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Smithers Viscient Names New Study Director, Bolsters Bee Testing Capabilities

Smithers Viscient
Posted on: 02 Sep 16

Smithers Viscient, a global contract research organization (CRO), today announced the appointment of Aline Fauser, Ph.D. as Study Director. Fauser is an accomplished ecotoxicology study director with specialty expertise in chronic, acute, field and semi-field studies involving both apis and non-apis bees. Her addition to the Smithers Viscient team in Harrogate serves to strengthen the site’s bee testing capabilities, allowing the company to provide these sought-after testing services to more clients throughout Europe and globally in collaboration with the organization’s North American facilities.

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“Many of our clients in Europe are looking for a dedicated testing partner for their apis and non-apis bee studies so we looked to grow in order to continue to be their best resource,” said Susan Shepherd, President, Smithers Viscient. “Aline is a tremendous professional who exemplifies our commitment to good science and we are thrilled to have her on our team.”

Fauser joins Smithers Viscient after spending two years as Study Director and Team Leader at Innovative Environmental Services (IES) Ltd. in Switzerland. While there she was responsible for performing and reporting GLP studies of plant protection products and their impact on beneficial arthropods, soil organisms and non-target plants. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Bern in Switzerland.

In 2013, Fauser and three colleagues published the article: Influence of Combined Pesticide and Parasite Exposure on Bumblebee Colony Traits in the Laboratory in the Journal of Applied Ecology. She currently has two manuscripts regarding bumblebee testing that are pending publication.

This move will aid clients based in Europe that are tasked with meeting the current European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidance pushing them to complete these bee studies within the next few years. The new testing capabilities at the Harrogate facility will complement and enhance collaborative work between Smithers Viscient’s UK and US facilities.

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About Smithers Viscient

Smithers Viscient is a global contract research organization (CRO). The company delivers a comprehensive range of ecotoxicology, environmental fate, metabolism, chemistry, and toxicology services, for the pharmaceutical, crop protection, chemical, and consumer household product industries. Pollinator testing capabilities include laboratory-based studies, semi-field, and field exposures. With laboratories located in North America and Europe, Smithers Viscient, has performed standard guideline and higher-tiered environmental studies for 45 years. For more information about Smithers Viscient’s environmental regulatory testing solutions, visit

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Last updated on: 02/09/2016

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