In the autumn of 2016, Innovative Environmental Services (IES) Ltd appointed Mr. Thomas Heutschi as the new ad-interim CEO, while Dr. Stefan Höger and Dr. Wolfgang Völkel were confirmed in their positions as COO and CSO. A new strategy was also introduced to allow IES to continue on our path of strengthening and stabilisation, both in terms of our ability to deliver the range of quality studies expected from a CRO of choice, as well as internally improving our methods of working as a team.
In a further transitional step, which will enable us to continue the success the company has seen over the past year, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stefan Höger as the new CEO of IES on 1st September 2017. Stefan thoroughly understands the needs of our customers and of our company, and so provides excellent prerequisites for the top management function.
Mr. Thomas Heutschi will adapt his role to become an external consultant for the management board, where he will provide advice and deed to the CEO and the head of finance. We would like to thank Mr. Heutschi for his outstanding commitment and are glad that he remains available to us.
IES will be represented at this year’s SETAC Europe Annual Meeting in Brussels, which takes place from the 7th to the 11th of May.
The conference will be a great opportunity for you to meet and get to know some of our team members and to discuss any testing requirements you may have. With SETAC’s scientific programme for 2017 covering topics including ecotoxicology, risk assessment and management as well as environmental and human exposure, IES will be a key discussion partner thanks to our expertise in these areas.
We will also be present to discuss any other topics which may be of interest to you, so please take some time to visit us at booth 1 for a quick chat.
If you would like to arrange a meeting with us, you can get in touch with our Business Development Manager Peter Hvorslev by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (Office: +41 61 705 10 70 Mobile:+41 79 433 51 86)
You can find out more about SETAC 2017 on the official conference website: brussels.setac.org
We are pleased to communicate that on the first of February 2017, Peter Hvorslev has joined IES. Peter will work in our team as our Business Development Manager and will be the first contact person for our clients for new or current requests. Together with his colleagues, he will also represent IES at conferences and trade shows.
Peter is a biologist with several years of experience in the contract research business. After his education and a year of teaching biology and Italian in Denmark, he moved to Rome, where he worked for almost eight years in the pre-clinical CRO RTC. Here Peter had various responsibilities, ranging from customer care, IT related tasks as well as collaborating with the scientists. After the years in Italy he moved to Switzerland to join Harlan Laboratories, formerly known as RCC. Here he worked on similar tasks, acting also as the contact point between the business and the scientific sides of the company, as well as between the various sites of Harlan Laboratories. After the time in Harlan was over, he stayed in Switzerland but went back to work for RTC, this time in an external role as a business development manager. Peter dealt mainly with clients in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the UK. He will continue in such a position in IES, making connections with new clients and making sure our existing clients are taken well care of.
Peter is looking forward to discussing your study needs, and can be contacted via e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: +41 (0)61 705 10 70 or by mobile: +41 (0)79 433 51 86
We welcome Peter to our team and we are sure that he will contribute to the successful future development of our business.
In 2017 we will be attending the following conferences and workshops:
- 25-26 January, Homing flight ringtest meeting, Paris
- 14-15 February, IOBC workshop, Wageningen
- 21-23 March, Environmental Risk Assessment for Plant Protection Products 2017, Harpenden
- 7-11 May, SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, Brussels
- 6-7 September, CIR (Informa), Nice
- 23-25 October, Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting (ABIM), Basel
In 2015 Innovative Environmental Services (IES) Ltd decided to extend their corporate strategy to offer a widened range of services in the fields of
- Environmental Fate,
- Analytical Chemistry,
- Terrestrial Ecotoxicology and
- Aquatic ecotoxicology.
This strategy has now been implemented. This accompanied the substantial investments in modern laboratory equipment as well as in qualified specialists. IES is ready and the market has already shown a positive reaction to the enlarged range of supply.
During the course of these alignments, the opportunity of integrating IES in an even wider oriented network strategy of international suppliers has been evaluated. However, it was concluded that the company would not pursue such an undertaking. IES firmly believes it is able to follow its strategy independently, to fortify its location Witterswil in the Basel economic region and to keep the company in Swiss hands.
The operational and administrative structure has been adjusted to face the new challenges accordingly. Thomas Heutschi is appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer. Aside from his position as a shareholder, he has profound experience in the field of contract research as managing director and financial officer. The board of directors is scientifically oriented, with Dr. Uwe Morgenroth as chairman of the board and Dr. Klaus Sachsse, who contributes with his network and technical know-how in the field of studies.
Furthermore, the operational management remains in good hands, with Dr. Stefan Höger as Chief Operating Officer and Dr. Wolfgang Völkel as Chief Scientific Officer. These two, along with about 80 motivated staff members, are looking forward to taking on the challenges that come with this new strategy and look to produce sustainable added value for their clients.
