Orders for toxicology research studies recently awarded and in progress
COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 10, 2015)—Battelle has initiated research under a recently awarded 10-year contract with the National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s National Toxicology Program (NTP).
Under the contract, Battelle will conduct toxicology studies for the program by various routes of administration, including inhalation. Ongoing efforts include the conduct of pre-chronic dosed-water toxicity studies of several vanadium compounds, a chronic inhalation study of alpha-pinene, sulfolane chronic-dosed water studies, and method development for inhalation studies to evaluate the toxicological and carcinogenic potential of naturally occurring asbestos and related mineral fibers.
“These studies build upon the considerable experience Battelle has supporting the NTP over the past decades” says Dr. David Moore, Vice President of Business Development for Battelle’s Life Sciences Research business unit. “Toxicology research is an important segment of our life science business, which also includes pre-clinical studies supporting FDA licensure of drugs as well as world-class capabilities for biological containment research supporting new drug and vaccine development.”
According to the NTP, more than 80,000 chemicals are registered for use in the United States. Each year, an estimated 2,000 new ones are introduced for use in such everyday items as foods, personal care products, prescription drugs, household cleaners, and lawn care products. We do not know the effects of many of these chemicals on our health, yet we may be exposed to them while manufacturing, distributing, using, and disposing of them or when they become pollutants in our air, water, or soil. Relatively few chemicals are thought to pose a significant risk to human health. However, safeguarding public health depends on identifying both what the effects of these chemicals are and at what levels of exposure they may become hazardous to humans—that is, understanding their toxicology.
Battelle will be presenting these capabilities at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting and ToxExpo conference March 22–26 in San Diego, CA.
This project is funded in total by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN273201400015C.
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