toXcel

toXcel is a certified Small Business dedicated to providing private and public-sector clients with scientific, analytic, technical, and regulatory services in the areas of toxicology, environment, transportation, behavioral sciences, public health, and other domains. The toXcel Life Sciences division provides technical and regulatory support for compliance with international regulations governing human health and environmental issues, including nonclinical food and drug safety studies as well as all aspects of registration of antimicrobial, insect repellent and plant protection products. We specialize in federal, state, and regional product registrations in North America, Europe, and other international markets.  Our UK affiliate, toXcel International Limited, supports our full range of pharmaceutical and product registration services for companies located throughout the European continent. The toXcel Engineering and Behavioral Sciences division provides technical support to federal and state customers in the areas of transportation safety and operations, human factors, cognitive and social psychology, civil engineering, public health, communications and outreach, statistics, and other research areas. 

toXcel created an unique Mobile Human Factors Laboratory (TMHFL), which it uses for human factors testing of transportation-related information and processes. The mobile laboratory includes comfortable climate controlled laboratory space, a high-end business grade computer capable of advanced graphics generation, a 65” display, specialized software for sign and signal display and testing, and a driving simulator platform that can be conveniently added to or removed from the mobile device, as required. The TMHFL is equipped for cross-country travel, enabling the testing of different populations of road users in multiple regions. 

Figure 1. toXcel Mobile Human Factors Laboratory

Location:  7140 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville, VA 20155

Year Established:  1999

Employment:  25 employees

Website: http://www.toxcel.com

Twitter Handle:  @toxcel_llc

LinkedIn Company Profilehttps://www.linkedin.com/company/toxcel-llc

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ToXcel-1643895539170927/              

Greatest Achievement(s): Throughout 2016, toXcel’s Life Sciences division continued to advance its services by applying its scientific and regulatory expertise to support our clients’ introduction of innovative pharmaceuticals, veterinary products, antimicrobial delivery systems and sustainable reduced-risk plant protection products into North American and European markets.  The Life Sciences division currently has in-house capabilities to provide technical and regulatory expertise covering a broad range of environmental and human health issues.  In addition, toXcel continues to expand its forensic services through its analytical exposure and risk assessment skills in determining potential effects of human exposure to hazardous chemicals.   In March of 2017, our US and UK toxicology staff held an exhibit that highlighted their professional capabilities at the three-day ToxExpo event during the Society of Toxicology’s 56th Annual Meeting, which attracted nearly 7,000 delegates from all over the world. 

Over the past two years, toXcel has successfully assisted its clients in meeting the EPA’s public health and safety criteria for protection against mosquito vectors carrying the Zika virus.  We also continue to help our clients in obtaining market approval for hospital disinfectants effective against MRSA, Pseudomonas, HIV, and Hepatitis C, and other pathogens.

In April 2016, the toXcel Engineering and Behavioral Sciences division was awarded a small business IDIQ contract to support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with behavioral safety research. This contract has a potential ceiling value of $7.25 million over five years. To date, toXcel has won two task orders from this IDIQ, valued at approximately $300 thousand. These task orders involve assessing the prevalence of drowsy driving and analyzing data related to child car seat safety.

toXcel was awarded several other contracts in the past year including a project for NHTSA to assess the effectiveness of seat belts on school buses; support for the National Operations Center of Excellence; several public health projects for the Norfolk and Hampton Roads areas; several projects for the Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety; and crash data analysis support for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

In late 2016 toXcel redesigned the company web site, www.toxcel.com, with a new, modern look and feel.  The new web site was designed to be user-friendly and provide easy to find information about all of toXcel’s capabilities. toXcel’s social media presence has been updated as well to be consistent with the design and wording of the web site.

In August 2016 toXcel organized a demonstration on how Connected Vehicle technologies will benefit emergency responders. This event was attended by over 100 responders and transportation professionals and featured two demonstrations: the Volvo Connected Truck and its automatic engine breaking system and Southwest Research Institute’s Emergency Vehicle Alert application.

In December 2016, Dr. Bryan Katz, vice president of Engineering and Behavioral Sciences, participated in the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) summit, School Transportation Safety: Thinking Outside the Bus.  Dr. Katz presented updates on two projects toXcel is leading for NHTSA:  (1) Camera Enforcement of School Bus Stop Arm Violations and (2) Overview of Shoulder Belts in School Buses.

Company Connections

In January 2017, toXcel was one of several sponsors of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting held in Washington, DC. The meeting attracts more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. toXcel’s logo was included on the Annual Meeting web site, in the meeting program, and on signage throughout the conference center. Following the meeting, toXcel saw a significant increase in web site visitors, as well as Twitter followers.

toXcel was a proud sponsor of the 2016 American College of Toxicology (ACT) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD and will also be a sponsor of ACT’s  November 2017 Annual meeting in Palm Springs, CA.    

toXcel enjoys active corporate membership in a variety of local, national and international professional and commercial organizations including the Prince William County Life Sciences Leadership Group, the Food and Drug Law Institute, the British-American Business Association, the International Sanitary Supply Association, Virginia Bio, the Biological Products Industry Alliance, and the Consumer Specialty Products Association.  toXcel is also a participant in the BioHealth Capital Region initiative, which is dedicated to advancing science and accelerating innovation.