Kaplan EduNeering, based in Carnegie Center, has been acquired by safety science company Underwriters Laboratories (UL). EduNeering will become part of the Northbrook, Illinois, company’s Knowledge Services business unit.

“We’re thrilled to be joining the world’s most recognized safety organization, and dedicating our people, technology and services to the advancement of UL’s global mission,” says Lisa Clune, president of EduNeering. “UL affords us an extraordinary growth platform of global resources, reputation and social mission that will bear fruit for our team and customers alike.”

According to a company press release, Clune, pictured at right, will continue to manage EduNeering, which will remain headquartered in Princeton. EduNeering will be branded under UL.

Clune was hired by the company in 2006 as senior vice president and CTO. When Kaplan bought the company in 2007, she was named president.

UL, established in 1894, has some 9,000 employees in 46 countries. In addition to Knowledge Services, the company has four other business units: Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, and Verification.

EduNeering produces operational software and online training in the areas of governance, risk management, and compliance to more than 400 companies in 50 countries. In addition to life and health sciences solutions, EduNeering’s products address compliance and regulatory issues in the energy, manufacturing, construction, engineering, health plan, and food processing sectors.

The company also serves as the online compliance learning partner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Drug Information Association.

“Adding EduNeering extends our commitment to product safety and helps people and the companies they work for to be smarter, safer, healthier, more efficient, and more effective,” says Patrick Boyle, president of UL Knowledge Services.

“We are adding a high-caliber staff, a highly scalable learning management platform and an extraordinary course library that extends our world-class training software and solutions to the health sciences community,” Boyle says.

Eduneering was founded more than 30 years ago by Robert Delamontagne, a psychologist who wanted to combine technology with learning theory and instructional design. He initially focused on compliance training for the energy industry.

Computer records for training were a novelty then, but the concept grew rapidly, particularly in areas like finance and pharma, where the penalties for non-compliance are stiff. Computer records prove, without the possibility of a transcribing error, just what a particular employee was supposed to have learned.

Since 1999, EduNeering has partnered with the FDA to develops and maintains the agency’s online training, documentation, and validation technology system for ORA-U, the agency’s virtual university.

ComplianceWire, EduNeering’s learning management technology, has been used by the FDA to train and certify more than 35,000 federal, state, local and global investigators.

More than 150 pharmaceutical, medical device and biologic companies also use ComplianceWire to organize, distribute and monitor their training and qualification activities.

According to UL, Knowledge Services will integrate EduNeering’s 85 employees, its technology, and its course library of 700 online training modules, which also cover energy operations, manufacturing, ethics, environmental health and safety, engineering and construction, and food safety.

EduNeering also has offices in Houston, TX, Bloomsburg, PA, and London.

Kaplan EduNeering, 202 Carnegie Center, Suite 301, Princeton 08540; 609-627-5300; fax, 609-627-5330. Lisa Clune, president. www.kaplaneduneering.com.

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