Earlier this month the NC3Rs (National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research) announced they have awarded £4.9 million to five Phase 2 winners in their CRACK IT Challenges. See this week’s sector video to learn more about the CRACK IT Challenges – competitions that fund collaborations between industry, academics and SMEs to develop new 3Rs technologies and approaches which improve business practices or lead to new marketable products.

One of the Phase 2 winning projects is a UCL dementia study co-sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research UK, Lilly and Janssen to effectively transform patient skin cells into nerve cells in the lab. The team will now work with Edinburgh-based companies RBiomedical and Roslin Cells to scale up their experiment to improve drug discovery for Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia.

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