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Animal alternatives

OrganoTherapeutics is focusing completely on human patient specific in vitro samples. We are not conducting own animal experiments and strive to reduce and replace animal experiments in drug development as much as possible.

Replacing animal testing with cultured human cells

Scientists at the University of Luxembourg have engineered human brain tissue, created from stem cells. They think that this bioengineering can push the limits of their knowledge in biomedicine without having to use animals in lab testing. This edition of “Futuris” meets scientists around Europe who are not short of ideas about how to reach this goal… Scientific Conference Non-Animal Approaches- The way forward

The European Commission organised a scientific conference in Brussels on 6 and 7 December 2016 to engage the scientific community and relevant stakeholders in a debate on how to exploit cutting edge advances in biomedical and other research in the development of scientifically valid non-animal approaches (alternatives to animal testing).

The conference brought together people from different countries, scientific disciplines and sectors with expertise in research involving animals and / or non-animal alternative approaches. Through scientific presentations and panel discussions attendees explored the current benefits and limitations of different models, and considered how to improve the quality and predictivity of models used in research, including approaches to accelerate non-animal alternatives… LCSB scientist receives Lush Young Researcher Prize

For the development and future application of a three-dimensional cell culture model of the human midbrain, Anna Monzel, a PhD student at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg, recently received one of this year’s Young Researcher Prizes from the British cosmetics company Lush. Lush awards this prize to young researchers who are working to eliminate animal testing from the future of research and industry. Monzel’s model, for example, can help to achieve this in brain research. She developed the cell culture model as part of her doctoral thesis in the Developmental and Cellular Biology Group of Prof. Dr. Jens Schwamborn…