EUROoCS RAB presents resources for Organ-on-Chip validation and qualification at the EUROoCS 2022 Conference

The Regulatory Advisory Board (RAB) of EUROoCS is supporting activities in relation to the regulatory aspect of Organ-on-Chip (OoC) approaches. The RAB has worked closely together with the EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) – an integral part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) – on compiling a set of resources. This resource list is expected to be used as a reference point for the EUROoCS community in the development of OoC models towards their qualification and regulatory acceptance.

The catalogue incorporates two different – but interconnected – set of resources:

  1. a carefully selected and curated resource list of relevant reading documents (including documents, guidelines, reflection papers, guidance documents and reports published by ECHA, EFSA, EURL ECVAM, EMA, FDA, ICH and OECD), as well as other pertinent resources (peer-reviewed publications, workshop reports etc);
  2. a set of Frequently Asked Questions related to the main regulatory areas where OoC approaches might be of relevance (chemical, drug and food safety).

The resource list and the Frequently Asked Questions will be presented for the first time during the EUROoCS Annual Meeting (4/7/22, Session I on Qualification & Standardization) and can be found and downloaded here:

 

EUROoCS Conference 2022 update

Due to the overwhelming number of EUROoCS 2022 participants (close to 500 instead of 250 expected), due to the logistical difficulty to move these people by cable car, due to the limited capacity of La Bastille, due to the resumption of the Covid pandemic (preference for an open space), we had to modify the location of our gala dinner, but we kept the jazz band and our surprise!
The social evening with the gala dinner (dress code: casual) will now take place at the famous Olympic Stadium in Grenoble, surrounded by the mountains, which is a fabulous place to renew or start national or international friendships and has plenty room for all participants. More information will follow during the conference.

EUROoCS Conference 2022 update

The Scientific Program Committee has developed an exciting program for the EUROoCS 2022 conference. From the 218 submitted abstracts 56 oral presentations have been selected and 162 posters will be presented. Six keynote lectures, two Special Sessions, a Special Poster Corner and a Prize Ceremony complete the program. 

Last date to register for the conference is June 25th, because of the overwhelming number of conference participants the gala dinner is fully booked.

Reasons to attend EUROoCS 2022:

  • Share your research results during the oral or poster sessions
  • Learn about the latest developments in the Organ-on-Chip field
  • Meet the keynote speakers and other expert researchers
  • Join the Special Sessions of the EUROoCS Regulatory and Industrial Advisory Boards: ‘Standardization and Qualification’ and ‘Company Challenges
  • Connect with the National Organ-on-Chip Communities in the Special Poster Corner
  • Benefit from ample networking / collaboration opportunities during the coffee breaks, lunches and social event at La Bastille

Be a Winner:    

  • Three Best Oral Presentation Awards
  • Six Best Poster Presentation Awards
  • Two Travel Awards for EUROoCS 2023
  • Ten Next Generation Travel Awards for EUROoCS 2022

Read more on the annual meeting page

3Rs student grants 2022: Call for submissions

The EPAA has published its call for the 2022 3Rs Student grants . The purpose of the grants is to sponsor students to participate in the major 3Rs events in 2020.

One full grant (1000 EUR) and one half grant (500 EUR) will be awarded for each of the eligible events.

You can find more information about the grants here: https://ec.europa.eu/growth/calls-expression-interest/3rs-student-grants-2022-call-submissions_en

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/chemicals/epaa/

3Rs Science Prize 2022: Call for submissions

The Call for submissions for EPAA’s 3Rs Science Prize 2022 has been launched.

The €10,000 prize is granted every two years to a scientist with an outstanding contribution to 3Rs. EPAA wants to promote positive contributions from industry or academia and encourage more scientists to focus their research on the 3Rs goals. Scientists working on relevant methods for regulatory testing (e.g. safety, efficacy, batch testing) providing an outstanding contribution to the use of the 3Rs may apply for the prize.

The call is available online on the EPAA website and can be accessed via the link:

https://ec.europa.eu/growth/calls-expression-interest/3rs-science-prize-2022-call-submissions_en

Applications should be sent to  grow-epaa@ec.europa.eu by Monday 3 October 2022 at 12:00 (noon) Brussels time.

http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/chemicals/epaa/

EUROoCS Conference 2022 update

The registration is open now, please use the following link.
Deadline Early Bird Registration: 15 June 2022

Important note:
Only EUROoCS members who paid their membership fee can benefit from discount for the EUROoCS 2022 conference. No EUROoCS member yet? Please first register as a new member.

