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Gradient to Present at 2013 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Annual Meeting

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry's (SETAC) 2013 Annual Meeting will take place November 17-21 at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Gradient scientists will have several presentations and contribute to a number of SETAC business meetings at this event.

Principal scientist Tim Verslycke, Ph.D., will present "Validation of the Mysid Two-Generation and Copepod Lifecycle Assays for the Regulatory Testing of Endocrine Active Compounds" on Thursday, November 21, at 12:55 p.m. in Presidential Board Room A. The talk will present a summary of the development and validation of a standardized mysid two-generation toxicity test proposed as an in vivo Tier 2 Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) test and the harpacticoid copepod reproduction and development test as a potential alternative. Dr. Verslycke will discuss advantages and limitations of both the mysid and copepod assays in their current form. Dr. Verslycke is the current president of the North Atlantic Chapter of SETAC and a member of the steering committee of the Global Pharmaceutical Advisory Group and several other SETAC advisory groups.

Environmental chemist Jessie Kneeland, Ph.D., will present "Strategies for Registering Polymers of Low Concern in Multiple International Markets" on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:00 a.m. This poster describes Gradient's detailed analysis of the data requirements for identifying and assessing polymers of low concern (PLC) and how this information can be leveraged to optimize data collection and streamline the chemical registration process in multiple jurisdictions, including economically important and emerging markets.

Environmental scientist W. Tyler Mehler, M.S., will present "Importation of Industrial Chemicals in Emerging Markets: A Unified Strategy for Data Compilation and Generation" on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:50 a.m. in the Presidential CDE room. His talk will discuss how a unified strategy for meeting country-specific requirements for companies in the global importation and exportation of chemicals can expedite the registration process. Focusing on Australia, New Zealand, and China, this talk illustrates how data and test requirements, timelines, and application costs were compared and analyzed to maximize time and resources and avoid the need for duplicative testing or registration delays in chemical registration. These lessons are applicable across multiple jurisdictions.