EPL West Coast Established in Northern California


Experimental Pathology Laboratories, Inc. (EPL®) established a West Coast presence in the San Francisco Bay Area on January 1, 2015.  EPL West Coast is headed by Dr. Ted Birkebak and it is located in Redwood City, CA.  Dr. Birkebak has been operating as a pathology consultant in the area since 2012.  He will now be able to provide local support for many EPL clients located in California and the western U.S. with the support of EPL’s corporate facility located in Sterling, VA.  This expanded service will enable EPL to continue providing high quality histopathology services and meet demanding timelines.

Dr. Birkebak has 20 years of experience as a veterinary pathologist and 15 years of experience supporting the pathology and toxicology efforts of pharmaceutical and biotech companies working in the development of small molecules and biologics.  In the pharmaceutical industry, he has functioned as a study pathologist, study director, project team toxicologist, and a manager of both toxicology and pathology groups.  He has worked on programs from discovery thru post-NDA life cycle management and has experience interacting with U.S. and E.U. regulatory agencies.

Dr. Birkebak has conducted the pathology evaluation of studies from early non-GLP thru carcinogenicity assessment and is familiar with all commonly used laboratory species.  He has experience in the evaluation and characterization of genetically modified rodents, the identification and development of appropriate animal models, and the design and conduct of pharmacology studies.

Following veterinary training at the University of Florida and a combined PhD program/pathology residency at Washington State University, Dr. Birkebak spent five years at the University of Washington in Seattle as a postdoctoral fellow and Assistant Professor supporting research and diagnostic activities in the primate center and rodent facility.  In 1999, he joined Pharmacia & Upjohn (now Pfizer) where he served as a study pathologist, study director and project team toxicologist.  In 2006, he joined Sanofi Aventis (now Sanofi) where he initially supported pathology and toxicology functions, and then became Head of Pathology at the U.S. site in Bridgewater, NJ.

EPL West Coast
55 Waterside Circle
Redwood City, CA 94056
Phone: 650-350-0831


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