CAAT forum to bring academia and industry together for safer chemicals

By Michelle Yeomans

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CAAT forum to bring academia and industry together for safer chemicals

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The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is holding a workshop that it hopes will push the boundaries of science in the new field of 'green chemistry'. 

The application of green toxicology principles requires a multidisciplinary approach from very early stages of compound discovery and development on.

Thus, CAAT has set up this conference for academia and the industry to come together to collaborate on developing safer chemicals.

The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing hopes that this workshop will help to make chemistry less toxic, and ultimately push the boundaries of science in reducing the risk through molecular design and process setup.

Green is the goal

The program will be focused around the following topics:

  • Why Good Products Fail: When Chemistry and Toxicology Collide - Dow Europe
  • A Framework to Design Safer Chemicals - Nicholas D. Anastas, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • How 21st Century Toxicology can promote Green' Chemistry - Julien Burton, JRC, Italy
  • Integrating Legal Liabilities in Nanomanufacturing Risk Management - Igor Linkov, Environmental Laboratory, US Army
  • From Green Chemistry to Green Toxicology - Empa
  • From Safer Chemical Design to reduced Environmental Hazard - James Clark, University of York
  • Twenty First Century Toxicology and Safer Chemical Design - Thomas Hartung, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Insights from Industry: Can pharmaceutical products be produced «Green» Pharma Industry

According to CAAT, reducing toxicity is at the core of green chemistry and sustainability, therefore the input of toxicologists early in the chemical enterprise is essential to inform the choices of molecular designers in selecting less hazardous design strategies.

Therefore, information derived from mechanistic and computational toxicology combined forms the nexus between toxicology and green chemistry.

Those attending the conference will be split into groups that will then be trained to examine, understand and describe aspects of the structure hazard relationship from a narrow perspective around the above topics.

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