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Accelerating animal-free innovation

We want to accelerate animal-free innovation and to become less and less dependent on the use of animal models. We want to develop and apply research methods that are more relevant for human health and safety.

Organizing Coincidence

We help to create coincidence by organizing HELPATHONS. A Helpathon is a 24 hour online and real live transformative venue organized around a particular human health research question.

A brief history of the Helpathon!

A Helpathon is an action-oriented rapid prototyping method derived from hackathons. The first Helpathon was organised to fight social inequality in the city of Groningen in 2014. Since then Mister Lion, an Amsterdam based lab for societal change, developed its own Helpathon practice. In 2017 it introduced it to the Dutch program for animal free innovation. Together with the TPI Helpathon team and the members of the biomedical innovation we organized a successful series of Helpathons to help researchers make the shift towards animal free innovation.

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