Academic Credentials
  • B.S., Natural Resource Management/Env Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 1992
Professional Affiliations
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer, 2002-present

Mr. Messina has more than 30 years of experience in Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) regulatory affairs and strategy and specializes in pesticide product registration and support at the federal, state, and international levels. He focuses on pesticide regulations and policies under EPA for pesticide products that include conventional chemicals, biopesticides (biochemicals, plant extracts, microbials, emerging technologies) and antimicrobials. He has a strong background in EPA registration and strategic product support strategies, including an understanding of business-related strategies. He also has extensive experience with new inert (other) ingredients that are regulated by EPA under FIFRA.

Mr. Messina focuses on incorporating science, risk assessment, business needs, and regulatory compliance into developing registration strategies to obtain new active ingredient and product approvals in a timely manner. He also has experience with registration strategies for me-too or substantially-similar active ingredients and products.

Mr. Messina has extensive experience with companion animal products (dogs, cats, and horses) registered as pesticides under FIFRA. This experience includes preparing EPA registration strategies, data development (companion animal safety studies and efficacy), bridging data, preparing EPA submissions, and successful approval of EPA pesticide companion animal active ingredients and products.

He also has significant experience with new active ingredient registration of biochemicals, microbial products, and emerging technologies under EPA's Biopesticide and Pollution Prevention Division.

Mr. Messina is experienced with obtaining import tolerances for animal drugs under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). This work includes FDA strategies to obtain the animal drug import tolerance, data development and submission of the New Animal Drug Application (NADA).