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Wayne, PA, United States, 2007/01/11 - Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. announced today that Octagon’s Nancy Smerkanich, vice president of Regulatory Affairs, was named a Finalist in The 3rd Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
Chairman and CEO Jim Walker of Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. a pioneer and leader in the electronic transformation of clinical R&D in the life sciences industry, announced today that Octagon’s Nancy Smerkanich, vice president of Regulatory Affairs, was named a Finalist in the ‘Best Entrepreneur – Service Businesses’ category in The 3rd Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Finalists were chosen by business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs select Stevie Award winners from among the Finalists during final judging.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars.” (New York Post, April 27, 2005).
“Being named a Finalist in The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an important achievement,” said Michael Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.”
Ms. Smerkanich’s practical expertise is sought after by large and small pharmaceutical organizations interested in gaining knowledge of the electronic regulatory submission landscape. She has participated in over 100 electronic submissions, has lead multiple tutorials and training programs and continues to provide leadership and actively participate in industry initiatives. As a member of the senior management team, Ms. Smerkanich has lead and participated in numerous volunteer and charitable activities that promote a sense of community, citizenship and creativity.
“Nancy’s entrepreneurial approach has been vital to our growth but also to the development of an entrepreneurial culture at Octagon”, noted Jim Walker, chairman and CEO. “Her experience and energy foster creative analysis and collaboration across functional areas within our organization, resulting in novel solutions for our clients.”
The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions of companies and business people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The International Business Awards in 2003, and The Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs in 2004, the mission is to raise the profile of exemplary companies and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public.
Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” winners will be announced during a gala event in New York in March. Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S. and several other countries are expected to attend.
In 2006, Octagon was awarded an American Business Award “Stevie” for ‘Most Innovative Company’. Octagon Research Solutions, Inc. won in a particularly strong category, which included other finalists such as Salesforce.com and WebEx. Jim Walker, Octagon’s Chairman and CEO also received a nomination for ‘Best Executive’.
About Octagon Research Solutions, Inc.
Octagon is a pioneer and leading process-centric solutions provider that offers a suite of regulatory, clinical, process, and IT solutions to the life sciences industry. Octagon synchronizes processes and increases automation to reduce island-to-island inefficiencies within the clinical research and development process. We leverage the power of electronic submissions through deep domain knowledge, cross-functional electronic submission expertise, a holistic process approach, and integrated solutions. Octagon is headquartered in Wayne, PA, with European headquarters in Amersham, UK.
About The Stevie Awards
Hailed as “the business world’s own Oscars” by the New York Post (April 27, 2005), Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.