Roche honours animal testing alternative developments

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Roche has announced the winners of its global 3Rs award scheme, which it explains rewards continuous improvement and innovation in animal welfare within the Roche research body.

The company states the accolade is based on the 3Rs concept - which means replacing animal tests where possible, refining existing scientific processes as well as animal care and husbandry and reducing the number of animals required.

A total of 24 teams of Roche scientists and specialists in animal care from the firms' global research sites in Palo Alto, Nutley, Penzberg and Basel applied for awards in the two categories.

These are scientific progress fostering the 3Rs idea and laboratory animal care and management.

A team of six staff from Palo Alto took first place in the scientific category, while a three-person lab animal care team from Nutley took first place in the second category.

Lee Babiss, global head for pharma research at the company, said Roche is very pleased to see how much the award helped encourage the sharing of ideas across the global research body.

"The 3Rs award is a unique and innovative programme that helps to reduce and limit the use of animals in preclinical research while still realising high-quality data to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of our drugs," he added.

Roche recently invested in a research and development site in Penzberg, near Munich.

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