In 2016 we will be attending the following conferences:
- 10-11 May 2016, Budapest, Biocides Symposium 2016
- 16-17 May 2016, Prague, REACH Conference 2016
- 22-26 May 2016, Nantes, SETAC Europe
- 20-21 June 2016, Mainz, Behaviour of Pesticides in Air, Soil and Water (Die Akademie Fresenius)
- 22-24 June 2016, Prague, Annual Biocide Conference 2016
- 26-30 June 2016, Prague, Plant Biology Europe EPSO/FESPB
- 7-8 Sept 2016, Nice, CIR (Informa)
- 4-5 Oct 2016, Brighton, BCPC Congress
- 6-7 Dec 2016, Mainz, Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecotoxicology and Risk Management (Die Akademie Fresenius)
In 2015, IES participated in the first OECD homing flight ring-test, where we used state of the art technology to track flight activity of full sized honey bee colonies in field studies. During these ring-tests, adult honey bee foragers were tagged with RFID chips and subsequently treated with a neonicotinoid test item. Foragers were released at the field site and the homing success was observed. In 2016 we attended the second OECD meeting in Paris, to organise the next round of the Ring-Test in the upcoming season to gain knowledge and experience for future tailor made field study designs.
The recent growth seen at IES resulted in the expansion of the company facilities and laboratories at our research site in Witterswil.
This includes the setting up of three new state-of-the-art incubation rooms, where the in-life phases of various environmental fate studies can be carried out at a controlled temperature range between 10°C and 23°C, i.e. including also lower temperature that might be required for the incubation of chemicals applied or released in colder climates, e.g. in northern countries or during autumn/winter periods.
We are now able to offer to our clients further capacity in the following study areas: Aerobic and Anaerobic Transformation in Soil (OECD 307), Aerobic and Anaerobic Transformation in Aquatic Sediment Systems (OECD 308) and Aerobic Mineralisation in Surface Water (OECD 309).
Thanks to our upgraded facilities, we are also in a better position to meet the product registration terms of all client projects.
IES now performs studies in the field of product chemistry: Five batch analysis of pesticide active ingredients and physicochemical properties with chemical analysis.
At IES we conduct 5 batch analysis to meet the requirements of European, US, South American and further authorities, as given in regulations and guidelines of SANCO, OCSPP, SENASA, IBAMA, APVMA, FAO, IUPAC. Our experienced members of staff have between 10 and 20 years of experience performing these types of studies.
We conduct screening studies, including structure elucidation work of unknown impurities, GLP regulatory studies covering analysis of active ingredients, related and significant impurities including method validations as well as analysis for additional parameters (spectra, water content, etc.). Our state-of-the art equipment includes HPLC with different detectors and HPLC/MS/MS (e.g. high resolution mass Thermo Q ExactiveTM and API Sciex QTRAP® 6500), as well as GC and GC/MS in different ionisation modes.
Within the area of physical chemistry testing we perform water solubility (OECD 105: flask method, column elution method), solubility in organic solvents and octanol-water partition coefficient (OECD 107, 117, 123: flask method, HPLC method, slow stirring). Furthermore, the determination of the Koc value, according to OECD 121, completes the portfolio of IES in environmental chemistry testing. Our scientific team has extensive experience with difficult test substances and, alongside our established environmental fate and ecotoxicology studies, these new services make IES an ideal partner for environmental risk assessment testing of pharmaceutical compounds.
At the end of 2015 we expanded the portfolio of GLP-studies that we can offer to our clients by opening a new aquatic ecotoxicology laboratory.
Our state of the art equipment allows us to conduct studies at the highest possible standards and our newly appointed highly qualified experts are ready to manage the studies you require. Dr. Jörn Schreitmüller, Dr. Stefan Höger and our lab teams have extensive experience and technical knowledge in performing various types of aquatic toxicology tests.
Our portfolio of studies consists of all standard Aquatic Ecotox tests (following OECD test guidelines 201, 202, 203, 210, 211, 218, 219, 221, 229, 231, 236, 239, 240, 241) as well as higher tier tests, including bespoke tests with algae, daphnia, lemna and fish. We are prepared to handle difficult substances as our biological and analytical experts follow the OECD Guidance Document on Aquatic Toxicity Testing of Difficult Substances and Mixtures (Number 23) as a standard.
If you are interested in finding out more about the types of studies available at IES, please get in touch with us for more details. For more information you can also download our aquatic ecotoxicology factsheet here.
Since October 2015 Dr. Schreitmüller is the Head of Aquatic Ecotoxicology at IES Ltd. Jörn studied Chemistry at the University of Ulm with a focus on analytical chemistry and organic spectroscopy. During his PhD he focused on the global environmental distribution of semivolatile halogenated hydrocarbons. He applied various organic trace analytical techniques and considered environmental distribution parameters and models. He was then employed as a scientific researcher at the Institute of Spectrochemistry in Berlin and specialized on coupling of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques (GC/FTIR, GC/ICP-MS).
Jörn has twenty years of experience in the CRO industry and his field of expertise covers multiple analytical areas including analytical support for ecotoxicology and toxicology, product analysis (five batch analysis and physicochemical analysis) analysis of food contact materials (migration and polymers) and medical devices, residue analysis, bio analysis and pharmaceutical analysis. Jörn also possesses in depth knowledge of regulations in the areas of testing of agrochemicals, biocides, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. His previous roles ranged from study director to team leader and head of department as well as GLP- test facility manager (GMP and ISO 17025).