Our Mission

As a life sciences company, OUR MISSION is to help our part­ners in the Phar­ma­ceu­tical, Biotech­nology, Crop Protec­tion and Animal Health indus­tries utilize our resources as an exten­sion of their busi­ness in order to fulfill their product devel­op­ment and regis­tra­tion needs including all early R&D objec­tives and regu­la­tory submis­sion require­ments in a timely and econom­ical manner.

Our Vision

OUR VISION is to be a global leader in the Contract Research Orga­ni­za­tion busi­ness based on quality, timely execu­tion of our work and contin­uous innovation.

Our Creed

We are committed to the highest ethical and legal stan­dards, and to the welfare of all.

This translates into a commitment to:

  • Customers:

    To provide high quality, cost effec­tive, R&D package while main­taining consis­tency in supe­rior services.

  • Commu­ni­ties:

    To protect the envi­ron­ment, provide job oppor­tu­ni­ties, support commu­nity activ­i­ties, and partic­i­pate as a good corpo­rate citizen.

  • Employees:

    To provide a working envi­ron­ment that encour­ages safety, produc­tivity, creativity, personal and profes­sional satis­fac­tion, pride, loyalty, team­work and a pursuit of common goals.

  • Members:

    To achieve long-term prof­itable growth that will provide return on investment.


Dan Safarpour

Chief Executive Officer
Dan Safarpour

Dan Safar­pour received a B.S. in Chem­istry in 1991 from the Univer­sity of Arkansas Fayet­teville, and a Ph.D. in Envi­ron­mental Analyt­ical Chem­istry in 2001 from Rutgers Univer­sity, Cook College, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Upon receipt of his B.S. in Chem­istry, he joined the Altheimer Labo­ra­tory of the Univer­sity of Arkansas in Fayet­teville, Arkansas and served as a Residue Chemist.

In 1993, he began employ­ment with Amer­ican Cyanamid Company, Princeton, New Jersey as an Analyt­ical Chemist in the Toxi­cology Analysis labo­ra­tory. In 1994, he joined the Metab­o­lism, Residue, Envi­ron­mental Fate and Eco-Toxi­cology (MREE) Group as a Residue Chemist/​Study Director. In 2000, Amer­ican Cyanamid Company was acquired by BASF Corpo­ra­tion, at which time he joined the Formu­la­tions Analysis Group as a Sr. Research Chemist.

In September 2001, he joined Taxolog, Inc, a pharmaceutical/​biotechnology company. As a group leader at Taxolog, he super­vised Taxolog’s entire analyt­ical labo­ra­tory oper­a­tions, including analyt­ical R&D and dossier prepa­ra­tion for filing IND, CTX and aNDA. His respon­si­bil­i­ties spanned process analyt­ical, formu­la­tions analyt­ical, drug metab­o­lism, and bioan­a­lyt­ical research and devel­op­ment efforts.

Dr. Safar­pour has been published in jour­nals such as Journal of Phar­ma­ceu­tical and Biomed­ical Analysis (JPBA), Journal of Chro­matog­raphy, Elec­trophoresis, Journal of Asso­ci­a­tions of Offi­cials in Analyt­ical Chem­istry (JAOAC) and Journal of Pesti­cide Science. Per invi­ta­tion from US-EPA regu­la­tory bodies, Dr. Safar­pour has contributed a chapter on Appli­ca­tion of Capil­lary Elec­trophoresis to Pesti­cide Analysis to the Ency­clo­pedia of Agro­chem­i­cals. Dr. Safar­pour has given numerous oral presen­ta­tions in national and inter­na­tional confer­ences in the areas of sepa­ra­tion sciences, process and formu­la­tions analysis, human and plant metab­o­lism, bioan­a­lyt­ical, and residue chem­istry. His presen­ta­tions have focused on the use of cutting-edge tech­nolo­gies such as UPLC, HPLC, CE, and GC, as well as UPLC-MS-TOF, HPLC-MS-ION TRAP and CE-MS. Dr. Safar­pour has judged poster presen­ta­tions at ACS func­tions such as the Triangle Chro­matog­raphy Discus­sion Group (TCDG). Since 2003, Dr. Safar­pour has served for over a decade on the peer review committee for pres­ti­gious jour­nals such as JPBA, JAOAC and Elec­trophoresis. Dr. Safar­pour has chaired symposia Friendly Tools for Protein” at PepCon-BIT’s 10th Anniver­sary of Proteins & Peptides Confer­ence held in Fukuoka Japan.

