About Us

Immel Resources LLC is a management consulting and publishing company specializing in regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and training for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and related industries. Since 1996, we have helped many organizations introduce new products, pass major inspections,  improve quality systems, and return to compliance after regulatory action. Clients and subscribers include global multinational firms to small start-up companies. We are considered quality and compliance experts.

We work with a network of experienced consultants to meet your needs. Publications include the Immel ReportTM, a subscription newsletter providing advice and guidance for managers in FDA-regulated industry, and our Compliance LeadershipTM reprint series. We are based in Petaluma, California, 45 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the California Wine Country, and near San Francisco International Airport. Thank you for your interest in our company. We look forward to serving you.


Barbara K. Immel is president of Immel Resources LLC, and editor of the Immel ReportTM. She has 28 years of industry experience. She worked in compliance and training, documentation and labeling, and corporate quality assurance for Syntex Corporation, Chiron Corporation, and Syva Company for more than 12 years before starting the company. She has been teaching well-respected compliance classes for many years, including teaching CAPA and investigations courses for nearly 10 years.

Barbara serves as conference chairperson for FDAnews' annual FDA Inspections Summit. She is on the steering committee and has served as chair of the quality track for MedCon, a new medical device conference cosponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the nonprofit Xavier University. Barbara served as the regulatory compliance columnist with BioPharm International Magazine for more than 10 years. She has published more than 50 articles on a variety of industry topics in Pharmaceutical Technology, Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry, BioProcess International, Nutraceutical Business and Technology, Pharmaceutical Technology Europe, and BioPharm. She authored the Quality Assurance of Pharmaceuticals chapter for the Dekker Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Technology.

Barbara has taught industry subjects at many companies, and at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Wisconsin at Madison; the Rochester Institute of Technology; the University of Georgia, and Stanford University. She was elected by her peers to serve on the national training committees for two trade associations, PhRMA and PDA, where she helped plan and organize educational conferences for industry trainers for eight years. She created and taught biotechnology courses for UC Berkeley Extension for five years, and helped re-design the Drug Development Course and served as co-director of the course for several years. She is a graduate of the Buckley School of Public Speaking, the Stanford Professional Publishing Course, and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Honors and awards for which we are very grateful include Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in Finance and Business

Publisher and Vice President

After earning his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1981, Joe Immel engaged in post-doctoral scholarship at Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). As a postdoctoral fellow his interests centered on the vertebrate visual system and his research activities included investigations in retinal morphology and physiology.  In 1986, Joe joined Axon Instruments, a manufacturer of instruments for research in physiology and biophysics, and as chief Technical Evangelist developed the Technical Support division from a single scientific liaison (Joe) to a bustling department of several PhDs and support staff. When a more "hands-on" approach beckoned, he moved to Sutter Instrument Company in 1991 where as a Research and Development Engineer he developed several instruments for the academic and commercial research community. Increasingly called upon to assist Barbara Immel in the growth of Immel Resources LLC, Joe moved to the position of Publisher of the Immel Report. Today Joe oversees day-to-day requirements of Immel Resources LLC from financial matters to publications.

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