Smithers Rapra Opens New Extractables and Leachables Lab; Hires Senior Scientist

Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today the opening of its extractables and leachables (E&L) lab located in Akron, Ohio at the Akron Global Business Accelerator.

The lab will serve clients requiring  E&L  studies and  food contact analyses.

Recently added to support the North American client base, Principal Scientist Alison Schweda brings a decade of experience in chemistry and research management in the pharmaceutical industry. She most recently worked as a research scientist at the Charles River Laboratory in Ashland, Ohio. Schweda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Hillsdale College.

Alison Schweda and Paul Cummings, Smithers Rapra Extractables and Leachables Lab, Akron, Ohio“We are continuously investing in new technology and expertise so that we can be a true global partner for our clients and provide the outstanding services they expect from Smithers,” said Nat Leonard, President, Smithers Rapra. “With this new lab, Smithers is one of the few contract research organizations providing extractables and leachables and food contact assessments in both North America and Europe.  Smithers works with clients on the entire lifecycle of medical components and devices: E&L analyses, materials characterization, device performance analysis and packaging optimization.”

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

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

You can reach the Smithers Rapra North America office at:

425 West Market Street

Akron, Ohio 44303

Telephone: 330-762-7441