Working together to accelerate change
Animal tests are still the default method to assess the safety of medicines and other products, despite the fact that many animal-free technologies are now available that outperform them in a number of areas. In order to encourage greater uptake of these superior methods, a group of charities and companies has decided to work together in a new alliance to advance our common goal of improving human safety assessment by focusing on humans rather than animals. Some of the companies here today are already in support of this new initiative, which will be launched officially next year, and we hope that others will want to join after hearing more about it today. Together we are stronger and our solution-focused approach should be a powerful stimulus to change.