Webinar: Replacing Foetal Bovine Serum in Cell Culture Media
Tune in on 11 July to learn more about options to replace foetal bovine serum (FBS) in cell culture media.
FBS is widely used in laboratories, but mounting evidence demonstrates that its use results in significant scientific limitations. The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. is hosting a free webinar in which experts will address replacing FBS while maintaining robust cell growth and cellular functions.
- Dr Jan van der Valk (3Rs-Centre Utrecht Life Sciences, Utrecht University) will examine how the use of alternatives to FBS benefits research, particularly data reproducibility. He will discuss the development of chemically defined serum-free media and the use of the FCS-Free Database (fcs-free.org) to find serum-free media for specific cell types.
- Dr Carol Treasure (XCellR8) will describe how to transition cells from media containing FBS to media supplemented with human serum. She will use the KeratinoSens™ human skin sensitisation test, described in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Test No 442D, as a case study for the process of transitioning cells to obtaining full regulatory acceptance. She will also discuss XCellR8’s experiences in ensuring animal-product–free supply chains in the general context of method development.
- Dr Sandra Coecke (EURL ECVAM) will share insight into the implementation of the OECD Good In Vitro Method Practices (GIVIMP) guidance document, using the case study of in vitro mechanistic methods for identifying thyroid disruptors.
Date: 11 July 2019
Time: 4–5:30 pm CEST (10–11:30 am EDT)