European Organ-On-Chip Society launched
During the third International Organ-on-Chip Symposium, held on 8 and 9 November 2018 in Eindhoven, the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) was officially launched. The Society aims to encourage and develop Organ-on-Chip research towards a better health for everyone. Membership is open from 2019 to all researchers in the field, and gives access to the upcoming digital Organ-on-Chip platform and the future Journal of the Society. Peter Loskill from Fraunhofer IGB is one of the first board members.
In the presence of 180 scientists from twelve countries Christine Mummery, chair of the new Society, initiated the launch ceremony, which subtly referred to the annual light festival in Eindhoven, site of the launch, and the classical light bulb developed there a century ago. “It is a European Society but everyone worldwide is welcome to join. We are just at the early start, and there is much work to be done before we are operational and everybody can sign in. But we look forward to being the forum for this research in Europe and we are here to stay,” Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij of hDMT says, among the first Board members of EUROoCS.
Accelerating Organ-on-Chip research
The purpose of the Society is to encourage and develop Organ-on-Chip research, and to provide opportunities to share and advance knowledge and expertise in this field towards a better health for all. EUROoCS is one of the first outcomes of the Horizon 2020 project ORCHID (Organ-on-Chip In Development), that aims to create a roadmap for Organ-on-Chip technology and to build a network of all parties involved.
Open for all researchers
Membership is open from 2019 to all researchers worldwide in the Organ-on-Chip field. Every year the European Organ-on-Chip conference will be organized in another country somewhere in Europe. The next conference will be held in Graz, in Austria, on 2 and 3 July 2019. It will be in the same format with a lot of possibilities for interaction, and with many young scientists and top experts in the field.
Easy connection via platform and journal
The membership will have many advantages for scientists, in particular finding collaborators via the digital Organ-on-Chip platform presently under construction, and disseminating results via the future Society journal.
The first Board members
The first Board of EUROoCS has the following members:
- Christine Mummery (chair; Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands)
- Peter Loskill (vice-chair; Fraunhofer IGB Stuttgart/University of Tübingen, Germany)
- Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij (secretary/treasurer; hDMT, the Netherlands)
- Albert van den Berg (member; University of Twente, the Netherlands)