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Two teams have been awarded funding to deliver Phase 2 of the 2018 CRACK IT Challenges competition, which brings together industry, academia and SMEs to develop marketable products or improve business processes that will have a significant 3Rs impact

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We are pleased to announce that Professor Paul Evans, Professor Christopher George, Ms Linda Horan, Professor Nick Plant and Dr Sally Robinson have joined the NC3Rs Board.

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We have published a new review of our CRACK IT programme. In it, we reflect on the first eight years of CRACK IT and how it has achieved business, scientific and 3Rs impacts through open innovation and collaboration.

Publication of the CRACK IT Review 2019

A new paper published in Scientific Reports describes the Fish Behaviour Index (FBI), an automated tool to monitor the behaviour of singly housed zebrafish, developed by NC3Rs grant holder Dr Lynne Sneddon and colleagues at the University of

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Last month we sponsored three events as part of Pint of Science, an annual festival that invites researchers into pubs and cafes around the world to speak to the public about what they do.

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In this guest blog post, Dr Sally Robinson, Director of Animal Sciences and Technologies at AstraZeneca (Alderley Park), explores how the company has implemented the single use of needles as a refinement across their sites.


We have made eight awards totalling £585k in the 2019 Skills and Knowledge Transfer funding competition, which facilitates the exchange of models, tools or technologies with proven 3Rs potential between laboratories and institutions.

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