Joel M. Cohen, Sc.D., DABT
Dr. Cohen is a principal scientist 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. He was a visiting scientist in the Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences Program in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health through 2020.
Toxicological Risk Assessment (TRA) of Extractables and Leachables from Dialysis Equipment: Conducted toxicological risk assessments for compounds identified in extracts from dialysis equipment. In accordance with ISO 10993-17, ICH M7, and US Food and Drug Administration (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.
Non-clinical 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.
Patent Litigation Regarding Syringes Pre-filled with a Biological Drug Product: For a patent litigation case, Dr. Cohen evaluated the safety profile of a polymeric coating for application in a syringe pre-filled with a biological drug product. To this end, Dr. Cohen reviewed toxicity data and protein adsorption properties of the polymeric coating, adhering to the biological safety assessment framework detailed in the ISO 10993 series of standards. Dr. Cohen’s opinions addressed whether a toxicologist, as a member of a biomedical product development team, would have considered the polymeric coating to be safe for use in the pre-filled syringe. Dr. Cohen’s findings were prepared in a written declaration and also presented in an oral deposition.
Carcinogenicity Assessment of California’s Proposition 65-Listed Chemical: Evaluated the carcinogenicity potential of the Proposition 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 the 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.
PBPK Exposure Assessment: Evaluated the significance of lead present in a variety of consumer products for comparison with 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 from the product as compared to the impact of a daily intake of lead at the proposed Proposition 65 limits.
Cohen, JM; Beck, BD; Rhomberg, LR. 2021. “Historical perspective on the role of cell proliferation in carcinogenesis for DNA-reactive and non-DNA-reactive carcinogens: Arsenic as an example.” Toxicology 456:152783. doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2021.152783.
Cohen, J; Chang, RY. 2020. “US FDA partial recognition of ISO 10993-18:2020 – Implications for toxicological risk assessment.” MDCPSS Newsl. 11:12-14.
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Subcommittee E55.03 on General Pharmaceutical Standards; Cohen, JM. 2020. “Standard Guide for Derivation of Health-Based Exposure Limits (HBELs).” 30p.
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.
Lewandowski, TA; Cohen, JM. 2016. “Skin Sensitization risk assessment: considering available data for weight of evidence assessments.” Regul. Toxicol. Pharmacol. doi: 10.1016/j.yrtph.2016.09.007.