Dana Sargent

Better Today, Better Tomorrow

Our homes are full of products that we use every day - when taking care of children, looking after our pets, cleaning our homes or working in the yard. What might not be top of mind for the average homeowner is the years of work that go into making sure each crop protection product is safe to use. But that’s exactly what I think about every day.

Every chemical in the world – from water to salt to sugar to chemicals formulated in a lab – can be harmful depending on the level of exposure. In my field of toxicology, we examine each chemical and Bayer crop protection product from every angle, so we can be confident about using it in our own homes and in homes across the world knowing that it is as safe as it can be. Because when we evaluate safety, we evaluate it for everyone. From the time this process starts in lab to when it hits the market, the product has been through a decade or more of research and testing ranging from the lab to field trials and ultimately with the food in your grocery store. To even begin this journey, over 100,000 chemicals are vetted each year with the hopes that we find one compound we can move forward with development and testing.

But we need new products and technologies to feed our growing population. Regulatory requirements and the field of toxicology are constantly evolving in parallel with the emergence of new agricultural technologies. As such, it was important to validate our process and vision by seeking consultation from multidisciplinary experts beyond the walls at Bayer. In late April, we convened a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of respected experts in pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and academic research, to conduct an in-depth scientific audit of Bayer’s early-phase toxicology screening process. Following a two-day review, we are happy to say this external panel of experts concluded that we are indeed on the right path. Our hope is that in the future, we at Bayer can continue to develop and evolve new toxicology tools to not only ensure the safety of our products but also to deliver those products to customers sooner.

Dana Sargent, Head of Regulatory Toxicology at Bayer Crop Science
Dana Sargent, Head of Regulatory Toxicology at Bayer Crop Science
Dana Sargent,
Head of Regulatory Toxicology at Bayer Crop Science, always looks for the best ways to create a safer, better world for everyone.
Dana Sargent and son
Dana Sargent and son
Dana is proud of both being a Bayer employee and a mom of two kids.

Throughout my career at Bayer, I’ve listened and provided answers to customers with questions about Bayer products. I have worked with our scientists and with regulatory bodies around the world to ensure our products meet the highest safety standards. Ultimately, we can all agree that safety is our number one concern. I truly care about people’s concerns and am so passionate about creating better, safer products, because first and foremost, I’m a mom. I look to the future for my kids just like everyone else does. Of all the things I see in my kids’ future and the possibilities for what they can accomplish, I don’t want them to have to worry about the safety of products and where our generation has left the environment. I want to say that my work in toxicology helped ensure that my children have a safe and abundant food supply.

I am proud of our company’s commitment to innovation and driving the future of farming. But I am personally perhaps even more proud of our commitment to creating a safer, better world both today and tomorrow.

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