Beyond animal testing

transitioning towards OOC


At Bi/ond we believe that a future without animal testing is possible, and Organ-on-Chip (OOC) technology is working on providing more accurate and cruelty-free models.

The accuracy and the success of these models will be the result of joint efforts between research, industry and associations. This is why we are launching a call for researchers to develop better models.

Call for participants

Together with associations we are launching a call for researchers in the OOC field. This initiative aims to promote and accelerate the development of OOC models with the potential to reduce and replace animal testing.

The call will open on the 13th of October 2020. The deadline for submitting full proposals is the 17th of December 2020, 5 pm CET. The call is open to researchers working in the European Union and the United Kingdom.

The Prize/ Grant

The winner of the call will receive an in-kind contribution from Bi/ond, with an estimated value of €15,000.00. With this budget Bi/ond will help the winner to transition from their current model to one based on OOC.

This grant will cover the following costs:

· Organ-on-chip hardware (inCHIPit and comPLATE);

· F2F trainings; ​

· Online support.

Project duration: six months.

The remaining applicants who will not receive the grant, will be eligible for a 20% discount on Bi/ond products to be used by the end of 2021.

Download the Application Kit to know more about the call, eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, and to get the application form.

Why do we want to promote animal testing replacements?

Animal tests have shown several limitations. animals are very different from human beings: the differences in terms of anatomy, metabolism, cells and immune systems make them poor models for testing drugs intended for human beings.

This implies that drugs that pass animal tests are not necessarily safe. Moreover, they rise more and more ethical concerns and imply the loss of an incredible number of lives.

Technology is already steps ahead

With OOC we can create a small living and dynamic replica of an organ made of human cells and a microfluidic chip. The OOC field has a huge potential to achieve - or at least getting closer - to the complexity of a living body.

OOCtransition supporters

Willing to be a supporter?

The initiative #OOCtransition will support researchers in the field with tools and will open up a much needed discussion on animal testing. Multiple organisations already decided to join the researchers and us in this challenge.

Associations, networks, and universities are more than welcome to partner with us to make a larger impact.

Download the Supporter Kit to discover more.

Find out what people are saying about the initiative


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Stichting Proefdiervrij (the Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing) is a non-profit organization that aims to replace animal testing. We do this by stimulating the development and implementation of animal-free models that have the potential to make lab animals redundant. We are keen to work with parties aiming to bring about a paradigm shift towards the transition to animal-free innovation. We collaborate with a.o. scientists, politicians, health funds and the general public.

Peta International Science Consortium

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The Transition Programme for Innovation without the use of animals (TPI)

How can we improve research into medicines, food safety and chemical risks without the need for laboratory animals?

Representatives from the realms of science, health care, government and the business community have joined forces to find an answer to this question, but it is no easy feat. It involves many factors and requires many changes.

We find ourselves in a transition period. The Transition Programme for Innovation without the use of animals (TPI) is aimed at accelerating the change process.

Together, we try to find the best possible outcome for both humans and animals.

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