Abstract submission
Deadline Extended: 30 April 2022

Your abstracts should be limited to a 1-page format according to the following template:
EUROoCS 2022 Abstract Template

Please upload your abstract via the following link.
Notice to authors: 1 June 2022
More information here

The Program for the social event is ready, read more on the annual meeting page

Abstract submision for EUROoCS 2022 now open (extended)

Abstract Submission extended to April 30 2022

Abstract submission for EUROoCS 2022, held on 4-5 July 2022 in Grenoble France, is now open via https://euroocs2022.insight-outside.fr/abstracts/

Submitted abstracts will be selected either for an oral presentation or for the interactive poster session.

Deadline for abstract submission:    30 April 2022
Deadline for abstract selection:        1 June 2022

Scientific program committee
Xavier Gidrol (chair, CEA, France)
Fabrice Navarro (chair, CEA, France)
Dries Braeken (EUROoCS Board/ imec, Belgium)
Madalena Cipriano (University of Tübingen, Germany)
Stephanie Descroix (University of Paris Institut Curie, France)
Suzy Fitzpatrick (EUROoCS Regulatory Advisory Board/FDA, USA)
Jochen Kühnl (EUROoCS Industrial Advisory Board/Beiersdorf, Germany)
Martin Raasch (EUROoCS Board/Dynamic42, Germany)
Maria Tenje (University of Uppsala, Sweden)
Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij (EUROoCS Board/ hDMT, The Netherlands)

Registration
Special reduced fees will be available to members of EUROoCS.
To become a member of EUROoCS click here.

EUROoCS members:
– Seniors: 250 € (+ 50 € late registration after 15 June 2022)
– Students: 150 € (+ 50 € late registration after 15 June 2022)

Non-society members:
– Seniors: 350 € (+ 50 € late registration after 15 June 2022)
– Students: 200 € (+ 50 € late registration after 15 June 2022)

More information about registration will become available soon. For more information on the venue and program see the event website.

Report of EUROoCS 2021 conference online

Ever-growing interest

The 3rd edition of the Annual EUROoCS (European Organ-on-Chip Society) Conference was again an online experience because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This time the organizing committee could select a different platform for the conference with many more options for interaction. There were even more attendees in the EUROoCS 2021 conference, held on the 1st and 2nd of July 2021, than in the previous year: in total 442 participants from 26 different countries. This year the latest results on Organ-on-Chip research were presented in 6 keynote lectures, 40 abstract selected talks and 130 posters. The posters were presented in three interactive virtual poster sessions. New in this conference were the panel discussions in two special sessions, where the participants could meet and interact with the members of the EUROoCS Industrial Advisory Board and EUROoCS Regulatory Advisory Board. As usual, a Prize Ceremony with many young winners of different awards was one of the highlights of this conference. The sponsors of the conference could be approached in the exhibition via Q&A and live chat. Thanks to the excellent work of the scientific program committee, the international review committee and the local organizing committee of Uppsala University in Sweden, all led by the conference chair Maria Tenje, and also the professional support of AkademiKonferens and technical assistance of the AppInConf team, the online conference was again a great success and showed that, in spite of the pandemic, the Organ-on-Chip community flourishes as never before.

Statistics EUROoCS 2021

A detailed report of the EUROoCS 20201 conference is available here.

Changes in the EUROoCS organization

EUROoCS Board
The results of the voting by the EUROoCS members for two additional EUROoCS Board members and a new vice-chair in June 2021 were presented, resulting in a further expansion of the current Board from eight to ten representatives. At the EUROoCS 2021 conference, Christine Mummery welcomed the elected members and expressed confidence in their added value to the Board and their contribution to further professionalization of EUROoCS in the coming years. From the 3rd of July 2021 the new members are appointed for six years and the vice-chair for a period of two years after which he will become the new chair of EURoOCS.

The newly appointed EUROoCS Board members are:

At the end of the conference Christine Mummery passed the virtual baton to Peter Loskill who will be the next chair of EUROoCS for the coming two years. A great thank you to Christine, first chair of EUROoCS, for all efforts from the very start to build this growing Organ-on-Chip community. And good luck to Peter!

Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)
Pelin Candarlioglu from GSK (UK) is the new chair of the EUROoCS Industrial Advisory Board. Pelin was willing to take over the chairmanship from Thomas Singer, who set up the IAB and will stay in the board as IAB member. His contribution of the last several years has been highly appreciated by the EUROoCS Board.