SynTech Research is acquiring Bayer CropScience's state-of-the-art U.S. ecotoxicology capability at the Bayer Research Park near Stilwell, Kan. The unit’s activities include both short and long-term avian (acute and reproduction) and aquatic (fish, plants, invertebrates and amphibia) studies.

Thirteen of the current Bayer CropScience ecotoxicology staff at the Stilwell site will transfer to SynTech Research, and will continue to perform studies for Bayer CropScience. Following the acquisition, SynTech intends to add further staff to increase the unit's capacity, particularly in Regulatory/Risk Assessment.   

SynTech Research will also form a new analytical unit at the Stilwell campus, which will include 12 former Bayer CropScience staff involved in sample processing, study management, quality assurance, and administrative capabilities.   

Khosro Khodayari, Ph.D., president and CEO of SynTech Research, said, “This is a very exciting event for SynTech Research, allowing us to make a global extension of our Ecotoxicology offering, already well represented in Europe. We can now provide a complete package to our clients worldwide, including avian, aquatic, bee and non-target organism studies, accompanied by analytical and regulatory support.”

As well as supporting SynTech's exotoxicology services globally, the analytical teams will also provide a significantly enhanced GLP offering to SynTech Research customers worldwide, many of whom want a complete package of field trials and associated analytical studies, managed by a SynTech research study director.

The ecotoxicology, analytical and QA teams at Stilwell will form part of a new SynTech Research company – SynTech Research Laboratory Services LLC., which will become operational from today.

“We are delighted to be able to take on such high quality staff and facilities from Bayer CropScience, as well as the opportunity to manage Bayer CropScience programs – and of course those of other customers” said Khodayari.