TOPAZ Technologies, LLC provides animal and clinical research software solutions for the medical research industry. With more than 33 years in the industry, TOPAZ is an established leader in delivering software-based solutions for complex regulatory environments.
We recognize the compliance challenges our clients face because like many of our clients, TOPAZ also operates in a regulated environment. Leading medical research organizations visit our facilities frequently to conduct quality assurance audits to ensure that our methodologies, policies, and operating procedures comply with government regulations.
Ron Thornton joined the company in January 2010. He is responsible for setting TOPAZ’s strategy and vision; and in aligning the company, internally and externally, with this strategy. Mr. Thornton brings to TOPAZ several years of “Big Four” firm experience as well as over 20 years of software industry experience. He is acknowledged by peers for driving the cultural change that builds organizational effectiveness and propels revenue growth.
Mr. Thornton’s expertise includes new market identification and development, post-merger integration, human capital management, company sales and acquisitions, and corporate consulting. His personal center of influence boasts a network of accomplished leaders and innovators across diverse corporate cultures. Mr. Thornton graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration.
Mick Peters joined the company in 1997. As Vice President, Mr. Peters is responsible for ensuring that all TOPAZ products match customer needs from a quality and product roadmap perspective. Mr. Peters was the Vice President of Product Development for the predecessor company, TOPAZ Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Peters has 23 years of experience in the medical research industry, 12 of which were at Pharmaco LSR (a “contract research organization”). While at Pharmaco, he was the Director of Information Systems and responsible for the development of software applications for collection of pre-clinical and clinical trials data. He also worked as a toxicologist and study director. Mr. Peters holds a BS with honors in biology from Coventry University in England and a BA in Systems Analysis from the Open University in England.
Aaron Plante joined the company in July of 2009. He is responsible for the planning, launching, monitoring, and delivering TOPAZ products.
Mr. Plante has 11 years of experience in operations, project coordination/management, communications, and compliance issues relating to biomedical research administration and its technology-based solutions. His previous employers include top tier research organizations such as Temple University and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer). While working at Wyeth, he was responsible for global, multi-site IACUC functions including standardization, harmonization and coordination efforts and served as a member of global IT project teams as subject matter expert and technology solutions liaison. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Masters of Laboratory Animal Science from MCP Hahnemann University, School of Medicine, and a Masters of Journalism from Temple University.
Rick Chabot joined the company in May of 2005. He is responsible for infrastructure, technology, and administration.
Mr. Chabot has 25 years of Information Technology experience including: software development, network management, and telecommunications. He started his IT career in the US Air Force as a programmer eventually moving into the manufacturing sector where he managed wide area network operations for a Tier-1 automotive supplier before managing the IT department for a water heater and boiler manufacturer. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in Computer Science from the University of Phoenix.