We proudly look back on the symposium ‘Next level non-animal testing’ on December 2, 2022. The event attracted over 130 visitors, in person and online. They all highly appreciated the symposium (valuation rating: 8,5).
The symposium started with a keynote by Prof Dr Marcel Levi on the state of the art of non-animal testing in general. In the Netherlands animal testing is carried out to protect our health, develop medication and gain new scientific knowledge. But is it the most reliable method of testing? He showed us which non-animal methods could replace animal testing.
In the past four years a consortium of research institutions and private companies (such as NC3Rs, Shell, Wageningen University, IRAS Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences and Vivaltes and PamGene) worked hard together in two research projects: 3R TOXFLOW and DARTpaths.
Project Manager Marjolein Wildwater told us what both projects were about, what results had been made and what the added value was next to other alternative testing methods. After that, she and her other consortium partners reflected on their cooperation: the steps they had followed and the chances and possibilities for the future.
After lunch there were several in-depth presentations on both 3R TOXFLOW and DARTpaths in which we zoomed in at the research results.
The symposium concluded with an discussion with the audience, focusing on the technical and regulatory opportunities of both research projects and on possible further research.
After a visual wrap-up and the closing words by chairman Diederik Jekel and Cyrille Krul, many of the visitors stayed to connect and chat over snacks and drinks.