Q & A with Bryan Katz, Ph.D. - Vice President of Engineering

Q & A with Bryan Katz, Ph.D. - Vice President of Engineering Image

toXcel provides life sciences and engineering services to both private industry and the public sector. toXcel began operation in 2001, with a focus on toxicology and regulatory affairs in the life sciences. The company is proud to have a team of highly experienced and multidisciplinary staff that include former senior EPA scientific and regulatory review managers, regulatory affairs and research and development managers, and directors from the industry.

They offer a full range of services to support regulatory approvals with emphasis on regulatory strategy, development, and all technical and administrative aspects of the preparation of applications and dossiers. This includes the performance of risk assessments, exposure analyses, safety and toxicological evaluations, and the design and management of GLP analytical chemistry, mammalian toxicology, efficacy, metabolism/ pharmacokinetics (ADME), residue chemistry, environmental fate and ecotoxicity studies. The experienced staff advises companies about compliance with REACh, BPD, 91/414/EEC and other European regulations.


Q. What are some recent achievements or news toXcel is most proud of and why?

A. We are proud to announce the newly-formed Engineering division of the company where I will focus on providing transportation solutions and services. The Engineering division is headquartered at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC).

The Engineering Division intends to build upon the firm foundation of past experience of toXcel employees and extend the company’s reach into the areas of transportation safety, operations, human factors and construction management in order to provide additional high quality services at a reasonable cost to public and private clients. toXcel is confident that with an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists, they will deliver value-oriented and specialized services based on a thorough understanding of customers’ needs and to develop comprehensive solutions to meet those needs.

Q. What exciting projects are you working on that you would like to share?

A. toXcel is currently working with several clients to register new active ingredients with the U.S. EPA for pesticidal uses. Among the many ongoing projects, the Life Sciences division is monitoring a series of GLP toxicity and environmental fate studies that are underway in U.S. and European laboratories to ensure compliance with regulations under the US EPA/Toxic Substances Control Act for a client that produces specialty chemicals. toXcel is excited to be a part of several innovative product registrations using novel technology.

Q. Why did you choose the VTCRC for your Engineering Division?

A. The VTCRC provides excellent opportunities to collaborate with other local businesses in the research park as well as access and proximity to Virginia Tech. As one of the nation’s leading research institutions, Virginia Tech provides unique opportunities that aren’t available in other parts of the country.

“We are most enthusiastic about launching our Engineering Division within the VTCRC and are looking forward to meeting other tenants with hopes of collaborating on future projects.”


Biography: Bryan J. Katz, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE
Vice President of Engineering

Bryan is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer who brings 15 years of experience in transportation safety, operations, and construction engineering and inspection. He is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech, where he teaches transportation engineering courses in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Since 2002, he has supported research projects for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia. He is a voting member on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and serves as the Secretary of the Research Committee. In addition, he is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, serving on two technical committees, and is also an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He serves as a paper reviewer for Accident Analysis and Prevention, Traffic Injury Prevention and for three volumes of the Transportation Research Record. Prior to joining toXcel, Bryan worked for Leidos (formerly SAIC) and HNTB Corporation. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife, Katie and children, Emily and Ethan.