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12th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences

August 27, 2023 — August 31, 2023
Niagara Falls
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The World Congress of Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences will be hosting the 12th installment of their WC series from August 27–31 in Niagara Falls, Canada! Join industry experts from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations to discuss ways the 3Rs—to reduce, refine, and replace animal models—can be promoted in research. Lorna Ewart, Chief Scientific Officer at Emulate, will be joining a panel session on the most important challenges microphysiological systems (MPS) like Organ-Chips, organoids, and other next-generation alternative models face on the road to regulatory acceptance.

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Featured Session

August 29, 2023

2:00 pm  — 4:00 pm

Putting All the Chips on the Table! Doubling Down on Regulatory Acceptance of MPS

Microphysiological systems (MPS) such as organoids, Organ-Chips, and bioprinted tissues, have emerged as a prominent platform for emulating human biology in vitro. Despite studies having demonstrated the ability of MPS to faithfully recapitulate normal and aberrant physiological functions, regulatory acceptance of this class of models remains a significant hurdle.

In this session, Lorna Ewart, Chief Scientific Officer at Emulate, will join a panel of experts representing technology developers, industry stakeholders, and government regulators to discuss key challenges in the field, including technological capabilities/gaps, validation/confidence building, and regulatory considerations/context-of-use for diverse applications. The aim of the session is to draft a strategic roadmap toward regulatory acceptance of MPS by examining critical issues and fostering collaboration among stakeholders.

Speaker Spotlight

Lorna Ewart, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, Emulate

Jason Ekert, PhD

Head of US Discovery Translational Technology, UCB

Adrian Roth, PhD

Principal Scientific Director Personalized Health Care (PHC) Safety, Roche

Sue Marty, PhD

Toxicology Science Director, The Dow Chemical Company

Itedale Namro, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer, CELLINK

Deborah Ramsingh

Section Head, Health Canada

Sonja Beken, PhD

Chair 3Rs Working Party (3RsWP), EMA

Maurice Whelan, PhD


Patience Browne, PhD

Principal Administrator, Hazard Assessment and Pesticides Programmes, Environmental Directorate, OECD