Beardsworth, a full-service contract research organization (CRO), headquartered in Flemington, New Jersey, was recently recertified as a Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)-Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. Originally certified in 2001, Beardsworth consistently strives to embrace and respect diversity throughout the organization.

Donna E. Beardsworth, Founder, states, "I am proud that Beardsworth has received the designation as a certified WBE business for the ninth consecutive year. Since founding the company in 1986, our staff and consultants have grown in many ways. Collectively, we have grown to see the many ways that diversity is both an asset and a responsibility. We work hard to seek out other WBE vendors. We perform as a Tier II vendor ourselves, we seek out diverse suppliers, and we make recommendations of other minority-owned, veteran-owned and women-owned companies to many of our clients."

Michael J. O'Brien, Beardsworth's President & CEO, concurs, "To date, Beardsworth has been awarded several commercial and government-related projects for which this certification is highly valued by our clients. Since its inception, Beardsworth has been a sponsor of Diversity Alliance for Science (DA4S)."

The mission of DA4S is to support, mentor, and develop minority-, women-, disabled-, small disadvantaged-, HUBZone-, veteran-service-disabled veteran-, and LGBT-owned, and small businesses in the life sciences. DA4S is committed to identifying, developing and increasing spending with certified diverse suppliers, and fostering relationships between those suppliers and the corporate, governmental, and academic entities who work in health research and development.

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women's business enterprises in America's major business markets. In partnership with women's business organizations throughout the United States, WBENC provides access to a national standard of certification and provides information on certified women's businesses to purchasing managers through an Internet database. WBENC's goal is to foster diversity in the world of commerce.

Beardsworth Consulting Group, Inc. is a full-service Contract Research Organization, providing a complete range of clinical, data management, regulatory and medical writing services in Phase 1 through 4 to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. The company specializes in complex clinical trials, with a focus on oncology and other difficult therapeutic areas. In business since 1986, Beardsworth is a WBENC-certified, woman-owned business. For more information about Beardsworth, please visit