Janny van den Eijnden – van Raaij interviewed by KIJK magazine
In the Dutch popular science magazine KIJK hDMT Managing Director Janny van den Eijnden - van Raaij was interviewed for an article about animal free research and the role of Organ-on-Chips.
The article 'Goed nieuws voor de labrat' in KIJK edition12/2020 starts as follows:
Good news for the lab rat
In scientific and medical research, laboratory animals are indispensable. Or aren't they? Alternatives and initiatives to work with fewer animals are gaining more and more ground. And not only out of affection for animals.
In 2018, 448,399 animal experiments took place in the Netherlands, according to figures from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). A large part of those experiments is about understanding human diseases and testing new medicines. Is it sad for the animals? Perhaps, but it is a sacrifice for the greater good, was always the counterargument. No progress in medicine without animal experiments.
But is that kite still on? There is increasing evidence that a rat or mouse does not predict at all what a substance does in the human body. The British Alliance for Human Relevant Science concluded this year that 86 to 90 percent of the medicines that seem promising in animal experiments fail in follow-up human research.