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Arif Peshimam Named Biological Safety Officer at Southern Research

August 16, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southern Research Institute today announced that Arif Peshimam has been named Corporate Biological Safety Officer. Peshimam will be responsible for managing the select agent program and all aspects of biological safety at Southern Research facilities in Birmingham, Ala. and Frederick, Md.

“We are pleased to have someone with Arif’s proven biosafety experience join us in such a key position within the Environmental Health and Safety Department,” said Mitchell Pate, Ph.D., Manager of Safety and Compliance. “Our team looks forward to working with Arif, and putting his knowledge and proven skills to work at Southern Research.”

Prior to joining Southern Research, Peshimam served as a Health Specialist/Industrial Hygienist in Health Safety & Environment at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia, and was the Biosafety Officer and EHS Specialist in the Dept. of Environmental Health & Safety at the University of California-Riverside (UC Riverside). While at Case Western Reserve University, he implemented the Biological Safety and the Industrial Hygiene Programs from 2003 to 2008.

Peshimam is a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) with the American Biological Safety Association and is trained in OSHA 24-hour HAZWOPER and the National Incident Management System.

Peshimam holds an MD equivalent/Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from Grant Medical College in Bombay, India. He received a Master of Public Health in Environmental & Occupational Health through the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health which includes Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo.

He also received a Master of Science in Occupational Health, with a major in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Toledo. He earned a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Case Western Reserve University in 2007.

About Southern Research

Southern Research Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) scientific research organization founded in 1941 that conducts preclincal drug discovery and development, advanced engineering research in materials, systems development, and environment and energy research. More than 550 scientific and engineering team members support clients and partners in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, defense, aerospace, environmental and energy industries. Southern Research is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., with facilities in Wilsonville, Ala., Frederick, Md., and Durham, NC and offices in Huntsville, Ala., New Orleans, La., Washington, DC and Kiev, Ukraine.

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