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Innovative animal-free biomedical research methods are developing rapidly. Existing research mindsets and practices (facilities, grants, regulation and publications) are slowly moving along to include these innovations. Helpathons can help accelerate this in the most pleasant way. These venues are especially valuable in complex fields and locked in situations.

JOIN HELPATHON #9: Exploring Animal-Free Antibodies

Do you make use of antibodies in your in vitro research? Are you open to animal free innovation? Is your company developing animal-free antibodies? Would you be interested in side by side comparisons between conventional antibodies and non-animal antibodies?

Please join us in Helpathon #9, from October 25-26th, and help dr. Juan Garcia-Vallejo.

Juan is an experienced immunologist and director of the cutting edge O2Flow facility for cytometry and cell sorting at the Amsterdam VU University Medical Center. Can you help Juan explore if and how he can transition his facility towards animal-free antibodies?

Are you managing a core facility? Do you want to explore the transition of your facility like Juan does? Please let us know. Antibodies are being developed without the use of animals however implementation and uptake in university core facilities is not yet happening. Is this due to specificity, availability or costs? We will find out together!

Are you using antibodies in your research and do you want others to help you find animal-free alternatives for your specific research? Let us know!

If you want to help you can either join online in the ‘Hybrid team’ or join in person in the ‘Core team’.


Hybrid team
- Wednesday 25/10 | 15h00-18h00 | Briefing and open space
- Thursday 26/10 | 16h00 - 18h00 | Presentation and follow up
Maximum: 30 participants

Core team
- Wednesday 25/10 | 13h00 - 21h00 (incl. lunch and dinner)
- Thursday 26/10 | 09h00 - 18h00 (incl. lunch)
Maximum: 30 participants
Venue: O|2 Building VU, Amsterdam

Hybride briefing and debriefing possible for those who cannot be there the full Helpathon.

There is NO fee involved. Only an investment in time, knowledge and commitment. This Helpathon is sponsored by the Dutch TPI program.

For whom?
We are looking for researchers using antibodies; researchers who are experimenting with animal-free antibodies; representatives of companies that produce or develop antibodies; representatives of companies that produce or develop animal-free antibodies; core facility managers, students or participants who are just keen to help Dr. Juan Garcia-Vallejo. We will conduct side-by-side comparisons between conventional antibodies and non-animal antibodies.

Interested in contributing?
Please register here

Sharing this information with your network?
Yes. Please do so! It is also very helpful if you could distribute this information - if applicable - within your professional network!

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