The transport of animals for research can become problematic for a variety of reasons.
The stress placed on animals during transport often necessitate 1-week recovery periods upon arrival at research facilities. Bio-imporation laws complicate matters, where strict AZ quarantine requirements frequently delay access to transgenic strains of mice. And targeting by animal rights groups increasingly complicate transport processes for importing mice, rats, and rabbits species (as noted by the Washington Post yesterday in relation to medical research in the UK).
These issues could be solved fairly easily by outsourcing the experiments instead. Expert specialist laboratories (such as JAX labs) are often better equipped to breed and conduct animal research experiments. Getting animal testing conducted by vet-trained specialists could even improve the treatment of the animals and the experiments themselves, with expert care and handling.
Outsourcing lab work can help not only to improve operational and regulatory compliance with research processes, but also to meet the ethical demands associated with lab and animal research. Yet another reason we’re excited about the work we’re doing at Science Exchange.
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Elizabeth Iorns is Co-Founder & CEO of Science Exchange. Elizabeth conceived the idea for Science Exchange while an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami and as CEO she drives the company’s vision, strategy and growth. She is passionate about creating a new way to foster scientific collaboration that will break down existing silos, democratize access to scientific expertise and accelerate the speed of scientific discovery. Elizabeth has a B.S. in Biomedical Science from the University of Auckland, a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and conducted postdoctoral research in Cancer Biology from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine where her research focused on identifying mechanisms of breast cancer development and progression.