Smithers Rapra Adds Extractables and Leachables Expert Dr. Daniel Norwood as Senior Consultant

Dr. Norwood will assist in providing support to Smithers’ global client base requiring both extractables and leachables and food contact analyses.

Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today the addition of extractables and leachables expert Dr. Daniel Norwood, Executive Partner, SCIO Analytical, LLC as an independent Senior Consultant.

Dr. Norwood’s expertise will continue to strengthen the ability of Smithers’ global team to help clients assess and address a range  of chemical migration challenges with medical, pharmaceutical and food packaging materials. This work will include the evaluation and implementation of study programs, as well as assisting clients with risk mitigation and regulatory submissions. In addition to assisting in client facing work, he will be active in the startup of Smithers’ new U.S. based extractables and leachables laboratory, to be opened at the Akron Global Business Accelerator in the summer of 2017. This facility will complement Smithers’ extractables and leachables lab in Shawbury, England and food contact lab in Leatherhead, England.


“Dr. Norwood will play a key role in assisting our clients with their difficult extractables and leachables and food contact challenges,” said Nat Leonard, President, Smithers Rapra. “His wealth of experience is a great complement to our comprehensive services, which range from material selection to product validation and packaging transit studies in the medical, pharmaceutical and food segments.”

Dr. Norwood has over 41 years of experience in chemistry and pharmaceutical research and is well recognized in the industry as one of the pioneers in extractables and leachables research. His expertise covers all analytical chemistry areas, including structural analysis of pharmaceutical impurities and degradation products, along with assessment of extractables and leachables. He has conducted research for Boehringer Ingelheim, Magellan Laboratories and the Glaxo Research Institute, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, as well as a Master of Science in Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I’m honored to begin this collaboration with a world-renowned independent testing and consulting organization that is held in such high regard in the extractables and leachables space,” said Norwood. “Smithers has been enhancing their expertise and global laboratory capabilities, and it’s exciting to lend my years of expertise to this growth and the support of various clients around the world.”

This collaboration with one of the world’s foremost experts in the field is yet another investment in Smithers’ long term strategy to better serve the medical device, pharmaceutical and food industries. Already in 2017, Smithers announced the future opening of a North American extractables and leachables lab, opened a dedicated medical device testing Lab in Shawbury, UK and made expansions in personnel and equipment to support migration chemistry studies at its Shawbury, UK analytical lab.

About Smithers Rapra:

Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the rubber and plastics industries for over 90 years. Our business is built around delivering a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic testing services to support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, packaging, industrial and consumer products. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers adds value throughout the lifecycle of our clients’ products. Please visit www.smithersrapra.com.

About Dr. Daniel Norwood

Dr. Norwood is an internationally recognized expert in the field of leachables and extractables assessment in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. He has served as a chair and member of various working groups within a variety of key industry associations, including the Product Quality Research Institute (PQRI) Working Group on leachables and extractables in inhalation drug products and parenteral and ophthalmic drug products (PODP), the International Pharmaceutical Aerosol Consortium on Regulations and Science (IPAC-RS) and the USP Expert Committee on Packaging, Storage and Distribution. Dr. Norwood has received several industry awards, including the CEO’s Award from Glaxo (1994), the President’s Award from Boehringer Ingelheim (2007), the Excellence in Research Award from PQRI (2009), and the Award for an Innovative Response to Public Health Challenges from USP (2013). He completed his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Virginia Tech and his doctorate degree in Environmental Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health.

About The Smithers Group:

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Viscient. 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 lifecycle 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.

You can reach the Smithers Rapra North America office at:

425 West Market Street

Akron, Ohio 44303

Telephone: 330-762-7441

www.smithersrapra.com