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I had the opportunity to attend the 10th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in Life Sciences meeting August 20-24, 2017, right in our own backyard – Seattle, Washington. I had the good fortune to attend the first World Congress 24 years ago and I can say that attending this prestigious meeting in 2017 was enlightening. It’s interesting to see how the topics have shifted over the past two decades. In the early years, there were intense debates on the validation of in-vitro assays. Nowadays, the focus is on re-homing practices for animals after their research use has ended. Despite the great efforts made through the years, I confess that progress has been slower than we had wished for in our industry, particularly in the development and adoption of in-vitro assays for predictive organ toxicity. As we continue to seek innovative ideas to address the challenges of discovering alternative models, it was great to see the launch of The North American 3Rs Collaborative. I encourage everyone with an interest in the 3Rs to join, support and contribute to this global effort.

World Congress on Animals and Alternatives in Life Science