Market Sectors

Our work spans a wide variety of clients, allowing us to offer depth and perspective to every client relationship. We help you understand the data and its relevance in context.

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Agricultural +

Gradient works with a variety of clients in the agricultural sector, helping them with their goals to grow desirable food products and sustain farmlands while protecting communities and ecosystems.  We recognize the insight scientific support can provide in making important decisions.  Humankind relies on farmers and on having a sound balance of the competing needs of the planet.

Automotive +

Increasing environmental regulation, technological advances, and changing consumer preferences are requiring the automotive industry to revisit current designs and practices to position themselves strategically for a substantially altered transportation future.  Whether it be developing product reformulations, evaluating the risks of existing or proposed products or facilities, or supporting new initiatives with science-based decision frameworks, Gradient can help to keep things moving forward.   

Chemicals +

Gradient brings deep scientific expertise and insight gained from our long history of evaluating risks and alternative remedial strategies for chemicals in the environment.  We also take a proactive approach to addressing a broad spectrum of regulatory, compliance, and safety needs of the current chemicals marketplace.

Consumer Products +

Consumer products manufacturers seek ways to create appealing, effective, and safe products amongst intense competition and increasingly eco- and ingredient- conscious consumers.  A solid technical analysis of your product portfolio can help to guide sound decisions for the future and avoid regrettable mistakes.

Energy +

Reliable, safe, and efficient operations are critical for the energy sector to meet consumer demand, while keeping the business-social compact at the fore-front and addressing needs brought by climate change.  We provide deep scientific expertise to the parties (suppliers, producers, supporting service providers, researchers, product developers and regulators) in the utilities, oil & gas, and renewables sectors to manage this balance of demands.  

Food/Beverage/Nutritionals +

Throughout the food production process, science-based evaluations can play an important role in ensuring quality and safety from manufacturing to the table.  With expertise in toxicology, exposure assessment, and risk assessment, Gradient scientists can help clients with critical issues they face.

Government +

Gradient works with the public sector, including national and regional governments, municipalities, and other government organizations to bring our scientific expertise to address social issues and help these organizations realize their safety and social goals.

Infrastructure and Development +

Gradient advises and consults on public health and environmental issues arising from infrastructure development.  We have conducted technical analyses to help our clients understand and address human and ecological risk assessment issues on a wide variety of infrastructure projects.  We have ensured protection of public health and the environment for development or maintenance of tunnels and bridges, waterways and ports, real estate, subways, railroads, roads, utilities, offshore wind farms, compressor stations, well pads, pipelines, and building materials.

Insurance +

Companies are often in the situation of needing to resolve environmental insurance cost recovery claims.  Gradient has expertise in evaluating the historical evolution of waste management practices, and an understanding of the environmental science, toxicology and regulations that are required to unravel the key issue of whether damages caused by historical activities or events were either expected or intended vs. accidental or sudden. 

Manufacturing +

Sparked by new technologies, ingredients/supplies, operational disruptions, regulation and changing consumer preferences, along with intense competition, industrial manufacturing is going through a time of rapid transition. Gradient’s technical expertise along with extensive data management skills help to look beyond, seeing trends as new opportunities, and averting risks.  

Medical Technology +

Advancing medical treatments require steadfast attention to shifting regulation and market dynamics for medical technology companies.  Gradient has significant expertise in biological safety, toxicology, chemistry, and regulatory compliance, and we routinely develop innovative, health-based risk assessments to support product development decisions and regulatory filings for the medical device and biotechnology industry.

Mining/Metals +

Gradient has extensive experience in evaluating exposures to and health effects associated with metals in the environment, workplace, and consumer products.  These services have been applied to help guide operations, comply with regulations, and support responsible decision making. 

Pharmaceuticals +

Gradient scientists bring expertise to a wide range of issues, from offering comprehensive support throughout the new drug development process to assessing effects on humans and the environment of pharmaceuticals already in use.  We also contribute to the toxicology- and ecological effects-related sections of regulatory submissions.

Research Institute/University +

In today’s age of vast quantities of information and limited staffing, many research organizations struggle to define a process to absorb and evaluate new relevant information.  In addition, institutions can face environmental challenges in much the same way as large businesses do because of property ownership, waste disposal from laboratories, or environmental contaminants such as lead, PCBs, and asbestos associated with older buildings. 

Waste Management +

Today’s handling of waste involves a large challenge of processing refuse with minimal impact to the community and environment.  Past waste handling practices have sometimes resulted in environmental impacts that must be addressed in the current times.  Both issues require technical expertise to identify composition, risk, and safety metrics so that waste handlers can do their undeniably necessary task.