Upcoming event: Strategies for innovation in life sciences

29 Nov 2019
Next week, the event "Strategies for innovation in life sciences " will be hold in the Parliament, hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, and co-organised by the Finnish Presidency and Eurogroup for Animals.

The exhibition opening and roundtable discussion will be held at the European Parliament, Brussels on 3 December from 12h30 until 17h30. This event on innovation, at the beginning of this new political term, aims to create an open forum to discuss how the EU and its member states can promote innovation through concrete scientific policies and funding opportunities. 

Under the Finnish Presidency’s ambitious vision for research and development with a high impact on people’s lives, this event will bring together innovators from academia, industry and organisations, politicians, and policy makers to discuss possible targets and concrete steps that both Commission and national governments can support in the next legislative term and beyond to promote innovation in life sciences.


Exhibition opening (ASP building, 3rd floor, Bar Area 3D)

12h30: Welcome by Moderator, Reineke Hameleers, Eurogroup for Animals

Opening of the exhibition: Jari Partanen - State Secretary, Finland Various MEPs

13h00: Tour of the exhibition and media moment

Conference on "Strategies for innovation in life sciences" (ASP building, Room A1H1)

13h30: networking lunch with speakers

14h00: Opening of the Conference,  Luísa Bastos (Eurogroup for Animals), Jari Partanen (State Secretary, Finland)

First panel

14h25: Life sciences consuming less animal lives – a strategy for innovation!Thomas Hartung, Director Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

14h45: Systematic approach brings the best outcome in the paradigm change from animal biology-based testing strategy to human cellular models and tests based testing strategyTuula Heinonen, Director Finnish Centre for Alternative Methods

Second panel

15h05: Innovations in life science education and training and the feasibility of full replacementNick Jukes, Coordinator InterNICHE

15h25: In silico modeling in healthcare: of virtual physiological mice and men, Liesbet Geris, Director Virtual Physiological Human Institute (VPHi)

Third panel

15h45: From ´Organ-on-Chip´ to ´Patienton-Chip´ – addressing unprecedented animal welfare potential and unexpected patient benefit, Uwe Marx, TissUse

16h05: Non-Animal Models in Science: Challenges & Future DirectionsLaura Gribaldo, Scientific Officer Joint Research Centre - European Commission 

16h25: Panel discussion

17h30 Closing of the conference