The 2010 Inc. 5000: The Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs

Leah Brown CEO and President A10 Clinical Solutions
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Leah Brown, CEO and President

A10 Clinical Solutions
Cary, North Carolina

No. 92
2009 Revenue: $8.3 million
Three-Year Growth: 2,714.3%

"I started A10 as a grieving process," Brown (left) says, recalling the death of her uncle to AIDS. Determined to take part in finding a cure to deadly diseases, Brown founded " target="_blank">A10, which performs clinical trials for drug manufacturers, in 2004. Now, Brown also takes an active role in promoting women in business, as a mentor for the Count Me In program, which aims to bring a million women-owned businesses over the $1 million revenue mark.