Research and Methods

Research Groups

Below you will find an overview of research groups (working groups) which deal with the development of animal-free methods or prefer to use them.

On the one hand, this gives students an opportunity to contact the appropriate contact person when looking for thesis assignments and internships. We encourage people to inform themselves in detail and learn about the research contents of the relevant institution before contacting. Normally, the working groups’ websites provide a good insight.

On the other hand, we would like to provide an overview of working groups which use or even develop animal-free methods. This is also intended to facilitate networking between the working groups and ultimately provide a building block to help promote towards research on animal-free methods – advanced and ethically justifiable research.

We aim to update the list regularly and would be glad if further working groups were interested to be included in our list. If you are interested, please send us your data via e-mail to info[at], or use our contact form.

One entry can come under consideration for several categories:

  • Toxicology: includes ecotoxicology and drug screening
  • Tissue engineering: inclusive (single) cell cultures and lab-on-a-chip developments
  • Disease research: fundamental or applied research on cancer, Parkinson’s disease etc.
  • Anatomy: includes cell and development biology
  • Immunology: includes research on and development of antibodies and vaccines
  • Organ research: for instance blood vessels, liver, kidneys etc.
  • Education: includes postgraduate training
  • In silico methods: this category includes imaging procedures
  • Miscellaneous: This encompasses patient studies or other R & D work not included elsewhere

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InVitro+Jobs regularly presents scientists and their innovative research as "Working Group - a Portrait". The focus is on newly developed methods, their evaluation, and the prospect of which animal experimental approaches could be reduced and ideally replaced following the 3R principle (reduce, refine, replace).

In this issue, we present the start-up Hesperos from Orlando in Florida, USA. Hesperos develops pumpless microphysiological multi-organ systems (human-on-a-chip systems) that can be used not only in toxicity testing and drug development but also for research into rare diseases.

InVitro+Jobs presents scientists and their innovative research in a regular feature called “Working Group – a Portrait”. We focus on newly developed methods, their evaluation, and their potential for reducing and where possible replacing animal experimentation according to the 3R principles of Russel & Burch (reduce, refine, replace).
In this issue, we present a young spin-off from Jena, Dynamic42 GmbH. The company was founded in March 2018 as a spin-off from the "Center of Sepsis Control and Care" (CSCC) of the University Hospital Jena, Germany.