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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – The will step up its research into chemical toxicity thanks to a $5 million contribution from

The funds are to be used for development of computational models.

The funding will be spread over five years.

Dow wants the research to help improve chemical safety.

The Hamner includes a Program in Chemical Safety Sciences with research funded by Dow, other industry firms and the American Chemistry Council.

“This generous financial support from Dow builds on the extraordinary leadership and support by Dow to advance public health policy in chemical safety based on the best possible science,” said Hamner Chief Executive Officer William Greenlee.

Melvin Andersen and Russell Thomas lead the Hamner program.

Dow has been a long-time supporter of the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, which was founded in 1974 and later renamed The Hamner.

“As one of the company founders of The Hamner Institutes more than 35 years ago, Dow is proud to continue our support, and we encourage other chemical companies to join us in making additional financial commitments to their Chemical Safety Sciences program,” said David Kepler, Dow’s chief sustainability officer and chief information officer.

“The fields of toxicology and risk assessment will change dramatically in the next decade, and investment in The Hamner is critical to ensure the best science is applied to managing chemicals to minimize adverse impacts on human health and the environment," he added.