Dr. Safar­pour, by invi­ta­tion from the FAO divi­sion of Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and by the super­vi­sion from Argonne National Labo­ra­tory USA, has served as expert lecturer to IAEA trav­eling to specific coun­tries to guide in building lab infra­struc­ture to conduct residue testing of their own raw agri­cul­tural commodi­ties for both domestic consumers and inter­na­tional export.

In early 2009, Dr. Safar­pour, in conjunc­tion with former colleagues, employees and his supe­riors formed this new life sciences contract research orga­ni­za­tion, Symbi­otic Research, LLC.

Laura Cojocaru

Laboratory Operations and General Manager
Laura Cojocaru

Laura Cojo­caru is the Labo­ra­tory Oper­a­tions and General Manager at Symbi­otic Research. Laura grad­u­ated with a BS degree majoring in Organic Chem­istry from the Chem­ical Engi­neering depart­ment of the Poly­technic Insti­tute in Bucharest, Romania. She continued post grad­uate studies encom­passing Biochem­istry and Bioengi­neering in the same institute.

Laura has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in bench chem­istry at CROs out of two conti­nents-EU & US. Here in the US, as a product of her excep­tional bioan­a­lyt­ical and residue chem­istry expe­ri­ence in FDA-compliant GLP studies, combined with her orga­ni­za­tional skills and her assertive person­ality she quickly rose to Sr. manage­ment roles at Hunt­ingdon Life Sciences (East Mill­stone, NJ) and later at Tandem Labs/​Covance (West Trenton, NJ) assuming the role of Director of Bioanalysis managing over 40 LCMS specialists.

She is a great resource to our team providing scien­tific, tech­nical, and regu­la­tory advice on all aspects of analyt­ical chem­istry espe­cially in LCMS and bioanalysis/​residue chem­istry areas. Laura ensures that the team’s studies are conducted and reported to the required scien­tific and quality stan­dards, complying with appro­priate GLP guide­lines, protocol and SOPs.

Lindsey O’Brien

Laboratory Director
Lindsey O’Brien

Lindsey O’Brien is the Labo­ra­tory Director at Symbi­otic Research since 2021. Lindsey grad­u­ated with honors from Lynch­burg College (now Univer­sity of Lynch­burg) where she was a West­over Fellow in the honors program. She obtained her Bach­elor of Science in biomed­ical science with minors in biology and Spanish. Lindsey joined SRL when the company opened in 2009 and grew with the company, working as a bench chemist, Prin­cipal Inves­ti­gator and then Study Director. Lindsey played a key role in imple­menting many proce­dures, instru­ments and tests at SRL. She has exten­sive expe­ri­ence in the design and conduct of envi­ron­mental fate, metab­o­lism and product chem­istry studies under Good Labo­ra­tory Prac­tices. Lindsey’s broad expe­ri­ence at SRL and knowl­edge of the company allows her to work effec­tively between groups, bring together team members and serve as a go-to resource. She enjoys conducting research and problem-solving, as well as leading and mentoring a team of scientists.

Alexander J. Krynitsky

Director, Chemical Residue
Alex Krynitzky

Alexander J. Krynitsky (Alex) joined Symbi­otic Research, LLC on June of 2016 as Director, Chem­ical Residues. Alex currently assumes a wide range of busi­ness devel­op­ment, scien­tific, and tech­nical duties asso­ci­ated with various animal, aquatic, plants, and soil envi­ron­mental fate and metab­o­lism projects performed at Symbi­otic Research. He also serves as a mentor for younger scien­tists in Sepa­ra­tion Science (LC-MS, CE/MS, and GC-MS), and in Sample Prep. Alex is very active in the AOAC Inter­na­tional and has been J. AOAC Inter­na­tional Section Editor for Residues and Trace Elements since 2004. His research inter­ests are in devel­oping rapid analyt­ical methods for small mole­cule cont­a­m­i­nants in foods using mass spec­trom­etry. Prior to joining Symbi­otic Research in 2016, Alex was Chief of the Bioan­a­lyt­ical Methods Branch for FDA/​Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition/​Office of Regu­la­tory Science until his retire­ment in 2016. Prior to joining FDA in 2002, he worked for twelve years at EPA and sixteen years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addi­tion to Alex’s work at Symbi­otic Research, he also serves as a Science Adviser for FDA/​Office of Regu­la­tory Affairs. Overall, Alex has authored or co-authored over fifty publi­ca­tions in peer reviewed jour­nals and book chap­ters and has over 100 presen­ta­tions at national and inter­na­tional meet­ings. Alto­gether he has forty-eight years’ expe­ri­ence in residue chemistry.

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