators, CROs and Sponsors know that we are committed to excellence.”
Cheryl Talaber, Vice President of Liberty comments, “Accreditation validates our commitment to provide a program that fully addresses human subject protection and quality research. We at Liberty embrace higher standards than those required by law and have built extensive safeguards at every level to ensure that protection. We hope that accreditation will lead to an increased level of public trust.”
Liberty IRB, Inc. (LIRB) was established in 2003 as an independent institutional review board or IRB. LIRB is a leading provider of IRB services for clients nationwide. Liberty provides ethical review for Phase I-IV research in a variety of therapeutic areas.   LIRB is a member of the Consortium of Independent Review Boards (CIRB) and WBENC.   For more information visit
For additional information contact:
Debra Reed
Director, Business Development  




Liberty IRB Awarded Certification 

By the Women's Business Enterprise National Council

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.




Liberty IRB Named "Best of DeLand, 2008"

By the US Local Business Association






Liberty IRB, Inc.  Named As Winner for the
Make Mine a Million $ Business™ National Event



~Women entrepreneurs walk away with financing, mentoring, and
other prizes to help catapult their businesses’ revenue to a million dollars~
Hollywood, FL  December  11, 2008 Business growth program, Make Mine A Million $ Business selected Cheryl Talaber and Debra Reed of Liberty IRB, Inc. as awardees at the Hollywood, FL event on December  11, 2008 at the Westin Diplomat Hotel. The exciting event featured female entrepreneurs from across the nation who competed for business development packages that included money, marketing, mentoring and technology assistance to help their businesses grow into million-dollar enterprises. The event also included educational and network opportunities in addition to keynote speeches by Count Me In Founder, Nell Merlino and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) President and CEO, Barbara Kasoff.
Described as a cross between “The Apprentice” and “American Idol,” the competition provided 25 finalists the opportunity to present their business in a 3 minute “elevator pitch” to a panel of business experts and a live audience. The winners were chosen by the audience and judges who collaborated on the selection process.
Cheryl and Debra have grown in experience and recognition in their industry since 2003 when the doors of Liberty IRB, Inc. were opened by founder and partner, Mare Ryan.  Cheryl serves as the Vice President and General Manager maintaining a daily work schedule and then some.  She also serves on the board of the Consortium of Independent Review Boards (CIRB).  Debra serves as Director of Business Development and Marketing.  
Liberty IRB, Inc. is an independent institutional review board (IRB) located in DeLand, Florida. With the ability to review all types of research, Liberty IRB strives to produce timely, diligent reviews of clinical research. Liberty IRB is also a member of the Consortium of Independent Review Boards (CIRB) which meets with government regulators on issues for the protection of research participants. Liberty IRB is currently undergoing accreditation with AAHRPP.
Each awardee will receive an extensive awards package with the following benefits that will help their businesses break through the million-dollar barrier:
• Inspiration, community, financing and mentoring from a “dream” team of coaches and business experts from Count Me In.
• Platinum Business Cash Rebate Credit Card from American Express OPEN®, a financial health analysis, and promotion in OPEN marketing and media campaigns.
• Discounts from FedEx select shipping and office and print services.
• A Dell shopping spree worth $1000.
Launched in 2005 by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and founding partner American Express OPEN®, the Make Mine a Million $ Business program was created to help post-start-up, women-owned businesses grow to one million dollars in annual revenue. Since the inception, the program has hosted 20 competitions in cities around the country and has grown into a nationwide movement. For the Florida event, more than 1,500 applications were submitted in hopes of securing one of the finalist spots.
“We are thrilled by the eagerness of women in the region to participate in this event,” said Nell Merlino, founder and president of Count Me In. “The number of applicants mirrors the growth of our entrepreneurs’ businesses and their desire to take them to the million dollar level.”
The Make Mine a Million $ Business program has garnered support from organizations who are all joining hands in order to make an impact in women’s lives and strengthening the US economy. The impressive list of blue-chip, national sponsors include American Express OPEN, Cisco, FedEx, Jet Blue, and Dell. Sponsors provide an array of products and services that serve as invaluable tools for growth.
For more information about how women can grow their businesses please visit

About Count Me In Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence is the leading national, not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises. Count Me In launched the Make Mine a Million $ Business to inspire one million women entrepreneurs to scale their businesses to a million dollars in revenue by 2010 by providing tools, skills and the support of a nation-wide community of peers.







Washington D.C. -    Mare Ryan, president of Liberty IRB, a centralized medical review board located in DeLand, FL, has recently been appointed by the National Republican Congressional Committee to serve on the Business Advisory Council.

            The leadership award was presented to Ryan in recognition of the valuable contributions and dedication she has shown in promoting pro-business agenda, particularly in the areas of tax reform and fiscal responsibility. 

            “I feel so honored to have been chosen for this prestigious award,” Ryan said.  “Being a small business owner can be extremely challenging and I am committed to helping them in any way I can.”

She will serve the state of Florida as an honorary chairman and is expected to play a crucial role in the Party’s efforts to involve top business people in the process of government reform.

The Business Advisory Council is part of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and is dedicated to ensuring that small business has a voice in Washington.

Liberty IRB is a certified review board that was founded six years ago and arose out of a need within the medical research community for a centralized review board.  Entirely woman- owned and operated, Liberty IRB maintains its focus on the protection of the rights and welfare of research participants.  Board members receive initial and ongoing education on the protection of human subjects.

            The company is a member of the Consortium of Independent Review Boards (CIRB), which meets with government regulators on issues for the protection of human research subjects.  Liberty IRB is also currently undergoing accreditation with the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

            For more information concerning the Business Advisory Council award or Liberty IRB, please contact Senior Project Manager, Cheryl Talaber, at 386-279-4318.



WBENC Celebrates its 10-Year Annyversary! WBENC began with a vision of a world of commerce where successful women business owners would have equal opportunities in the marketplace, and where corporate supplier diversity programs that included women’s business enterprises (WBEs) would be commonplace. Today, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council is the nation’s leading advocate of women’s business enterprises as suppliers to corporate America. In fact, WBENC is the only national organization that brings WBEs and corporations together to work toward the mutual goal of improving marketing opportunities for resourceful women-owned businesses as vendors and suppliers to the nation’s corporate and non-profit sectors.


 As a company entirely women-owned and operated, Liberty IRBhas received full membership in the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).