Improving Science, Advancing Animal Welfare

Towards better In Vitro Practices

1 June 2018 @ Glorieuxpark, Eindhoven, NL

On 1st June 2018, the 3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences held the symposium 'Improving Science, Advancing Animal Welfare: Towards better In Vitro Practices', where leading experts outlined the latest developments on good in vitro method practices and discussed the moral and scientific issues related to the use of fetal calf serum (FCS, or FBS).




A brief report of the symposium can be found here on the website of the 3Rs-Centre ULS. Further updates on the FCS-free Database and FCS-related topics will be published in the 3Rs-Centre ULS newsletter. If you would like to receive this newsletter, please send us an E-mail.




The presentations are made available by the speakers.


Dr. Sandra Coecke – European Commission, Joint Research Centre, EURL ECVAM, IT
Development of an OECD Guidance Document on Good In Vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP)

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Dr. Wilhelm Dirks - Leibniz-Institute DSMZ, DE
Reliability of Scientific Data Using Human Cell Lines as Tumor Model Systems - NextGenCC

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Dr. Jan van der Valk - 3Rs-Centre ULS, NL
Fetal bovine serum: a pain in the dish?

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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Gstraunthaler - Medical University Innsbruck, AT
One solution - Human platelet lysates

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Dr. Jianan Fu - PAN-Biotech Ltd, DE
View of industry on FCS-free media

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Dr. Richard Davis - Leiden University Medical Centre, NL
Chemically defined culture and differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells: where are we at?

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Dr. Ir. Dirk Martens - Wageningen University & Research, NL
Selection of chemically defined media for industrial-scale production of biopharmaceuticals

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The symposium was held at Conference Centre Eindhoven, on the Glorieuxpark Estate. This unique location is famous for its sustainability efforts, and is therefore a good fit with the mission of the 3Rs-Centre ULS: the sustainable development, acceptance and application of methods that replace, reduce, and refine animal experiments.

Address: Geldropseweg 170, 5613 LN Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Eindhoven has its own international airport (EIN), with public transportation to the conference location.