NC3Rs/Unilever joint workshop - towards animal free in vitro systems

  • NC3Rs
Wednesday 22 January 2020

In collaboration with Unilever, the NC3Rs is hosting a one-day workshop entitled ‘Towards the development of animal product free in vitro systems’. The workshop will be held in central London on Wednesday 22 January 2020.

In vitro assays are used in many industrial and academic settings. There is an increasing desire to remove animal products from these assays to make them more scientifically robust and human relevant. This workshop will bring together academic and industry researchers from multiple disciplines to share their knowledge and experiences in the development and application of animal free in vitro products, tools and platforms.

The key objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Identify the opportunities and challenges in developing in vitro assays that do not contain animal-derived products.
  • Explore the scientific opportunities and technical challenges around removing animal products from existing in vitro assays.
  • Share some examples of where the transition to animal-free in vitro systems has been successful and the associated scientific benefits.
  • Bring together key stakeholders and start to build a community of researchers in this area.
  • Identify a priority list of areas that could be suitable for targeted programmes of work.

The event will consist of a series of short presentations outlining the current state of the art in the area, followed by breakout sessions exploring the landscape and opportunities.

The draft agenda can be viewed here.


The workshop is open to academics and companies using and/or developing advanced in vitro systems.

Attendance is free but advanced registration is essential.

You will need an NC3Rs website account to register. Please use your institutional email address when registering. 

Registration closes on Wednesday 08 January 2020.

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