Special Olympics VA Board Member Joy Cavagnaro Honored

Congratulations to Special Olympics Virginia Board of Directors member Dr. Joy Cavagnaro, winner of the 2019 Society of Toxicology Arnold J. Lehman Award.

The Arnold J. Lehman Award recognizes an individual who has made a major contribution to risk assessment and/or the regulation of chemical agents, including pharmaceuticals. The contribution may have resulted from the application of sound scientific principles to regulation and/or from research activities that have significantly influenced the regulatory process.

Dr. Cavagnaro is a multi-sport coach for Special Olympics Virginia and a Global Messenger mentor. She also coached Team Virginia's swimmers at USA Games in Seattle in July 2018 and two of her swimmers will compete at World Games in Abu Dhabi 2019.

Following postdoctoral and research assistant fellowships in the early 1980s, Dr. Cavagnaro joined Hazelton Laboratories (now Covance) where her expertise in biochemistry would be maximized in their hybridoma technology services establishing methodologies for making monoclonal antibodies.

In 1989, she moved to the US FDA Office of Biologics Research, rising to the position of Senior Pharmacologist and Director of QA in the Office of the Center Director in 1996. During her tenure at FDA, she was the recipient of several FDA awards recognizing her strategic contributions to the development of novel therapies including DNAase for cystic fibrosis, as well as cytokines, growth factors and engineered tissues. In 1999, she founded her highly successful consultancy AccessBIO and has remained highly sought after not only for her consultative services but as an international expert and key opinion leader on all manner of biopharmaceuticals.

Congratulations, Dr. Cavagnaro!