The European Union’s recovery plans to build back better after the coronavirus crisis include ambitious proposals to reinforce research and innovation and kick-start the economy. Next Generation EU is an opportunity for Europe to once again become the global game-changer in replacing animal research with new approach methodologies and to be the world’s powerhouse in humane and human-relevant science. To do this will require a coordinated and ambitious pro-active strategy across and within the institutions of the EU, member states, industry and academia. If not now, when?
There is growing awareness of the limitations of animal research and its inability to make reliable predictions for humans. In recent years, the USA has come to dominate the cell-based and in-vitro toxicology markets.