MatTek and the PETA International Science Consortium have teamed up to increase the use of in vitro methods and decrease animal use by announcing a call for short proposals to win free, 3D reconstructed human tissue equivalents.
MatTek is a tissue engineering company and a producer of innovative 3D reconstructed human tissue models and in vitro assays. PETA’s Science Consortium works to accelerate the development, validation and global implementation of alternatives to testing on animals.
Researchers from industry, academia and government are encouraged to submit short proposals describing how they will expand the use of 3D reconstructed human tissue equivalents from MatTek. These tissues—including dermal, ocular, respiratory, intestinal, oral and vaginal tissues—are derived from human epithelial cells and can be used in product development, regulatory testing or basic exploratory research applications that have historically used animals.
In total, $15,000 worth of tissue models will be awarded. The application deadline is October 5, 2015. For proposal application details, please visit http://www.piscltd.org.uk/mattek-prize/.
“The use of human cell-based 3D tissue models for toxicity screening, product efficacy studies and fulfillment of regulatory requirements is dramatically increasing,” said Mitchell Klausner, president of MatTek. “We are glad to partner with PETA’s Science Consortium in providing tissues which will enable researchers to perform studies that decrease the use of animals.”
MatTek and the PETA International Science Consortium aim to expand the use of these scientifically advanced, human cell-based tissues by offering the award both to researchers who would like to use the tissues in new applications or to researchers who would like to gain experience with the tissues’ use.
“MatTek’s human cell-based tissue models can provide human-relevant data and save the lives of countless animals,” said Dr. Amy Clippinger, advisor to the PETA International Science Consortium. “PETA’s Science Consortium looks forward to helping even more researchers use these high-quality, versatile models.”
PETA International Science Consortium