Israel bans cosmetics tested on animals

Thursday, 03 January 2013 19:41

With the January 1, 2013, import, marketing of cosmetics, detergents tested on animals officially barred by law. The new law was enacted as an addition to a law enacted in 2007, which banned animal testing in the Israeli Cosmetics Industry altogether.

Dr. Ralf Herwig from the work group for bioinformatics at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin is this year’s recipient of the Animal Welfare Research Award 2012, awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). The award is in recognition of his development of a systems biological method for assessing the carcinogenicity of chemicals in the liver.

As the first the American company Allergan has been developed an animal-free in vitro test procedure for assessing the company´s own Botolinum toxins serotype A (BoNT/A). Currently a publication on this test method has been released in the Open Access publishing PLOS One.

The Albstadt-Sigmaringen University can be proud of: be: They are be funded with 300,000 euros by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for their project, "MitoFunk: Biology of aging processes".

ECEAE given stakeholder status at Caracal

Monday, 19 November 2012 20:50

The European Commission has granted stakeholder status to the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) for the meetings of the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal). The seat will be shared with a second European animal welfare organisation, Eurogroup for Animals.

Knowledge database of drug bioavailability

Sunday, 18 November 2012 20:48

The biotech company PharmaInformatic has developed an extensive knowledge database on oral bioavailability of drugs that allows the targeted development of new drugs on the computer.

The winners of the first LUSH prize for replacement of animal use originated by the cosmetic manufacturer LUSH in cooperation with the British organization Ethical Consumers are determined. This year there are 13 prize winners in five distinct categories.

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) has welcomed the position of Mr Tonio Borg, Commissioner Designate for the Health and Consumer Affairs portfolio, on the need for the Cosmetics Directive marketing ban to come into force in March 2013.

Lung-on-a-Chip simulates human lung disease

Monday, 12 November 2012 20:56

American and Korean scientists have created a human disease model-on-a-chip that mimics pulmonary edema using a biomimetic microdevice that reconstitutes organ-level lung functions.

Scientists from the Department of Pharmacy at the Saarland University and the Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) have developed a drug-delivery system that looks like a corn cob.