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Senior Scientists

Joel M. Cohen, Sc.D., DABT
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Education

Sc.D., Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

B.A., Anthropology, Environmental Sciences and Public Health, Tufts University

Expertise

  • Inhalation Toxicology
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Nanotechnology
  • Skin Sensitization
  • Proposition 65
  • Medical Device Biocompatibility
  • Extractables and Leachables
  • Pharmaceutical Non-Clinical Safety
  • Consumer Product Safety

Joel M. Cohen, Sc.D., DABT

Senior Toxicologist

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Dr. Cohen is a senior toxicologist with specialties in computational toxicology and human health risk assessment. At Gradient, his primary responsibilities include non-clinical safety assessments of medical device and pharmaceutical components, consumer product safety evaluation, physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) ) modeling, and particulate matter inhalation exposure assessment and dose modeling.

Before joining Gradient, Dr. Cohen earned his doctoral degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, applying in vitro cellular models to study the fate, transport and toxicity of nanoparticles in the lung.  He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and one patent, and presented his work to academic and general audiences.  Dr. Cohen holds a Visiting Scientist appointment at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health where he researches the applications and human health implications of nanomaterials across the life cycle of nano-enabled products.

Education

Sc.D., Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

B.A., Anthropology, Environmental Sciences and Public Health, Tufts University

Expertise

  • Inhalation Toxicology
  • Alternative Assessment
  • Nanotechnology
  • Skin Sensitization
  • Proposition 65
  • Medical Device Biocompatibility
  • Extractables and Leachables
  • Pharmaceutical Non-Clinical Safety
  • Consumer Product Safety

Services

Representative Projects

Toxicoligcal Risk Assesment of Extractables and Leachables from Dialysis Equipment: Conducted toxicological risk assessments (TRAs) for compounds identified in extracts from dialysis equipment. In accordance with ISO10993-17, ICH M7 and US FDA guidance, Gradient identified toxicological data for relevant endpoints and used these data to derive chemical- and device-specific safety margins. For this work, Gradient partnered with an analytical testing laboratory. The client used our TRAs to support a safety evaluation of the medical device.

Nonclinical Safety Assessment of Biopharmaceutical Impurities: Conducted human health hazard and risk assessments for potential impurities in a cell-based cancer treatment.  Some of the evaluated impurities included chemical process impurities, residual viral vector, plasmid DNA, and continuous cell line residuals.  We provided the client with detailed monographs on each impurity, and, when possible, a permissible exposure limit for the impurity.  These monographs were used by the client as manufacturing guidance, and as supporting documents for regulatory applications and meetings.

Carcinogencity Assessment of Proposition 65 Listed Chemical: Evaluated the carcinogenicity potential of the Prop 65 listed fragrance chemical beta-myrcene. We reviewed animal toxicity data including carcinogenicity studies in rodents conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and applied a linear no-threshold response extrapolation to derive a no significant risk level (NSRL). Our method was based on the anticipated approach that could be taken by California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (CalOEHHA) and current best practices for carcinogenicity risk assessment. We also considered uncertainties in the animal carcinogenicity data, and the relevance of findings to the potential for carcinogenicity in humans.

Physiologically Based Phamrokinetic Modeling (PBPK) Exposure Assessment: Evaluated the significance of lead present in a variety of consumer products for comparison with California’s Proposition 65 proposed lead limits.  Performed lead modeling using the Leggett plus model to quantify the overall impact on blood lead and bone lead concentrations of intermittent intake of lead in the product as compared to the impact of a daily intake of lead at the proposed Prop 65 limits.

Selected Publications

Cohen, JM; Rice, JW; Lewandowski, TA.  2018. "Expanding the toolbox: Hazard-screening methods and tools for identifying safer chemicals in green product design." ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. 6 : 1941-1950.

Petito Boyce, C; Sax, SN; Cohen, JM.  2017. "Particle size distributions of lead measured in battery manufacturing and secondary smelter facilities and implications in setting workplace lead exposure limits." J. Occup. Environ. Hyg. 14 : 594-608.

DeLoid, GM; Cohen, JM; Pyrgiotakis, G; Demokritou, P.  2017. "Preparation, characterization, and in vitro dosimetry of dispersed, engineered nanomaterials." Nat. Protoc. 12 : 355-371.

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