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Smithers Launches Brand as Single-Source Provider of Environmental Regulatory Testing, Toxicology, and Consulting Services

WAREHAM, Mass., Nov 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Smithers Group announced today the expansion of Smithers Viscient, LLC, pulling together under one brand what had been Smithers Springborn, Smithers Viscient, and Smithers REACH Services. This change enables clients across the globe to interact with one organization, and creates an easy and more efficient way for customers to access a broader range of testing and consulting services.

"The Smithers Viscient name represents our forward-thinking vision, as well as our scientific expertise. As industry evolves, we see product manufacturers looking for ways to grow business, reduce costs, and facilitate supply chain relationships. Combining all of our environmental services companies under the Smithers Viscient brand will allow manufacturers to receive integrated testing and consulting services through one provider, under the same quality standards that they have come to expect from our expert scientists and staff," said Don Surprenant, Smithers Viscient's President and Chief Operating Officer.

Smithers Viscient represents the combined activities of the previous brands, and delivers a comprehensive range of ecotoxicology, environmental fate, metabolism, chemistry, consulting and toxicology services, for the pharmaceutical, crop protection, chemical, and consumer household product industries. For more information about Smithers Viscient's environmental regulatory testing solutions, visit www.smithersviscient.com, or call +1 508-295-2550.

Smithers Viscient Not Alone in Creating Global Brand Smithers Viscient is just one of the technology-based companies that comprise The Smithers Group. Because of both organic and acquisition growth within a number of these independently operated companies, expansion into overlapping market sectors is occurring across Smithers. As part of a broad initiative, Smithers is aligning member companies by focusing on the specific market served and defining a single and integrated global brand for each. These include Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pharma Services, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Quality Assessments, and iSmithers.

Note to Editors: About Smithers Viscient Smithers Viscient, formerly Smithers Springborn, is a global Contract Research Organization (CRO) providing environmental testing, toxicology, and regulatory services for the crop protection, pharmaceutical, industrial chemical, and the consumer and household product industries. With laboratories located in North America and Europe, Smithers Viscient has performed standard guideline and higher-tiered environmental studies for over 40 years. We conduct studies to satisfy all regulatory requirements globally. Services include ecotoxicology, avian toxicology, environmental fate, metabolism, residue, analytical, and product chemistry, and consulting. Additionally, we perform endocrine testing, including in vitro toxicology, in vivo toxicology, and in vivo ecotoxicology.

About The Smithers Group: Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Viscient, Smithers Pharma Services, Smithers Rapra, Smithers Quality Assessments, and iSmithers. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers' goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients' products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit www.smithers.com.

About Other Smithers Group Companies: Smithers Pharma Services provides formulation services, analytical chemistry, and pre-clinical and clinical bioanalytical testing, while offering further drug development support through in-house storage stability studies. Smithers Pharma serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and consumer healthcare industries, delivering a broad portfolio of services to help clients move their drug products through the full drug development process, from pre-formulations to market registration. For more information, visit www.smitherspharma.com.

Smithers Rapra is the global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing and consulting services focused mainly on the tire, industrial, transportation, consumer, and medical industries. Smithers Rapra encompasses what was previously Smithers Rapra Technologies, established in the United Kingdom in 1919, and Smithers Scientific Services, established in the United States in 1925. For more information, visit www.smithersrapra.com.

Smithers Quality Assessment is an accredited third-party registrar. Since 1993, Smithers Quality Assessments has provided quality and environmental management system certification services such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and related standards to manufacturing companies and service providers. For more information, visit www.smithersregistrar.com.

iSmithers evolved from the information division of Smithers Rapra in 2008, after delivering 30 years of knowledge transfer solutions. It serves a global academic and industrial market with polymer, chemical, pharmaceutical, ecotoxicology, and life-science related knowledge and information products and events. These include a wide range of technology and market-based journals and books, national and international conferences, polymer technology training courses and electronic web and database products. For more information, visit www.ismithers.net.

SOURCE: Smithers Viscient CONTACT: Smithers Viscient Hope Aubin, + 1-508-295-2550 Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: United States

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